SOULSPEAK Table of Contents
SOULSPEAK is a series consisting of 10 parts.
- SOULSPEAK: Interview With Dan McDonald
- SOULSPEAK: Interview with Lori Painter
- SOULSPEAK: Interview with Ben Macrory
- SOULSPEAK: Interview with Amy Miller
- SOULSPEAK: Interview with Gangaji
- SOULSPEAK: Interview with Brandon Gilbert
- SOULSPEAK: Interview with Gigi Young
- SOULSPEAK : Interview with Jon Gabriel
- SOULSPEAK: Interview with Ben Stewart
- SOULSPEAK: Interview with Dr. Christiane Northrup
“The lighter and cleaner you eat,
the lighter and cleaner you feel.”
Such a powerful presence in the health and longevity movement, Dan a.k.a. “The Life Regenerator” aims to live each day true to his title– to simply help people live healthy and vibrant lives. He’s helped and touched thousands of lives and continues to do so with all his pod casts.
Visit Dan’s YouTube Channel and check out his videos to see the wealth of testimonials and positive feedback coming from people of all walks of life, people all over the world who experience ‘the change’. I’ve followed his videos for quite some time now, as well as many of the spiritual people I know.
It’s quite amazing really because my previous guest, a young video blogger, attributes a significant part of his spiritual ‘awakening’ and awareness to Dan McDonald himself. There is no doubt, Dan can really encourage you to make not only the healthy choice, but the right choice. The choice that feels good inside out. The choice that you can carry on and pass along to everyone for the rest of your life. I love this man’s message… his energy and his wisdom.
More than anything I admire how he embraces Spirit and regards Love as a huge aspect of one’s physical, mental emotional and spiritual well being. There’s no other man quite like Dan. It is truly an honor to have this man share his light with us on Soulspeak.
Where are you now in your journey?
Right now, I’m in the middle of a water fast and I’m just chillin’… Just letting the work happen. Just sitting here and resting my body. A lot of people don’t know that stress coupled with bad food is a killer. Because the stress shuts down the systems that allow the body to stay healthy. The more stress the less health, so if you wanna get healthy you got to alleviate stress. That’s one beauty of water fasting. I’m just laying here not dealing with a lot of people, not dealing with a lot of stuff. I’m safe, comfortable, warm, quiet, peaceful and that allows a lot of the different processes in the body to heal and regenerate themselves.
How much longer are you going to do the water fast for, and how’s it going so far?
14, days, 7 hours, 29 minutes and 14 seconds…. I’m just kidding. It’s about 14 days.
It’s not super easy but you just do it… It’s nice. A lot of your fears come up but you grow younger rapidly. A lot of your issues disappear, stiffness disappears, headaches disappear, tiredness disappears, the adrenals regenerate, the liver cleans itself out, the kidneys flush, the colon gets clear, the mind gets clear, the skin rejuvenates. Sometimes people’s teeth cavities fill in… The results are unlimited because it’s not only a catabolic process where you’re breaking down the superfluous. But it’s also an anabolic process where you’re enhancing the quality of the vital tissues and organs at the same time.
While you’re losing weight per se, you’re actually enhancing the quality of the most important tissues, being the brain and nervous system and then after that the vital organs– the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and all the endocrine glands, the thyroid, the pituitary glands, the adrenals… All the junk is removed and then the liver re-processes everything that it can and re-utilizes that for build and repair. You’re losing the excess superfluous while gaining strength, structure and integrity in the most important parts of the body. That can potentially add years to your life and definitely adds life to your years. I went on a 14-day fast a couple of months ago. It just knocked me up to a higher level and I just stayed there. I’m assuming that this is also going to take me to another level. It’s amazing! I feel younger, I feel better.
The Spiritual thing … not a lot of people can wrap their head around that, because you have to jump paradigms. You have to go beyond the mind to understand the spiritual regeneration…the effulgence of your inner self. It’s the life source energy itself. When you can begin to have a relationship with that and allow it to grow by just simply allowing yourself to BE what you are. We cut ourselves up. ‘We can’t be this part or that part, or this part of myself..’. I could have went down the road of YouTube and shut myself down and became this little raw foodie guy where everyone can understand linearly what the raw foods are about, but really what I’m about is the power of the Spirit. So if you use the raw food and the discipline in that way to cleanse the channels of the body. It’s the Spirit that keeps you peaceful eternally. You know that it’s a solid rock. It’s never going anywhere, it’s never gone anywhere, it’s never gonna go anywhere. It’s perfect, whole, complete at all times and that’s the core and the source of what you are. The rest of it is just phenomenon that’s occurring spontaneously as a result of local conditions.
People take everything so personally but as soon as you become aware that you’re not making the sun shine, you’re not making it rain, you’re not responsible for the other person being pissed off, everything becomes non- personal and everything just arises on its own. A lot of times all of us humans go ‘I did this’ ‘I did that’ , or ‘This person did this’ but like I said, you’re not responsible for the sun shining so maybe you’re a little depressed today ’cause it’s raining. Is that you’re fault? No… You just say ‘Okay whatever, there are feelings of depression there.’ You don’t let it say ‘I’m depressed.’ You just absorb a little bit of the depression and then the next day the sun goes up and it’s gone. But if you say to yourself ‘I’m depressed today’ over and over you pound that into your head and then the next day you wake up and you programmed yourself so much that you’re depressed that even in the next day when the sun is shiny you still feel miserable. It’s a downward road. You gotta take this non personally and allow everything to just come and go and keep your peace as you flow through life.
I don’t know where that all came from but it sure sounded good!
What motivates you?
To be honest with you, sometimes it’s the deep lingering fear of not being ‘good enough’. I have to be just straight-up with everybody. I saw that yesterday, and that’s the only reason I say it because I was laying down in bed distressing about all the things I’ve gone through on YouTube, and I could see that I really want people to like me but some people just don’t. That’s hard for me. So I say to myself ‘I’m gonna prove to everyone’… That’s one of the motivating factors.
But I’ve also turned it around. That was one of the underlying forces, obviously, of my past. One of the real reasons I fast, eat raw foods and continue to do the spiritual work is to leave that behind but it’s also created a momentum and a desire for me to continually learn to cultivate my best self.
Maybe fear was the propagator of momentum but now it’s like, well what the heck… I’ve started this thing with the raw foods, the fasting and the spiritual regeneration, I might as well get curious about it and keep on going down this road.
Right now I’m more interested in my ability to be disciplined, and curious about what really is the TRUTH. So many people will read one article on the internet– someone fasted for 3 days and they got really weak and passed out and fell down the stairs. They read that article and make a decision : “Water fasting is bad for everyone all the time forever.” There’s a lot of ignorance and fear. Yet I fasted for 7 days many times. 4 days, 3 days, 1 day, 14 days now I’m going to do 21 and at the end of the thing I’m ALWAYS better for it. Every single time. Why is that? Because I’ve studied a couple hundred books on water-fasting and detox. I understand the whole process. I’m here scientifically being observed, all my vital stats recorded. I’m part of a huge ongoing study on the benefits of water. I might not be jumping up and down, doing jumping jacks or wanting to go to the gym or anything like that but each day my mind gets clearer and purer. My point is that people jump to conclusions too fast. I’m not gonna be those kinds of people. I’m gonna have my own experience to go by.
Or people will see some videos by one guy on YouTube and think ‘This guy is right, everyone else is wrong.’ Instead of studying all of them coming and then asking God “What should I do for my best self according to the conditions in my destiny?” People are afraid to be individuals. Unfortunately I’ve been plagued with the individuality. There’s nobody like “The Life Regenerator” I don’t say that egotistically I just say that I had to deal with a lot of stuff because I can’t help it to be myself otherwise I get clogged up and drepressed and I lose my energy. I lose my zest and zeal for life.
Not all my personality comes out all the time. There’s even a whole lot more but in order to really deal with other people out there with more of a limited view of life and respect for my business partners. The limitations. Inability to break through in like. I don’t care what they do . I just dont really judge or criticise anyone I dont waste my time doing that and anyone can do what they want because opinions are a waste of time and energy and so is judgement and criticism because everything just is what it is and that is what God is. As soon as you put your opinion on it you’re saying : “Dear God, you’re wrong and my perception is right.” which is a huge error. So my favorite thing to do is to not talk at all because words always lose their meaning. You can’t really speak about the truth. You can only know it. But we do this here as a human being to transmit certain energy frequencies.
I use a lot of words so things get taken out of context because it’s a dualistic world and the only non-dualistic thing is the infinite silent field out of which everything arises. The minute you use words humans will take it out of context and they put their perception on the words that you say and they miss the essence of it which is : Take care of yourself. LOVE LIFE! That’s all the whole thing is. That’s all I need to say over and over again. I usually say “FRUITS, VEGETABLES, LOVE, FORGIVENESS.” You don’t need to know anything other than that to achieve perfect health. Yet it’s fun to play with a lot of little other things because the vast majority of mankind is still in the intellectual realm. You need to use a little bit of that to help them see the importance of loving, non-judgement and releasing of opinions and criticism because critics are a dime a dozen. There’s only one individual.
What other passions enrich your spirit?
I love to feed people.. That’s one. Another one of my passions is health and beauty but most particularly beauty. Using food, thoughts and love to create that. Also helping people to understand the deeper levels of health. It’s very challenging for me. My whole passion is my life. So I’ve gotten very fortunate in that way. As the years roll on, I look forward to use the fruits and herbs to continually promote this lifestyle, which a raw vegan lifestyle but it goes even beyond that. It’s a fruit and herbs healing lifestyle that is not only healing but getting well, eliminating the disease, eliminating the weight, and then using those fruits and herbs (all types) to regain and strengthen. So when I’m done strengthening , healing and regenerating myself I plan on actually building up into a prowess of beauty and strength with the fruits and vegetables and all the other techniques and just sharing that with the world. I wanna get more into the beauty field through this. That’s gonna be the next branching off that I’ll take because to teach people how to really get beautiful without all the weird cutting, injections and things like that… and achieve longevity as well.
Beauty, longevity, of course weight loss is more of a service. I’ve never really needed to lose weight. Losing weight is simple that’s more service oriented But the beauty… well I’ll tell you why. I would love to have huge classes of beautiful women come in and wanting to know all the recipes they can use to truly get rid of the bags under their eyes, to tighten up and tone their breasts, their buttocks, their legs, get rid of the cellulite and build firm tone bodies that last a lifetime. It’s so possible… and some of the ‘strange’ things I do like water-fasting, juice-fasting, fruit diets and using herbs is the fantastic way. I lived a hard-core life and I am seeing myself turn it all around. Particularly when you water-fast. You’ll watch the bags and the lines disappear. Your skin tightens up and regenerates itself. After a couple more weeks I’m curious to see, and then I’m gonna come back in several months and do another one. That’s part of my passions.
I love to walk, travel the world and help as many people as I possibly can. One of my goals is to help more people than anyone else in the history of mankind to achieve better health. To understand what it is, what foods to use. To rest, have water, sleep, and to help people simplify their lives because that’s what it’s about. If your life is a complicated mess it’s hard to simplify.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
I would be somewhere in the Yucatan right now with my girlfriend on a nude beach that has lots of coconuts and lots of papayas, mangoes and grapes. I would just be laying in the sun with two people massaging me and two people massaging my girlfriend and then we’d go for long walks down the beach all jacked up on coconut water and mangoes and just sit silently listening to the waves crash over. Soaking up the sun. Making YouTube videos for everyone telling them that of all things , LIVE YOUR DREAM, find out something that feels good and LET IT HAPPEN. Hold it in your mind because when you hold something in your mind through intention you collapse the wave function which is from potential to the actual. Everything starts in your head, so I’d be sitting there on the beach in the warm sun drinking coconuts, hanging out with my girlfriend, and then I would be making videos helping other people to realize that they can do that exact same thing if they want. And then they’d be like “Whoah dude you’re totally having fun, you’re totally in the sun naked, tanning your whole body, eating and drinking fruit right of the tree, and you’re helping other people create a vision for their own lives.You’re like living the perfect life” and I’d be like… “YOU GOT IT. BINGO BABY.”
On service, abundance & criticism.
It’s about being happy so that you can serve others. Your happiness, your joy and your peace is the greatest thing that you can give. Again, we’re talking about a higher level of knowing because everybody needs to emanate that effulgence of love , joy and peace as much as possible because that lifts up the overall field of mankind creating a track pattern for other people to get in that zone. People just want to be happy and appreciated and loved. Nobody cares that much about money anymore there’s no shortage. People have poverty consciousness and they think “There is a shortage of money so I have a shortage.” But that’s all in your head. There’s an infinite ocean of money and all you gotta do is get up go out and get it. The only person holding you back from doing it is you. And all these things I put on paper years ago when the little voice in my head said “How am I ever gonna be able to afford it?” Well, somehow I just kept believing. I didn’t let the voices get me down. I didn’t let poverty consciousness get me down. I kept believing in abundance consciousness and now things like getting my teeth straightened, these are things that when I was younger and poor, living on the street I knew wanted. I didn’t know how I was ever gonna do it. But now what I’ve done is just got up everyday and went to work, made videos, help people, do consultations, make the DVDs, work hard to sell them and promote them. Now I got the money to get my teeth straightened. It’s all good. It’s happening.
That’s what my life is. I live this cool life and I believe if I can do it, anybody can do it because I have nothing special. I’m a normal dude who’s a little bit ‘UN-normal’. I have nothing to lose. My name is Daniel and God is my judge. No human is my judge. No human has enough facts and data. Nowhere close.
You’re face-to-face with yourself as a child—what would you tell you?
I would say “Do not forget God and be child-like forever more. Don’t let them get you. Don’t let them get the crust of your heart.”
Kids love me. I had so many comments lately, it’s the strangest thing… So many parents have said this in the last few weeks. “Dan, my kids think you’re a rock star” and I’m thinking how are these 8, 10, 12 15 year old kids saying that? I’m just talking about fruits and vegetables, how to eliminate colon problems!…What are these young kids see in me? The only think I could think of was This dude never lost it… This dude never sold out to the crustifications of adulthood. I never did, I go out and play everyday even when I was fasting and weak as hell I still get out I walk out the door and I go look at some flowers. i try to walk around the block and look at some birds and I try to keep that zest that curiosity for life.Just the simple little things. One of my favorite things to do is to walk. When you have your legs you damn well better be appreciative. I haven’t lost that. I’m still very much young at heart and I hope it remains so until I leave this place.
If you had one question to god and would get the answer for sure, what would that question be?
I would ask God if there’s anything I really need to do. Do I need to meditate? Do I need to eat raw foods? Do I need to pray? Do I need to do anything to arrive in that infinite peace? If I do, what is it? What do I need to do to find the Kingdom of Heaven within and live in a permanent state of peace?
I do all these things, I do the fasting, I do the raw foods, I do prayer and meditation, I listen to the music, I chant and sing in His name but what does it all mean? People think that I’m standing out here making YouTube videos like I know everything but I have the least amount of answers than anybody. I’m completely clueless when it comes to everything. And yet there seems to be a ‘request’ for me to push the little red button and to keep saying things on the YouTube videos.
On living his dream.
I love the human body. I’ve studied that. I’ve studied healing for 15 years and I was doing body-building for years before that. So I’ve just got a vocabulary and I got an idea of how to use foods and how to use consciousness to heal yourself. The best thing to do is remember what you really are. What you really are never gets sick. If you remember what you are you remember that you’re an infinitely powerful being and that at any given time your life can change and you can do a 180 in your mind and you can say “No way, I’m not gonna let this affect me for one more second. I’m gonna make something of myself, I’m gonna make some money, I’m gonna get healthy, and you begin the process of creating that because you know that you’re the infinite life. You just got to go against the old, ingrained mental tracks and you have to make a decision: “I’m getting out of poverty, I don’t care what it takes or how long, or what I gotta do if I gotta shovel chicken poop to get my truck so I can start my own manure business, so I can start my own chicken farm, and then I’m gonna disperse eggs”… Whatever it is, and then you’re gonna go from chicken farming and then you’re gonna plant fruit trees and then you’re gonna use the chicken manure to fertilize your fruit trees. Then you’re gonna be a fruit grower, and get more anchorage, and then you’re gonna add fruit trees and then you plant lots of rows of different vegetables, then you put up a green house, then you grow tomatoes— all from just one day deciding to get a job shoveling poop and then you’re no more gonna live in poverty. And then you’re gonna build up the biggest farms in your community with the best local food where everyone comes because you learned about gardening and the best soil and hired the best workers and everyone does it out of love , and you keep your prices low and everyone comes there to support you, and you have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) all because you picked up a shovel and started shoveling poop one day and made a decision.
That’s just it. Make that decision. I did a long time ago. Now my life is my dream. I’m living my dreams and I’m making out more as I go along all while simultaneously staying grounded in the present, knowing that it only has meaning to me, because I give it meaning. I just try to BE THE LOVE because that is what’s gonna stay behind. I love my dreams. That allows me to stay in love with life, which allows me to easily love with others and that is what stays behind on the planet.
Tell me about that turning point.
There was a book called “Attitude is Everything.”. I think I was about 20 years old when I read it. That was one of the biggest profound shifts. The next one is when I read “The Essene Gospel of Peace.” I was a body builder at that time and I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t healthy either. Body building was not healthy for me at all. The way I did it with the powders, the ice cream, trying to eat 10 thousand calories a day. When I found “The Gospel of Peace” I shifted my whole life to raw foods and fasting, and now here today from twelve years ago I’m sitting here doing a water-fast because I always wanted to learn it. It wasn’t easy at first to go without food. I had to really give it meaning and significance and I had to study the process. Now I’m just doing it, one day at a time.
Have you ever tried sun gazing?
Yes, of course. I like to sun gaze when the sun goes down at the end of the day. The last 20 minutes or half an hour of the sun setting down on the horizon, I like to bounce on the re-bounder and do sun gazing. I was doing sun gazing yesterday. It’s all about full spectrum electromagnetics to enhance the quality of your chakras and open them up . Sunglasses, no way. Never. I only use sunglasses to be cool on YouTube.
What have you learned from yourself lately?
One thing I’ve learned from myself is that the lighter and cleaner you eat, the lighter and cleaner you feel. I keep pounding that into my own head because sometimes I still do the weird little stuff like the raw stuff, the little crackers and other stuff but once you get clean it’s all about mangoes, watermelons, grapes, romaine lettuce, celery, cucumber, cilantro, dandelions, wild herbs, adaptogenic herbs, simple stuff… Small amounts of self cleaned, activated nuts and seeds, clean simple foods for clean simple cellular health and an illuminated mind where blood is just clean.That’s the one thing I’m going to continue to pursue. It’s super clean radiant health and beauty.
It’s just something I’d want to see in this life. To be a beautiful man with radiant health traveling the world to tell people the same thing. That’s pretty much my destiny. I just love it. It’s so simple and hardly anybody can really understand it, yet it’s so basic in it’s essence. Eat the fruits of the trees and the herbs of the field and you will never see sickness or disease, and you get better and better as the years go on. More refined, more beautiful, more distinguished…This is for all men and women.
And what have you unlearned about yourself?
Man… I’ve unlearned a lot! I just let it all go… It’s all lies. No one needs to tell me nothing because I’m not even buying it. I’m a child of light and my heart is as good as I can be with it. I just do the best I can. I’m all too aware that I am not perfect, or whatever that means because that’s only on one level.At the same time I could never be anything but perfect depends on the context of how you’re viewing perfection. Of course in this world it’s always lesser than two evils and yet at the level of divinity it could never be anything other than completely and totally perfect at all times otherwise you are ignorant of the highest Truth. God is not an idiot and it is a perfectly unfolding , perfectly just universe at all times. People do not like that because it forces you to take responsibility . I take 100% responsibility for everything that comes up in this life, and if it’s not pleasant and it leads to great suffering I will find a way. I will not blame. I will do my best to take responsibility and I will do my best to change it while simultaneously accepting it. I will fall back again to the rock of the truth which is : I am the Infinite Light. I am here for a brief time to experience life as a human being and. I continually do my best to be a servant. Of course I have all my little things I love to make money, I want to get my kids out of poverty permanently, I’d like to set up my family for generations to come, I’d like to create a higher genetic structure if I do decide to have another child or two, I want to do it in a way where it is epic strength and genetic power. No more degenerated babies on planet earth with bad genes and drug addiction and all that other junk … alcoholism that just passes on and on… weak teeth, weak bone structure.
People want to know why I work so hard because a lot of them have strong constitutions and they can eat anything they want. But if you went through what I went through in my life and you know about stress and how it keeps the fetus from growing at the optimum immune functions you’ll know why. I have a lot of work to do to do the impossible…. what they all will tell you cannot be done. I will continue to lay here on this bed, pray to the Lord, eat raw food, take herbs and do it all over again until I either a) get what I want out of this – complete genetic regeneration or b) I find out that yes it is impossible, but at least I jad the ‘you-know-what’ and the fortitude to prove it to myself without formulating an opinion that it can’t be done.
Have you ever tried it? “No I read a book once.” People are afraid to try and I must know for myself. I must set out on the road of raw foods and fasting for regeneration of my genetic structure. To strengthen my organism and then I will know if it can be done or it cannot be done. And I DO BELIEVE it CAN be done because I know the infinite power, I know the nervous system as it gets healed and regenerated and the functioning of all the cells and the tightening of the DNA and the expression of certain genes by eliminating the drinking, the drugs, the negativity, the rock music, the pornography the excess sexual activities, bad food, cooked food, dead food! Hardly any humans know that. It’s had as heck to get a high vibration of life out of something that’s been heated, destroyed, denatured– enzymes, phyto nutrients, anti-oxidants, fatty acids, sugars– destroyed by the cooking and heating of that food. I want to design the greatest raw food program that has ever been created by taking all of my mentors’ hard work and experience and combining it into one raw food program that have options for the beauty, regeneration, alleviation of chronic and acute illnesses. I want to give the people an opportunity to understand. Simple things that they can do depending on where they’re at in this game. It will always be about the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual regeneration. Reclaiming your own power and making it your life. What you want it to be.
What is your one message to your children?
They need to know that I’m doing the best I can to set up my life so that they can affect their life. I’m lifting myself out of poverty so that I can touch them. So that I can be there for them and get this thing handled. There’s a lot of work I’ve got to do. But I need to be able to fly them to me and I need to be able to have a bedroom where they can come and stay I live in my truck still.
Can you recall the most inspiring testimonial by one of your viewers?
I could not tell you that because there are so many. I don’t even get to see them all! That’s why I just say to myself… Man these critics, if they only knew. Tens of thousands of people have written to me over the last three years. With everything from a 50-lb weight loss before a wedding to a brain tumor, cancer…GONE. Multiple sclerosis, GONE. Inability to walk, green -juice up and out the door walking… Over 200 lb weight loss in a year. It’s unending what can happen when you stop consuming dead foods and start eating live foods. It’s so common-sense, and yet it so rare that people actually get on it and just do it.
What is love?
I am Love. WE ARE ALL LOVE. Love is our essential nature. Love is the goal of Life… To return to the awareness that we always were that and what’s stacked upon that truth was a pile of illusions, and as soon as we dis-assemble the illusions one by one and release them, you will realize that Love is the Core and the Source of what you are and everything. The birds sing out of Love. You wake up in the morning from the energy of Love. You eat for love. You breathe for love. YOU ARE LOVE. That is this this Life Source Power. It’s an Infinite Field of power. And it is the goal of Life, to return to that. To serve one another as ONE SINGLE ENTITY. WE ARE ONE HUMANITY. WE ARE ONE LIFE. WE ARE ONE UNIVERSE.
We are all just beautiful perfect flowers, blades of grass… so plant the seeds of goodness. Love is the Light of Life. It’s what you are.