Inner Space Techniques: Diving Into The Depths Of Ourselves With Bryce Kennedy

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We can only see so far ourselves that sometimes we are not aware of the things that are directly confrontring us. That is why there is value in needing help from others to see what we can’t see for ourselves. Only then can we break free from the things that hold us down and ultimately transform. In this episode, host Sean Entin sits down with the co-founder of The Other 50: Corporate Coaching company, Bryce Kennedy, to talk about a method that will get us beneath our conscious minds and into the depths of ourselves. Bryce introduces the very specialized form of meditation called Inner Space Techniques, letting us in on what it is all about and how he came upon it. Get into this enlightening conversation and learn more about the process of diving deep beneath the layers of yourself and become the person you want to be.

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Inner Space Techniques: Diving Into The Depths Of Ourselves With Bryce Kennedy

I want to share a story about my own experience in health and wellness. My experience of working a lot on my own and then being opened up to working with people in terms of health and wellness. When I first got into yoga and meditation, I spent a lot of time going to classes, going back home, studying on my own, experimenting and learning as much as I could from books, from podcasts and whatever I could get my hands on. I was fairly isolated and there’s incredible value in being isolated, being alone and learning about yourself in that capacity. My experience has been at a certain point, what happened for me, I came up to realize that I have blind spots. I realized that no matter how hard I try, I’m not going to be able to find those blind spots because there’s a part of me that is scared to look at them.

My first experience getting opened up to looking at blind spots was when we went and did the Relationship Warrior course with Brett and Marie Jones, the Relationship Warrior Code, and their whole premise is around helping you see aspects of your life that you’re not looking at. I didn’t know what to expect going into, but by the end of the three-day weekend, my eyes had simply been opened up to aspects of my life that were affecting me that I didn’t know. They primarily look at how is your cultural condition affecting you? How are the past traumas in your life affecting you? How are your role model figures affecting you? If you start to piece together that part of the equation, you start to become aware of that. You start to become aware of these subconscious patterns that are running your life.

This was a very eye-opening experience for me, getting someone else’s perspective, someone else’s opinion on what I’m experiencing. That’s one of the main things that Bryce and I talk about. Bryce Kennedy is our guest. It’s the necessity of having someone there to help you to see what you’re not capable of seeing or simply not willing to see or you’re scared to look at. Even though Bryce is practicing as a professional with the work that he does, he still says that he wants to be experiencing someone else doing this for him as long as he can because he recognizes the value of having someone else there to watch your back in a way.

If you’ve ever been in a relationship, you probably have already experienced this to a certain extent, maybe without realizing it. Anytime you’re in a relationship, whether it be friends, family, romantic partner, you start to notice how they push you and they reveal parts of you that you might not have been aware of. It can be very confronting. Especially if it’s a romantic partner and they’re bringing to light something that bothers them that you do all the time. You’re like, “Why is this happening?” As you read, keep that in mind and please share this with someone who you think might need to know it.

Bryce, welcome. How are you doing?

I’m doing great.

For those who aren’t familiar with you, would you give them a background of who you are and what you do and then we’ll roll from there?

My name is Bryce Kennedy and I am an IST practitioner/coach. Basically, IST, the original name was Inner Space Interactive Sourcing. It is a very specialized form of meditation to help people go beneath their conscious minds into the depths of themselves to find where blockages are that are holding them back. I used to be an attorney and this was the modality that actually helped pull my head out of my butt from being something that I did not want to be from a very early age. I decided to throw everything I had into becoming an IST practitioner. There are only about five in New York City. There are not many, maybe 50 total in the world. My lawyer’s brain knew how to gear into this in terms of the intensity and the love of finding the truth.

You found this while you were still a lawyer? How were you first introduced to this practice or this idea of doing this?

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Long story short, I went to acting school while I was a lawyer on my lunch breaks and on the weekends. I started to feel this pain while I was acting in the middle of my forehead and I was convinced it was a tumor. I was like, “I’m dead.” Someone said, “No, it’s your third eye-opening.” Keep in mind I was a pretty straight guy in terms of belief systems, just a regular person. When they said third eye, I was like, “It seems a bit crazy for me, but sure, we’ll try it.” Someone suggested going to own awakening the third eye meditation. I was like, “If it gets rid of the pain, I’ll do it.” I go to this meditation, it was two days, and it opened up this whole part of me that I didn’t know existed.

After that, I went to meet the instructor of the course to do this IST. She’s like, “Do you want to try it? You seem very receptive to this type of thing.” I was like, “Sure, if it gets rid of my pain.” I had been trying different modalities at that point to curb my anxiety. I was extremely unhappy. I was drinking a lot. I wasn’t a good boyfriend at that time either. I was willing to try anything. This IST practitioner was like, “Let’s do it.” I did one session and it shattered my reality of what was possible in terms of healing modalities. That was the start of it.

For anyone reading, the idea of what you said, opening the third eye sounds weird. Can you describe that to the best of your ability? How would you describe that to the person you were before it happened?

There are these old centers of vision that we have in our bodies that have fallen to the wayside. When you open these centers of vision, they enhance the quality of life. There’s a more life force that flows, there’s more vibrancy. You can focus on that as a way of describing what the third eye does. The third eye is supposed to enhance the life force. It’s supposed to create better vision. It’s right in the middle of the forehead. It essentially allows things to open up. Someone was saying that to me I wouldn’t quite get it. What it is, it’s a part of you that comes back online that you didn’t know wasn’t online. It’s not like one of these things where if you look through your third eye, all of a sudden you see visually these different things, a perception enhanced. You know how when you have that knowing feeling, that intuition. Say if someone’s standing behind you. You just know that there’s something there. When the third eye opens through different types of meditation practices, it’s like you start to know things. Intuition starts to become your normal operating system when you open the third eye.

In my own experience through meditation, I would equate it to being in what they would call a flow state, to put it as simply as possible. Based on conversations I’ve had with people, one of the guys, he said that our subconscious brain processes twenty million bits of data per second, while our conscious brain only processes 40. What’s in my mind happening when we go into these meditative states as we’re opening up our subconscious mind more and more in every moment. It becomes this flood of information, but what it allows us to do is to perceive in ways we have not been open to perceiving. It also allows us to start to heal because we’re opening up these lines of communication that we had put blocks around. I’ve been practicing. What was your first experience with this IST method on yourself?

My very first one is with my wife. We had this huge fight. I was convinced we were going to break up. It triggered so much in me that I was ready to throw everything away. I went to my IST practitioner. In our very first session, I was charged as all hell. She’s like, “Let’s begin. You lie down, close your eyes and get into a meditative flow.” I dropped beneath my normal standard feelings that I was just conditioned to feeling. The anxiety, that frustration, that fear into this depths of my soul that I didn’t have access to before.

I drop. What I saw was this anger, this resentment and all this stuff that I had towards my girlfriend was at this base level, deep, incredible love that I couldn’t comprehend from my monkey mind. It showed me that I was so afraid of that massive love, that the way it acted out on the surface was through me closing me, pushing her away, acting a fool, numbing myself. Deep down it was such profound love and connection. Two weeks later, I asked her to marry me. I had no intention of marrying her at the time.

What’s the process of getting beneath the layers? I know there are so many different techniques and modalities. Is this something you can do on your own or is this something you need a practitioner to help you dive through?

This is definitely with a practitioner because it’s one of these things where it goes so deep that if you could have gone there, you would’ve been there by now. What a practitioner does is it opens up the space. The practitioner holds the space to the person. The person lies down and it becomes a navigation system. It’s like an exploration for the seed. The IST is principled on these things called “samskara,” which is Sanskrit for scar of the mind. It’s a wound, it’s a trauma, it’s some type of energetic scar that happened at a point in our lives or if you believe in them, past lives. What it does is in that moment that scar, that wound took place, it froze a portion of our energy.

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Enough big ones like that, it changes your personality. It changes how you behave in the world because more of you is in these frozen states where you can’t get to them. IST is, the person relaxes, they’ve laid down, there’s a point of contact. It could be two fingers over the heart. The practitioner touches very briefly and you leave those two fingers there. With those two fingers, it’s a spot that they can focus their consciousness on. As the energy builds, they start to sink deeper into that spot. Eventually, they step out of the normal mind and into this subconscious unconscious level. They start to see these parts of themselves that they hadn’t seen.

What they do is you source. In the original name, Inner Space Interactive Sourcing, that second part, the interactive sourcing begins. The practitioner asks questions like, “What are you feeling?” You look for the qualities. Is it dark? Is it heavy? Is it light? Do you feel emotions? Is there a particular shape or color? Using those different qualities, it opens up the space to be more and more until you get down to that source that is essentially causing the trouble. They re-experience it, open up that samskara and a big piece of themselves come back. That allows more of their truest selves or higher selves gets to land into that space where it wasn’t before.

Essentially, you’re diving through however many layers to get to the root. Instead of dealing like, “I have this anger and resentment on the surface,” instead of saying, “Let’s distract yourself from that or put a Band-Aid over that,” through this practice, it’s like inception. You’re going down into four different layers deep to find out where this is actually coming from. From that place of awareness, you can start to heal.

Let me give you an example. This is the best way to describe it. I have a twin sister and we were premature babies. We had learning disabilities and we were slow to catch up on things. We were held back the second year of kindergarten. We already started feeling shame, which is interesting. I only saw it through the IST process about being held back. Already we had a secret. I remember cutting out a bat for Halloween. I couldn’t cut this bat out. I was struggling. When I was in the session, I could feel myself sweating at this age of not being able to cut the bat out. The teacher then sketches me. She sees that I can’t cut the bat out. She goes, “Bryce, for someone who’s already failed kindergarten, I thought you’d be better at cutting out bats,” in front of the whole class. The class erupts. They laugh. I feel humiliated at that age. She just shamed me.

What was so interesting, within half of a second, I made four decisions. One, that I was stupid. Two, that I was worthless. Three, that I would never let anyone make me feel stupid again. Four, I would hide behind humor. In a millisecond, something inside of me made those decisions. That was the samskara. She shamed me, I felt humiliated. There’s that closing. There’s that wound. Based on that, 1,000 choices were made for the next 33 years. There’s nothing wrong with this. There are other modalities that will focus on the 1,000 choices that I made and get distracted by that. “Bryce, you feel stupid. Why did you go to law school? Because you’re trying to prove that you’re not stupid. We know that.” What is it? It was in that moment where I decided I was stupid because that woman made me feel stupid. When you get to that root, re-experience and open it, those 1,000 choices, those entanglements disappear. That’s what IST is.

It always helps to get an example of it. We all have those moments in life that the hardest ones are the ones we don’t necessarily perceive as traumatic where you’re like, “I recognize that that happened to me, but I’m not in that space where I’m recognizing that as something that has affected the way I’m showing up.” For me, an example would be I went to military school as a kid. I know I went to military school, I know what happened there. Until becoming more open, receptive and aware of what has influenced who I am, it’s looking at that experience.

I’m going, “Not necessarily that anything super traumatic happened, but how did the experiences there shape how I was then interacting from that point forward.” I think just coming to that awareness, you start to be able to, “Where’s that coming from?” You can keep working through it. My experience in my own life was that you can only get so far by yourself. You absolutely need help from either a practitioner or being in some court setting that is helping you. There are parts of yourself you’re not going to look at because you’re simply unaware that they’re there.

That’s what drove me. I wanted to see, “What am I not seeing?” For anyone out there who’s on this journey, they know it is some confronting thing. The reason you don’t see it is because there’s a part that I don’t want to see it. I always go into these things pretty gung-ho and I’m always amazed being like, “No, that’s enough.” I always go back and I go headfirst into these things, but it’s amazing to feel the part that is absolutely not. “Do not look at me. Don’t you dare.” I’ve talked to a lot of my guy friends about this and they’re like, “Why would I ever want to see that stuff?” They’re terrified of the unraveling. To me, how small am I acting though if these parts are running the show in the background? I looked at it the other way. If I’ve come this far and have been this “successful” without seeing these things, what next-level human being could I be if I start to see these things and open up? That to me, the potential is massive if you start to see these things.

It’s a horrifying process of having to look at and acknowledge the ugly parts of yourself because no one wants to look at themselves in the mirror and face those. What you’re saying is that if you’re willing to go there and you’re willing to do that, then you’re going to free up this energy to then do what you actually want to do, what you’re inspired to do. Shift into more of creating the person you want to be versus the person you were unconsciously conditioned into being.

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The fact that I’ve opened this up, I was always destined in my mind to be a lawyer, an actor or both. The fact that I’m doing this as a profession, it blows me away to the point of like, “I didn’t even know that this was a part of me.” I remember when I was in acting class and all these actors were going through these emotional, traumatic characters to bring out the emotional life of the character. The crap that we would have to dig into to give it life was extremely painful. It would take us three or four days to get out of the characters. I was like, “This is a stupid way of having a job.”

Let’s say, for example, I was supposed to play a rape victim. The teaching is you go to a part where you have felt that trauma. You’re doing this on your own. This is why I like doing stuff on your own is not always advisable. There is a time for it, but it’s not always advisable because you need that extra set of eyes to take you to where you can’t go. We were getting to this space where massive trauma, massive fear, contracting, and then for a few days afterward, all of us were depressed. That’s depressed on a deep level. We didn’t know what it was.

That became my mantra. I started teaching actors how to get out of that because I was fortunate enough to have a lot of great teachers to help me transition out of that. The real impetus of the whole thing was to stop stupid suffering because it was just stupid to me. That why I do IST because it’s stupid to me that people aren’t living their biggest lives. They aren’t opening up to these massive states of consciousness. It pisses me off that I’m not doing it or when I don’t do it. It pisses me off that other people don’t do it. It’s an interesting reason to become a practitioner. I made courses a ton of love, caring and holding. At the end of the day, I hate people suffering.

What you’re pointing out is a big reason why you initially got into it was for yourself. Through experiencing it on yourself, you realize the value of it. This is the way I think in the work that I do. I’ve realized the value of a lot of the things I’m invested my time into in the years of working on health, mindset and everything. It’d be a shame not to share those with people I care about and with people around me who are in my sphere of influence. There’s a lot of awesome, cool stuff I’ve learned along the way and I want to share that with people. That’s why we’re doing this and why we bring other people on. Everybody has these moments and these experiences to share. I’m wondering for you, Bryce, are you still actively going through these sessions with someone else helping you?

Totally. I was warned about this. As a practitioner, if you don’t have someone watching, you stopped being good for the client. Therapists who don’t see therapists. It scares me, or coaches who don’t have coaches. There’s always more to learn. You better be working on yourself. Part of it is to get new skills. Part of it is to see my own crap. Part of it is to see what I’m not seeing. I truly hope that’s forever.

I think that’s the idea. At least that’s my idea for how I like to try and live my life, is always pushing some new boundaries. When you get too comfortable and you’re not pushing to the next space, I find that your life tends to start to squeeze you. That squeeze then gets uncomfortable on its own. It forces you into this movement again. We talked a little bit before and you had an experience of being confronted. You said you came to LA and did an ecstatic dance. Do you want to tell that story?

I was reading a book called The Third Door by Alex Banayan, who’s a young guy who wanted to write a book and interview famous people. He needed money and he was in college at UCLA. He decided, “I want to interview famous people so I can tell Millennials how to be successful in life.” To do that, he decided he was going to get on The Price is Right. Essentially, he hacked The Price is Right through studying online. He won the Showcase Showdown and got the money he needed. He ended up interviewing through these incredible stories and incredible people. I decided I want to meet this guy. I wrote to him and he’s like, “I can jump on a fifteen-minute phone call for you if you want.”

I was like, “Let’s meet in person.” He’s like, “How about this? If you can come to LA, I’ll send you a ticket to my event I’m speaking at and we’ll go.” I was like, “Let’s do it.” I flew that weekend to meet him at the book signing. He’s a great guy. He told all this insight about pushing your boundaries and all these different things. He was true to the form of his book. I was like, “How do I break through things that confront me?” One of the things that I noticed is when you ask those questions, that universe provides the answer for you. One of the answers for me was like, my friends are like, “Do you want to go to this ecstatic dance thing?”

I was like, “I hate dancing.” It was such a perfect time because I asked the question fifteen minutes later and they’re like, “We’re doing this.” I was like, “Here we go.” I walk into this ecstatic dance class in LA. I never have done anything like that. There’s a bunch of people. Already, the judgment goes up. Every judgment under the sun that I could have had was bulleting everyone in that building. I was like, “People are half-naked.” There’s nothing wrong with Burning Man, but it was a Burning Man group, not my group normally. I was like, “Let’s do this.” I noticed that they’re doing this thing called Contact Improv. Contact Improv is essentially dancing with touch where you roll different body parts off of each other.

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For me, I shut down at that point. I was like, “What are these people doing?” They’re like, “It’s Contact Improv.” I was like, “What is that?” They’re like, “It’s where you open your body movement up to another person’s body movement where you become one.” I was like, “That’s cool. I’m out of here.” I wish someone could have taken a picture because it was like Bryce shut down inside. I was staring with mouth agape. My friends pushed me into the middle of the circle and right off the bat, these people started coming up to me. The first person that came up to me was this guy. I’m a bald man. This guy had beautiful blonde, long hair. He starts to dance with me.

For some reason in my middle school dance, I was supposed to dance with a woman. You’re not allowed to talk. You dance with everybody, something I’ve never done in my entire life. He starts dancing with me and starts rolling his hands with me. His hair starts brushing my face and I was like, “This is just different.” All of a sudden, he would roll himself around my back and then he would put his head into my neck between my shoulder blade and my chin. I was like, “Is he gay? Is he coming onto me?” All of a sudden, he squishes his hair again and it would brush past my face.

I was like, “That’s nice.” I was like, “Am I gay? I’m married.” I was like, “Is this gay?” It was amazing to feel. The best way to describe it is like this middle school boy brain who had never experienced anything like this ever. As I got more and more into it, women would come up to me. All of a sudden, they’re touching and I’m like, “Do you want to have sex? Do I want to have sex? Maybe we’re all going to have sex.” I was like, “No, this is not a sexual thing. You’re not allowed to drink, you’re not allowed sexual contact and you’re not allowed to do drugs. It is a totally clean space for people to open up.” As I started going more and more into this, I let my body open to these experiences and then five minutes later, I’d be totally challenged.

The other aspect was if you didn’t feel like dancing with someone, you put your hands together like in a prayer form and you nod your head and you’re supposed to reject people, which was a whole other thing. That’s part of the experience. It wasn’t that you were doing it mean. Part of the thing was to experience what it was like to be rejected and not take it personally. For me, it was all personal because I felt so out of place. The end of the story ends with this guy, the emcee of the night, this tall, beautiful black gay man pulls me into the ground, into this pit where people are just riving.

As I’m going down I’m like, “This is the end. This is where Bryce as we know it disappears and becomes part of the orgy for the rest of his life. Call his wife, tell her he’s now part of the orgy fest.” He takes me under his wing and rolls with me for twenty minutes. These are supposed to be like three-minute things. At one point he is on my back and I’m laying face down, which is the most incredibly vulnerable position I’ve ever been in. He’s rolling on my back, around my hips. I’m freaking out, “What is happening?” Until I got this a-ha message where it’s like, “Let go of everything you think you are now.” I let go and I burst into tears. I’m 6’1” and he had to be 6’3”.

He scoops me up into his arms, holds me and I let myself be held by a man for probably the first time in my life. He looks down at me, he makes eye contact, puts my head into his chest and just whispers, “It’s okay.” I’ve never ever experienced that with a man. I have a great relationship with my dad. We hug, we talk, we say I love you. There’s nothing like that. No issues there. It was a completely different physical level that I’ve never experienced. Keep in mind, I’ve spent five years, months at a time doing IST on myself with other people or I’m doing it on me. I’ve seen the worst of the worst, the highest of the highs, the lowest of the lows.

Yet I’ve never experienced this part where somewhere inside me was dying for physical touch, not just from a woman but from a man. It cracked me. I needed my friends to carry me out and we went to a diner. I ordered things that I knew were safe, like a strawberry milkshake, a cheeseburger. I needed some grounding force to be like, “This is the reality you know. Here’s your cheeseburger.” I sat there and I whimpered and I let them hold me because normally I’m “the strong guy” that holds people that they can fall apart. It was surreal. That was my experience with movement and touch.

It painted this picture of this environment that’s designed around the healthy and safe. One of our other guests, she calls it healthy, platonic touch, which is the ground rules are there’s nothing sexual going on here. It’s people connecting. Right at the end there you mentioned you are always the guy who was the strong guy, helping people and picking them up. I had an experience like that at this course that we did with a couple that we had on the show named Brett and Marie. They lead a Relationship Warrior course called The Course.

At the end of the day, it is this addressing of what’s blocking you. They have a lot of couples that show up, but they also have single people who show up who are working on their relationship with themselves. Oftentimes if we’re struggling in our relationship, it has nothing to do with us and the other person. It has to do with what’s going on inside of us as individuals. I got to this point in the course where everyone got to give me an honest like, “What do you guys think of Taylor?” They went around the circle and everybody was like, “He seems cold, distant and he puts walls up.”

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It was this confronting moment where you don’t realize that you’re doing something, but when you allow that safe space for people just to throw truth at you, you get to this place where you’re like, “I wasn’t aware that I was doing that.” That’s not the type of person I feel on the inside, but that’s how I’m actually showing up. Not running from that and being like, “They were wrong.” It’s like, “Obviously, if this is their perception, then that’s true.” I got to the place in the course where I wasn’t receiving love well. I wasn’t acknowledging what other people had to give. I was coming from this place of always giving because to me that made me feel valuable.

It was this ego-shattering moment of giving love isn’t the same as receiving love. Just because you feel very peaceful on the inside, it doesn’t mean that you’re actually inviting other people into your world. You could meditate in the woods for the next 30 years. You could feel like the most peaceful monk. If you’re not actively inviting other people into your world, then there’s always going to be walls up, having that full experience, which I think your dance experience was similar. You felt this amazing person on the inside, but as soon as it came to letting other people’s specialness come into play, we block ourselves from receiving other people’s gifts because it’s scary.

It’s like what you were saying about how we can plateau or hit a stagnancy. I receive people’s gifts but from only one slice of the pie. I didn’t realize there were other gifts to receive. That’s what shocked me. I know how to receive. I know how to fully let go and give over to my practitioner and receive what she’s giving to me. What I didn’t realize, which is mind-blowing. There were other pieces of the pie to receive, physical touch, IST, maybe singing. Whatever that is, that’s what blew my mind. I need to receive on so many different levels that I didn’t perceive before.

I’ll give you an example from my life plateauing and then having to find something new. When I move to LA, I immediately began a yoga practice and did yoga teacher training. I’ve been doing yoga fairly consistently ever since. It’s a wonderful practice and I’m totally always going to be an advocate of it. What I realized is it’s a very solitary practice. There’s a very loving, generous community around it, but at the end of the day, you’re very isolated. You’re on your own mat on this small, rectangular space and you’re focusing on your own world.

For me, it’s like I hit this plateau of, “I don’t feel like I’m making progress internally.” You can always make progress with the physical poses, but I think that’s honestly a distraction from what you’re trying to do in yoga. My plateau, the way I addressed it was I started going to Brazilian jujitsu, which is similarly confronting in terms of physical touch. It’s like you’re signing up to wrestle with another grown man, where you guys both end up hot and sweaty. You’re deep breathing and then you’re willingly letting them sit on your chest and put you in these compromised positions.

It had that similar effect like to you rolling in this dance pit where you’re having this non-sexual, intimate touch experience with another human being. The whole other layer of jujitsu is they’re also trying to kill you. It puts you in this space of having to be vulnerable, especially for me coming in as a white belt. Everybody’s going to kick your butt. It’s going into an experience in life of honestly being a beginner again. I think the more we can in our lives continue to put ourselves in places where we are the beginner, then that’s where we continue to develop and grow. I go into a yoga class and I’m going in there with an inflated ego of like, “I’ve been doing this for several years.”

I was telling Gloria, our producer, “I went to a yoga class and I experienced yoga like I had never experienced it before.” It’s not that the pose is changed, but it was how I was showing up. I went to the Bikram series class, which is 26 postures over an hour and a half. It’s hot as hell on there. Everything that comes up, it’s you. There are no distractions in that environment. There’s no music like I’m having a great time. You’re oftentimes not having a great time. That’s the battle. What shifted for me, it’s subtle but profound was you get into a pose and you’re trying hard to push your limits and push your boundaries. That’s how I had been practicing.

I went in there and I got into the pose and then my mindset was, “What can I relax? What can I let go of and still hold the shape, but where am I stressing and straining excessively?” I did that for the course of 1.5 hours in every pose of, “What doesn’t need to be active right now? What can I let go of?” It was this both the physical, mental, emotional letting go over the course. I walked out of that class in this haze a bit of bliss, euphoria and confusion all at the same time because it was so subtle. It’s like, “What did I just do?” I felt like a different person. My producer had passed me a paper that says, “You went on the path of least resistance.

Isn’t that funny? Especially with the work I do, that’s always it. It’s that surrender. It’s that path of least resistance. It kills me that any time I’m struggling with any meditation, it’s always there’s a part that needs to surrender.

AIH 70 | Inner Space Techniques
Inner Space Techniques: There is so much value in putting yourself back in that position of the beginner.

 

That was my experience in yoga. I realized in my practice, as you put it simply, I was fighting to be something instead of accepting where I was. It was even to the point of where I was sitting down. A lot of people, if they’re sitting down doing a leg stretch, take their leg and they’ll pull it in as far as they can. What I did was I left my hands out and I just pulled my leg in as far as it would go naturally and didn’t go beyond that. It was tough because my ego was telling me like, “You can totally go farther. You can do it. You could totally push your limits.” It’s accepting the fact that that’s not where you’re at. That’s the hardest pill to swallow.

I like what you said though too, putting yourself back in that position of the beginner. That’s a good note to remember.

We both learned something. I want to thank you for sharing all this because it’s been fun. We’ve got one more question for you. This is one we ask everyone because it’s one of our favorites and it’s what’s your inspiration?

Devotion is my inspiration. It’s the most vulnerable part of me that I struggle with in terms of opening to. At the end of the day, there’s this part of me that is so devotional to something bigger than myself that keeps me going forward. That keeps pushing me to let go of my ego to transform. It’s this pure devotion.

For anyone who wants to connect with you, learn more and work with you, where can they find you?

You can go to my website, BryceKennedy.co and Instagram, @MrBryceKennedy.

If you feel inspired or you feel there are hidden aspects of yourself that you need to resolve and integrate to become more powerful and more purposeful, it sounds like Bryce is the guy for you. If you’re out there reading, take this as a call to action in your life to start pushing your boundaries and becoming the person that you want to become. Thank you, Bryce.

Thank you.

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About Bryce Kennedy

AIH 70 | Inner Space TechniquesBryce Kennedy is a co-founder of The Other 50 corporate coaching company. He is also a former corporate attorney, a trained actor, and entrepreneur who runs his personal business which is 1-1 meditation sessions for driven people at www.brycekennedy.co.

He completed a two-year Meisner intensive acting program at William Esper Studio and improv training at Upright Citizens Brigade.

He has appeared in several off-Broadway plays, films, and television in both NYC and LA. With his own business, he has worked with clients such as Boston Consulting Group, Casper, Spotify, Viacom, Lululemon, etc. linking mindfulness, meditation and feng shui techniques into the corporate sector.

His passion is working with clients to get them into their power, getting them unstuck from habits that are holding them back, and ultimately creating a safe space for transformation and healing.

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