Ep 02: Cultivating Consciousness with Rachel East

Talk about a full-circle moment. I bring my former coach, Rachel East of Clarity on Fire, on the show to talk about consciousness. 

This episode is loaded with tons of examples to illustrate and internalize this concept of consciousness, so whether you’re waist-deep in your own consciousness journey or hearing about this term for the very first time, you’ll be able to walk away with a lot of food for thought and practical ways to cultivate consciousness right away.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The differences between mindfulness, self-awareness, and consciousness

  • The defining moments in Rachel’s life that kickstarted her interest in consciousness

  • Chronic illness as an indicator of misalignment

  • Surrendering to what I need vs. what I want (and being okay with throwing a human tantrum)

  • What happens when people don’t go through the consciousness journey

  • Using our privilege to make it possible for all people to feel safe and able to access and explore their own consciousness

  • Practical activities and resources people can use to raise their consciousness

    • The difference between true and Truth

    • Write down what’s going well to counteract our evidence-gathering that reinforces our interpretations

  • Using the “both/and” concept to find peace and freedom in all relationships and situations, regardless of where others are in their own journeys

  • Not assuming that you know what is best for other people and trusting that they are where they are supposed to be

  • Being who you really are has positive effects on everyone around us

When you don’t have a real level of awareness about who you are and what you value and what your belief systems are, you will be owned by everything you’re not aware of.
- Rachel East

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99.9% of the things we experience that we don’t like are often within our power to change.
- Rachel East
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Acknowledge and make room for the possibility that what you believe is true may not actually be the totality of what is True. - Rachel East
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Our brains are wired to find evidence for what we already believe is true. Whenever you look for something, you’re going to find it. - Rachel East
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When you become more conscious, you can’t go back. You can’t put the blinders back on. You have a new responsibility to live that out. - Marissa Burdett
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In order to have a rich, complex, deeply fulfilling life and relationship, you have to be able to think in both/and. - Rachel East
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It’s not your job to fix somebody. And it’s not your job to assume that you know what’s best for them in their journey. - Rachel East
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I think one of the most conscious things you can do is become someone who assumes the least about themselves and the world. - Rachel East
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You have permission to be who you are and want what you want, without any shame.
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About the Guest

Rachel East is a certified life and career coach and co-founder of Clarity on Fire, a site that provides inspiration and down-to-earth wisdom to people who know what they don’t want out of their life and career, but have no idea what they’d rather be doing.

In a world where it’s easy to exist but hard to feel alive, Rachel and Kristen — two best friends who met in college — are here to help you cut through the information overload, get unstuck, and focus not just on how you can have a career you’re passionate about, but how to create a whole life that feels fulfilling.

In everything they do — from weekly blogs, to courses, to individual coaching — they want you to experience the relief of knowing that yes, you’re allowed to want more out of your life and career. And no, you don’t have to wander around in the dark anymore. Their job is to light the fire that shows you the way. 

Clarity on Fire is also the home of the Passion Profile Quiz, a free online resource that has helped more than 300,000 people pinpoint the intersection between their career and passion. You can find their published work online at major outlets like Time, Fast Company, Business Insider, and Forbes.