The name The W.A.Y. within stands for Who Are You within? And as I started to ask myself this very question and dive deeper I started an incredible journey of self discovery.

My name is Giovanni Hermann Anthony Bartolomeo (you can call me G for short). Sometimes I’ll go by Herman Anthony or Hermann others just G.

I Created this show in order to share my own experiences along with many other interesting peoples stories whose experiences have inspired me along the way with the intention of helping others to find out who they are within themselves!

I’m the host of the Way Within show (www.thewaywithin.me), Collective-Evolution's Podcast and Founder of The Ideal Changes and Co-Founder of Luminous Consciousness advancement centre.

A bit more about me:

After reaching what I thought was a certain level of success in life I realized I had never defined success in terms of what it meant to me. After feeling unfulfilled, confused and borderline depressed I realized I had to have some other 'purpose' being on this earth at this time.

After a ton of personal soul searching, exploration and self reflection, the fog finally started to clear and my mission took focus. Around the same time I met the team at Collective Evolution and the rest is History!

Now we're doing our part every day to raise consciousness (including our own). I've had a passion for connecting with others and learning from their experiences and now I can share it all with you through our show, our live events in Toronto, and our Consciousness Advancement Centre.

I'm an entrepreneur at heart and love creating new Ideas and ways to help improve the planet for not only the people currently living on it but for those who we will leave it to one day! connect with me via email g@thewaywithin.me

One love, keep shining that light within!

-Hermann Anthony (G)

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Ep.6 Healing Stories from the Sweat Lodge with Sal Gencarelle

Were all familiar with the old saying ” When the student is ready the teacher will appear”. I used to really not take that saying seriously. Until people started literally popping up in my life who had something to teach me, as long as I was ready to listen.

Living in Ontario, North America, I knew that these lands had been occupied by Native Americans, or indigenous people for thousands of years yet I had absolutely no contact with any of them.

Other than through television and internet I knew very little about their traditions or way of life. One day I just had this curiosity arise out of no where. I desperately wanted to learn about them or rather had a feeling there was so much knowledge I needed to obtain.

If I could pinpoint it, it was probably just after I had traveled to South America to participate in my first Ayahuasca ceremony in 2013. Why would I need to travel to South America to learn about Native Culture and ceremonies when there must be something comparable nearby?

I set the intention to connect.

Sent out a few facebook messages to people I thought might be connect but nothing really happened.

It wasn’t until about 3 years later when the message was answered. I guess that was when I was ready.

One day I was up at Luminous (Consciousness Advancement Center) and a guy (who is now a close friend) named Stew pulls in the driveway. He says “You’re friend Justin said I should come check this place out”. Little did I know at that time two of my prayers had been answered. I needed someone to help me build a natural pool (another article will definitely follow about this), and I also needed someone to connect me to the native tradition. I would have never Imagined that a fair skinned, blue eyed, bearded burly Canadian would be the connection.

We quickly connected the dots and realized him coming there was much more than a co-incidence. In a matter of no time we had a sweat lodge built and the Inipi ceremonies had begun.

Inipi is a purification rite and is necessary in order to help the vision quest seeker enter into a state of humility and to undergo a kind of spiritual rebirth. The sweat lodge is central to Inipi. Prayers offered there draw on all the powers of the universe — Earth, Water, Fire and Air.

Stew started telling me about his mentor Sal, and we decided that we should bring Sal up to perform a workshop for the Collective Evolution team and some of our close friends and family.

Within my first few Inipi ceremonies I was shocked to realize it was more than just heat we were experiencing. I thought it was just a relaxing “sauna” type experience but that was far from the truth. Once inside the Inipi it is like you have entered the womb ready to be reborn. I have felt things move within me during ceremonies, at times on the verge of throwing up and literally crying like a baby as I released what felt like lifetimes of emotions. Ive seen visions and felt things words would do no justice describing, this without ingesting any substances other than water while in the ceremony. As the door opens after the final round I emerge as a new person every time changed in a way that I am just starting to understand.

I’ve set the intention to work more closely with Sal and get further initiated into the tradition. Sal has a similar story regarding how he connected to the tradition.

Here’s a bit about Sal’s story and how he found his teacher:

My journey with the indigenous traditions of the Lakota began almost 30 years ago. As a young teenager, I began a mentoring journey with a traditional healing family of the Oglala Sioux Tribe from Pine Ridge South Dakota.

A few months before my mentoring began, at the age of 15 years old, I wakened to the reality of modern man’s disconnection from nature and the Earth. I was touched by the ancestors who brought a visionary message. They communicated to me the future of humanity and that the Earth would reject modern man’s unsustainable lifestyle. I saw the devastation we would bring upon ourselves. I felt the pain and suffering of the children and of nature in this possible future reality.

In that moment, I made a commitment to do whatever I could to change this potential fate. With all my heart, I begged for guidance and for a teacher to show me the way. Within months I began my mentor ship in the traditions and healing practices of the Lakota.

After years of apprenticeship, I entered my next phase of commitment. I went upon the sacred mountain and offered my life in a 4-day ceremony called a Hanbleciya (Vision Quest). During these 4 days and nights, I sacrificed all that it takes to live; food, water, and sleep. I gave myself to the Powers of Creation and to the Creator. I begged for the ability to help this world and all my loved ones. During this ceremony, I was touched by holiness and a song awoke in my heart. After that experience, I started to take my first independent steps in bringing these teachings to all.

On this episode of the way within show Sal shares some of the incredible things he has seen and witnessed in his time practicing the Native tradition in the last 30 years. Some of the stories are almost unbelievable and he even says he rarely shares them because they are that difficult to believe.

Sal will be hosting a week long intensive workshop at The Luminous center this summer (2017) for more information you can connect with Sal @ www.manamongthehelpers.com