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Wisdom Walking with the Hatman – The Blame Game

In this episode, of Walking Wisdom with the HATMAN, he discusses his views on “Blame” and the Blame Game.

Is it a game that we should play? Does it help us when we blame others, and more importantly does it help us when we blame ourselves?

He thinks back to a pair of movies with “heroes” to help their character’s loved ones. Mr. De Niro and Mr. Williams are enlightening in this regard.

Later we will recall Tina’s view on heroes, and perhaps have a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down at the end of the podcast.

Digital Calm #16

Lao Tze said: Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

In this episode of the Digital Calm show, we talk about self-leadership by exploring the four pillars of self-leadership: knowing who you are, knowing what you do, knowing what you need to learn, and using what you know.

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Stripping Back the Layers

Here’s something for you to contemplate over coffee (or tea) today. It’s a self-awareness exercise where you explore 3 aspects of your-self:

Who I Am
Who I Fear I Am
Who I Pretend To Be

Listen to the audio and enjoy.

the unknowable

Here’s something for you to contemplate over coffee (or tea) today:

The world is divided into three parts: the known, the unknown, and the unknowable. To receive what you’re after, a journey to the unknowable is where you have to go.



Try All You Want #12

Sometimes the wisest person in the kingdom is the fool…
Every Friday night the two court jesters of WEX Radio get together to talk about…well to talk about anything and everything.

This week:

Half-cut show controller Clay Lowe has had one whisky too many, while Daniel takes issue with Clay’s TV show recommendation from the week before. The boys also talk about how to plan road trips, bubble swapping, the satisfaction of walking away from a bad relationship, argue over the length of a Fleetwood Mac song, recall the mesmerizing oratory skills of an old Chief Executive they once worked with, and more.

Follow the show on Twitter @TryAllYouWant_ 

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Wisdom Walking with the Hatman: Are We There Yet?

A walk with the HATMAN and the trustworthy Harvey through the park exploring moments from the 1970s whilst looking to the skies. He wonders when things will change for the better, he knows they will, just not yet.

Schoolboy memories of playing football and not wanting to play the piano leads to a good recollection of Kay Brophy.

He’s not yet fluent in Mandarin but offers the wisdom of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

Digital Calm #15: Enlisting Your Allies

In many indigenous traditions, a person seeking answers to questions would approach a medicine man or woman sitting by the fire and ask what they should do to resolve their dilemma. He or she classically would respond to this request by saying, “Let me tell you a story.” Moms, dads, mentors, and friends can do this, too…. In new situations, often what is needed is a new story that can help supply a map for the new journey and a toehold when that journey feels like climbing up a steep and dangerous mountain. – Carol Pearson

In this week’s episode, we explore psychological archetypes and how to use them as allies in our everyday life.

Some of the resources we mention in the show:

The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling by James Hillman

RE-Visioning Psychology by James Hillman

Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes to Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World by Carol Pearson

If you’re interested in finding out the dominant archetype most active in your life, here a free version of the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator.

Here’s an exercise (borrowed from Carol Pearson) that you might like to try after listening to the episode:

Directions: To get ready to do this exercise, you will need to print out or copy these directions and the chart below. Then, looking over the chart, circle all of the capacities in the first column that you currently demonstrate through your attitudes and behaviors. You also can see in the middle column what fears might be motivating your growth. Circle all that apply. Exploring the final column, put a star by the three archetypal names that leap out as being most like you. Then scan the first two columns, observing what you marked, and consider whether another archetype or two that you had not starred might be very active in your life.

Create a hypothesis for yourself about what archetypes currently are your allies.


Capacities Fear Archetype
Trust, optimism, faith, loyalty Bad things happening Idealist/Innocent
Knowing how to fit in, resilience, realism Exploitation, abandonment Realist/Everyperson/ Regular Guy/Gal
Goal-orientation, physical courage, persistence Weakness, giving up Warrior
Compassion, generosity, concern for others Selfishness, doing harm Caregiver
Autonomy, exploration, adventurousness Emptiness, loss of identity Explorer/Seeker
Passion, commitment, love of beauty Isolation, loss of love Lover
Ease with radical change, ability to shake things up Oppression, confinement Revolutionary/Outlaw/Destroyer
Imagination, creativity, aesthetic sense Feeling stuck, ordinariness Creator
Responsibility, management ability Chaos, losing control Ruler
Transformational power, charisma Manipulation, hubris Magician
Wisdom, objectivity, curiosity Deception, ignorance Sage
Joy, freedom, humor, enjoyment Boredom, routine work Jester


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Here’s something for you to contemplate over coffee (or tea) today:

what are your thoughts or feelings on purpose? do you believe we have a pre-determined purpose (god/goddess-given)? is our purpose purely biologically driven as directed by our genes? or do we have no purpose other than the one we make for ourselves?

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The Storytelling Animal

We’re pretty psyched to have Ernie Boxall on as a guest next Wednesday evening. We’re going to geek out about all things storytelling and how stories make us human!

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