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A Higher Branch

Sam Makhoul

21 episodes

Nov 19, 2020

Jane Teresa Anderson: How To Interpret Our Dreams 

We all dream; in fact, the average person has five dreams per night. But did you know that each dream consists of hidden messages developed by our thoughts and feelings?

In today's episode, Sam Makhoul is joined by dream analyst and dream therapist Jane Teresa Anderson. With an Honours degree in Zoology specialising in neurophysiology, Jane has been researching dreams for nearly 30 years and is an author of seven books focused on all things dreaming.

During this episode, Jane discusses ways we can better understand our dreams to uncover their true meaning, as well as how our fears navigate the nightmares we experience and tips on how you can overcome them.

Want to learn more about Jane? Visit her website here. Do you wish to purchase Jane's new book? Simply click this link.

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5:20 – The reason we dream

7:40 – The meaning about death or loss dreams

13.10 – Why we dream about cheating

15:30 – What are nightmares and how to stop them

21:05 – The cause of sleep paralysis

27:40 – How the fast pace world is affecting our dreams

28:22 – Learn how to understand your dreams

37:15 – Why individuals have sexual dreams

39:05 – Do babies dream?

40:10 – Why its important to understand our dreams

Want to learn more about Jane? Visit her website here.

Nov 12, 2020

Carl Honore: How To Slow Down In All Areas Of Life 

Do you ever feel like you just run around in circles, trying to tick items off your to-do list and never have a moment to yourself? Many of us try and achieve as much as possible in our days; leaving us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

This week, Sam Makhoul is joined by A Higher Branch faculty member and the voice of the slow movement, Carl Honoré who shares his top tips on slowing down in all areas of our lives. During this episode the pair also deep dive into:

  • The true benefits of slowing down
  • The power of moments of silence
  • The impact a fast world has on our children’s development
  • How COVID-19 has been the life reset we all needed


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2:33 – What living in the fast lane does to our health

7:50 – How our relationship with time changed since covid

14:41 – The impact digital media has had on our outlook on life

20:00 - How to find the right balance of social media and offline time

23:54 – The impact technology is having on children

31:56 - How to control technology use in your home

40:28 - How slowly down allows you to be present

42:30 – Watch Carl at Upgrade Your Life 2020 here

47:27 – The signs that tell you to slow down

49:32 – Practical tips on how to slow down

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Nov 5, 2020

Barry Nicolaou: Pandemic To Purpose - Life Post COVID-19 

Over the years, Barry Nicolaou has taught thousands of individuals how to best utilise the immense power of their subconscious and how to succeed not only in the workplace but in their personal lives as well. This week, the wellbeing growth strategist, corporate coach and bestselling author joins Sam Makhoul to discuss how COVID-19 has changed our working lives for the better and how we can navigate life following the pandemic.

During this recording, Barry explains the importance of adapting to change and shares tips on how to look after your mind during uncertain times. The pair also dive deep into:

  • The impact COVID-19 has had on our mental health, family and working lives
  • How to remove yourself from matters you cannot control
  • The impact worry has on your success; and
  • Why searching for acceptance is limiting your ability to grow


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5:48 – Learn about what you can and can't control

7:35 – Is mainstream media robbing us of our purpose?

9:08 – The science behind creative visualisation

13:28 – How looking for the challenges allows you to succeed

17:33 – Five key takeaways for the science behind creative visualisation

17:51 – How seeking approval is limiting us

25:00 – Why worrying is worthless

30:41 – How to stop demanding life to be fair

38:32 – The illusion of security

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Oct 29, 2020

Tom Sullivan: How Two Minutes Of Meditating Can Change Your Life 

Understanding yourself on a deep level provides you with the clarity you need to take on challenges, make decisions and work towards a brighter future. So this week, Sam Makhoul is joined by meditation and mindfulness coach Tom Sullivan, who shares his steps on how to reach the back of our minds.

During this episode, Tom and Sam discuss:

  • Tips on how to be present and live in the moment
  • How meditation allows you to take control over your mind
  • The difference between mindfulness and meditation
  • How to form successful habits with wellness
  • Tips to combat your ego to become still


Short for time? Then, why not skip ahead using the below timestamps:

5:52 – The difference between mindfulness and meditation

10:18 – Why meditation is hard to stick to

15:02 – The one, two breathing cycle to help you remain calm

19:42 – The best place to meditate

23:53 – Guided or not guided meditation - what is best?

30:00 – What happens to our minds when we listen to sleeping apps

34:23 – The benefits of meditation

37:39 – Tips on how to remove negative thoughts

45:54 – Why our minds are so busy being consumed

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Oct 22, 2020

Dr Jenn Mann: The Truth About Sex Droughts (And How To Overcome Them) 

When it comes to talking about sex, many people beat around the bush. But that isn’t the case for our faculty member and America's most recognised female psychologist Dr Jenn Mann.

This week, Dr Mann joins Sam Makhoul on our podcast series to discuss sex droughts and how you can overcome them with your partner. During this episode, the pair also deep dive into:

  • The causes of cheating
  • The triggers towards a separation
  • How open relationships have become a trend amongst couples
  • The steps to building a great foundation for a relationship
  • The difference between making love, sex and f**king


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4:38 – The real reason people cheat

7:31 – The biggest challenge couples are facing at the moment

9:24 – The pressure release mechanisms for couples

10:54 – The rise of digital relationships

18:15 – How pornography can impact a couple's intimacy levels

21:11 – The effects alcohol can have on a relationship

25:03 – How our obsession on the way we look affects our relationships

32:11 – The best sexual position for couples to connect emotionally

42:48 – The truth about sex droughts and how to overcome them

46:45 – Tips on navigating a separation

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Oct 8, 2020

Mark Bunn: How To Support Someone With Their Mental Health 

45% of Australians experience a mental illness in their lifetime and each day eight Australians take their own life after suffering from a mental health condition. With these alarming statistics continuing to rise; the need to reach out to those around us has never been more important.

But when it comes to offering support to someone, it can become a daunting experience. That’s why this week, mental health advocate, author and researcher Mark Bunn joins Sam Makhoul to share his easy to follow steps on how you can support someone suffering from mental illness.

From how to start the ‘are you okay’ conversation to tips on listening and providing advice; he covers it all.


Short for time? Then, why not skip ahead using the below timestamps:

5:59 – How the pandemic has impacted our consciousness

13:06 – How COVID-19 has affected our mental health

17:07 – Is mental health awareness causing more damage?

20:54 – How to part the dark clouds on a daily basis

26:20 – Understanding the mental health spectrum

28:25 – How to ask someone if they’re okay (and feel comfortable about it)

34:17 – Listen to Mark's podcast Ancient Wisdom For Modern Health

34:27 – The rise in conscious living

41:30 – How to accelerate your path to consciousness and happiness

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Oct 1, 2020

Chiza Westcarr: How To Protect Your Skin This Summer 

Did you know that more than 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer every year? And that one in three Australian’s are diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70?

In this episode of A Higher Branch, Sam Makhoul is joined by skin therapist, nutritional medicine practitioner and educator, Chiza Westcarr to talk all things skin health and skin care.

During this interview, Chiza shares the alarming reasoning why skin cancer diagnoses are prominent in Australia and the best ways to protect yourself and your family from the sun this summer.

She also deep dives into:
  • How the sun impacts the different layers of our skin
  • The sunscreen to use and the ones to avoid
  • How your diet helps produce energy for you to function


Short for time? Then, why not skip ahead using the below timestamps:

1:46 – The importance of wearing sunscreen in Australia

4:24 - What sun exposure does to your skin and how it affects your ageing

5:27 – The difference between chemical and physical sunscreen

8:23 – What your skin regime should look like

13:42 – The layers of your skin and how the sun impacts it

16:03 - How to protect your skin during the day

17:12 – Why vitamin D is important for your skin health

21:32 – How your diet can produce energy

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Sep 24, 2020

Chiza Westcarr: The Correlation Between Gut And Skin Health 

This week, Sam Makhoul is joined again by skin therapist, nutritional medicine practitioner and educator, Chiza Westcarr to provide you with the latest research when it comes to gut health and how it is linked to our skin health and digestive system.

In this episode, the pair unravel the truth about the correlation between gut and skin health, and share tips on how you can improve the glow of your appearance by making changes to your diet and improving the bacteria in your gut.

During this episode, Sam and Chiza also discuss:

  • How alcohol affects your guts bacteria
  • The foods to avoid and the ones to eat to improve your gut and skin health
  • The true impact the vegan diet has on your overall health
  • How dairy is a major contributor to poor gut and skin health


Short for time? Then, why not skip ahead using the below timestamps:

2:55 – The revolution of gut health

8:54 – The importance of skin health

11:27 – The correlation between diet, gut health and skin health

18:18 – Visit Chiza's Glow Skin And Nutrition website

19:24 – How alcohol affects our gut bacteria

24:16 – How gut bacteria influences our sleep

33:07 – How your feelings drive your thoughts

34:42 – Foods that are good for gut bacteria

50:51 – Vegetables to avoid for gut health

1:04:16 – How the vegan diets impacts your overall health

1:06:16 – Tips to stopping bloating

1:10:15 – How dairy impacts our skin health and inflammation

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