Becoming Whole – The podcast
The “Becoming Whole – The Art of Inner Transformation” podcast is hosted by
Karima Eames, a holistic therapist, author and passionate seeker of truth.
Her passion is to make this world a better place.
For the past 34 years, she has been working with people on inner transformation.
She has taken her learnings and written a new book
“Becoming Whole – The Art of Inner Transformation”.
This book is packed with tried and tested tools and stories.
And now in this podcast, she will invite clients and friends to share
how they have applied these tools to transform their lives.
Episode 1: Introduction
In this episode, I will talk a bit about myself, my background and my path.
I will give an overview of the tools in the book and the purpose of this podcast.
Episode 2: My guest today is Dean
In this episode, I am talking to Dean, a business owner from Sydney in his mid-forties.
He has worked with me for many years and he will share his insights
on honesty in therapy and listening to inner guidance.
Episode 3: My guest today is Helen Padarin
Helen is an award-winning naturopath and nutritionist with 20 years of clinical experience.
She is a published author, public speaker and an advocate for empowering
individuals, families and organisations to find the joy in living and being well.
Helen’s personal and professional journey has been intimately intertwined
as much of her own personal journey has been what has guided her professional career,
and likewise, she learns so much from her patients and clients.
She is passionate about bringing awareness to the connection between physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Above all, she values a sense of curiosity, compassion and adventure in her own personal journey
as well as encouraging those values in others for their own journeys.
Much of Helen’s clinical practice centres around reconnection to self, each other and nature
to achieve renewed states of wellbeing.
I have known Helen for about 18 years.
From being a client in the early days, she has become a close and trusted friend.
We had a great conversation including the following topics:
• healthy boundaries
• transforming hatred into stillness
• putting the mind into the passenger seat
• the body and emotions are an antenna
• repa(i)renting the inner child
• her personal description of states of true nature
• her tip for the listener: shaking to release tension
Episode 4: My guest today is Kylie Hennessy
Kylie has had a lifelong passion for healing and science.
After completing studies in biochemistry and chemistry, she was led to explore
Eastern approaches to healing including yoga and meditation, Taoism, shiatsu and Chinese medicine.
She is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist and teacher trainer with special interests in women’s health and trauma recovery.
I have known Kylie for more than 2 decades.
She has become a close friend of mine and I lovingly call her a "walking heart".
A cute moment in our conversation was her recalling the question she asked her mum as a child:
'When will you teach me my magical powers?'
We covered a vast range of topics in our rich conversation including:
• The importance of maps for the inner world
• The body doesn’t lie
• Qualities of the heart like acceptance, compassion, unconditional love and patience are key to healing
• The difference between ‘thinking about a feeling’ or ‘feeling a feeling’
• Wounds arise when we are ready for them
• Exquisite peace can be found in the core of a terrifying black hole
• The compass of joy as a tool of inner guidance
• Harmony is an intrinsic element of true nature
• Alchemy is real in the inner world
• Her tip for the listener: Cultivate the heart through kindness
Episode 5 on being an emotional alpha male
My guest today is Andrew Robertson
Andrew is a 53-year-old father and businessman.
He is an ex-rugby league player and bodybuilder who has been confused all his life
with being an emotional alpha male.
Andrew is the typical gladiator/footballer’s build.
When people see Andrew, they wouldn’t think of him as someone who sits on a therapist’s couch
sharing his emotions and being vulnerable.
I hope his interview will inspire other men to do inner work.
Here are the themes we covered:
• His background as a strong alpha male taught him: ’you have the size, you must be tough and rough’,
yet he discovered it is a strength not wanting to fight
• Learning to sit with discomfort and pain
• The mind needs to slow down
• His emotions show up in the body in the form of tensions and tightness
• Discrimination between real and artificial/mind created emotions
• Excruciating pain transforming into peace when he hugged his 10-year-old inner child for the first time
• Finding contentment in the heart of emptiness and loneliness
• High energy and clarity as aspects of true nature
• Learning to be comfortable in addressing something uncomfortable
• His tip for the listener: Go and get your emotional self in order if you want to find balance.
Learn to be comfortable with being vulnerable and dealing with the things that upset you the most.
That’s how you learn to live a more content and happy life.
Episode 6 on being in healthy control of our lives
My guest today is Alice
She is in her early 40’s, a mum to two very active young boys, a nutritionist and a yogi.
She enjoys a regular meditation practice, connecting with nature,
meaningful conversation and cooking healthy and nutritious meals.
She has done work with me for a long time.
Here are some of the valuable insights she shares:
• Her ‘Aha’ moment: I am in charge of my emotions and my physical state
• The physical body gives us so many clues and it shows us the way
• Love, joy, contentment & peace are qualities of the heart
• Anger transforming into vibrancy
• Letting go into an inner hole that feels like quicksand
• Trusting our intuition
• Being whole means being fully present
• This work is available to anyone
• Her tip for the listener: start meditating (showing up and checking in with yourself) 5 to 10 mins a day
Episode 7 on self-love, needs and being true to herself
My guest today is Allison Swintz
She has been a client of mine for 3 1/2 years.
After a difficult childhood in the USA, she has created a beautiful life for herself
with a loving husband, family, and community in New Zealand.
She is excited about true connection with people,
rock climbing, skiing, camping, hiking, as well as art and architecture.
After being involved in a life-threatening rock-climbing accident she started her inner work.
She has since learned to take care of herself on a holistic level.
At the beginning of the podcast, Allison shared with me that she hopes to make a difference for someone listening.
Please let us know if that is the case.
Here are some of the topics we covered:
• Her direct experience of transforming disappointment into pure aliveness
• Healing the relationship with her mum after 5 years of disconnection
• She has learnt to be comfortable in her own skin
• When her heart is open, she experiences self-love, awareness of her needs and more connection with people she cares about
• Healing the inner child supports better relationships in the present time
• Insecurity dissolves with knowing herself better
• Inner guidance as listening to the signals in her body
• True nature always feels good, loving, supportive and nurturing to her
• Her tip for the listener:
If you have trouble understanding your needs and desires, I’d like to encourage you to take out two pieces of paper.
On one page, write down everything you like…
I like ice cream, sleeping in, walks down by the river, bubble baths and so on.
Then on a separate piece of paper write all the things you don’t like…
I don’t like spicy food, being cold, scary movies or modern art.
And I’d encourage you to fill the paper.
If you’re like me, you may come to the end of the page feeling better connected with yourself.
And you may learn a few things about yourself too.
Episode 8 on acceptance and the “Emotions toolbox”
My guest today is Prue
She is 44 years old and has a 9-year-old son.
Five years ago, in a time of turmoil and spurred by a deep knowing that there was more to explore, to know, to feel
but not knowing how to unlock it all, she travelled to Pune, India after reading about the Osho Meditation Resort in a magazine. She went with no experience of meditation or knowledge of who Osho was, purely feeling a deep pull to go.
That experience sparked a divergent path exploring consciousness, sensuality, conscious relating,
conscious parenting, and loving wholeheartedly.
In this podcast, I am starting to introduce resources that are not mentioned in the book.
I had this vision for a while to create a forum for anybody in my community to share valuable tools they found.
Prue is introducing the “Emotions traffic light toolbox” for parents and those that relate with young people
at the end of this podcast.
Prue hopes that it will help other families as it has hers.
Here are some of the highlights in our conversation:
• Finding calm and peace at the bottom of her “inner ocean”
• Her experience of anger transforming into strength
• After learning to let go of old patterns, she found her right partner
• She mentions 3 of her key learnings:
– Acceptance of what is
– ‘Look at yourself with loving, compassionate and tender eyes’
– ‘If you have eyes to see, be aware of what you say to whom and when’
• Connecting with the heart has amplified all of her feelings
• A desolate inner landscape became a spring wonderland through acceptance
• Her tip for the listener:
The emotions traffic light toolbox normalises emotions for the whole family.
It’s a straightforward system to identify emotions and be able to support yourself and each other
to transition to the “green zone” where we are happy, calm, focused and loving.
Episode 9 on being highly sensitive and true friendship
My guest today is Lisa
Lisa is a Professional Coach and Facilitator in her mid-forties.
She specialises in working with leaders and teams, developing Emotional Intelligence, improved communication skills
and psychological safety in the workplace. She is also a coach trainer and mentor.
Lisa loves quality time with family and friends, keeping fit and well,
spending time outdoors and her creative pursuits include dance, music and writing.
She has been committed to personal development since 1998.
I met Lisa in late 2002 as a client.
About 2008 we made a conscious decision to end the therapeutic relationship and give our friendship a go.
She has now been my best friend for over a decade.
Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:
• Ongoing health and emotional issues and a strong inner critic motivated her to do the inner work
• She made peace with being vulnerable despite being conditioned to be tough
and learnt to accept being a ‘Highly Sensitive Person’
• Her key learnings:
– There will be peaks and valleys as long as we live
– I am not my mind; I am way more than just the mind
– I can be strong and sensitive at the same time
• She has become an ally for herself, not just for family and friends
• Learning to be with and allowing the entire spectrum of emotions
• Some of her experiences of true nature are deep listening from the heart,
empathy, joy and powerful inner aliveness
• She has 2 tips for the listener:
• Phone a friend and ask: ‘How are you really?’ Be with, listen and hold space for each other
• Free-style dancing to shake off stress
The Highly Sensitive Person website: https://hsperson.com
As my gift to you, for purchasing Becoming Whole: The Art of Inner Transformation, you'll receive a copy of my Becoming Whole: Heart Meditations downloadable guide.
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In her early 20s, Karima Andrea Eames left Germany and a promising career path as a psychologist, to uncover the mysteries of the inner world. The search took her to India where, for 20 years, she lived in a spiritual commune and joined their Mystery School where she was initiated into the Art of Inner Alchemy. Karima discovered a world inside herself free from any form of suffering, where pain, guilt, shame, fear, unworthiness and isolation simply didn’t exist.
She is trained in psychology, counselling, breath and energy work, basic trauma healing skills, esoteric sciences, aura soma, Reiki and energy reading. She holds a Diploma in Remedial Massage and Aromatherapy and is an accredited Journey Therapist.
Karima has been based in Sydney for the past 22 years but has shared her teachings worldwide.
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