Episode 63: Change Your Negative Thought Patterns

Learn how to break out of the bad news cycle and keep headlines from affecting your headspace on the Keep Connected podcast.

Episode 63 change your negative thought patters

Aldwyn Altuney’s path took her from a rebellious teen who ran away from home to a world-class journalist working with major news organizations on multiple continents. Her latest effort is Good News Day, a campaign to change the tone of the contemporary news cycle that always skews toward fear, panic, and negativity. Aldwyn sits down with David to discuss the influence of negative news on our daily state of mind, and how to make space for focusing on the light amid so much darkness. Their conversation also includes the ongoing presence of censorship and the value of creating alternative media. 

Show Notes

In this episode, we are talking to Aldwyn Altuney, a true expert in journalism and positivity. She’s someone whose energy is contagious.

Aldwyn, you are an inspiration.

Thank you so much. It’s so great to be here. I’m honored.

You have been through so much. You’ve seen a lot. You’re doing so much to turn all the challenges and negativity that exist in the world into good and positive. I want to start with how Aldwyn became Aldwyn first and what shaped your life. You had challenges in your teenage years, and now you have a very specific life focus. Talk about the teenage years and how you turned into yourself.

Thank you. I was born in Sydney in Australia. I was a first-generation Australian. I have Greek, Turkish, and Ukrainian heritage. Interestingly, the Greeks, the Turks, and the Russians were all at war with each other at one point. Being born with that heritage makes me so grateful to be here on the planet because there are so many variables that could have shifted in my heritage that would not have led to me being here or even being born in Australia.

Scientifically, we have fourteen generations of DNA in us. In my heritage, I have people that were killed for stepping up and running for their life for speaking up. What do I do now? I help people step up and speak up. However, it wasn’t always like that. Growing up in Sydney, I was bullied as a kid. Even though I was born in Australia and I look Aussie, my name was different. The food I took to school was different. Kids picked on me from a young age.

At age six, my parents after migrating to Australia in 1970 went back to Turkey. There was a big sheep that I befriended at my grandma’s place. I was being so friendly with the sheep every day. I was so happy to see the sheep. One day, we took the sheep out for a walk, and then I saw the sheep get slaughtered in front of me. I saw it have its throat cut in front of me.

What I didn’t realize is that was a Greek Orthodox tradition. When a family comes from a long way away, they sacrifice a sheep and give the meat to the poor village people. However, for me, that was a traumatic experience. Even if that was explained to me as a six-year-old that’s what was happening, I would have wanted to run away and live happily ever after with that sheep. My innocence died at six years of age.

My dad always watched the news every single night. He would watch at least two hours of negative news. He would go from one channel to the next. I joke and say CNN stands for Constant Negative News. It’s like that in Australia too. Ninety-nine percent of news is negative. I remember one night being so upset by what I saw on the news in Sydney. I went to Dad as a child and said, “Why is the world like this? Why are people so cruel? Why is this happening?” I was in tears. He hugged me and said, “Darling, that’s how the world is.” I remember thinking from that moment on, “If that’s how the world is, I don’t want to be here.” I became self-destructive and rebellious. I did not want to be here at all on the planet.

I also internalized my anger because one thing Dad said is, “Anger is danger.” I internalized it, and I would find different ways to let that anger out. I would do poetry and listen to angry music. I focused on my studies a lot as a way to distract myself from what was happening in the world and became the dux of my primary school, interestingly. Dad introduced me to table tennis at the age of eight. I used to start beating the hell out of the ball as I had this killer four-hand smash.

Anger is danger.

Next thing, I went on and represented Australia for six years as a table tennis player and traveled around the world as a table tennis player. However, during that period too, I would do the opposite of everything my dad said to do. I was running away from home at thirteen. I started to get into drugs, drinking, and smoking a lot. I was a very self-destructive and angry teenager. Even though that was all happening and I was doing well at table tennis, no matter how much I did, I felt it wasn’t enough.

I felt this inner urge. I don’t want to live in a world that is so cruel because my filter of the world from watching so much news is that it was a nasty world. My filter was I was seeing everywhere how people were being cruel to animals and each other. I thought, “I don’t want to live in a world like this.” It came to a point where I got kicked out of home at fifteen because my dad had very strict rules. He had that very strong European ethic. I wasn’t allowed to stay at anyone else’s house. I wasn’t allowed to pierce my ears. I pushed the boundaries everywhere.

I’m sure you pushed the boundaries because of those rules. If you had grown up in an environment without those rules, you would have been a very different person.

At fifteen, I went to this Halloween party and came home at 5:00 AM. While I didn’t sleep at my friend’s place, that was enough for my dad after two years of running away from home and rebelling. He said, “While you’re living in my house, you live by my rules.” That morning, I came home, and he said, “You’re not my daughter anymore.” He started throwing my things out of the house at fifteen. I moved into this crazy household in Sydney with this guy who’s a musician. He was a drummer in about five bands.

How did you find this house?

That was where we had the party.

You went back to the party to live.

I went back to the party house and moved in. I started to pay rent and do two part-time jobs as a fifteen-year-old. I moved in with this drummer. His mom was an alcoholic. His sister was dealing drugs. It was a crazy household. Six months into that environment, I saw my boyfriend sleep with my best friend in front of me. I remember The Pretenders’ Don’t Get Me Wrong song was playing on the turntable back then. This is back in 1990. I remember bawling my eyes out. I called my mom in tears and said, “I can’t handle this anymore.” She said, “Come back home.”

I changed my environment. I changed my school in year twelve, worked my butt off, and got a Media degree. From there, I started to see the media as a fantastic way to help speak up about things in the world that upset me or angered me in some way. That was where my whole media journey started. I ended up editing the university newspaper for a year and a half.

One of the first stories I wrote was an anti-duck shooting story. I couldn’t understand how people could kill ducks for fun. I looked into it and how the ducks wouldn’t die immediately. They do this for fun still to this day in Victoria and parts of Australia. I couldn’t comprehend it. I wrote a story about that. I remember the headline was, “Go and get ducked.” It was in-your-face uni press. We said what we thought. I did one about recycling, farming chickens, and female circumcisions.

I would see these documentaries back then. This is well before Facebook and social media. I would see documentaries and things in the news that upset me or angered me and write stories about them. That then led to a twenty-plus year career working as a journalist on TV, radio, and print around Australia freelance to magazines overseas. It has been a wild journey since then. I’ve done a lot of personal development work while I’ve invested at least $500,000 in my business and personal development since 2005. That has been critical as well to bring me to where I am.

As a journalist, your approach is incredibly interesting in terms of your focus on the good, not the focus on the bad or the way in which you grew up, which was this negative type of environment. Why does the bad sell? Why are people so interested in watching negative and bad news and things that upset people? Why aren’t people more interested in watching good stories? Tell us. Psychologically, what’s going on there?

We are conditioned to live in fear because certain powers that be in the world want us to live in fear so they can control us. When people are in fear and when we divide and rule the people, then we have control over the people. I believe psychologically we have been conditioned this way. If you look at what’s happening on Netflix, a lot of TV shows, and Hollywood, we are conditioned to live in drama.

What happens is that people in their lives if they don’t have drama, they create drama because that’s how they feel that life needs to be. Psychologically, we have the hindbrain that is in fight or flight. We are conditioned as human beings to look out for danger. We are on alert always for danger because we want to stay safe as human beings. However, when we get how amazingly powerful we are as super conscious beings and when we get our amazing power as individuals, then we no longer need to be controlled by fear and worry about the negative news because as much as there is negative news out there, there is always positive news. It’s the yin-yang of life.

There’s always light where there’s darkness. It’s about what we choose to focus on. I’m doing a book at the moment called Good News Sells because we have been conditioned that bad news sells. If it bleeds, it leads. I believe that there are a whole lot of other agendas going on behind the scenes. If you look at the Out of Shadows documentary, which came out during COVID, it had 10 million views in about a month, and then it was shut down on a whole lot of channels online.

There has been a lot of censorship of information, particularly since COVID. I always say, “If there’s nothing to hide, why the censorship?” This Out of Shadows documentary was done by two Hollywood stunt guys that talked about the programming that happens through the media from when we are children, when we’re in school, when we are taught to do as we are told, and when we condition from childhood to believe that drama is a part of life through the dramas that we watch on Netflix, all the different channels online, and the drama that we see in Hollywood movies.

People think that life needs to be one big drama, and it doesn’t. I’m not saying that the crappy things aren’t happening in life. There’s always some crappy stuff happening in life. Life is always going to throw curve balls but if we focus on that, then we’re going to have a skewed view of life as I did as a child, “That’s how life is.” It’s not how life is. That’s one view of life.

I’m so grateful for all the alternative media channels that have come about in the last few years with social media. We have amazing shows like this where people can speak their minds freely without censorship. This is what people are now standing for. It’s freedom of information. I respect whatever your point of view is on any topic but please, question everything.

Having worked as a journalist, there were times we were told to go and get angles on stories that weren’t there. There were times that news was blasted across all the media and syndicated particularly News Limited and News Corp. Some of these massive organizations that we see blasted news right across the board.

That’s what we saw with COVID. Suddenly, COVID came about, and it was on every single news channel. Immediately, when I saw COVID come about, I thought, “Here we go. There’s more fear-mongering.” In one of the first press releases I put out for one of my clients who was a doctor at the time, we said, “Fear of COVID is making people sick.” Indeed, that’s what was happening. We did a very simple press release and gave simple tips on how you can boost your immune system.

This is an important message because so many people have become so despondent through COVID. We have had four times the suicide rates worldwide since COVID. Normally, the stats are about a million people a year worldwide take their lives. We have had four times that since COVID. We have had a much bigger mental health issue than we have had a physical health issue.

This is where even more so now, it’s important to notice what are we focusing on. How does that make us feel? When you focus on the negative news, you are going to feel like crap. When you focus on what you can be grateful for regardless of whatever negatives are happening out there, “How is this happening for me, not to me?” the more we can practice that gratitude, which is why I started the Global Good News Challenge. It’s a practice of gratitude continually. Sharing that gratitude with the world is so incredibly powerful. You can see I’m slightly passionate.

KCM 63 | Negative Thought Patterns
Negative Thought Patterns: It’s important to notice what are we focusing on.


I love it. It’s awesome. Talk about the Global Good News Challenge. You referenced it now. I would love for people to hear more about it because you have to be intentional. If you’re not intentional and you turn on the news or go through your feed on Facebook and Instagram, you’re going to end up seeing more negative than positive but if you’re intentional about it, then good things can happen. Talk about the Good News Challenge, please.

In June 2020, I thought, “The world needs more good news. I’m going to start a Global Good News Challenge. We’re going to do this every single month.” It’s a very simple free social media live video challenge. We started as a Facebook Live challenge initially. People can do it on their profiles or in a group that I started called Loving Life. It is a simple live video. It goes for as many days as whatever number of months it is. We’re in April 2023. It’s a four-day challenge. For May, it will be a five-day challenge.

It’s a simple live video where people share their names, what they do, three things they’re grateful for, and a piece of good news. The good news could be that I’ve been interviewed on this amazing show with you. That’s my good news. I’m going to do my day two of four Global Good News Challenge, and that’s what I’ll share. I’ll be sharing about this great show.

We will share #GlobalGoodNewsChallenge with thousands of people. It’s free for people to do. They can do it on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, LinkedIn, or wherever they want to do it. They can use StreamYard and go out to multiple platforms as I do often. By doing that, they’re practicing gratitude in a very simple way. April is a four-day challenge, and May is a five-day challenge for the fifth month.

It’s important that you do 5 days in a row or 4 days in a row. December will be twelve days in a row. If you miss a day, go back to day one and start again. It’s the discipline of every day of that challenge. People can go more than that. They could do a Global Good News Challenge every single day if they like. However, we know that a lot of people don’t stick with things that long.

Behavioral change happens when there’s repetition. If you’re going to change your mindset and your actions, you can’t do them once or twice. It has to keep repeating. One of the things you referenced, which was so important, is that gratitude is the antidote to negativity. I‘m not saying that’s the most obvious thing but a lot of people do know that. Gratitude is so important to decreasing negativity. Why are there so many challenges that people have in having gratitude and expressing gratitude when they know that it’s so valuable to them? What keeps them from doing it?

People, whether they’re conscious or not conscious of it, have most likely been living in drama most of their lives. They feel that’s how life has to be. They often create drama over little things where there doesn’t need to be drama. It could be that someone said one thing that they didn’t like, “That person is so-and-so.” They get all worked up over something someone says, whereas if you build this resilience, which is getting into a gratitude practice. It’s building resilience.

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Negative Thought Patterns: People, whether they’re conscious or subconscious of it, have most likely been living in drama most of their lives.


You understand the science behind how powerful gratitude is. You look at what Dr. Hawkins’ scale of consciousness shows. Dr. Hawkins was an amazing man in America who did a study on this. He found that 99.9% of every human being is energy, frequency, and vibration. When we feel different emotions, we’re vibrating at different frequencies. When we get into gratitude, it’s a higher vibration than love. Love is at 528 Hertz. When we get into gratitude and joy, we’re vibrating at 540 hertz, which is an expanded state of being.

When we’re in expanded consciousness, we attract opportunities to ourselves. Things naturally flow for us. We are contracted. When we’re in sadness, anger, grief, and shame. Grief and shame are the two lowest vibrations. We’re going to go up and down this scale as human beings. This will happen as we feel different emotions. However, the trick is the quicker we can move up the scale and get to these higher vibrations of joy and gratitude. Above that is peace at 600 hertz. Enlightenment is the very highest vibration we will feel as human beings.

There’s a whole diagram that explains this. I’ve got a group called Conscious Community Global on Facebook. The diagram is showing that. It also links to our energy centers, which are also chakras as some people call them. They are also scientifically proven. Our energy centers are all linked to these emotions that we feel. The sooner we get conscious of it, the sooner we can shift it.

Most people are like The Walking Dead out there. They’re not conscious of how they’re doing life. They’re doing the same old thing. We have about 60,000 thoughts a day. About 90% of them are the same as we had yesterday, and about 80% are negative. That’s for the standard person. The sooner we get conscious, the sooner we can shift it. It is making those small changes bit by bit.

By doing a Global Good News Challenge, people will start to feel the power of gratitude. There are times I haven’t felt like doing a Global Good News Challenge. However, I’ve said to myself, “This is what I’ve committed to.” I get on camera, whether it’s holding a phone up. You don’t have to do it on StreamYard and do a fancy thing like this. You could hold your phone up. The minute I do it, I feel amazing.

People know that something could feel amazing and something could be so good for you, yet it takes so much discipline to do it, whether it’s shutting your phone off or whatever the things are. People know they’re good for you but they have so many challenges. What advice could you give to someone when they know what they should be doing but they lack the discipline? It takes a lot of discipline, going one after another. Many people, including myself, will be challenged with that.

The biggest thing is to get how amazing you are because often people can be their biggest enemies. People put themselves down all the time. Notice your language. Do you ever say to yourself, “I’m such an idiot. I did this?” Notice the conversations going on in your head. It’s quite a practice to come to self-love. That’s quite a journey in itself. I did a whole retreat one weekend all about self-love. The sooner we can come to self-love, the sooner we will start respecting ourselves and treating ourselves better. We often treat others so well and put others before ourselves. It’s great to contribute to others. However, you can’t help others with an empty cup. You need to fill your cup first.

The sooner we can come to self-love, the sooner we will start respecting ourselves and treating ourselves better.

People sometimes think, “That’s being selfish.”

That’s not selfish at all. It’s so important that we have self-love and self-worth. That’s not in an arrogant way. You don’t have to be arrogant and egotistical about it. It’s saying to yourself, “I am amazing. You are awesome and a gift to the world.” When I brush my teeth since this self-love retreat, look in the mirror and say, “I am beautiful. I am stunning. I am kind.” It’s whatever comes out. I look myself in the eyes and build this self-love practice every single day.

It’s like going to the gym. You don’t go once, and suddenly, you’re fit. It’s important, particularly if you’ve got any perfectionist streaks about you as I have. I’ve had some perfectionist streaks. Notice if you’re being a perfectionist about this as well in any way and acknowledge yourself. When you get to the end of the day, say, “I acknowledge myself. I did this,” rather than getting to the end of the day and going, “I’ve still got this and that to do,” particularly if you’re in business. We can be very hard on ourselves. Build that self-love.

Another great tip I’ll give is to do what you love. Every single day, do as much as you can of what you love because the more joy you have in your life, the more love and gratitude you’re going to feel. It feeds off that. The more you can expand your consciousness consistently, you will build that muscle to be a lot stronger in that space.

Do as much as you can of what you love because the more joy you have in your life, the more love and gratitude you’re going to feel.

There’s no quick fix. There’s no magic pill you take where suddenly, you are happy and you stay happy. There are going to be times we’re going to go up and down but the trick is how quickly we can pull ourselves up through these low moments in life and the challenges that we all face. We always get thrown curve balls at different times. That will happen. You can flip that and say, “How is this happening for me?”

I got swept out to sea in Coffs Harbor in New South Wales. I was swept out a kilometer. There was no one out there. There were no boats or surfers. I was swept out to sea, and I faced my potential mortality. There are sharks in this ocean. No one was around. I had friends back at shore, which was way back. I got taken out by a very big rip and a sweep where a creek was meeting the ocean, and the tide was going out. Suddenly, I find myself in the middle of the ocean. I’m thinking to myself, “How is this happening for me?” I was panicking. In some ways, I was praying, crying, and thinking, “Is this the end?” However, I had to let those thoughts go and bring them back to, “How is this happening for me? What am I grateful for?”

We are given opportunities because we can handle them. Knowing that, it’s not a punishment. It’s not random. We want to be given those opportunities because it drives growth. It’s such an important mindset to have. It’s happening for you, not happening to you.

We are not given challenges too big that we cannot handle as well. It’s important to realize that. Often, big challenges are not given to small souls. If you faced a lot of challenges in your life, there’s a reason for that because every time you overcome one of those challenges, there’s always a breakthrough at the end of every breakdown. Hang in for the rollercoaster ride of life. If you’re challenged or if you are having any challenges whatsoever, then embrace those opportunities for growth because that’s how I view them.

That perspective is so important with everything in life because if you become the victim of your circumstances, you will never be able to become the victor and create your future if you’re constantly in victim mode. A lot of people are conditioned and live in victim mode without even being conscious of it. The minute you’re conscious of it, then you can let that go. Notice the conversations you’re having with yourself.

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Negative Thought Patterns: If you become the victim of your circumstances, you will never be able to actually create your future.


Are you loving what you’re doing? Do you love what you do? Is there something else you could do? Could you do something in your week where you do love that? For example, I love playing the ukulele. I went to Hawaii years ago. I learned a few ukulele songs. In the future, I’ll be making time for the ukulele because that’s what I love doing. I love doing yoga. I love going to the beach. I love all these things. Whatever it is, make the time for you to build your muscle of self-love.

What’s amazing is that so many people start doing that in their 40s and 50s but when they’re in their 20s, they oftentimes feel like, “I don’t have the right to be spending my time doing the things that I love. I wait until later. I need to build a career. I need to be finding the right partner in life,” or whatever those things happen to be. That’s so unfortunate. Only later in life do sometimes people start spending time doing those things that they’re passionate about. It shouldn’t take that long.

As we get older, life seems to go faster. The years seem to go faster. We realize that we are running out of time. The average person dies at 65. That’s about the average lifespan. Whereas at twenty, we feel invincible. We feel we’ve got lots of time to do things and live a life we love. I’ve noticed that the older I got, the more I valued life. A lot of my friends have died over time. I’ve had four friends who took their lives by the age of 45. This is why I started the Good News Day.

I’ve had depression myself because as my dad said, “Anger is danger.” I internalized anger, which led to depression for me. I’ve been in some dark places in the past. I get what depression is about. I get that sometimes it feels like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. However, trust me, there is. It’s worth going through that journey. When you go to these low and dark places, sometimes you need to rest. I know that in my life, I’ve had a pattern of this high-adrenaline lifestyle in the media, meeting deadlines, timeframes, or this go-go-go thing, and then I crash. When I crash, it’s my body saying, “Slow down. You need time to rest. Rejuvenate.” You start again on the journey.

Listening to the body is so important. People fight against their bodies and the stress that they have. There’s a reason why you have stress. Let’s figure out what’s going on. There’s a reason why your stomach is in pain or why you might have headaches. There’s something happening there that Tylenol or Advil is not going to give the answer to. You referenced August 8th, which is Good News Day. I love the concept of Good News Day. Share Good News Day with our audiences as well, please.

Good News Day started as a project on the eighth of the eighth. It’s a very symbolic date because eight in Chinese is a very auspicious number. It’s about prosperity and abundance. After my fourth friend’s suicide, I thought, “We need more good news.” I’ve had this thought for quite a while. I love the Gandhi quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I thought, “I’m going to start a Good News Day. Every year on the eighth of the eighth, I want to encourage people to share some good news on that day, whether they do it in a post on their socials or they do a video.” It was a day to celebrate good news but every day is a day to celebrate good news. It’s making that day a day to make people more aware of it.

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Negative Thought Patterns: We need more good news.


Imagine what would happen if everyone in this world celebrated Good News Day. Imagine the transformation that would happen among people. What would happen on August 9th, the day after that Good News Day? What would happen the day after that as well? We should all give ourselves the challenge. Ideally, every day could be Good News Day but if not, find a day in the year when you expose yourself to positivity, gratitude, and self-love. It’s so important.

It’s so simple and quick. People use the excuse, “I don’t have time.” Look at some of the good news challenges out there. People have done it in 1 minute to 3 minutes. The biggest challenge for people is overcoming their fears of getting on camera. You don’t have to have your makeup done, whether you’re male or female. You never know nowadays. You don’t have to be all done up. You get on camera and share from the heart.

Notice if you’ve got any fear around putting yourself out there because when we have fear of getting on camera or sharing our story, it’s often this worry about, “What are people going to think of me? What if I say the wrong thing?” The more we can focus on being of service with what we are delivering and coming from the heart, it doesn’t matter what other people think because hurt people hurt people. If there’s one bit of advice I would have given my younger self, it’s that hurt people hurt people because I used to take it to heart so much when people were nasty.

KCM 63 | Negative Thought Patterns
Negative Thought Patterns: The more we can focus on being of service with what we are delivering from the heart, it doesn’t matter what other people think because hurt people hurt people.


You grew up in a family where that unfortunately happened.

My dad was very strict. He did the best he could with what he knew. We have the most extraordinary relationship now. I’m happy to report my dad is 85. My mom is 79. They have been together for years. They live on Bribie Island. We see each other every week.

That’s solace to anyone who may have had challenges with their parents. Think about the challenge that you had of being kicked out of the home at fifteen years old and everything else. Now, you see each other every week. Did they change? Did you change?

I did the Landmark Forum in 2006. That was pivotal for me because I realized I hated my parents from the age of six when I saw that sheep get slaughtered. I didn’t realize I was hanging onto all this anger and hatred. When I did that program on Sunday of the Landmark Forum, I would block the memory of that sheep incident out of my mind. It came forward because, in Landmark, they say, “Something happens in life. We make it mean something.”

What happens is people end up perpetuating whatever they believe to be true. We keep creating those experiences in different ways. We keep attracting the same kinds of partners. We keep attracting whatever we believe to be true. On that Sunday, I called my parents for the first time and spoke about that sheep incident. I said, “I’ve hated you ever since that happened. I’m sorry.”

My dad said, “We are sorry that happened because we had no idea you would react like that. That was a normal thing in Turkey where they sacrificed sheep like that.” My brother was only two years older than me. He didn’t react at all to that incident. We shared for the first time. We communicated about that sheep incident. I held onto that drama all that time for 30 years. I was 36 at this stage.

That is a breakthrough.

For 30 years, I held onto that drama without even being conscious of it. This is doing the inner work and the programs. Landmark is one program. There are many different courses that I’ve done over time that have been helpful on this journey. However, that was when I got my parents back. Ever since that, we have been so close. We talk about all sorts of things. We don’t always agree on everything.

However, everything can be resolved with communication. How often do people not talk to family members because someone said something they didn’t like? If that’s you, life is so damn short. Please, make the time to let those in your life that you care about know you love them. No matter what has happened in the past, you can always start again.

Life is so damn short. Please make the time to let those you care about in your life know you love them.

What an important message for everyone to listen to here. Before we wrap up, I have to hear. You have three different Meetup groups, the Gold Coast Business Laughter Club, the Gold Coast TV & Film Production Meetup, and Mass Media Tribe Australia. What is Business Laughter?

I started Business Laughter with a friend called Tracey Korman who runs Two’s Company. She’s a very dear girlfriend of mine. We decided to start an event to help business owners loosen up a bit because a lot of business owners are very serious. We noticed there was a lot of depression among business owners. We started the Gold Coast Business Laughter Club as a Meetup group. We had comedians come along. We would have inspirational speakers.

We started these in-person events back in 2018. It was a way to lift the spirits of business owners and help them connect and network as well. Tracey and I have both had depression. I interviewed her for Media Queen TV about how to overcome abuse and depression. It’s something that was close to both of us as business owners. We have had depression. We have come through it. This was a way we could give back to the community and encourage people to come together, unite, and connect through laughter.

You have been a part of Meetup for a while. You’ve come to many different Meetup groups. You’re an organizer at different Meetup events. What is it about getting together in person? During COVID, that’s virtual but getting together in person specifically is a gamechanger to such a great degree. Why is in-person gathering so powerful for people?

If you look at it scientifically and energetically, we all have a torus field, which is an energy field around us that you don’t get when you’re on a screen. You get a sense of it. People say, “You could be online dating for years but when you meet someone, you’ve either got the chemistry or you don’t have the chemistry.”

You can’t explain why sometimes you meet someone and connect. Sometimes you are not. It does have to do with some energy that people have around them, which is fascinating. You could only figure that out in person.

The Thrive documentary explained this torus field and this energy field that we have around each of us. You can watch the Thrive documentary, which is free on the Conscious Community Global Facebook group. They’re featured in there. The Thrive documentary is brilliant, done by an American couple. There are two of them that are brilliant. They talk about how powerful we are as individuals. When we get together in person, either the magic is there and you gel with some people, and then some people think, “I don’t connect with that person.” That’s okay. We’re not going to connect with everyone but there is a deeper level of connection that happens in person that you will never get online.

We’re all teachers and students at the same time.

I‘m going to wrap up with one last question. You’ve done so much. You continue to do so much to make the world a better place. If you have to think about one thing that you most want to be remembered by, what is that one thing for you?

For inspiring truth and good news in the world.

You are doing so much of that. You are being the change that you wish to see in the world as Gandhi would say. If Gandhi were here, I can’t imagine how incredibly proud of you he would be. It’s going to be exciting to see what you are and what you continue to evolve into over the next 10, 20, or 30 years. The perspective that you have and the gratitude that you have in this world are so remarkable. It’s an inspiration to me and so many of our audiences. Thank you so much.

Thank you so much. It’s such an honor to be here. Thank you for helping me share my message. We’re all teachers and students at the same time. I encourage people to be open to whatever opportunities come their way, trust themselves, and get how amazing they are because they truly are remarkable. It’s your choice for this beautiful gift of life that you’ve been given. What are you going to do to follow your passion and your mission and to be the best version of yourself?

Thanks for reading this episode with the incredible Aldwyn Altuney. There are so many thoughtful comments. Hurt people can hurt people. There’s always a breakthrough after a breakdown. Big challenges aren’t given to small souls. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe and leave a review. Remember, let’s keep connected because life is better together.


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