Becca’s Blog

Get in Touch with Your Crazy

The first question to be answered in any potentially meaningful relationship is: "And how are you crazy?" So, have you given it any thought: How ARE you crazy?

How Emotions Ravage Your Body

"When my anxiety ramps up, so does my eczema," one client told me. Skin eruptions, like psoriasis and eczema, are often a common complaint among folks who come to me for emotional release work.

Transformation supported by microdosing

When a person can learn to use their difficult emotions as their inner guidance system they can dramatically improve their lives and their wellbeing. And in my work in helping people recover from difficult emotions, I continually explore the most efficient and effective approaches to emotional healing.

How does your “losing it” story go?

How do you present yourself to the outside world? Personally, I used to hide my emotional pain and look normal enough. Professional, successful, measured. But behind that facade lived my wounded self.

Meditation: Beyond the “Sit-Down-and-Shut-Up” Approach

At its most basic, life is about nourishing the human spirit. Your spirit. Mystical traditions teach that there’s an infinite world inside of us – and the question for our Western minds has always been "How do I access that infinite Inner world?” (i.e. your spirit).

Spirituality & Cannabis: Joan Bello put it on the map for us

I started smoking marijuana early in college. A boyfriend turned me on to it and I never looked back. To this very day I medicate. However, far differently than back in those college days. Today I enjoy a toke or two before I go into meditation. I meditate straight too. I like to mix it up.

When tears come, don’t hide them

Ok, I'm just going to put it out there. I'm a crier. From as far back as I can remember, I would tear-up at the drop of a hat. You?

Have you seen the New Age Bullshit Generator?

Carsey, our crackerjack millennial community nurturer, showed me the hilarious “New Age Bullshit Generator” – as she knows how worthless I find most "New Age" approaches to genuinely helping us feel better.

Talking about microdosing psilocybin

I love when I can discuss the merits of cannabis and microdosing psilocybin as it relates to my emotions work. And recently, we dove deep into it during my interview on the psychedelic oriented podcast: The Psychedologist with its most excellent host, Leia Friedman.

This does NOT make you a Self-Help Junkie 🙄

I don't like that term – self-help junkie – never have. The term feels flakey and insinuates failure. Loosely, it refers to someone who pursues self-help approaches and doesn’t follow-through with action.

When Trauma & Meditation Don’t Mix

It appears that meditation is being talked about and promoted in every corner of our culture these days. The most popular form is called "mindfulness meditation," which promotes quiet sitting. But if you’re struggling with out of control emotions you may need to proceed with caution.

The maverick doc who put medical cannabis on the map

Given the whoosh that we're now seeing in the popular rise of psychedelics, it's easy to lose sight of the long hard slog toward legalization of cannabis in the U.S. Over the years, courageous professionals, against all odds, have stepped up in the face of prosecution and persecution to establish new hard won perspectives about this remarkable plant medicine.

“Marijuana Maintenance”: have you heard?

"You don't know what you're talking about!" angrily wrote one of the people, a therapist, who was getting my emails. "I'm unsubscribing because this is irresponsible behavior," they said in a fit of indignation over me talking about how cannabis appears to be helpful in tapering people off of alcohol.

“Mental Illness” a crazy stigma

Quick! What do you think of when you hear the term: Mental Illness? You know those convenient questions that come up when you google something? Here's what comes up...

I get letters: marrying spirituality with plant medicine

I often get letters from folks sharing their experiences… I call them “Field Reports”. And these field reports offer spectacular insights and musings that answer questions that many others have on their mind. So I’m sharing one with you today (edited for length).

The gobbledygook of “spiritual talk”

Have you noticed? Spirituality has a "language" all its own. And it can be impenetrable. As someone who over many years (decades) desperately tried to decode it to figure out how I could free myself of the anxiety, self-doubt and anger that ravaged my life, I grew weary of verbiage that came out of the mouths of holy men...

“Ghosting” is not the answer 👻

The hip term these days for people not getting back to you is “ghosting." As in “We had a couple dates and then they ghosted me.” But this isn’t about just dating – it’s about people in all kinds of other relationships with us… professional, family, friends who don't get back to us. Heck, you yourself might be a "ghoster"?

There’s no escaping YOU

I love the story about the man who was traveling and met a farmer working in his field. He asked the farmer what the people in the next village were like. The farmer paused and looked up and asked "What were the people like in the last village you visited?"

The Beatles and psychedelics

The history of the legendary Beatles has been reignited in a new Netflix documentary called "Get Back." And in an intriguing interview with Terry Gross on her NPR show, Fresh Air, Paul McCartney talks about the Beatles' use of psychedelics and meditation.

Cannabis + Psychedelics: deepening the mystical

This is exciting and intriguing! New research reports that cannabis appears to increase the effects of psychedelic trips relating to mystical-type experiences, ego-dissolution and visual alterations.

Knowing how to pick the best person

You may or may not be in a position right now to hire others. If you aren't currently, there may come a time – whether you need to hire a web developer, or on a more personal level, a housekeeper or a handyman.

Ayahusaca’s dark side

Anthropologist Jeremy Narby lived with indigenous Indians of the Amazonian rainforest and studied the ways of ayahuasca shamans and their relationship with the ayahuasca "plant teacher."

Letters: journey of awakening

I often get letters from folks sharing their experiences… I call them “Field Reports”. And these field reports offer spectacular insights and musings that answer questions that many others have on their mind. So I’m sharing one with you today (edited for length).

Field Report: When I get High I Just Wanna Cry

I often get letters from folks sharing their experiences… I call them "Field Reports." And these field reports offer spectacular insights and musings that answer questions that many others have on their mind. So I'm sharing one with you today.

How Toxic is YOUR Anger?

I'm a big fan of the hugely popular site, Medium. So it was particularly fun when I was invited to be interviewed for the Medium publication, Authority Magazine about Emotional Intelligence.

What happened when I closed my eyes

I'm a big fan of the hugely popular site, Medium. So it was particularly fun when I was invited to be interviewed for the Medium publication, Authority Magazine about Emotional Intelligence.

Making your email a kindness practice

I was recently emailing back-and-forth on a matter with someone who does tech work for our little team of Emotional Liberation merry makers. I was asking some questions in regard to handling a particular thing that we had to deal with. His answer was an unvarnished...

I get letters… Cannabis ≠ Ayahuasca

I often get letters from folks sharing their experiences… I call them "Field Reports". And these field reports offer spectacular insights and musings that answer questions that many others have on their mind. So I'm sharing one with you today.

It feels vulnerable to tell you this

I was long embarrassed over my painful and difficult upbringing. There was nothing healthy or exceptional about my childhood. My parents divorced when I was very young – about 3. They hated each other and by extension my father was none too fond of me and moved far away and started a new family.

Releasing emotional trauma

It never ceases to amaze me how others who discuss or experience my emotions work, can cut right to the chase and eloquently sum it up … often in a way I'd never think to express it!

My “F-word” journey

I've watched more TV series over the last 18 (COVID) months than, really, ever in my life (how about you?). Since my partner loves political and spy thrillers, I've bent my "no violence" TV watching rule to accept those with the least amount of gratuitous violence.

Gurdjieff: Your misery will save you 😳

He was what you'd call a modern day mystic committed to waking up as many people as possible. Waking up? George I. Gurdjieff's mission was to guide people living in the U.S. and Europe to higher consciousness believing that humans exist in a state of "waking sleep"...

I get letters: Cannabis medicine as healing or crutch?

I often get letters from folks sharing their experiences… I call them "Field Reports". And these field reports offer spectacular insights and musings that answer questions that many others have on their mind. So I'm sharing one with you today.

“If You Hate Meditating Try These Alternatives”

I was recently interviewed by LifeHacker, a site famously known for life hacks – that is shortcuts, skills or tricks to make life better. While I don't consider what I do "a trick" – it is a very efficient and effective way of releasing stress and overwhelm.

I get letters: panic attacks from cannabis

I often get letters from folks sharing their experiences… I call them "Field Reports". And these field reports offer spectacular insights and musings that answer questions that many others have on their mind. So I'm sharing one with you today.

When we change and our world doesn’t!

If you were a child of the 1960's or a serious student of that Free Love decade you know it was interwoven with psychedelics experimentation, which opened up new perspectives and realizations for many.

I get letters… “like magic for me!”

I often get letters from folks sharing their experiences… I call them "Field Reports". And these field reports offer spectacular insights and musings that answer questions that many others have on their mind. So I'm sharing one with you today.

When your grown kids ignore you

Jessica's in her late 40's and has a rough-and-tumble relationship with her adult kids. They keep her at arms-length. They're often short with her and don't share what's going on in their lives.

Taming your wild horse 🐎 brain 🧠

When was the last time you lost control of yourself emotionally? You flew into a rage or you panicked, got lost in anxiety, became overwhelmed with a flush of self-doubt, sadness or depression?

Field Report: Being Alone & Meditating Did It for Me

I smoked marijuana consistently with my friends during my junior and senior year and it gave me anxiety and depression from emotions that were overwhelming. After I graduated this year I told myself "Ok, are

Turning to Cannabis & Meditation for the Trauma that Haunts Him

I often get letters from folks sharing their experiences… I call them “Field Reports.” And these field reports offer spectacular insights and musings that answer questions that many others have on their mind. So I’m sharing another one with you today.

No wonder we try so hard to avoid rejection!

Oh, the rejection of it all… About 4 years ago, I moved my emotions and trauma recovery practice to be almost fully online. Of course, when you're online you need to do things to attract the people who are interested in your work – it's called marketing:)

Imagining Beyond “420.” Your thoughts?

Who knew that the activity of 5 California high school guys 50 years ago would be the genesis of paying homage to cannabis?! Back then, "420" was the code-word they made up to express: “let’s get together and smoke some cannabis" because 4:20pm was their gathering time after classes.

Being WOKE ain’t being AWAKENED

A number of years ago I followed a popular quasi-vegan diet called macrobiotics. Maybe you've heard of it? It was imported from Japan and was actually more than a diet – it was a way of living in balance and embraced the Eastern spiritual principles of yin and yang, or the rhythms of the Universe.

I get letters… cannabis & processing emotions

I often get letters from folks sharing their experiences… I call them "Field Reports". And these field reports offer spectacular insights and musings that answer questions that many others have on their mind. So I'm sharing one with you today.

Bringing Cannabis and Soul Searching Together

I refer to my Emotional Liberation® work as the “third wave” of cannabis. That is combining cannabis plant medicine with exploring our deeper consciousness, often referred to as “cannabis and spirituality” … a handy but not entirely accurate reference.

When you don’t want the “cannabis-assisted” part

What does “cannabis-assisted” emotions therapy look like without the cannabis? Recently, I got that very question. It wouldn’t be the first. In this case, a woman who’s interested in my cannabis-assisted Emotional Expansion series connected with me.

Sometimes I’m brilliant and sometimes I’m an idiot

You're going along and you do something that you think makes you look idiotic or dumb or unprofessional. You're embarrassed because this thing has happened … and usually your "inner critic" tells you how idiotic or dumb or unprofessional you looked.

I don’t think you’re very smart

"I've got something for you," he says with a little smile leaning over to share the screen on his phone. Ron does this often now during our Covid sheltering. In a dose of escapism, he spends a few minutes watching TikTok videos – mostly dogs, cats and house squirrels. And then with great delight shares one or two of his favorites with me.

Cannabis and Alcohol in this Age of COVID

Recently an acquaintance mentioned that she and her partner started working out in the afternoons because around 3 o'clock they found themselves thinking about cocktails… on a daily basis.

Here’s your horoscope for the New Year ✨

Just a short note today as it's the kick-off of our Winter Awakening Masterclass Course – there's always an excitement and anticipation in the air for our group in coming together for the first class of our 8 weeks. So I'm busy with that.

5 Reasons Cannabis is a Healing Spirit Plant

"You don't know what you're talking about!" angrily wrote one of the people, a therapist, who was getting my emails. "I'm unsubscribing because this is irresponsible behavior," they said in a fit of indignation over me talking about how cannabis appears to be helpful in tapering people off of alcohol.

Field Report: Cannabis Never Helped Me

From someone who used MJ for 10 years to heal CPTSD [Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] I can honestly say that cannabis couldn’t heal me. Only God heals. I am making-up for numbing myself that

Can Cannabis Make You Go Insane?

First of all, I am in such deep gratitude for the expert neuroscience pros who are connecting the dots on how we can use cannabis in the safest and most optimal ways possible. These folks spend their lives poring over the science literature and are often conducting scientific studies themselves.

I needed that! (no, not a stiff drink)

As I write this on this Election Day, it's not nearly noon in my neck of the woods – in a "deciding" state called Florida. Regardless of how it turns out today (or perhaps in a few days, few weeks… who knows. Right?) …you might well be either delighted or in a funk.

Are you an Idler, Seeker or Polisher?

What I do isn't for everyone. That's probably an HUGE understatement. Why? Because I invite people to engage with me so they can learn to regulate and control their emotions.

Do you prefer dogs to people (sometimes?)

We love our dogs. Your dog is likely your "close" friend. There are those who abuse their dogs – but even at that, Spot will retreat to a corner waiting for his master's summoning call – whether that'll be a welcoming hand or another hard kick.

Zoomby-ized! Are you one of the squawking dead?

Zoom Zoom … always all the time. Many of us were relying on it heavily before COVID-19 but now it's a necessity. In pre-COVID it used to be that we could take breaks between Zoom meetings at the office, skip on over to the water cooler and get some face-to-face, flesh-and-bones interaction.

A Death that Wasn’t Just a Death

It stunned me! Even me – a seasoned TV news producer back then who chased ruin and disaster like it was a showcase of Eleusinian Mysteries. In my line of work, I was calloused and

Please, please let me win the lottery!

There's an old story about a pious man named Izzy*, who every night, on his knees at the side of his bed would pray for one singular thing. With folded hands and eyes squeezed

Sadness: Begin Connecting YOUR Dots

I can still feel the dry summer dust against my skin. Each year, as a little kid, suitcase in hand, standing along the dirt road at the end of our long gravel driveway. This

Field Report: I Can’t Leave My House

PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] is killing me! I have problems leaving my home. I am considering using weed. My issue is that my medical supply is expensive and not consistent. Do you have suggestions? –

Get & Stay ELEVATED … Lose Self-Doubt and Fear

  “Everyone will notice.”  Hmmm, I was playing it out in my mind (what else is there to do stopped at an intersection, eh?). The implied story is that a person got promoted and to celebrate,

Sadness: Begin Connecting YOUR Dots

I used to have a terrible time with goodbyes. Kissing boyfriends goodbye, seeing friends off, my dogs going to doggie heaven, even the wrap-up of a retreat or the conclusion of a course or

Keep Listening To Your Dark Side!

If you’ve been with us for one or more of our Cannabis Elevation Ceremonies, you know I always follow-up with an email inviting you to share your insights of your experience from our ONLINE Ceremonies.

The Third Frontier of Cannabis, Psycho-Spiritual

I went to a fascinating event where the theme was how psychedelic medicines will shape the society of the future. There was lots of discussion about cannabis – particularly using it with intention for safe

Cannabis Unveils the Shadow Side (so you can realize your happiest life)

This capacity to support us in our Inner work is one of the many things I love about the plant's gifts and why I offer cannabis plant medicine in my elevation ceremonies and healing sessions. In conducive settings, the plant helps us reveal our shadow side by prying back the mental metal curtain of our armored self.