Modern Mantra Podcast

Nick Sarafa & Elijah Johnston

Modern Mantra is a venture design studio using technology to awaken the highest self. Each month we publish 4x podcasts around one of our core design themes, looking at the roots of our modern spiritual imbalance and conceptualizing new ways to use technology to help the world heal. In our How Might We podcasts, we start with a specific design question, unearth widespread societal pain points, and conceptualize new Design Solutions that can help solve them. In our Guest podcasts, we talk with conscious founders about their journey building heart-centered technology. The podcast is hosted by the studio's two founders, Nick Sarafa and Elijah Johnston. Both have extensive backgrounds in all parts technology and entrepreneurship as well as personal healing journeys that involve deep work in spiritual realms. read less

Tarots, Astrology and Doing The Work: A Conversation with Chris Corsini
18-01-2023
Tarots, Astrology and Doing The Work: A Conversation with Chris Corsini
Chris Corsini is one of the most awe-inspiring and powerful forces of nature we know. Watching him work is unlike anything else you'll ever see, as he integrates American Sign Language, astrology, tarot card reading, and musicianship into a pure expression of channeling mastery. Through his work he has helped thousands of people to throw off their inner shackles and walk their own life’s path.In this podcast, we take a deep dive into Chris’s spiritual and entrepreneurial journey, as we chat about his rapid rise to fame and the experience of coming into his full power as a psychic channel and entrepreneur.If you haven't encountered Chris Corsini before, you are in for a treat, discovering what it really means to put yourself out there and embrace all of your gifts.Today’s Guest: Chris CorsiniChris Corsini is an artist, psychic, and intuitive tarot card reader that strives for inclusivity, collaboration and community connection. Chris has become known for his free monthly tarot forecasts and pay-what-you-can astrology workshops that he offers in both spoken English and ASL. As a certified ASL/English Interpreter, he works closely with both the Deaf and hearing communities to provide spiritually insightful resources that are accessible and inclusive to everyone.Connect with Chris CorsiniWebsite: https://inwardboutique.com/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVf4Fl4-dwJtBLxNxRkcCjQInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/chriscorsini/?hl=enTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@chriscorsiniIn this episode we discuss:03:27 - Tarots, Astrology and More: What Guides Chris’s Channeling Work?17:16 - The Biggest Challenge of Being an Influencer: Managing the Demand on Your Nervous System22:26 - Dealing with the Pressures of Entrepreneurship: Chris Corsini’s Self-Care Routine26:03 - The Power of Capricorn: How This Zodiac Sign Has Helped Chris in Business33:18 - What It’s Like to Date an Energy Channeler: Chris on Relationships44:27 - Why the Spiritual Community Need to Learn to Dance With Money53:26 - Chris on America’s Pluto Return and What It Means for Our Future58:47 - How the Current Astrological Climate is Affecting Art and Creativity1:02:24 - Chris Corsini's Journey to Becoming a Professional ASL Interpreter & Channeling While Signing1:11:30 - The Creative Process Behind Chris's Work1:15:15 - The Importance of Normalizing Deaf Creative Talent on Screen1:17:13 - What Is A Guru Though Really? Music and More1:25:08 - Why You Should Pour 15% of Your Energy Into Therapy Even When Life Is Good1:29:19 - The Loosh Energy Harvesting System, Parallel Universes & Artificial Intelligence1:40:22 - Do We Get Brownie Points for Having a Divine Connection?1:44:54 - Religion & Spirituality: A Means to Control Rather Than Empower1:51:44 - How Social Media is Toxic but Also Supporting Human Awakening1:54:45 - The Power of Forgiveness: How to Turn Assholes Into Your Teachers2:01:31 - Ayahuasca, Technology and Healing2:05:48 - Chris Corsini: Do the Work, There’s No Excuse!Thanks for listening! Follow us on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok or find us on LinkedIn! Join the ModernMantra.co mailing list here.
The Journey of a Channel: Communicating with Higher Realms - Anne Marie Pizarro, Akashic Records Practitioner
07-12-2022
The Journey of a Channel: Communicating with Higher Realms - Anne Marie Pizarro, Akashic Records Practitioner
Elijah embarked on a metaphysical journey with Anne Marie Pizarro, an exceptionally knowledgeable Akashic Records practitioner and entrepreneur.Together they explored the nuances of multidimensional awareness - from spiritual enlightenment in Alaska to our ongoing connection with technology. You’ll gain invaluable perspective into how different dimensions of consciousness influence human existence while discovering tools - like crystal grids and unifying head intelligence with heart wisdom - to elevate inner harmony.Today’s Guest: Anne Marie PizarroAnne Marie has owned and operated her own holistic practice, Body Energy Connection LLC, for over 15 years and is also a retired registered nurse with over 20 years of experience. Anne works with clients all over the world doing Akashic Records Readings, Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) and Holographic DNA Recombination. She also teaches spiritual seekers and practitioners how to use their sacred gifts to build a successful and sustainable practice. Her goal is to help you receive the information and tools that elevates your consciousness, aligns you on your soul’s path and maximizes your impact in the world. Connect with Anne Marie PizarroWebsite: https://www.bodyenergyconnection.comMaster the Akashic Records: https://www.bodyenergyconnection.com/mars-webinar-registration-pageThe Akashic Collective: https://facebook.com/groups/theakashiccollective/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bodyenergyconnectionInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/bodyenergyconnection/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bodyenergyconxnLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/body-energy-connection-llcYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNKzqG4JWhkp8TojlXzFUPQPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bodyenergyconnection/In this episode we discuss:03:22 — Anne Marie Pizarro’s story about recognizing light codes06:04 — How the Akashic Records work09:35 — Soul purpose vs light purpose15:33 — The different dimensions of consciousness17:13 — The 5th dimension and why it seems to be the most popularized idea21:38 — How to bend and loop time25:47 — The impact of technology on ancient civilizations29:46 — The benefits of technology in our modern renaissance32:47 — Understanding the basics of crystal grids35:49 — The importance of connecting the head to the heart40:29 — From nurse to world-renowned spiritual teacher45:57 — Receiving Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) training53:22 — Master the Akashic Records training program53:47 — Launching a coaching program and podcastThanks for listening! Follow us on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok or find us on LinkedIn! Join the ModernMantra.co mailing list here.
What Would A Psychic Medium Do With $1 Billion? - Medium Fleur, Medium & Intuition Teacher
25-11-2022
What Would A Psychic Medium Do With $1 Billion? - Medium Fleur, Medium & Intuition Teacher
Nick & Elijah sit down with psychic medium and entrepreneur, Medium Fleur, for an awesome chat about innovation in the field of mediumship & spiritual communication.You’ll learn about Fleur’s unique scientific approach to channelling spirits; the power of intuition and how it can be cultivated in all of us; and the experience of reading someone’s spirit from a medium’s perspective.The conversation then ends with a look into the future of spiritual work, as the trio riff on how technology like AR, VR, AI and neuroscience can be used to help people more readily connect to their spiritual self.Today’s Guest: Medium FleurMedium Fleur is a renowned psychic medium, intuition teacher, author, and entrepreneur working at the intersection of spirituality and science. Fleur’s life mission is to help people have their own spiritual experiences and to teach the world that everyone is capable of translating the energetic information around them.Connect with FleurInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/mediumfleurWebsite: https://www.mediumfleur.comFleur’s podcast - “Moving Beyond”: https://open.spotify.com/show/0IGDi7Z0NDLHHzcoZXfPna?si=5fq4CG_MTLasY3VLyna1JQFleur’s book - “Moving Beyond: Access Your Intuition, Psychic Ability and Spirit Connection”: https://www.amazon.com/Moving-Beyond-Intuition-Psychic-Connection/dp/152936695XIn this episode we discuss:01:45 — Fleur’s story - from a child with psychic abilities to going the conventional route to pursuing her life’s calling14:57 — Fleur’s scientific approach to psychic readings18:54 — The benefits of teaching intuition - helping people get beyond stuck phases in life and finding stability in self24:47 — The 3 categories of intuition: survival, who you love, what you love29:18 — How to train intuition33:01 — What is intuition? Everybody has a pattern36:03 — Cultivating intuition - feedback loops between structure laying and flow states40:47 — Direct intuition vs indirect intuition43:39 — Fleur’s end goals & dreams - using neurofeedback to reinforce intuition46:16 — Fleur’s current split of time48:12 — The experience of doing a reading for someone - what’s it like?54:17 — The concept of “threads” - having free will vs the future being predictable01:00:14 — Doing a psychic reading feels like being pulled apart inside01:03:24 — Fleur’s approach - I start from what’s this person’s greatest need?01:04:34 — Do you read for family and friends?01:06:58 — What support are you looking for from an entrepreneurial stance?01:18:37 — Creating a research center for spiritual exploration (tech x science x spirituality)01:24:06 — If you had $1 billion how would you allocate it today?Thanks for listening! Follow us on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok or find us on LinkedIn! Join the ModernMantra.co mailing list here.
Designing AI to Connect Us to Higher Consciousness
16-11-2022
Designing AI to Connect Us to Higher Consciousness
Technology today is bombarding us with noise and blocking us from getting back to our highest selves—the true us: that wise, calm, loving being connected to all that is. But are the two really diametrically opposed?Join us for a packed 40 minutes as Nick & Elijah challenge the notion that human intelligence and artificial intelligence are fundamentally different, presenting ideas that will blow open your mind and make you question everything you thought you knew about technology and nature: If humans beings are programmed and conscious, then why not a computer? Is technology really created at all or is it all just nature?The two then circle back around the idea that AI—rather than being the supreme antagonist—can act as a conduit to allow more humans than ever before to tap into their highest consciousness.In this episode we discuss: 01:09 - The age of information and the loss of intuition06:35 - Walking past digital waterfalls to get to the lake of calm07:26 - If human beings are programmed and conscious, then why not a computer?11:21 - AI is built from natural materials so is it really “artificial” intelligence?12:57 - Let’s build a computer out of meat14:47 - A virtuous cycle - advances in AI enhance our knowledge of materials sciences which advances AI20:48 - AI as a teacher for understanding the human psyche and our own biases 21:38 - Human biases in AI - is Stable Diffusion racist?24:49 - AI that offers lower salaries based on candidate phone number only reinforces social barriers27:41 - Should AI algorithms be kept in a black box or made open?29:45 - Can AI be a conduit to allow more people to tap into higher consciousness?34:17 - Product idea: feeding AI data from energy channelers so anyone can access higher consciousness at the tap of a buttonThanks for listening! Follow us on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok or find us on LinkedIn! Join the ModernMantra.co mailing list here.
Redesigning Reading Education to Empower Underserved Children - Rebecca Kockler, Program Director at Reading Reimagined
02-11-2022
Redesigning Reading Education to Empower Underserved Children - Rebecca Kockler, Program Director at Reading Reimagined
Elijah speaks with Rebecca Kockler, educator turned tech leader, about illiteracy in the United States and her pioneering approach to fixing it. American kids today are the worst at reading on record, with Black, Latino, and Native American kids suffering most from lack of access to good literacy education. With reading an almost prerequisite for success in life, this dynamic will only serve to widen wealth disparity across races in years to come.In a fascinating 1 hour chat, we go to the heart of the dysfunction in our education system, hearing how market forces have put bad curriculum on our kids’ desks for years, and the awesome story of how Louisiana State overcame this by applying behavioral design to create real impact on the lives of real students.You’ll learn about the architecture of a cutting-edge “For-Purpose” organization practicing truly kid-centered design, and what it means to build product to solve real world problems rather than simply to further one’s own wealth.If you’re ever felt exasperated by our education system and felt an urge to fix it, you’ll enjoy this episode.Today’s Guest: Rebecca KocklerRebecca Kockler is Program Director at Reading Reimagined, a for-purpose organization dedicated to ending the “decoding threshold” and eradicating illiteracy so that every kid, regardless of race, can read confidently and set themselves up for a more prosperous life.Modern Mantra is currently collaborating with Reading Reimagined on the design of literacy applications for underprivileged children in the United States.Connect with Rebecca and Reading ReimaginedRebecca's Twitter: https://twitter.com/rkocklerReading Reimagined website: https://aerdf.org/programs/reading-reimagined/In this episode, we discuss:03:47 - How traveling in rural Guatemala inspired a life devoted to giving back through education06:55 - How bureaucracy in education has a bad name but also brings big benefits08:55 - Eradicating literacy - how literacy is the most important value schools can deliver but the current system is failing to deliver11:18 - What’s driving inequities in literacy learning?15:54 - 4 reasons are our school curriculums not driven by research and the role of market power20:26 - How Louisiana got 90% schools to use a research-based curriculum and significantly raised learning outcomes22:25 - Ways we can incentivise adopting research-based curricula?25:29 - How might we standardize teaching in literacy?29:08 - The best role of tech in reading education?31:41 - Decoding in literacy education and how it’s the crucial building block of our ability to read and communicate37:09 - The organizational architecture of Reading Reimagined - integrating research x product x school systems38:30 - Biggest challenges designing and developing EdTech42:32 - For-profit vs for-purpose - chasing revenue to solve real problems vs chasing revenue for self wealth50:49 - The impact of eradicating illiteracy - confidence, wealth, class mobility55:27 - Who Reading Reimagined is looking for - opportunities for talentThanks for listening! Follow us on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok or find us on LinkedIn! Join the ModernMantra.co mailing list here.
How Might We Get Companies To Be More Honest?
26-10-2022
How Might We Get Companies To Be More Honest?
If aliens came to earth post-armageddon, they wouldn’t find much, but they would find a sh*t ton of plastic! Join Nick & Elijah for 1 hour as we explore possible tech solutions to environmentally destructive behavior by big business and the dishonest greenwashing that comes with it.Companies these days make promises about producing less waste and pollution, but the reality is nobody is really holding them accountable. That’s one reason they can continue to pump out masses of single-use junk that ends up in the earth that we eat, drink, and live from. Tune in to hear a number of cool ways that we could use (mostly web3) technology to stop corporate hoodwinking, give more power back to citizens, and create an honest capitalism that maximizes value to the environment and all humans, not just shareholder pockets. Featuring names like Nike, Adidas, Kanye West, Uber, and the government of Singapore.In this episode we discuss:00:48 - How our collective behaviors are optimizing for a worse climate future, with origins in the industrial revolution03:22 - How the creation of capitalism has saved humanity from lots of war and bloodshed but is also at the root of our collective destruction of the planet04:54 - Evolving the capitalistic system to make it more in tune with the planet07:00 - Mass production of single use junk and the dirty truth about recycling12:14 - Plastic production is anonymous and how tech can be used to hold offenders accountable15:32 - Billionaires building doomsday bunkers vs helping to change collective practices for the better18:28 - Ideas for how we might bring more awareness to the consequences of our actions as consumers 23:12 - Governments vs companies vs consumers - which is the highest impact area to focus? 25:29 - The need to wake up and rise above restrictions we've made as nations29:13 - How network state technology offers a viable path to citizen governance33:24 - Idea: Public scoreboard of corporate promises - Nike now issues NFTs for every sneaker produced & how the same tech can make companies stick to their CSR commitments36:54 - Idea: How to lead the way as a nation in the networked era e.g. Singapore39:27 - Idea: Corporate challenges where companies put money behind their CSR commitments and automatically pay out cash to a good cause if they fail46:26 - Idea: a DAO that compensates Yeezy to audit and verify the production of Nike sneakers51:45 - How it will soon be weird that a company doesn’t track production on-chain just like how it feels weird to use a taxi cab since UberThanks for listening! Follow us on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok or find us on LinkedIn! Join the ModernMantra.co mailing list here.
Breaking Intergenerational Trauma Through Spiritually-Led Technology - Kate Gerson, CEO of Rethinc
19-10-2022
Breaking Intergenerational Trauma Through Spiritually-Led Technology - Kate Gerson, CEO of Rethinc
Elijah speaks with Kate Gerson about her journey as a white woman devoted to dismantling systemic racism in the United States. The two talk about how Kate’s early interest in the writings and poetry of African-American women led her to choose a “path of service”, challenges encountered along the way, and the eventual creation of her current vessel for healing, Rethinc. We hear how Rethinc are redesigning work culture by putting spirituality at the center, and in doing so are helping society transition to a more equitable capitalism. Finally, Kate talks about Rethinc’s transition to a technology venture, and how they aim to use digital product to accelerate healing, growth, and change in every human they touch. In this episode we discuss:01:42 — The notion of equity, particularly racial equity, in education and the workplace and what got Kate started on this path of service06:56 — What is “white-splaining” and why it’s inappropriate08:05 — Navigating competing lines of difference and the differences in privilege between gender and race as a white woman14:21 — The Rethinc story and why they chose the workplace to fight systemic racism23:30 — Elijah’s own experiences of oppressive work culture26:35 — The Rethinc experience - sacred ceremony taking place inside the workplace - sound healing, guided meditations and the workplace as a grounded space28:47 — Transitioning from a service-led business model to creating digital product - challenges and learnings38:27 —  Being the founder/vision holder/product leader and the energy balancing that goes with it41:00 — Leaving VC resources on the table in exchange for freedom to prioritize learning, wholeness, and trusting divine timing44:04 — How Rethinc’s product aims to tackle employee engagement, retention, and wellbeing by creating space for each individual to connect with their higher self46:11 — Going from blame culture to creating a sense of belonging in the workplace - a 3-part framework53:07 — Talent Rethinc is looking for right now - building a product team in 202357:18 — The best way to connect with Kate and engage with RethincConnect with Kate and RethincWebsite: www.rethinc.usInstagram: www.instagram.com/rethincRethinc Podcast - “Healing The Way We Work”: https://rethincpodcast.buzzsprout.com/Thanks for listening! Follow us on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok or find us on LinkedIn! Join the ModernMantra.co mailing list here.
How Might We Redesign Sex Education For Male Adolescents?
12-10-2022
How Might We Redesign Sex Education For Male Adolescents?
In this episode, Nick and Elijah look at the roots of toxic masculinity and explore how we could redesign sex education for male adolescents. Join us for 1 hour as we share our own experiences of sex education as kids, unpack how our current approach to sex education is harming us, and conceptualize a new digital-first sexual education grounded in spiritual alignment.In this episode we discuss: 01:34 — "What is it that we weren't taught as kids?" about sex11:36 — First sexual experiences and the lack of guidance on how to navigate them13:57 — The value of a safe space to talk about sex16:40 — Over-viewership of pornography, excess masturbation and testosterone dropping 50% in the last 3 decades in the US21:18 — 3 pillars of a newly designed sex education experience24:47 — How sexual energy is creative energy (root chakra) that can be channeled in constructive ways28:49 — Highest impact areas for a newly designed sex education system to focus on30:58 — Teaching bodily intuition so kids can develop emotional intelligence and control over their sexual energy35:35 — Providing safe support for adolescents through digital interfaces43:44 — How Tantric coaching can be leveraged for kids46:27 — Gamified approach to teaching sex fundamentals and healthier behavior48:01 — Using VR to simulate real life situations and teaching kids how to navigate them50:21 — Education on consent, physical touch boundaries and power dynamics to create safe intimacy and platonic relationships57:25 — Summary of ideas and principles for solving our flawed sex education system Who is Modern Mantra?We’re a venture design studio operating at the intersection of spirituality and technology. Working together with visionary founders and conscious change makers, our mission is to design and create technology that brings the world back into spiritual balance.October 2022: Being A Good AncestorOur design theme for this month is “Being A Good Ancestor”, where our focus is on exploring design solutions that create a more harmonious and trauma-free earth for tomorrow. Topics this month include education, corporate responsibility, environment, and workplace equality.Monthly Design ThemesEach month we dive into one of our core design themes, looking at the roots of our modern spiritual imbalance and conceptualizing new ways to use technology to help the world heal. We publish 4x podcasts per month related to each theme: 2x How Might We episodes unpacking a specific design question and 2x Guest episodes with conscious creators from our community.Talent NetworkWe are a collective of heart-centered designers, developers, thinkers, and creators building technology products for a brighter future. Join our mailing list for future collaboration opportunities or reach out directly.Website: https://www.modernmantra.co/Podcast: modernmantra.buzzsprout.com/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOWSMBnzTfVt25AVSmx1qpgMailing list: www.modernmantra.Thanks for listening! Follow us on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok or find us on LinkedIn! Join the ModernMantra.co mailing list here.
The Ceremony of Everything
03-06-2022
The Ceremony of Everything
In this episode, Nick and Elijah talk about intention, presence, and ceremony of everything. We cover how you bring intention and presence in everything that you do and touch in your life. On the flip side, we talk about a bit of a lower frequency space — we talk about the space of gossip and the cultural prevalence and presence of gossip and what is lost with gossip.Some of the topics that they speak to are:The ceremony of everything — placing intention and presence with everything that you doDeep contrast in an individual’s phasing when in two different environmentSlowing down and giving yourself the permission to do soHow everything now are designed in such a way where its build for optimization and speed and the implicationsExercise that helps reliving the experience of your day to day interactionsLosing your presence while adapting to all these multi-threaded mode of thinking and distractionsThe pros & cons of today’s modes of communication; how we’re losing the deepness and connection when using these mediumsConcept of social presenceA very low frequency that gossiping creates. Why it’s the recipe for disaster, the relationship killer, the destroyer of all the fabric of trust, and catalyst in destroying communities.A principle to navigate with and a way to do it above the line or a general rule of thumb before you even consider gossipingRecipe for disaster, relationship killer, destroys all the fabric of trust, catalyst in destroying communities - gossipClosing down inner circle, being selective and cultivating high integrity relationshipsA healthy level of introspection or introversionThanks for listening! Follow us on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok or find us on LinkedIn! Join the ModernMantra.co mailing list here.