Monthly Archives: April 2019

Checkin’ Religious Trauma Recovery



Religious Trauma Syndrome is a result of both the chronic abuses of extremist religions and the impact of severing one’s connection with one’s faith and faith community. It can be compared to a combination of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  and Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) .

My guest today, Andrew Jasko, was formerly a Pentecostal Christian minister and missionary to India. Although religious faith was his life’s passion, Andrew suffered from anxiety, depression, and guilt about sexuality. He left his religion after realizing that biblical teachings were the cause of his distress. Andrew has gone on his healing journey and survived. Now he combines his current studies of psychology with religion from the perspective of trauma and is helping others on their journey.

You can learn more about Andrew and his work at https://lifeafterdogma.org/

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Checkin’ Inner Transformation



“The idea of facing myself naked, without the trappings of the world seemed unbearable”  – Felipe Zimmer

However, that is what Felipe did. What followed was a journey of consciousness and inner transformation. Choosing to face all the judgements, thoughts and feelings that were within him by allowing himself to sit with them, away from the rest of the world.  He is sharing what he learned in his process, in his book:

Masters of Belief: A Guide to Spiritual Liberation (Buy Here)

I will continue to say how much I get to learn from my guests, and with Felipe Zimmer it is no different. There is something extremely calming when you speak with him, and he does something I absolutely love. He inspires to think, and he lends himself to help you in the process.

Learn more about Felipe and his work on his website: http://felipezimmer.com/

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Checkin’ Psychology & The Stars



“Growing up, I always had this desire to learn  more about something beyond. Find a pattern that understood the fragments of the world and put it back into a better puzzle of understanding of myself and the reflection of everything that we are” – Kyle Thomas

On its face, we might not necessarily connect Astrology and Psychology. However at its base, there is are connections.

Much of both have a focus on patterns that can form guidance, understanding, and awareness.

Which is why I spoke with Pop Culture Astrologer Kyle Thomas, who also happens to have a degree in Psychology which he utilizes in his growing research of personality, the human condition and the stars. He is the resident astrologer at Love By Luna who published his book 2019 LOVESCOPES- A Year Long Guide To Love Written By The Stars in January 2019

Learn more about Kyle and his work at https://www.kylethomasastrology.com

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Checkin’ Identity with Guest Dr. J Rodriguez



A “fixed mindset” refers to the mindset that things exist in a static state. It can extend to our beliefs, our personality traits, others beliefs, others personality traits, other peoples identities. We give them words, we can give them labels, we give them boxes that we can perhaps comfortably understand.

Anybody who knows me and The Shek Check, knows that is something I’ve been challenging within myself, so I can challenge it within others. Boxes are no place for people, and fixed and static places hold no place for growth or freedom.

In this episode, what is explored is our identities. While as a society we cling to these fixed identities, again because it feels safe and confined. Easy to understand. However, what is more natural is fluid personality. That battle between the two becomes a new battle for us. We don’t always realize how we fight it in our daily lives, in our relationships with others and our relationship with ourselves.

I came across Award WInning Communications Expert and Professor Dr. J Rodriguez by watching his TEDx Talk at California State University Long Beach. An inspiring jump into fluid identity, mindfulness, and finding purpose in our everyday by using all the people we come into contact within our day.

You can check out Dr. J’s Tedx Talk right here:

“The Power of Solidarity in the Moments of Life” -Youtube

One of my favorite things about this show and my guests, is how much I get to learn. How much my perspective gets to shift, and how I get to embrace fluidity with my views. This episode with Dr. J is no different.

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https://www.joserodriguez.solutions/

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Checkin’ “What We’re Meant For”



There are so many ways to explore to bring awareness, to start conversations, and to bring understanding and compassion to Mental Health.

I think the more and more we explore these things, the more and more we find ways to bring up these conversations the better off we are. The thing is, topics of Mental Health do go beyond the conditions but of course include them.

That being said, art & film is an incredible way to connect with people and kick start these conversations. Its a conversation for all ages. Its a conversation that the 2D Animated Short “What We’re Meant For” is aiming to inspire.

I got to talk with the Producer and Director of ths 2D Animated Short that explores loss, family and mental health. Topics that explore the condition side of Mental Health but also emotional awareness and the relationship it has within us, but also within those around us.

You can learn more about “WHAT WE’RE MEANT FOR” and help be a part of its creation. The Kickstarter campaign is going strong until April 12.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/643005407/what-were-meant-for-a-2d-animated-film