Monthly Archives: November 2016

Rick Gage on Open Conversations 11-20-16

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Excite to welcome personal branding guru Rick Gage to Open Conversations this Sunday November 20 from 3-4 pm Pacific. Tune your dial to KKNW 1150 AM or stream Open Conversations live on


Over the last 35 years, Rick Gage has worked for some of the largest, most prestigious companies in the world including: AT&T, Digital, EDS, Oracle, Hitachi, Siemens and Wipro.  His clients have included a long list of visible, distinctive companies including: Microsoft, HP, AT&T Wireless, Nordstrom and World Vision.

Rick climbed the corporate ladder to Vice President with responsibility as many as 1800 people in as many as 50 countries.  He was, in his own words, “a driven, classic workaholic”.  He loved building high performing teams and creating a positive, people oriented culture.  His passions for creating community and helping people reach their highest potential found ample avenues for expression.

But the obsession with work took its toll and in 2008, Rick reached a breaking point.  His achievements were no longer rewarding.  He felt there had to be something more.  So, he took a leap into the unknown with an extended sabbatical, that he says changed and saved his life.

In his time away from work, he set out to explore how he could live and work differently.  He approached is as a focused intense project.  His plan was to spend 60 days to decide how he would live differently and then 90 days on how he would work differently.  He laughs when he talks about it because, as he says, “only 30 days in – it became clear that these were really one big topic and it would be a journey that would extend through the rest of my life”.

In this journey, Rick has found a new way of being in the world.  He describes it as a vibrant collaborative process with the intelligence of the universe that guides him each day.  It’s a spiritual practice and mental habit pattern that grounds each day in “what’s mine to do, today”.  Sometimes Rick describes it as “living with nothing and no one against me”.  His face lights up when he talks about it and the powerful, transformative experiences that have shown up for him.

One of his passions in the last few years has been personal branding.  He has been a coach and mentor for hundreds of people inside and outside of the corporate world.  He loves helping people discover their uniqueness and develop opportunities that align with the deepest truth of who they are.

A few months ago, he took another leap into the unknown, setting an intention to move away from a traditional “full time” job in Management Consulting.  While he continues to work part time in the corporate world, he is also expanding his work with individual coaching clients and sharing more broadly the wisdom he’s gained from his own journey.  He looks for co-creative ways to express his passions in support of his life purpose: to build communities in which spicy consciousness thrives.



Undamn it. Prayers for our Country.



I first published this article in January of 2009 just after Obama was elected. This information is just as important today with the election of Trump. Regardless of what political party is in office we can all rally around our country, praying for our highest and best.

Blessings, Holly

Undamn It
By Holly Holmquist

With our nation in a sensitive transition period as the result of irresponsible lending and spending, now is the perfect time to reflect upon the personal choices we make to support positive solutions. How we as a nation traverse the rocky roads ahead, our progress and outcome, is absolutely affected by the energy we as individuals contribute to our atmosphere and communities. That energy comes from our choices, personally and as a collective whole. This includes what seeds we choose to plant through conversation and correspondence.

As a holistic worker I have been blessed to learn from many different teachers, and experience many different healing situations. One year while attending a holistic conference at the Dome in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Master Teacher Starr Fuentes was asked a question about the common phrase “Damn it.” Starr responded by saying that if a situation is not working that means it is already damned. If you want a solution why would you continue to damn it? “Undamn it.” Send it your grace and your blessings and watch as the situation begins to turn around.

Everything in the universe holds and distributes energy from the conversations we have with neighbors and friends to the letters we write and the e-mails we send. Before we push send or offer an opinion, it is our Spiritual responsibility to reflect upon the constructive manner of the message or opinion we are about to share. Does the message offer positive solutions with an eye on progress or are we simply feeding into judgment, conflict and criticism. It is easy to get caught up in outrage and fury and continue to damn a situation. Unfortunately every American has been affected in some way, shape or form by the current state of the economy. However the state of our nation is a result of the energy previously dispersed. The way to shift that tide is by altering those attitudes that are not working for the best interest of the collective whole and distributing a new and improved energy that suits our newly found purposes. These times call for us to be even more focused on positive, helpful and healthy solutions.

Everyone shows their patriotism in various ways; some never miss an opportunity to vote, some fly our nation’s flag on special holidays or year round, while others feel their patriotism calls them to various lines of service from the military to the Red Cross. A wonderful way to support our country and show your patriotism is through positive thoughts and prayers along with positive word of mouth. When times are tough we have a tendency to point fingers in blame and the current politicians, regardless of political party, become our favorite scapegoats. Regardless of which party or person holds office, our good energy will help guide them in making appropriate decisions far more than our negative projections. I recognize that there is no way to please all of the people all of the time. Even if I am not a big fan of who is in charge I am still very conscious of my intention to send positive energy to our country therefore I send positive energy to those who are currently leading it. That is one of the beautiful benefits of being an American; if we do not care for the policies of the current leader we will have the opportunity to help vote them out in the next election or on a positive note, if we like the candidate we can vote them back in. However for the time being they hold the job and therefore need our collective support to succeed.

If you were to dam a river you would be placing barriers in it’s path that prevent it’s flow. In any life situation negative energy and thoughts only contribute to blocking the positive flow. Without positive energy there will be no viable solutions. Lets unite in consciousness and open ourselves as well as our nation to positive flow. Ask yourself, “What can I do to contribute positively to our country?” Next time you are tempted to share an opinion that holds animosity ask yourself, “How can I turn this into a constructive message, one that yields hope for change and encourages healthy growth?” Each night bless those leaders that run our country in whatever way you choose or practice. Help to “undamn” the economic despair we are experiencing by sending your grace and blessings. We may not always agree on how to do things, however, we can all be united in our energetic support of a healthy and happy outcome.

Imam Jamal Rahman on Open Conversations 11-06-16

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Excited to welcome Imam Jamal Rahman to Open Conversations this Sunday Nov 06, 2016 from 3-4 pm Pacific Time on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM. You can also stream the show live at

About Imam Jamal:

Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and various NPR programs. Jamal is co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. He is a former co-host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at retreats and workshops.

He is the author of Sacred Laughter of the Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mullah’s Comic Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom; Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights & Practices from the Qur’an, Hadith, Rumi & Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart & Mind; The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam; and coauthor of Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith; Out of Darkness into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources; and Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam Jamal’s passion lies in interfaith community building. He remains rooted in his Islamic tradition and cultivates a “spaciousness” by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths. By authentically and appreciatively understanding other paths, Jamal feels that he becomes a better Muslim. This spaciousness is not about conversion but about completion.

Since 9/11 Jamal has been collaborating with Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie. Affectionately known as the Interfaith Amigos, they tour the country sharing the message of spiritual inclusivity.

Imam Jamal, originally from Bangladesh, has an abiding faith in the power of heart-to-heart connections to encompass differences and dissolve prejudices. He enjoys programs that celebrate life and unity through delight, laughter, and food. He has a private spiritual counseling practice serving individuals and couples, and is available for interfaith weddings and ceremonies. Jamal offers a variety of classes and workshops, including the popular “Blush of the Beloved,” a course in spiritual deepening and discernment drawing upon the practices, insights, and wisdom within Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM in Seattle, WA. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at