Today I complete my previous reading of the inroduction, called A Note from Freddie of my latest book, Life Anon; A 12-step guide for non-addicts. I also read the Scenario section as well as a part of Step 1. For those who are interested, you can order your copy from me directly on my website or send me a message on Facebook at either “Meet me in the field” or Freddie Counsellor or Direct Message me on Twitter at @RensburgFreddie or message me on Instagram at Freddie Counsellor. Remember that Freddie is always spelt with an ie at the end. The book costs R300.00. Postage in South Africa is R35 and R100 internationally.
This is a podcast about spiritual journeys.
I talk to friends and others whose spirituality I respect or find interesting. We discuss their concept of spirituality, where it is derived from, the path they took to arrive at it as well as what they do to maintain it.
We are all individuals, with our own journeys. Eight different people may draw eight different pictures of the same elephant, because we are looking at it from different angles. So, each of us has our own concept of spirituality. Even when we subscribe to the same dogma, our interpretations may still be vastly different.
This podcast reflects the concept of respect for our individualism and our search for meaning in a world that can, at times, create within us the need for something to hold on to and derive power from.
I got the name from the Rumi poem, “There is a field”. Although the theory is that Rumi was in love, I like the idea that we shall meet; in a peaceful place. Away from the over-complicated world, where we find solace in each other’s company.
I trust you will enjoy our company and derive some meaning from it.
Meet me in the field is taking a break. We shall be back on Thursday, 7 March 2019
I find Pieter’s story about contact with his higher power fascinating. This is a looong episode, so I am not going to waste any before jumping into it.
It is difficult to ignore someone who seems to have undergone some form of drastic change in their lives. Kathryn is one of these people. We used to work together in the late 90s and early 2000s and lost contact. We then met on Facebook and it was there, when watching one of her live broadcasts, that I was stunned by her transformation. I just had to find out what happened for her and fortunately she agreed to tell us all about it. She takes us from Cape Town to London. Through multiple traumas and severe illness to complete health and a career in healing. Find Kathryn on Facebook under Kathryn Slabber or join her Complete Wellness Healing with Oils Group on Facebook or look at Aura Flora Holistic Healing.
Please excuse the sound quality. We struggled with the internet on both occasions of trying to do this recording, but got something out that is audible.
Today, I speak with Jaco, my husband again. In the beginning of our Meet me in the field journey, I decided to chat to him every now and then, on a regular basis, to find out from him if he is getting anything from listening to Meet me in the field. I actually wanted to see if we are helping him develop a sense of spirituality. But, life goes fast and I have not spoken to him in yonkers. With his intense involvement in the 100th episode celebration of Meet me in the field, both the podcast and the celebration was after all his ideas), the Recovery Festival and Life Anon, I wanted to touch base with him to hear his thoughts on specifically Life Anon. This is our chat about Life Anon specifically and a bit about all the other stuff he has been involved in in my life over the past few months. We mentioned our friend Petra during the chat. She is one fascinating woman and you can catch her episode here.
As you know by now, I am quite active on social media and have already made quite a few real live friends already in this way. Today I talk to my new friend Jonathan, who lives in Mauritius and who tweets under the handle @AGAS_Mauritius. Jonathan is a problem gambler and alcoholic, who uses twitter, YouTube and his website to raise awareness to addiction, especially in the context of being in Mauritius where there is very limited to no state support for addicts of any kind. In recovery, he calls himself Morpheus. If you are interested, you can also check out the #RecoveryPosse on Twitter. It is trending hugely and is an amazing addiction support community. You will find me there too, my handle is @RensburgFreddie. You can find his amazingly informative website, which stands for Alcohol and Gambling Abstinence Support. He also has a very active YouTubeChannel.
The work of the past year is coming together at The Recovery Festival on Saturday, 28 September 2019. Which means, my work of the past two years is also reaching an end. At the Recovery Festival, I am launching my new book, Life Anon: A 12-step guide to life for non-addicts. In this podcast I talk about my motivation for writing this book and I do two readings from the book. One gives a bit of background on my life and the other is a rather long reading, explaining and giving real life situations of why Life Anon can make all our lives better. Life Anon should be available to purchase by Friday, 4 October 2019. Order directly from me at email@example.com. It costs R 300.00. Postage in South Africa is R35.00 and outside South Africa, R100.00. You can read more about in on my website. Click on the Life Anon page.
It is so weird how life and synchronicity work. I have literally never in my life heard of a Shaman and suddenly within a month, I have met an apprentice Shaman, another person who is just starting to study to become one and a friend who is seeing one. How freaky is that? If you want to know more about what Carmen does and can maybe do for you, find her on her Facebook page Shaman Spirit.
I have known Sanet for many, many years and have always had a vast amount respect for her. I got to know her as a Clerk at a government department, from where she grew into a top executive at a public listed company and now a business owner. I have always found Sanet’s work, life, play, spirituality balance intriguing and am very happy that she has agreed to be our guest. She seems to have the ability to balance the elements in her life, which I find very challenging in my own life, with relative ease and grace. I trust she will share her secret with us. Click here to find out more about professional Sanet or find her on Instagram at vmcentral.
Today is a VERY special episode. This episode may be equal in importace to the 1st episode. We are celebrating the 100th episode of Meet me in the field. The first episode of Meet me in the field was posted on my website on 14 September 2017. The statistics of the downloads and our reach will be heard during the podcast. I do want to take the time though to specifically, in this intro, thank each and everyone who has ever listened to any of the spiritual journeys taken on Meet me in the field. I am humbeled by your interest and commitment. To celebrate the centinnial episode, we rented the hall of the Rotary Club in Somerset West and invited each and every guest we ever had on the podcast, and the loved ones, to join us for snacks and a live recording of the 100th episode. The afternoon was hectic and about 50 people showed up to celebrate with us.
I am so happy to introduce Raymond to you today. It is really weird how synchronicity works. I thought I saw him at our local shop a while ago, but thought I must be mistaken, as he lives far away from here. But then, I saw a Facebook posting that he is dating a woman up the road from here. That was when I asked him for the chat and he immediately agreed. Then I ran into him the day after the invite and the day before the interview at a CD launch! Freaky. Love it when things like that happens.
I do not know Eebie that well. I met him a few times in fellowship meetings and liked what he shared, so I was wondering about his journey. So, I invited him to talk to us at Meet me in the field, and here he is.
Pete and I met about 9 years ago in Cape Town. I became aware of him when he won a talent competition by beating the crap out of his guitar. Although I thought the practice was very odd, it sounded awesome and I was happy that he won. We recently started seeing each other again when he moved to the Helderberg. Being a musician and actor, I thought his story may be interesting, so I invited him to come and tell us about it. Click here to see where you can catch Pete doing improv theatre. In his day job, you can find him here.
Today you have to tolerate me again. I talk about the (hopefully) upcoming Recovery Festival on 28 and 29 September 2019 at The Rive Club in Observatory. I say hopefully, because as things stand today, we do not have all the funding and partnerships in place to make this most unique event happen. So, listen to this and if you like what you hear, please share and support us. Book your seat.
Volker is another healer whom I initially connected with on Insight Timer. From there we used social media to connect further. Volker truly went on a spiritual journey I am happy and grateful that he has agreed to share it with us for Meet me in the field. Volker is a transformation facilitator and founder of Wild at Heart. You can find him at.
I met David a few years ago, but reconnected with him last year when he opened his tattoo studio, Davido Ink. He is a gentle soul, who made the experience of a first tattoo a good lasting memory. I was interested to hear what makes him tick.
I met Wilhelm last year at a retreat. We got along well right from the start and kept in contact during the year. He travels a lot for work, so it is not always easy. When I asked him to be a guest on Meet me in the field, he immediately agreed and shared with me what he has been up to in the periods when he went of the grid, so to speak.
Today we are doing things a bit differently. My friend Merwe, The Doer of Things, of our episode of 20 December 2019, now has his own podcast. It is called Talking Orangutans and can be found on Facebook and YouTube. A few months ago, he invited me to talk to him on Talking Orangutans, specifically about addiction. I hope you get something from it.
Karlien and I had no contact with each other, until about a year a two ago, when we somehow connected on social media. We eventually met last year for the first time. I liked her immediately and since then we have been building a friendship. She is an Occupational Therapist. Today we discuss her vocation in the context of her spirituality. You can find Karlien on her website.
Melanie has gone through many challenges since she got clean. She did not allow any of this to derail her spiritual journey though. This girl is made of steel on the outside but is beautifully soft and squishy on the inside. She is doing a lot of work on ending the stigma of addiction as well as on educating the medical fraternity on the disease of addiction. Both things I believe are essential. I tip my hat to this amazing friend of mine. Find her website. Please follow and support her.
David is a founding member of both The Foundation Clinic and U-Act. David lives and operates from Johannesburg. It is thanks to Nikki, a friend of mine and colleague of David, who suggested we get together to do this recoding. We only managed to get together on a Saturday afternoon, after David had been training for U-Act the whole day. I expected him to be exhausted, but his energy and passion were amazing. We met in a restaurant in Kloof Street, so the sound quality is not up to scratch, but we had to work with what we had.
I met Helena as a result of the prompting of our mutual friend Makgati, The Pilgrim in Heels from the episode of 18 April 2019. It was only during my conversation with Helena that I realised she has an addiction history and coaches from a place of true compassion. I truly sense in Helena a deep spirit and am excited to share her journey with you. You can find Helena here.
I met Fiona because we are both part of a group of healers involved in the Rejuvenate: June Wellness Retreat. She fascinated me when she mentioned her involvement in what I call extreme mountain bike racing. I knew I JUST HAD to hear more. Fiona is a Body Talk Practitioner and can be found at https://www.f5bodytalk.co.za/ and on Facebook, just search for F5 Body Talk.
Mia is a black belt Nia instructor and a most lovely person. I liked her from the moment we met. I am excited to share her exciting journey of eloping to get married, life in London and a bomb explosion in Camps Bay in 1999 with you. Learn more about Nia here.
If you want to know about the Rejuvenate Wellness Retreat we discuss, look here.
I became aware of Desiree-Anne Martin on Facebook as someone in recovery who has published a book. As both these issues are close to my heart, I started becoming more and more aware of her postings and eventually befriended her on Facebook and started stalking her on Instagram. Her Instagram is believe.more.deeply. You can find Desriee-Anne’s book, “We Don’t Talk About It. Ever” ever on takelot.com, Excelusive Books and Amazon. You can find her blog here and her poetry book Believe more deeply book is available from her, contact her on her website.
I am also extremely excited to have Desiree-Anne as my guest at the Recovery Festival. I am launching my new book and she will be doing some readings from her books. To learn more about the Recovery Festival go to here. Tickets are now available. The May early-bird special ends end of May.
This woman is an amazing counsellor and it not just I who say that! She is incredibly intuitive, with vast amount of compassion going around. I know this is my own bias speaking, but in my mind, she is one of a handful of non-addict counsellors who just truly GETS addicts. I am happy to be able to call her my friend.
I met Steve a few years ago and liked him, but we did not see enough of each other to form some form of connection. A few months ago, I spoke to my friend Merwe (Episode 67, The Doer of Things) and he spoke about his yogi friend, Steve. It took us a while to figure out that I know Steve and that it is the same Swiss Steve. Merwe told me about his transformation and suggested that I invite Steve as a guest on Meet me in the field. I discovered that I quoted Stev’s website as incorrect in the podcast. I apologise for that. His website is www.recoveryzone.ch.
I still find it freaky to think I made a friend on a meditation app. But, I recon that is modern life, hey. It is amazing how I feel as if I have known Makgathi for a long time. The conversation was also so easy that it sounds like that too. It really feels as if our souls connect somehow.
Astrid is a Chemist from Romania. I got to know her through my friend Wendy, The Scientist from episodes 7 and 78. I really wanted to talk to Astrid, because I enjoy hearing scientists’ view on spirituality. Especially because Astrid works in the wine research field in Stellenbosch, where wine has virtually been elevated to a religion.
Simon is a Life Coach in Cape Town and has done a lot of work on himself and for his clients on the concept of self-love. So many of us go through life not really caring for ourselves and in a way neglecting ourselves and our own needs. We then struggle to truly love others in a healthy way and ask ourselves why that is the case. The thing is, we cannot love others if you do not love ourselves first. I also spoke to Simon in episode 49
Wendy became a mother in November last year and I was curious to find out how she, as a scientist, experienced the journey of pregnancy and motherhood so far. My first chat with Wendy can be listened to here too. She is The Scientist of episode seven.
This is a long episode, but worth it. Ruby was the Clinical Director at the rehab facility when I was there. Over the years we kept contact and I am very, very happy that she agreed to chat to me for Meet me in the field.
Anne and I started our recovery journeys very close to each other and it films my hear with warmth to be able to chat to her about her spiritual journey, both before recovery and over the past over 9 years.
Meet me in the field is suddenly and inexplicably experiencing serious technological problems. We are working on it and will advise you when we will be back on air. I already have some exciting recordings which I cannot wait to share with you, but alas ……..
Meet me in the field is taking a break. We shall be back on Thursday, 7 March 2019
This the second time I talk to Matthew for Meet me in the field, but it is the first time that you would hear him, because I lost the first recording. Matthew is the writer of a children’s book, Helga’s Big Splash. It is a beautiful book. Get your hands on it. I recommend it. He also wrote The Three Wells of Screen Writing. Which is a book that helps writes to smoothly sail around writers block and how to never run out of ideas. Learn more about him and his work. He also hosts his own podcast, called The Three Wells podcast, which is available on Listen Notes.
I met Doug at a business meeting and found the way he thought intriguing. I then ran into him on Facebook and befriended him there. His postings piqued my interest in him even more. So, I wanted to know more about Doug and what makes him tick. Hence, here he is…………. See more about Doug’s recovery involvement here: Recovery Direct and Relapse Prevention.
Tanya is one of those people whom I instantly liked. She has a most amazing energy. I was sooo happy when I realised I can contact her and ask her to be our guest. I was even happier when she immediately agreed. I am really looking forward to share this chat with you.
This is really exciting, because, Amanda is starting her own podcast and we agreed to do this talk as part of me showing her a bit about how this whole thing works. I found it interesting to hear how Amanda not only went from the Great Karoo to Silicon Valley, but also how she manoeuvred her way from Amanda to Mandy and back again.
Paul and I connected really well and his journey is really worth exploring with him. Thanks Paul for being with us. This is a long episode. I tried to edit it much shorter, but did not succeed. It is much shorter than the recording though.
I have been watching Jason for a while, wanting to have him as a guest on “Meet me in the field” and when I was ready he was first working out of town and then he went on leave. I am chuffed to have him on the show and hope that you enjoy his journey with me.
A new year is a good time to reflect and plan. In this podcast and YouTube video, Jaco (The Husband) asks me, Freddie (The Host), a few questions about “Meet me in the field”. We reflect on the past and briefly discuss the future.
In this podcast and YouTube video, I reflect on 2018 and how it influenced me spiritually. I realised that I obviously forgot a few things, because that I what I do and how I roll. One of the most significant things I forgot was the birth of Jaco and my godchild on 15 November. I am stunned at how much unconditional love I can feel in such a short period of time. Mackenzie Vala Black is here and she is changing my life for the better.
It was when I watched the first episode of Merwe’s podcast “Talking Orangutan” that I knew I had to have him on “Meet me in the field”. The link to his podcast is on my website. Merwe talks about anything and all things entertaining. We virtually also talk about anything, from Rugby to talking Polish.
What a beautiful afternoon Elke and I spent together. We attended a CODA (Codepent Anonymous) meeting in the morning, then had a lovely healthy lunch, which Elke prepared and then we sat down for this chat, watching the sea and the children playing.
I recently spent a weekend away with Massimo and was intrigued when he collected a bunch of herbs, made a bundle of them and burnt them. It was then when I knew I had to get him on Meet me in the field and find out what makes him tick.
I met Jean about 10 years ago and years later, I like him. He is still a dentist, but through Instagram, I got to see his art and it fascinated me thoroughly. I realised there is far more to Jean than him being a dentist who seems to be a really nice guy.
To move seemingly seamlessly from teacher to photographer and environmentalist cannot be easy, but Paul’s keen eye and interest in our impact on the planet, made this sound easy and interesting.
I have never met Johan before the day of our recording, but I feel as if I did. I have been following his work on Facebook for a while already and always feel a sense of excitement when I see what they are up to. Johan manages a company called Macassar Pottery. The website address is www.macassarpottery.com. Please pop in there, I saw some lovely stuff. “If I were a rich man”……. I was excited about recording this podcast, because I know that Johan is doing excellent work in the Macassar community and I wanted to hear more about it.
In Andea I see someone who has a very strong belief-system, but, not unlike Andea herself, she seemed to have a unique take on religion and how she engages with the god of her understanding. Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/annaprince.expert/
Emile from African Travel Kid and Freddie Counsellor talk about the 12 steps and mental health. Today we discuss days 3 and 4 of step 4 from Freddie’s book, The First Layer. The ebook is available on Amazon.
The reason why I really want Petra to talk to us is because I have seen a significant change in her sense of spirituality over the 38 years that I have known her, and not only do I find her journey interesting, but I also find the destination quite fascinating.
When I saw on Facebook that Imke was celebrating her one-year milestone I grabbed the opportunity to invite her come and chat to us at “Meet me in the field”.
Today I am very happy that I pushed to make a friend of Justin. Although he moved away from Somerset West, I enjoy staying in touch with him and keenly follow him on social media. It was when I saw pictures of him in the Okavango Delta that I realised the time has come to pin him down for a “Meet me in the field” chat. It was my own jealousy that made me want to speak to him. With Nature being my higher power, I really wanted to find out if his time in nature has an effect on his spiritual life.
Emile from African Travel Kid and Freddie Counsellor talk about the 12 steps and mental health. Today we discuss day 2 of step 4 from Freddie’s book, The First Layer. The ebook is available on Amazon.
Emile from African Travel Kid and Freddie Counsellor talk about the 12 steps and mental health. Today we discuss day 1 of step 4 from Freddie’s book, The First Layer. The ebook is available on Amazon.
Corrie is regarded as one of the top therapists in the field of compulsive sexual behaviour in South Africa. It took me a while to scrape the courage together to ask her to talk to “Meet me in the field”. I am very grateful that she agreed and was seriously looking forward to get to know her a bit a better.
Marius and I only briefly met a few weeks ago at a meeting. Then, a few days later, I got a message for my friend Fiona, The Photographer from episode 5, suggesting that I speak to her friend Marius for “Meet me in the field”. At that stage I did not know if was the same Marius. I was somewhat surprised, yet very grateful that he agreed to come and talk to us.
Christina and I have been Facebook friends for a long time. It was only when I watched a video she posted that had to do with the question, are you aware of what is in your food, that I started seriously scrolling through her postings and found Trash Talk. Her new (eco awareness Facebook page)[https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=trash%20talk]. When I saw what she was doing there I realised that I needed to get her to come and talk to us.
Luzanne always seems extremely calm, collected and connected. Even once she had her children, I still have the feeling that she is totally on top of everything. I wanted to hear her secret. She is also studying to become a doula.
Emile from African Travel Kid and Freddie Counsellor talk about the 12 steps and mental health. Today we discuss day 3 of step 1 from Freddie’s book, The First Layer. The ebook is available on Amazon.
I am very grateful for Dave, for agreeing to share his experience of the Camino de Santiago with us. This camino consists of various walking routes to Santiago de Compostela, the town where the body of St. James is. Dave did both the Camino Frances and The Portuguese Way.
Emile from African Travel Kid and Freddie Counsellor talk about the 12 steps and mental health. Today we discuss day 2 of step 1 from Freddie’s book, The First Layer.
Emile from African Travel Kid and Freddie Counsellor talk about the 12 steps and mental health. Today we discuss day 1 of step 1 from Freddie’s book, The First Layer.
What intrigued me right from the start of meeting Frank, was that he refers to himself and as a Christ follower and not as a Christian. I knew there and then that “Meet me in the field” needs to hear about his path.
From the first day I met Warren, he left an impression in my soul. I am not sure what it was or how it happened, but I felt a connection with him.
From the first day I met Warren, he left an impression in my soul. I am not sure what it was or how it happened, but I felt a connection with him.
Charles has this naughty schoolboy smile, which makes you wonder what he is up to. During this episode we are going to hear what makes Charles tick and how that correlates with his sense of spirit.
After having know Simon for about 4 years and not having seen him for a while, I ran into him at a recovery retreat a few weekends ago. I was a very different person than the one I knew previously. This is the story of what happened to Simon.
Today I am talking to you about what spirituality practically means to me and how I pratice it in my daily life.
My husband, Jaco, and I normally try to talk after about every tenth episode, but due to his packed schedule, we only got to talk now. He unfortunately basically had to “binge listen” to ensure that he was close to up to date for this chat.
I am very happy that Michael agreed to talk to us at “Meet me in the field”. I find the parts of his story that I do know incredibly inspiring and trust that you will too. I am excited to hear some of the parts that I do not know yet.
As you might remember, in the last episode, Jaco committed to a meditation routine and to give us feedback on how that has gone. Jaco did not manage to get into a meditation routine, but he did do some meditation. This is his feedback.
Melissa and I chatted as if our lives depended on it and I loved every second of it. She is such an interesting person and soooooo easy to talk and listen to. She starred in a BBC documentary, called The Addicts’ Symphony. You can find interviews with Melissa about the documentary on the right of the YouTube screen when you go The Addicts’ Symphony; I recommend it.
Lynne has become, in my eyes at least, some form of internet sensation. She writes blogs and is involved on various websites and on YouTube. She seems to have made the world wide web her playground and looks as if she is thoroughly enjoying it. From drug addict and alcoholic to super mom and cyberspace conqueror. Here is Lynne’s story.
Yvette and I met on Father’s day in Muizenberg to record this episode. The plan was to find a quiet coffee shop to do the recording in. That was not meant to be. We could only find space in a bustling restaurant. The sound quality is not good, but I loved the chat.
Douglas is a legend in the recovery community in our area. He has been clean and sober for more than 30 years already and still going strong. I am very happy to be able to speak to him.
This sidebar series on meditation is a result of Jaco’s idea to do episodes to help people on how to start meditating. In this episode we discuss his expectations and reservations around meditation.
Rowan is an interesting young man, with a sharp wit and great sense of humour. It was while I was editing our conversation that I again realised how I love a decent conversation with an interesting person.
I call Janet The Survivor, because I am once again amazed to see what we can go through in life and keep on keeping on. Janet is a warrior and I have huge respect for what she is doing at the moment. I find her story hugely inspirational.
This was one of those interviews where I felt a nice rush of excitement, because I got to know Alaister sooo much better. He is really a unique and interesting person.
When I asked Anthony to speak to me, I started off by making the statement: “So, you are religious?” His reply was something in the line of: “If that is what you want to call it.” I was immediately intrigued. After all, this was a minister who just lead a funeral service using a bible to read from, and he implies that he is not religious.
After a conversation with my husband, I decided to do a few episodes on meditation. The idea is to get a meditation teacher in to come and talk to us about “meditation for beginners”. Giving us pointers on how to start meditating as well as discussing the dos and don’ts of meditation. I ask questions based on my experience and get clarity on what is okay and what not.
From the day I first saw Alan, in his capacity as a Minister at the Central Methodist Mission on Green Market Square in Cape Town, I liked him. He seemed like a really friendly person and instilled a sense of trust within me. I have never got to know him well at all, but I got a significant sense of what he stands for in life. I wanted to know more and am very happy that he agreed to talk to “Meet me in the field”.
Although Andre has a clear sense of spirituality, he seems to still be in the process of deciding what the god-concept is to him. I love that, because that is what this journey is about and that is exactly what “Meet me in the field” is about.
I asked Reuben in December already to come and chat to us on “Meet me in the field”, but he left for London shortly thereafter to attend to the birth of his baby-girl. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him talking about how his daughter is changing his life and enhancing his sense of spirit.
Denis, unlike the rest of our circle of friends, was always very vocal and expressive when it came to his sense of spirituality. Today I appreciate that about him and am happy that he agreed to share his thoughts and life with us.
I met Janet through my friend, Fiona, who is The Photographer, in episode 5 of “Meet me in the field”. Fiona is also the founder of [Sober of Sexy] (http://soberandsexy.co.za/). I am a twelve step junkie and find it difficult to believe that people get clean and sober and stay that way without working these steps. Janet is a living example of someone who has found an alternative that is working for her and many of her workshop attendees. I specifically took the picture accompanying this episode in Janet’s lounge, as I felt it encapsulates her sense of spirituality perfectly.
When I met Thandi, a few years ago, I was in my late 40s and she was 18. I immediately liked her a lot and felt an immense amount of compassion towards her. We never really connected though. But, thanks to doing service in recovery, we have been seeing each other more. She is such fun to have around and a true inspiration for young people in recovery.
Today, I am happy to introduce to you, my friend, Emile. You will note, at the end of the introduction to the podcast, I mention that “Meet me in the field” is now supported by African Travel Kid. Well, Emile is the owner of this exciting travel company and I am happy to get him here to tell us about his thrilling journey. You can learn more about African Travel Kid here: https://africantravelkid.com/
Pierre and I became friends about 29 years ago, when we were called up to the National Defence Force to defend our country against the terrorist invasion. I may try to be more open-minded, but it will probably take a bit longer to rid myself of my sarcasm. Anyway, one of the most amazing gifts from conscription for me, is that I made life-long friends. Pierre is one of those friends.
I am often told that I talk to many people about their spiritual journeys, but that I have never shared my own path. Although I share snippets of my own story quite often, it was suggested that I do a recording of my own spiritual journey. This is it.
In my husband’s capacity as both fan and critic, but also a devout scientist, I enjoy talking to him to get his feedback on “Meet me in the field” and to hear if it is making some form of spiritual impact on him. This episode is another of our chats in this regard.
I met Lee on a fellowship weekend in July 2016. Despite our many differences, our similarities easily connected and I have been feeling some form of soul connection with him since then. Due to us living quite far apart, we do not see each other often, but we do keep in contact and I love to be able to call him a friend. This is his story.
I am once again fascinated by how little I know about many of my friends’ spiritual journeys. Gail stunned me with some of the details of her story. I am super excited to share her path with you.
Melissa’s mother died last year and she is really stuck in her grieving process. Due to her being in emotional discomfort, I was about to cancel our appointment on the morning of the recording, but I remembered the positive feedback I get from people after our chat and decided that it might actually do her good to talk to me. So I pushed through.
Today I am talking to Chris. He must be one of the most gentle souls I have ever met. I always enjoy his company when we meet. His energy is calming. I find that quite energising. He is doing amazing work on himself and I am very happy and grateful to be able to hear about his spiritual path.
From the day I met AndreCarl I liked him. I am inherently shy and do not talk to anyone very easily, but I admired him from a distance. Yes, I respect him for a being a published writer, highly so, but what really drew my attention was his calm demeanor. I kept on wondering what he did or does to have accomplished such a level of serenity. Today, I am happy to have spoken to him and to find out more about his journey in life.
As a Holistic Counsellor, I was completely fascinated by my conversation with Sam. He has such a cognitive connection with his spirituality and articulates it so intellectually. I kept on thinking that he is not going to relate emotively. But, he surprised me time and again with his deep and real feelings related to what he believes spirituality to be.
I call this episode of “Meet me in the field”, “The Machine”. If you listen to Mark’s story you will see why. This man has endured incredible challenges in his journey of recovery and in spirituality. Yet, he keeps on keeping on and is happy to share his story with us today. I am very grateful for his commitment and wish him good heath.
For my own peace of mind and sense of security, I box people. Once I know which box they fit into, I find my engagement with them to come easier and more naturally. Mark is my exception to this rule. I find that he does not fit into any of my existing boxes, so he has his own unique box in my psyche, labeled Mark. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation. There is a depth and a width to Mark’s spirituality which I found truly fascinating and I loved hearing about his journey. I trust that you will enjoy it too.
My conversation with Nicole brought back many memories, both awful and good. But, what I got out of it the most, was how much we laughed during the recording. It reminded me of the fact that we live spiritually in order to experience freedom and to love ourselves and life. A lesson I think we can take with us on our daily journey.
I repeat this so often that it becomes boring, but I have again learned a vast amount about a friend whom I have known for many years. Mandy has been a dear friend for a long time and it is great to see her getting back to spiritual fitness and settled into her new little piece of heaven. I especially love her two most adorable buddha statues that welcomes one on her porch. It truly feels like one is entering a soul sanctuary when you walk into her home.
I am still fascinated by how much I learn about my guests when I chat to them. Invariably they are people whom I know or think I know. But, I am coming to realise how compartementalised we live our lives. Knowing something about someone’s sense of spirituality, does not mean that I know how they got there. This is again what I have learned from my chat with Marvin. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to learn more about his journey and in the process getting go know a lot more of the person behind the story.
I see my renewed friendship with Dionne as proof that the twelve step programme works. I follow the steps and do what is suggested. I made an amend to Dionne, as suggested in the ninth step and as a result, I am getting a friend back. During our time apart, both us went through very difficult times, resulting in us having some form of spiritual awakenings. It is her awakening and the path we are on, that Dionne and I are discussing in this episode.
Daniel refers to himself as a spiritual atheist, which is a term that I have not heard before. During our conversation it becomes quite clear that this description suits him perfectly. He knows that walking some form of a spiritual path is imperative to living contently and he does what he needs to do to walk this road less travelled for him.
Kirsty believes in nature as her higher source and has, since childhood, spent some quality time out in the open. As a Chef, she was fortunate enough to work in some wonderful places in nature, which helped to strengthen this relationship.
James has quite a unique sense of spirituality. His journey to where he is now took him on many interesting paths, but the ultimate goal of helping people has always played a big part in his life. During the podcast we refer to an article I wrote about the media and the expectation they create around beauty. That article can be accessed here: A step in the right direction.
My husband, Jaco, introduced me to podcasts. Before I met him, I have never even heard of it. It was also his idea that I start “Meet me in the field”. I am very grateful for that. He listens to podcasts constantly and I consequently appreciate his guidance immensely.
I love to hear Anton talk about the difference fatherhood has made to his life and how that features as a significant part of his spirituality. His son is giving him the opportunity to connect with his inner child and providing the space for Anton to play. This is truly beautiful and a gift of recovery.
Craig’s spiritual journey has taken him to many interesting places. He uses these experiences to strenghten his sense of spirituality. He does a lot of written work to process stuff and then uses yoga to access the knowledge that comes to him.
Leandra has truly connected with a deep sense of spirituality through doing yoga. This has taught her a set of principles which she uses effectively in her day-to-day existence.
I call Junior’s podcast The Trusted Servant, because he is probably one of the people I know who is the most committed to helping others. As you wil hear in this podcast, he sometimes needs to stand back from service to ensure that he has balance in his life and keeps himself safe in the process.
In a beautifully authentic way, Wendy shares her struggle as an Archaeologist, to find a most needed spiritual path in dealing with her eating disorder.
John’s journey takes him from science to religion and back to science, while holding on to his strong religious beliefs through difficult times. I love his commitment and dedication. I hope you will enjoy it too.
Fiona has, through working strong recovery programs in various fellowships, grown to be become a good friend and confidant for many. She has also developed herself into a known and pubished photographer in Cape Town, something which she has taken futher to develop a brand called Sober and Sexy. I think we are going to get to know her a lot better as she walks this path. I hope so.
I met Jules just over 2 years ago, while she was on holiday in Cape Town. She has in the meantime moved here. We connect on various levels, not only due to our shared journey in recovery, but also due to a shared history of high level hurdling in our youth. I have a huge amount of respect for her tenacity and single-minded determination.
Although I have known Janine for some time already, our paths only recently brought us much closer. I have learnt that she is an amazingly interesting woman. A true healer. She did some Emotional Freedom Tapping and Matrix reimprinting treatment on me, with wonderful results. We refer to this session during our conversation.
Hansie has changed significantly in the 3 years that we have known each other. We discuss what caused this dramatic transformation and reflect on how things were before the change. We also talk about the positive influences in his life and his connnection with the sea and silence.
This first episode features a conversation between Freddie and Jaco about the theme of the podcast.