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Embracing Empowerment with Christian De La Huerta


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Discovering Inner Heroism

I had the distinct pleasure of hosting Christian De La Huerta on my show, and the insights he shared were nothing short of transformative. Christian is not just a prolific author and speaker; he is a beacon of wisdom and authenticity. During our conversation, we delved deep into the essence of heroism, personal empowerment, and the profound journey of self-discovery.

 

Five Characteristics of Christian De La Huerta

 

Christian began by sharing five key characteristics that define him:

1. Authentic and Congruent: He walks his talk, practicing what he preaches.

2. Sense of Humor: Growing up as one of nine kids, humor is second nature.

3. Lover of Mangoes: A fun and lesser-known fact about him.

4. Digital Nomad: For the past year and a half, he's been traveling, especially in Spanish-speaking countries, to enhance his fluency and teaching capabilities.

5. Committed to Personal Growth: His journey of self-improvement and empowerment is continuous and deeply ingrained in his lifestyle.

 

Redefining Heroism

 

Christian's perspective on heroism is both expansive and inclusive. Traditionally, we view heroes as those who risk their lives, such as first responders or soldiers. However, the pandemic has broadened this definition to include healthcare professionals, delivery workers, and others who made sacrifices to keep society functioning.

 

But what about the rest of us? Christian posits that living life with courage, facing our inner demons, and striving for personal growth is equally heroic. It requires tremendous bravery to look within, understand our patterns, and choose to change them. This, he says, is the path to true freedom.

 

Awakening the Soul of Power

 

Christian’s book, "Awakening the Soul of Power," serves as a guide to reclaiming our inner strength. He believes that the empowerment of women is crucial for societal balance and transformation. This empowerment should not be about domination but about embracing a different, non-hierarchical way of being powerful. He emphasizes the need for a shift from power over others to power with others, akin to the round table of Camelot, where all are equal.

 

The Impact of COVID-19

 

Our discussion also touched on the profound effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Christian sees it as a potential wake-up call for many, a chance to reassess our lives and make more authentic choices. Whether deepening relationships, changing career paths, or embracing a more spiritual life, many have used this time to align more closely with their true selves.

 

Spirituality and Ego

 

Christian describes spirituality as a journey of remembering who we truly are, beyond the confines of our egos. He differentiates between religion, which he sees as more binding, and spirituality, which he associates with breath and spirit. This understanding leads to a more expansive view of self and existence.

 

Breathwork: A Path to Healing

 

Breathwork is a powerful tool in Christian's arsenal for personal transformation. Through specific breathing techniques, individuals can heal past traumas, experience profound states of bliss, and reconnect with their true essence. This practice, he believes, can offer similar benefits to those found in sacred medicine journeys, all through the power of breath.

 

Overcoming Ego and Embracing Love

 

Christian highlights the importance of overcoming the ego, which he likens to a baseball in the middle of a stadium, with the stadium representing our true, expansive self. By transcending the ego, we can tap into our full potential and embrace a life of authenticity and empowerment. Central to this journey is self-love, which he sees as the key to freedom and true power.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Our conversation with Christian De La Huerta was a profound exploration of what it means to live an empowered, authentic life. His insights remind us that the journey of self-discovery and empowerment is ongoing and deeply rewarding. As we navigate our own paths, let us remember the power of self-love, the importance of breath, and the courage it takes to be our own heroes.

 

For more transformative insights, connect with Christian through his videos and online presence. Let’s all strive to embrace our true selves and make the world a better place, one empowered individual at a time.




 Transcript of Episode:


Michelle Henderson :

So Christian, thank you so much for coming on, taking the time of your day to come and share your expertise and everything about life that we want to know about.


Christian De La Huerta :

Hi Michelle. Thanks so much for having me on the show. I've been looking forward to the conversation.


Michelle Henderson :

Same here. But before we get started, I'm going to ask you a very important question about you. Okay? Sure. So what are five characteristics that you want people to know about you?


Christian De La Huerta :

I've done over a hundred interviews, like podcasts, and actually much more than that just for this last book, over a hundred. And nobody has asked me that before. Well, let's see, authentic and congruent, which means that I walk my talk and I practice what I preach. I have a sense of humor. I'm one of nine kids and we're all very close in age, so we're all kind of pranksters. How many is that? There's probably like three or four, right? Yeah,


Michelle Henderson :

That's three. Combine it.


Christian De La Huerta :

Yeah. I love mangoes. It's my favorite fruit.


Michelle Henderson :

Oh, there you


Christian De La Huerta :

Go. That's something that most people don't know.


Michelle Henderson :

There you go.


Christian De La Huerta :

For the last year and a half, I've been digital nomad. So I've been traveling to different places and focusing mostly on Spanish speaking countries because I wanted to improve my Spanish. It's my first language. But ever since we came to the states when I was 10, I've done all my reading and all my studies in English. So I wanted to improve my vocabulary and ability to teach in Spanish.


Michelle Henderson :

Oh my gosh. And that's one way to do it. You really have to dive into the conversation with that language that like what you said, so that you're fluent in it. And that is awesome. Well, good for you. Well, thank you for sharing that. Sure. Alright. And the reason why I ask that is because reading your book, and we'll just go ahead and dive in, is awakening the soul of power. And at the very beginning of it, at the very beginning of it, you talk about heroes and about the different characteristics of heroes. And so I just want to kind of take your summary of now what do you think of what is a hero?


Christian De La Huerta :

Yeah, and that's such a good question too. We have so much confusion about what that is. Most of us have a hard time owning that word, so it's easy to project that out and admired it in other people's. And so we usually associate heroism with first responders, warriors, people who actually placed their lives at risk for the sake of someone else. And yet I think the pandemic kind of forced us all to expand that definition a little bit so that now we include healthcare professionals, food delivery people, delivery people in general, people who actually made a lot of sacrifices in their life in order to keep society going and keep us fed and provided for. And so then I started thinking, well, what about the rest of us? And some of the ways that I read about some of the ways of living that I write about and support, I think are really nothing less than heroic to go through life on questioning and blaming everybody else for our shortcomings or our failures or our circumstances.

It's easy. Anybody can do that. To have the courage to go within and to ask the hard questions of what was my part in it? What was my role in it, why do I keep getting stuck in these patterns of behavior and patterns of relationships? Why do I do the things I do requires courage to take a deep dive inside and look at ourselves and look at those patterns and figure out why we do the things we do. It's hard, it's heroic, and we may have to face ourselves and face down some of our inner demons, but it is so worthwhile, Michelle, because I know that as once we figure out those answers on why we do the things we do and why we get caught in patterns of relationships, then we can choose to be otherwise. And so it's infinitely worthwhile because the reward for being willing to do that kind of deep work is freedom.


Michelle Henderson :

Absolutely. And I found a quote in your book that I absolutely loved, and it describes the hero's journey as a call to an adventure. And that's what life is. It has ups and downs and things that you aren't aware of. And your book is so good, it has so much information that I think somebody could read it at the very beginning, put it down and live some adventure, come back to it and go, oh, that makes perfect sense. So you get a lot out of your book, a lot of information, so much there. And so I just challenge everybody to be their own hero. Pick up the book and find some information, put it down for a while, let it soak in and read some more. I love that. So lemme ask you, what made you decide to go ahead and write this book?


Christian De La Huerta :

Well, it's something that had been brewing in me for probably 10 years before that. And for a long time I've been saying the single most important thing that needs to happen in the is the empowerment of women. And it's not to idealize women. It is not to put women up on a pedestal. It's not to give women more crap that they have to do to fix this mess that we all find ourselves in. It's because as a world, as a species, we've been functioning very off balance where it comes to the masculine and the feminine energies. That course through all of us, that course, because they course through all of creation and in this little planet of ours we have in the last several thousand years, we have turned the feminine into something equate equal to weakness. We've labeled the feminine weakness, and I beg to differ with that.

If you want to talk courage and strengthen resilience and courage, let's talk about the power of creation that resides in a female body. And again, it's not to idealize women is not to put men down, but I really do believe that when women are in 50% of power in this world, we're going to have a very different relationship to war and poverty and hunger and how we treat the environment to all of it. So a couple of years ago I was dealing with a book editor, I mean a literary agent in New York City that I was working with at the time. And she goes, I sent her a proposal for a different book on a different theme. And she goes, yeah, I want to work with you, but I want to see some of these marketing ideas, this marketing plan put into place before we pitch it to a publisher, which would've taken me a year to implement all of that.

So it was like putting on the brakes, screeching halt. I was already spending the advance in my mind. And then it kind of sent me into a bit of a spin, a bit of a crisis. It's like, right, what am I going to do if I'm not going to write this book now? And then about three days later, it kind of hit me and it was one of those palm of the hand forehead moments. If I really do believe that the empowerment of women is the single most important thing that needs to happen in the world, how do we do that in a different way? How do we do it in a non patriarchal, non-hierarchical way of stepping into our own power that it's not about force domination, fear, it's not about overwhelming and imposing ourselves and others or pushing them down, stepping on 'em, putting our need to their neck in order for us to feel powerful. How do we do it in a different way? And so that's how when I started bringing some of those thoughts into writing, I've been working on retreats on those themes for a while. But there was a pandemic, honestly, Michelle, that forced me to sit my butt down and get these thoughts out of my head.


Michelle Henderson :

And I absolutely love that because it's almost like you've got to get it out. It's something that you to do. It's in your heart and in your soul. And the one thing that you talked about is that power with not power over. And you visualize, and I could visualize this, this is just perfect example. The Knights and Camelot at the iconic round table was a symbol that they're all even power, that there's not one that is powerful.


Christian De La Huerta :

Yes, yes, yes. No one sitting at the head of the table or the other side of the desk, everybody equal, equal accesses, which I think is the way we are ultimately.


Michelle Henderson :

Right. And which makes perfect sense because everybody in their own can make decisions. And if we make decisions together, like you said, you don't know where it's going to end up. So it's going to be, and I can already tell. Let me ask you a question about Covid because it's very interesting that you brought that up. Do you think that it was here to reset ourselves? Was it a spiritual awakening that was going on? What do you think was the effects of covid?


Christian De La Huerta :

Well, I think it's a really insightful question on your part. And yeah, it kind of shook everything up. It shook us up globally. I don't know that it was enough to wake us up, unfortunately, I wish it had. We're still moving very slowly towards implementing the changes that we need to implement if we're going to survive on this tiny pebble of ours hurdling through space at thousands of miles per hour. And what's sad about that is that we're not even paying attention and taking care of our home of the spaceship that allows us to travel through space. And yet at the same time, I know that it had an effect. I can't tell you how many people I know who either deepened the relationship or left a relationship or committed to a career path or decided that, you know what? I don't have time to waste. I'm going to go do what really is in my heart to do. I'm going to answer my call. So I think in that sense, it definitely was a wake up call for many people that I know without a doubt. I don't know that it was enough for all of us globally to pop up out of this hole that we have dug ourselves into.


Michelle Henderson :

I think one step at a time, one energy at a time. That kind of reminds me to me, it's also, I know so many people, like you said, have left their jobs or relationships because they want to be happy, they want to find themselves and they want to be authentic. And I think a lot of people are moving towards spirituality as well. So how do you define spirituality? What does spirituality mean to you?


Christian De La Huerta :

And because I'm in that category, I place myself in that category of spiritual, not religious, even though I grew up in a very religious household, in a very Catholic family. And so let's compare those two words, religion, they both come from the Latin root. Religion comes from rega, which means to bind or to rebind and presumably to the sacred, to the divine. But even that feels a little binding imprisoning to me. Whereas spirituality, that words comes from speed, also a Latin root, which means spirit or breath. From that same root, we get respiration and inspiration or expiration, which is very interesting because that happens in so many different traditions and so many, even some secular languages that the same word can be breath or spirit. So to me that feels a lot more inspiring for lack of another word, less binding. For me, spirituality is something that we all are just part of being human. The theologian Te de said that we're actually spirits having a human experience. We tend to think of ourselves as a body, but we're actually spirits that are having an experience in this embodied that are innate. Nature is infinite and eternal. And so to me, spirituality is practices, beliefs that help us realize that, that help us remember who we really are and help us to reconnect with our essence and to begin to live and make some choices from there.


Michelle Henderson :

Absolutely love it. I love it. I love it. Now, the one thing that kind of stops spirituality many, many times and gets frustrating is that ego. And I know you talk a lot about ego in your book, and there's one thing that I want to share with you that really resonated with me and I had never even thought about it again, is whenever ego really came out was when we were bumped from the Garden of Eden, that Adam and Eve's story. And because they were able to live with nature, they were able to be one with nature, be one with each other, and then they were kicked out. And then the ego happened. I went, oh, I would've never thought about that. Yes.


Christian De La Huerta :

When I first heard that it had the same effect on me. And that's a teaching from Ken Wilber because he writes about how that origin story of the garden and Adam and Eve's story, even though it may be called by different names, that it's all over the world. And so he also talks about how when, because at some point, as far as we know, we're the only species that has an ego and ego also from Latin. It means I. So it's that sense of iness, that sense of separate self. This is Christian over here, there's Michelle over there. And so there's some theories about whether the higher primates, the gorillas and the chips, whether the dolphins and the whales and the elephants have a sense of who they are, like an individual sense of identity, of separate identity. But we don't really know. We can't put ourselves inside of their heads. We base it on studies like for example, YouTube videos that we were talking about before we started recording.

We've all seen the cat or the dog in front of a mirror and they'll interact with that image as if it was another dog or a cat. If you place a higher pri, like a chip or gorilla in front of a mirror and you put ash on their shoulder, at some point they'll go like this. So they begin to realize that that's them. But how they interpret that we don't know. And so as far as you know, with the only species who has a sense of self, which is both a huge leap in terms of evolution, it's one of the reasons we're so smart and have taken dominion over the earth, but it's also there's a price to pay for that, which is once we have a sense of separate identity, we can be abandoned. So we have abandonment issues, we can feel lonely, depressed, isolated. We have a sense of our own mortality, all that kind of stuff that comes with a separate identity sense of self. And so Wilbur talks about how when that individual, that at some point we didn't have a sense of self, but at some point we were at one with all of creation, like all the other animals, all the other species. And that when the ego evolved in us that that's what was then mythologized all over the world as the expulsion from the garden.


Michelle Henderson :

I got you. Oh my goodness. So much knowledge. And I love how you said that the soul does create because we're not filling it one with everybody. We start blaming everybody for our problems. We become victims. Exactly. And I love that you say also that to look outside yourself for problems, that's where the victim starts, the victim mentality instead of looking inside.


Christian De La Huerta :

And that's huge. That's one of the 30 plus years of doing this kind of personal transformation work, empowerment work. I think that is the hardest thing for us to get to do is to pop out of that poor me, woe is me, if only mom had done this or daddy hadn't done that, or the teacher, the system, homophobia, racism, sexism. And not to deny that those things don't exist and not to deny that crap happened to many of us when we were kids and that our parents were far from perfect. And in the same way that we are far from perfect, but as long as we're holding not to deny that all that stuff doesn't exist or didn't happen, but as long as we're holding whatever happened or whatever they did or didn't do, or the unfairness of the system, as long as we're holding anything outside of us responsible for our state of being, we just gave our power away and often to the perpetrator themselves. And so it's not a good strategy, it's not an empowering strategy. So if we want to be free, if we want to reclaim and step into our power fully, we've got to start from that premise that no matter what happened in the past, no matter what happens going forward, we always get to choose how we show up in response to that. And that little reframe on that own, that not small, small amount was simple, but huge reframe opens the doors to freedom.


Michelle Henderson :

And I love that because it is a very, very difficult thing. The more trauma it is, it is very, very difficult. But like you said, once you release it and you work on it, then you're going, the attitude changes and you're going, you know what? That was not about me. That was about them. You know what I'm saying? Exactly. But I can choose to look at it differently and it is hard. And sometimes I still get triggered and I have to go back in and work it all out and go, I'm okay. It's just one of those


Christian De La Huerta :

Things, it's hard. It's heroic. That's one of the things that I'm talking about that's heroic.


Michelle Henderson :

That's true, that's true. And the one thing that you talk about that really helps is breath work. And I totally agree, because you don't get stuck, your energy flow, you don't get stuck in that not having enough power if you breathe through it. Can you talk about the theme behind breathing and why it is important?


Christian De La Huerta :

Yeah. And breathwork, let me start by saying that breathwork is a very large umbrella term. So there are a lot of different practices for different purposes. Anybody who's ever been to a yoga class has done breath work, pranayama and some of their practices, breathing techniques that if you're stressed out, if you can't sleep, they'll help to calm down and to relax. There are practices that if you want to really focus your mind and your energy be right before a meeting that is more energizing. The type of breathwork that I'm talking about is you do it longer, you do it for about an hour, an hour and a half. It's a type of circular breathing. And Michelle's like amazing stuff happens. My dad was a psychiatrist, my degree is in psychology. I was on a track to get a PhD until my very first breathwork session.

And it was so amazing and so profoundly healing that I jumped tracks. I never went for the PhD. And since then I've been offering breathwork for three decades all over the world with incredible results. And they haven't studied breathwork yet in the same way that they've done a lot of research on what happens in the body and the brain when we meditate. They're starting to focus on that now a little bit more. Breathwork is kind following that same trajectory that yoga did and meditation did in the west. And so I suspect they'll find some of the same similar effects that happened in the brain as when we meditate. But there's some of it that is just inexplicable. There's stuff that I've witnessed, stuff that I've experienced in terms of healing past trauma, and I've worked with people who have serious, really serious trauma including sex abuse and violent stuff.

And it gets healed just from breathing. And I know that boggles the mind. And I can tell you even stories about physical healings just from breathing. And that's probably the hardest one for me to really get and understand how does that work? But what makes it more understandable to me? What gives it more meaning is that it's what we were talking about before, that if you look at the many, many religions and spiritual traditions and secular language is the same word coming breath or spirit, and I can't argue with results. It works with permanent results. And on top of that, on of the healing, and I can tell you some really mind boggling stories if we have the time for that, but on top of the healing people have, and I've certainly experienced some of the most profound, ecstatic, blissful experiences that I've ever had.


Michelle Henderson :

And the one thing Oh, absolutely. And the one thing that we all need to remember when we do these breathing exercises is to trust and to let go of the process. Because I think a lot of people tend to, once they start relaxing, they start fighting it. There's that ego again.


Christian De La Huerta :

For sure. And for sure, and that's one of the qualities of the ego is the ego is a control freak.


Michelle Henderson :

Yes, yes, absolutely. And I think once you let go, and it's so interesting how their neurological system, once you let go, just kind of goes back into where it needs to be, the flow and everything. And you will get that information spiritually that you need. And it aligns your work. I mean, your life, your energy life. Because sometimes things will change and you'll be going, oh my gosh, that is working. It doesn't work. Like you may not see the results immediately. It may take a couple of days, it may take a week for you to line up with that, but you got to continue with the breath work so that it continues to change.


Christian De La Huerta :

And since we were talking about the ego list, connect, those two things had a lot of people tell me over the years that they got to the same place, had the same kind of experience breathing that they did with a sacred medicine journey with mushrooms, ayahuasca, or whatever. And part of what's happening, the reason that that happens is because these practices and breathing breathwork pops us out of the ego. And it's sort of like a great, there's so much to say about the ego. I spent the whole probably third of the book, quarter of the book talking about it because there's so much confusion about what it is. But here's a simple metaphor that helps us really understand it. If you put a baseball in the center of a stadium, that's what the ego is. It is our sense of self and who we are is actually the stadium. And we've allowed this tiny, tiny, tiny part of us to think that it is all who we are and to make really important, significant choices about our lives, about our relationships, about our purpose, from its very small, limited and fear-based perspective. So when we breathe, when we do breath work, it pops us out of the baseball and we start realizing the realm of the stadium, who we really are.


Michelle Henderson :

And I love it. And that's how you find out who you truly are. You remember who you are supposed to be. Alright, so let's go ahead and talk about your podcast is So Full Power.


Christian De La Huerta :

It's my website. I actually don't have a podcast.


Michelle Henderson :

Oh, I thought, okay. But do you do videos on your website? Yes, yes,


Christian De La Huerta :

I do. A lot of videos that I've posted on social media, some of them are housed on my website. Yeah,


Michelle Henderson :

Okay. Because seen some of your videos and for some reason I was thinking that was a podcast, but it's kind of a video.


Christian De La Huerta :

I know what you're thinking. I have videos that I do myself, and then I've run several summits called Leaders of Global Consciousness. Not quite landing It Identity exactly, but I've done three or four versions of it. And so I interview people. So it's sort of like a podcast. I do one a year and I interview probably 25, 30 people


Michelle Henderson :

Per one. Oh wow. Well, and that's to me too Christian. And I don't know, I know from Pod Match, Alex on Pod Match, he says, you know what? People are changing the definition of what a podcast is by going to YouTube and doing videos, which he said, but in reality, it's not really a podcast. You've got to have that RSSV feed. But I think things are changing. I think things are going to be changing that way. So you can say it's a video podcast if you want to. Interesting. Yeah, very interesting. So is there anything that we did not talk about that you want to make sure that you get into this episode?


Christian De La Huerta :

Oh my God,


Michelle Henderson :

I know there's so much.


Christian De La Huerta :

There's so much. We could talk about relationships, personal empowerment, life purpose. We don't really have the time to do that. But what I would like to say is that for anybody who has struggled with self-doubt, rejection of self, who has struggled with the imposter syndrome, who do I think I am, what I want to say is that when I was a kid, a teenager, painfully, painfully shy, I was a good student. I was a 4.0 student except for one B in high school. And of course I didn't set out to do this consciously. And it points to the way of the ego and how we sabotage ourselves sometimes, even unconsciously. So I know looking back on it that I got that one B because it was a fairly easy class because there is no way at that point in my life that I could have stood up in front of an auditorium filled with hundreds and thousands of people to deliver the valedictorian speech.

There's no way I was, that was so beyond me. And so flash forward to today, and I've spoken to dozens of conferences, churches, universities, the TAC stage. And so what I know without any doubt, no matter what happened to us, no matter what traumas we had to overcome, that all that stuff can get healed and it can be overcome. And that we can find a way to step into our power that is a match for who we are and to really step into our purpose. And for anybody watching this or listening to this, who has the slightest suspicion, the slightest inkling of an idea that they have work to do in terms of healing work or teaching, or being an activist for change at this particular time in our collective evolution, this is it. This is the time that we've been waiting for and we need you.


Michelle Henderson :

Absolutely. I love it. Absolutely love it. Are you ready for the last question?


Christian De La Huerta :

Sure.


Michelle Henderson :

Alright, let's see what your question will be. Let's spin it.


Christian De La Huerta :

This is fun, Michelle.


Michelle Henderson :

I'm glad you like it. It's like, oh,


Christian De La Huerta :

Isn't that funny? Oh,


Michelle Henderson :

I love it for you. This is perfect. So what if you could choose any superpower? I know you've got a lot, but something that you don't have now. What would you choose?


Christian De La Huerta :

First one that popped to mind was flying like Superman. But what I think, to jump off that question, if you ask me what my superpower is,


Michelle Henderson :

Yeah,


Christian De La Huerta :

I think it's the depth of my capacity to love.


Michelle Henderson :

Oh, that is a good superpower to have. Absolutely. Okay, so the other superpower, where would you fly?


Christian De La Huerta :

That's funny. Well, we were talking about before that I'm in Columbia right now, met y I've been doing the digital nomad thing for a couple of years, but the place that popped into mind was

Hawaii.


Michelle Henderson :

Oh, yes, yes. The energy there I'm sure is fabulous. I have not been to Hawaii, but yeah.


Christian De La Huerta :

Oh my god, Michelle, you've got it. I'm from the Caribbean. I love the Caribbean. I love any beach anywhere. There is a magic. There's an energy that you picked up on already in those islands. They call it the mana, MANA, which is the energy of the land that is palpable, even in Honolulu when you hit the airport.


Michelle Henderson :

Yeah. Oh my gosh. And see, I always have to be around water now you can see my fair skin. You don't see me at the beach. I don't tan at all. I just get red and it goes on from there. But just being there around the energy, and I don't have to be sunning in the beach. But yeah, just the energy itself would be awesome.


Christian De La Huerta :

Yeah, there's something about the ocean. Well, I think our blood is like 98%, I forget the exact number, but the same constitution, I think it's even higher than 98% exact constitution as ocean water.


Michelle Henderson :

Oh wow. Okay. So say that. That's fine. Awesome energy. So what is your favorite social media? I know that people say my website, but where do you like people to contact you?


Christian De La Huerta :

Well, social media has been a challenge for me. Isn't that something that I love to do? I think I'm probably where I have the most followers is on LinkedIn. I'm pulling back from there now and refocusing again on Facebook and Instagram. But for me, it's been an effort. I'm basically introverted and I don't do chitchat very well. I'm much more comfortable in deeper waters and really getting to know somebody, right? So chitchat is not, and so social media, I don't know that it's a great match for me in my essence. So much of it tends to be more superficial. But I realize in the day that in the world that we live in, you got to do it. If I want to get my message out, which I do, because to me it's a sense of mission. Oh, absolutely. That drives what I do. And paraphrasing Einstein, you can't solve a problem from the same level of consciousness in which it was created.

So when I look at the world and the shape that we're in and all the challenges that we're facing, any one of which can feel just completely overwhelming, what can I do about global, about climate change? Or what can I do about the polarization that we, and the fear that is running amuck in our world? And yet, so the way that I think we dig ourselves, the only way I see that we dig ourselves out of this hole that we find ourselves in is a leap in consciousness, a shift in consciousness, a revolution in consciousness, which is going to shift the way that we see ourselves, the way we see each other, and the way that we see our planet. And so that's my sense of mission, is how many people can I impact so that we begin to shift the way we see ourselves and everything else around us.


Michelle Henderson :

And like you said,


Christian De La Huerta :

I got to do social media, I got to do it. Yes,


Michelle Henderson :

I know. As difficult as it is, I know that's when you hire a young person to do all of your social media because they'll understand it. Alright, so everybody, if this really resonated with you, please share it with whoever will really resonate with them and just spread the love. So Christian, what is one word that you can leave with everybody for this week?


Christian De La Huerta :

Well, I think you pointed us in that direction, which is love. And I would add self-love hyphenated. That's the key To me, that's the key to freedom. And it becomes possible only with self-awareness, which is that willingness that we were talking about, about diving in and getting to know ourselves so that we can accept ourselves and ultimately love ourselves.


Michelle Henderson :

You heard it here. Alright everybody, have a blessed week and I will see you next week. Awesome.

 

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