Episode 7

Published on:

15th Dec 2020

Spiritual Boundaries and Protecting Your Energy with Lauren McAlpin

Today I share my conversation with Lauren McAlpin, an educator, tarot card reader and soon-to-be deck author, reiki practitioner, psychic channel, and graduate student in psychology at Harvard.


  • Developing your "clairs" (heightening your intuitive abilities)
  • Lauren's intuitive gifts
  • Overcoming a debilitating illness
  • Experiencing communicating with their father's spirit
  • Protecting your energy from your own energy
  • Balancing their multiple sides: the mystical/spiritual side and type A side
  • Spiritual boundaries
  • Being conditioned to never rest
  • Indications of overwhelm
  • Inspiration for Lauren's new tarot card deck: Tales of the Black Tarot
  • Exploring their lineage and being adopted
  • The label of "being non-binary" and sexuality overshadowing gender


As always, thank you to Maytav Koter and Spencer Stewart for the music on my podcast. And to Laura Strohbusch for the podcast graphic.

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Exploring identity, practicing authenticity and self-love to become undefined
Where is the boundary between our authentic selves and our conditioned selves? How do we shed the definitions society creates to get back to our core self? What does it mean to be true to yourself?

On Undefined, our host, Marisa Tashman, shares her conversations with thought-leaders, change-makers, and passion-players who have journeyed to return to the core of who they are. Together we explore authenticity, identity, core beliefs, definitions, conditioning and societal programming, social justice, relationships, spirituality, mindfulness, wellness, and self-love.
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Marisa Tashman

Hi, I'm Marisa (insert wave emoji here). Sometimes I feel like I'm pretending. Don't we all? Avoiding authenticity as a defense mechanism or coping tactic to survive in a society that conditions us to be someone. Classic human. In 2020, amidst the never-ending anxiety and over-purchasing of hand sanitizer/lysol wipes/face masks/shields, I created a podcast called Undefined (naturally came up with the name during a soundbath...totally on brand and not surprising to any of you). Undefined is the embodiment of my exploration of identity - my own identity, my guests' identities, and the identities that are thrown upon us all by the amorphous "them" in charge of our world. As a lawyer (i.e., yet another definition I subscribe to), I investigate facts...but the feelings and the deeper truer parts are often left out. I share my conversation with others who are also exploring these questions. Who am I? Where is the boundary between my authentic self and my programmed self? How do I practice more authenticity? What does it mean to be true to yourself?