Reining in Your Reactivity with Kabbalah with David Ghiyam

There is an all-encompassing energy that consumes our entire world and all of life. When that light is revealed, we experience blessings and fulfillment. When it’s concealed, we experience darkness and suffering. That light can be divided into two categories: the light of wisdom and the light of mercy. The light of wisdom is raw energy that we all experience and desire whereas the light of mercy is our own personal energy or effort to transform ourselves. When you transform your nature for the better, your light of mercy becomes a vessel that receives the light of wisdom and invites blessings.

David Ghiyam
“When you pray, ask to have the strength within yourself.”
David Ghiyam

Join me and David Ghiyam explores this advanced Kabbalistic concept in a deeply spiritual episode that dives into such topics as clairvoyance, reactivity, desire, mercy, and so much more. David is a senior lecturer at The Kabbalah Centre as well as the founder of MaryRuth Organics. He’s full of powerful age-old wisdom that has changed my life, and that I hope and believe will change yours too.

Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul with Eliyahu Jian

One of the differences between people who struggle in life and those who glide through it  is their mindset. The mind is split into two parts: the positive and the negative. Whatever you feed grows stronger, and it takes a lifetime of work to ensure that negative thoughts don’t take over. This doesn’t mean you can only focus on positive thoughts. You also need to act on positive thoughts  or they will eventually become rotten. This is just one of many gems of wisdom from Kabbalah that can transform your life.

Eliyahu Jian
“The meaning of life is is letting our souls reach their purpose.”
Eliyahu Jian

If you’ve heard this podcast before (especially the episode with Yehuda Ashkenazi), you probably know how strongly I feel about Kabbalah. The practice has really changed me and made me a better human with an awareness that each and every one of us is a spiritual being. Eliyahu Jian was my very first Kabbalah teacher. He’s been teaching for nearly three decades, and has developed an uncanny ability to simplify esoteric wisdom. In addition to being a spiritual teacher, he’s a coach, speaker, and founder of the nonprofit Vital Transformation.

Connecting to Infinite Energy with Yehuda Ashkenazi

These days, when we hear about “the 1%” and “the 99%,” it’s almost always in terms of social commentary on the disparity between the highest financial class and everyone else. In kabbalah wisdom, though, the terms mean something else entirely. The 1% is the aspect of something (or someone) that we can perceive; it’s the external, physical aspect. The 99% represents the internal aspect, encompassing the energy underlying everything.

Don’t worry if this Kabbalistic concept isn’t immediately clear! On the show today to help explain this, as well as many other profound and potentially life-changing ideas, is Yehuda Ashkenazi. Yehuda is actually my Kabbalah teacher here in Los Angeles at the Kabbalah Centre, so I can vouch firsthand for his deep understanding of Kabbalistic principles and his ability to explain them clearly. Yehuda was born and raised in Israel, but spent a decade studying and practicing Kabbalah worldwide before settling in LA. He has dramatically improved many lives, including mine, and I look forward to him changing yours as well!

Yehuda Ashkenazi
“When we tap into our internal 99%, we start to learn how to make things happen in life.”
Yehuda Ashkenazi

Synchronize to Synchronicity with Guy Sohm

At the age of five my guest, Guy Sohm’s mother said to him “You can help people heal by channeling energy. Ask first that it is for the person’s highest good, then bring energy in from the universe through your crown chakra and out your hand to where you wish that energy to flow.” Guy started doing hands on healing, then candle meditations and learning about chakras.

Guy is an unusual bloke to use the Aussie term—he lives in a treehouse made from local and recycled materials which have six levels, and every level represents a chakra. He is a tantric teacher, artist, DJ, blogger, and former festival promoter focused now on personal growth and awakening. As I got to know him through my good friend James Schramko, I was so impressed with his teachings, I knew I had to have him on the podcast. 

Guy Sohm
“The best skill to learn is training your mind. When you master this, it will become your best asset in all facets of your life.”
Guy Sohm

In today’s episode, we cover a lot of terrain, including training your mind with meditation, and the synchronicity that opens up in your life when you’re in a flow state. Stay tuned and gain a lesson or two from a super enlightening episode of Get Yourself Optimized. 

A Glimpse of The Matrix with Stephan Spencer and Orion Talmay

I feel so grateful and proud because today we are celebrating the 300th episode of Get Yourself Optimized! That is nearly 6 years, and I’ve never missed a week. I’m grateful for you my listener for taking this journey with me and growing with me over these years and I feel fulfilled gathering and sharing with the world amazing wisdom from the most inspiring teachers, masters, and experts.

The last 14 months have brought tectonic shifts to all of our lives. Most of us felt fear and uncertainty during this global shifts. And yet there is always a silver lining. Some of the most powerful epiphanies and transformations have come through these challenging times. That’s the case for me, and I’m guessing for you too.

Stephan Spencer & Orion Talmay
“When you treat each day as a gift, you develop a new set of eyes that look at the universe differently. You become more grateful and insightful.”
Stephan Spencer & Orion Talmay

For this episode, I’m being interviewed by my beloved wife Orion. I dig deep into my personal journey of finding light within the darkness and thriving in times of chaos. I share the intense experience of moving abroad to one of the most strict locked down countries in the world during Covid times, which turned out to be an incredible time of awakening and spiritual transformation. In today’s episode, you will discover the spiritual practices that are helping me tune into a higher vibration and manifest miracles.

From Universal Laws to Self-Awareness with Dr. Frances Yahia

From conception to death, we are all held to universal laws, so it makes sense that we should work to understand what those laws are. I was so impressed with my guest on today’s show, Dr. Frances Yahia after she did an interview on my wife Orion’s podcast, I knew I needed to have her on the show. 

Dr. Yahia is a mental health counselor, akashic records reader, archetypal astrologer, podcast host and college professor. She uses universal laws, metaphysics, mythology and astrology to create theories and therapeutic tools to help clients heal subconscious wounds.

Dr. Frances Yahia
“The language of the Universe is symbol, metaphor, and myth.”
Dr. Frances Yahia

Dr. Yahia weaves universal truths and ancient stories together to help clients understand the story they’re living in their own life. Her book, The Seven Gates: Seven Steps Beyond Self-Awareness, is a 7-step model that teaches you how to take your power back. 

In today’s episode, Dr. Yahia goes over these steps. She provides an understanding of why you attract patterns in your life and discusses explicit steps on how to shift so you stop repeating unhealthy subconscious patterns you probably aren’t even aware of. So without any further ado, on with a fascinating episode of Get Yourself Optimized. 

Harness the Heart Brain Connection with Edward Haschke

The intelligence of the heart is not something you hear a lot about, but it is a powerful force in the career and life of my guest on today’s episode, Edward Haschke. Photographer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur – Edward is a relentless truth seeker and storyteller. His love for all things related to the nature of consciousness has brought him to discover hidden truths that he now shares with those with similar interests regarding forgotten history, suppressed technologies, and the art of Ascension. 

Edward Haschke
“The greatest journey you’ll ever be on is the one within.”
Edward Haschke


In today’s episode, we talk about the heart/brain connection, and how the heart is actually 5000x more electromagnetically charged than the brain. We discuss the importance of listening to your intuition because the more you do, the more magic and synchronicity starts to show up in your life. We talk about the journey of the empath, scalar frequencies and scalar waves in our DNA, which is fascinating stuff. We get into the power of words, and even why you should not talk smack to Alexa! So if you’re curious about tuning your inner frequency to a higher vibration, take a deep dive with us right now on this exciting episode of Get Yourself Optimized.

The Stories We Tell Ourselves with Carl Taylor

The truth of the world we live in, and the power of how we perceive life is within our control. My guest on today’s show is Carl Taylor, who wrote an excellent book called Becoming Bulletproof. Inspired by Superman as a kid, Carl wanted to write about letting those metaphorical bullets bounce off you. The idea is not that you won’t be shot at, but rather you keep moving forward, rolling with the punches, learning and adapting. 

Carl Taylor
“Our life is the story we tell ourselves.”
Carl Taylor


In today’s episode, we talked about the powerful work of Byron Katie, which Carl and I share a deep appreciation of. In fact, I had interviewed Katie on this podcast and it is one of my favorites. In this interview today, Carl and I talk about how life is a story: whether the narrative is told by you or by someone else—what you choose to say or believe is simply a way of framing experiences. We talk about how it’s those dark places and challenging times that offer tremendous growth and transformation. Or as Joseph Campbell so beautifully put it, “the cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” So, without any further ado, let’s get on with an episode that’s incredibly deep and insightful, and dare I say, spiritually enlightening!

A Life Worth Living with Aaron Walker

My guest today, Aaron Walker, is not only a very successful business owner (having founded more than a dozen companies and authoring the book View From the Top), but also a life-long learner who has thrown himself into the world of masterminds. In fact, the camaraderie, guidance and enrichment he’s been able to get out of the different masterminds he’s been a part of for the last two decades with some really dynamic, interesting people, like Dave Ramsey, has inspired him to runs a mastermind program of his own. 

Aaron Walker
“Determination, grit, and perseverance. These are the traits that make a person successful.”
Aaron Walker

Since both of us have really connected on the subject of masterminds we get into a discussion here about what is so powerful about the give and take that happens in these situations where people are there to edify, encourage, and lift each other up. We talk about the importance of being pushed and challenged because if you’re not stretching, you’re not growing. We discuss living your life with intention and controlling how much you expose yourself to information. Like Tim Ferris, Aaron and I are both on a low-information diet! This is a thought-provoking show with a lot of wisdom to impart, so without any further ado, let’s dive right in. 

Build a Stronger Marriage with Dr. Harriet Lerner

Relationships are like a dance – it’s always fascinating to take a look at the posturing that we all do, the dancing around subjects, and the way we engage in patterns that can be both enriching and destructive. 

My guest in this episode, Dr. Harriet Lerner is one of our most respected voices in communication, particularly the “how-tos” of navigating the swamps and quicksands of difficult relationships. She is the author of 12 books, including The New York Times bestsellers, The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Fear. It is my pleasure to take a deep dive here with Dr. Lerner, talking about developing self-awareness and listening and talking skills, which are so important to cultivate in any relationship. 

Dr. Harriet Lerner
“Relationships are difficult. They are the source of our greatest comfort, yet they can be the source of distance, intensity, anger, and pain.”
Dr. Harriet Lerner

As you’ll hear, Harriet points out that although change is difficult, a small change on the part of one partner to listen to what you don’t want to hear with an open heart and acknowledge the experience and the desire of your partner can make all the difference. So, please give this interview your undivided attention, because it will profoundly impact the lives of the people you love the most.