179. Kabbalah: Finding Freedom From Fear with Monica Berg

Monica Berg

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Monica Berg is a CHANGE JUNKIE and she wants to challenge the way you think about EVERYTHING.

In her first book, FEAR IS NOT AN OPTION, she challenged readers to eradicate fear from their lives. In her latest book, RETHINK LOVE, she uses years of personal experience teaching and counseling to eradicate false belief systems around love and relationships.

Monica is a mother, wife, sister, teacher and friend, who integrates all that she is into her mission and as Chief Communications Officer of The Kabbalah Centre, she integrates her personal mission with this ancient wisdom.

Monica was born and raised in Louisiana before moving to Los Angeles. At 17, she began studying Kabbalah and knew very quickly that this was her path, eventually leading her to the serendipitous meeting of Michael Berg, her now husband of 21 years. 

During her teen years, Monica developed an eating disorder that grew into in a five-year battle with anorexia and body dysmorphia. With her recovery came a better understanding of the disease and a passion to help others. 

However, it wasn’t until her second child was born that Monica had to reevaluate her own belief system. Her son, Joshua, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome shortly after his birth, which was life changing for Monica and her family. The diagnosis led to Monica’s credo, “In change, there is great power,” and the choice to believe in the beauty and potential of who her son could become and subsequently who she could become. 

 

Monica aims to challenge people and encourages them to reframe what they think they know and she’s seen the results of rethinking first hand. Monica learns from her students as often as they from her. “I’m inspired by everyone that I come into contact with,” Monica says, “Everyone has something valuable to share and we can derive meaning from each encounter.”

 

When she’s not writing, lecturing, or working with students at the centre, Monica contributes her time and voice to Habitat for Humanity and Something For Kelly. While she is passionate about helping all people feel empowered, she is especially committed to organizations that support women, particularly those with a mission focused on overcoming eating disorders.

 

Monica currently resides in New York City with her husband Michael and their children David, Joshua, Miriam, and Abigail. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her second book, Rethink Love.

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In this episode, we dive deep into the big, scary existential questions: What is the meaning of life? Why do bad things happen to good people? Where do we go when we die? And most of all, why are we humans so full of fear so much of the time, and how can we finally free ourselves from it?

Join us as we approach the human condition of fear-based living from the perspective of the ancient teachings of Kabbalah with Monica Berg, bestselling author and CCO of The Kabbalah Centre. 

When her second child was diagnosed with Down Syndrome shortly after his birth, Monica was forced to reevaluate her belief systems. The diagnosis led to Monica’s credo, “In change, there is great power,” and the choice to believe in the beauty and potential of who her son could become and subsequently who she could become, in the absence of fear. 

In this courageous and inspiring conversation, we cover some hard-to-tackle subjects like religious hypocrisy, shame, sin, parenthood, partnership, and the three types of fear (healthy, real, and illogical). We’ll even talk about the time Luke laid down in a freshly-dug grave to contemplate the temporal nature of his current bodily incarnation.

Let’s do this.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Why bad things happen to good people
  • How Monica’s son Joshua’s Down Syndrome diagnosis made Monica a better, more empathetic person
  • How you can release unnecessary shame tied to the idea of “sin”
  • How to joyfully connect with loved ones experiencing Alzheimer's
  • The goal of life: to leave the world completely different than how you arrived
  • What you have to gain – or lose – from the three types of fear
  • The benefits of contemplating the temporary nature of your current human incarnation
  • How to mute your fear of death by focusing on living your best, most compassionate life
  • The big choice: either letting your ego lead or letting your soul lead
  • How to shift your perspective and look for the gift in everything
  • The relationship between the material world (the 1% reality) vs. the nonmaterial world (the 99% reality)
  • The ultimate currency: the desire to receive for the sake of sharing
  • How to claim your power to earn all of the joy and fulfillment you are seeking
  • We are all either growing forward or growing backwards; it’s up to us
  • The five Kabbalistic levels of the soul
  • Our responsibility to reveal our best selves
  • It’s not about what happens; it’s about what you do with what happens
  • Religious hypocrisy
  • The Zohar: a key to decode ancient Jewish and Christian texts
  • How to utilize Kabbalistic astrology to become a better parent and partner
  • What’s at the core of every fear
  • Living on purpose
  • The difference between fear and anxiety
  • Monica’s seven steps to completely and utterly conquering your fear

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