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The Stress to Success S.H.I.F.T.

May 18, 2022

Have you ever wanted to make positive changes, only to feel stonewalled and frustrated by the system and others?


Today, Michael Ostrolenk is back for part #3 of his podcast interviews. 


We discussed the challenges around our current system and how it can feel impossible to create change in any area of our lives.


We also put forward some ideas of how all of us can make positive lasting change, both in our own lives and in the institutions that serve us.


And as this was recorded some time ago, we’re jazzed to announce that Michael has joined the world-class faculty at the Stress to Success S.H.I.F.T. Institute!


Tune in and enjoy listening while learning! 


Topics Discussed:

  • How can we as individuals make successful lasting change?
  • Change is made harder because our society and institutions have expectations that run counter to it. However, it’s not impossible!
  • The importance of advocating for yourself and your needs
  • A vision for a new health and healing paradigm
  • The use of epigenetics testing to determine best nutrition and other healing practices for each individual
  • The difference between Eastern and Western medical approaches
  • The importance of all medical arms to work together for the best interest of patients

Here is a summary of Michael’s extensive bio:

  • Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology, from John F. Kennedy University
  • Post-graduate training in somatic psychology from the California Institute for Integral Studies 
  • Certified massage therapist from the McKinnon Institute
  • Marriage and Family Therapist, he has served patients dealing with mental illness, neurological impairments (Center for Adaptive Learning), chronic & life-threatening diseases and relationship problems. This included working with the Cancer Support Community in San Francisco 
  • Served on the Board of Directors for the Health Medicine Forum, as well as the Project Director for their Health Panel Program – a group of health-care practitioners from all disciplines who were dedicated to the collaborative exploration, practice and advancement of patient-centered integrated medicine
  • Michael has helped with research exploring the use of various body/mind practices and traditional medicine approaches to cancer, energy medicine for ALS, neurofeedback 
  • Founding member of the Integral Institute
  • Certified in Spiral Dynamics
  • A Transpartisan Social entrepreneur, who is a leading expert in the field of transpartisan public policy. He has successfully convened policy initiatives in the areas of transparency, privacy, defence, foreign policy and national security from 2001-2020 including; 
  • Co-founded and served as National Director of the Liberty Coalition, a transpartisan coalition of groups working to protect civil liberties, privacy and transparency 2005-2020 
  • Created and led the transpartisan Medical Privacy Coalition
  • Served as Senior Political Analyst for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons 2001-2011 and Citizens for Health 2001-2016
  • In response to unConstitutional wars, Ostrolenk co-founded the American Conservative Defense Alliance in 2008, which promoted a traditionally conservative foreign and defence policy. He was also a fellow at ICIT: Center for Cyber-Influence Operations Studies (CCIOS) in 2018. From 2016-2020 he served as Coalition Coordinator for the National Election Defense Coalition.
  • Serving as Co-Director and President of Reuniting America, he organised and ran transpartisan leadership retreats from 2006-2008. He was also on the steering Committee for Open the Government 2015-2019. 
  • Has also consulted for Edwatch , Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics , International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, Pentagon Budget Campaign and the Arlington Institute
  • Graduate of SEALFIT’s three-week academy and SEALFIT Kokoro camp, and is now a Master Coach and Head Instructor with SEALFIT’s Unbeatable Mind Academy. 
  • Master Coach for Spartan 7 Round Table Phalanx Executive Experiential and Leadership Course
  • The Director of Human Resilience at Apeiron Zoh where he works with medical and psychological staff in creating online and in-person programs seeking to transcend the limits of human performance and health
  • He has also studied various martial arts including Tae Kwon Do, Japanese Jujitsu, Krav Maga, and Shaolin Kempo. Michael is also certified in MovNat.
  • Some of his other training in somatic and transpersonal psychology includes:
    • Body-Mind Practices – East and West; 
    • Healing and Heuristic Potential of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness;
    • Sensory Awareness; 
    • Family Systems: Somatic Movement Approaches I; 
    • Family Systems: Somatic Movement Approaches II; 
    • The Body: Experiences and Conceptualized Towards a Practical Phenomenology; 
    • Altered States of Consciousness; 
    • Intelligence and Insight Ways of Knowing; 
    • Body Oriented Psychotherapy- Panic & Depression; 
    • Body Oriented Psychotherapy- Inner Critic. 

… Not bad for someone who struggled with a learning disability!


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