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Life Changes Show, June 20, 2022

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Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize Grief and Loss with KAREN V JOHNSON, JD and Performance Guest DEJAH GOMEZ

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio and cohost Mark Laisure, with Executive Producer Dorothy Lee Donahue

Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize Grief and Loss Ep690

This Episode Features Interview Guest, Former Federal Judge Turned Shaman, Former Fulbright Scholar, Former U.S. Army Officer, and Major, USAR (inactive), Karen V. Johnson, JD; and Performance Guest, Accomplished and Seasoned Vocalist and Performing Artist, Dejah Gomez on The LIFE CHANGES Show Ep690 Titled, “Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize Grief and Loss”

Interview Guest: KAREN V. JOHNSON, JD; and Performance Guest: DEJAH GOMEZ


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Former federal judge and shamanic spiritual practitioner of healing
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Karen Johnson’s 27 year-old son Ben died due to a drug overdose. One night he was at a party with his friends, they got drunk and decided to try heroin for the first time. While all of his friends tried the same drug, Ben was the only one to overdose.  Instead of calling 911 and give Ben the lifesaving help he needed, the dealer spent his time disposing of the drugs and cleaning his place of evidence, all while Ben lay there dying. 

Karen’s fast-paced life and 30-year career as a federal judge came to an abrupt halt as she was enveloped in unrelenting grief for the loss of her son. It was immediately after his death that Ben’s spirit began to communicate with her, and while this level of connection was foreign to Karen, she followed Ben’s nudges and her world has never been the same.  

Having an unsupportive work, that initially allowed Karen only 2-hours off to attend her son’s funeral, she became unable to reconcile her working life with her communications with the spirit world. So Karen did the unexpected, she quit her job, sold her house with all her belongings, and went on a 2½ year journey that took her all over the world.

Led by her son in spirit, Karen’s path took her to a shamanic spiritual practice of healing. 

Karen V. Johnson, JD, is a graduate of Georgetown Law Center (J.D.), a former Fulbright Scholar in Afghanistan, and holds Masters Degrees in Public Health and Public and International Affairs (MPH, MPIA). Karen is a retired federal administrative law judge who practiced criminal and energy law for more than 30 years. She also is a former U.S. Army officer, Major, USAR (inactive). Karen was personally trained by Alberto Villoldo, and is faculty at the Four Winds Society and a Master Practitioner of Energy Medicine.


“Living Grieving: Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize Grief and Loss” (Hay House, July 7, 2021), is her first book.

“In this time of what feels like fast-food spirituality, it’s refreshing to hear from a shamanic kindred sister who has undergone such a powerful journey so fully and has reemerged to reclaim her new life while sharing her wisdom and journey with the world.”

– Linda Star Wolf, Ph


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Vocalist, spiritual counselor and sound healer
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Dejah is an inimitable talent, accomplished and seasoned vocalist with a powerful history of achievement in music and entertainment. An elegant and soulful vocalist who once graced TV, Broadway stages, toured supporting national and international legends, Dejah has spent her life following the call of spirit on the passionate path of creativity and service. Her ability to exemplify poise and grace in an ever-changing music business inspired her to coalesce her passions of psychology, music, and spiritual healing.

Dejah holds a safe, nourishing, and nurturing spaces for those seeking spiritual, mental, and emotional support. She is committed to listening deeply to those who hear the call to work with her, guiding them into heightened states of awareness and purpose, and sharing her gifts through spiritual counseling, sound healing, vocal activation, breathwork, yoga, and more.

Through her customized services, Dejah inspires confidence and nurtures the seeds of creativity, expression, joy, abundance, and wellbeing within those she works with. Her offerings are customized to cultivate health, harmony, balance, and freedom for her fellow human beings.

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Come and join the conversation about what's going on and what we can do together about it, with it, and for it. We have the choice, we have the power. We can do magic if we just believe!

A show about the changes going on in us, to us, around us, and because of us. Therefore, it's technically a show about "Everything," only with a how to make it better, see it better, be better.

In the show, there is talk about, and with, people who have either been through major changes, are helping others with major changes, or people who are changing the world for the better in a major way.

The show is a one-hour talk show format with a monologue by the host, a 30 minute interview with a guest of note, capped by a "Producer's Wrap" segment, in which Filippo and Co-Host Mark Laisure, and sometimes surprise guests, bring it all home for the listeners in a sometimes humorous and sometimes touching, but always entertaining conversation.

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9:00 pm CT
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