PT414 – The EAST Institute: Modern Science and Ancient Methods of Healing

June 9, 2023
Featuring: Lena Franklin & Jeff Glattstein

In this episode, Kyle interviews the Co-Founders of The EAST Institute: teachers, facilitators, and spiritual guides, Lena Franklin and Jeff Glattstein.

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In this episode, Kyle interviews the Co-Founders of The EAST Institute: teachers, facilitators, and spiritual guides, Lena Franklin and Jeff Glattstein.

The EAST Institute offers educational and experiential events, and trains facilitators in the art of the EAST Method™, a multidisciplinary approach combining modern research with traditional, Indigenous methods of healing and integration, touching on transpersonal psychology, mindfulness, meditation, vibrational sound therapy, energy medicine, shamanic healing, natural plant medicines, and more. Their approach is a structured (but flexible) process that guides the experiencer through preparation, the ceremony, and integration, but with a much larger focus on preparation than is typically seen, and with a deep phase of integration touching on six key modalities.

They tell their stories of what led them to follow a healing path, explain the basics of the EAST Method™, and talk about their facilitator training program. And they discuss: how beneficial it can be to introduce shadow work right off the bat; how the West needs to learn to stop deifying medical degrees and learn to trust our inner healers; the power of energy and the energetic reciprocity between our bodies and the medicine; and how we, as a culture, need to break through our conditioning – from propaganda, fear, and the self-limiting beliefs that keep us from being our best selves.

Notable Quotes

“The clinical world is all about psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, which is going to be amazingly helpful for people who step into that clinical realm. And yet the question remains: how do I embody all of this into my life every day?…What are you going to do differently? Now that you’ve had this amazing experience, what are you going to do different, today?” -Jeff

“The medicines are teachers and guides, and they teach us and they show us and they guide us as to how we can heal ourselves. And yes, they’re powerful healers as well, but they’re only as powerful as we allow them to be, by owning the responsibility of our own healing. …The medicine doesn’t heal, the medicine shows people how to heal.” -Jeff

“How can we continue to anchor our embodiment in the truth of interconnectedness, of remembering our divinity every day, in the ordinary moments? There’s the quote: ‘Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.’ Ordinary moments can be extraordinary moments when our lens is clear of the veils of fear.” -Lena

“I feel like there’s just so much potential and interest and growth and vitality at this intersection of the scientific world and the medical world and really, where these medicines came from – our ancestors the ancient, Indigenous ways of honoring the medicine. …That eagle-condor reunification: it’s collectively the movement from individualism and disconnection into the truth that we are all interconnected – this interdependence of our souls and our energy. And I think we’re seeing that reflected in the psychedelic world right now.” -Lena


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In this Episode

Lena Franklin

Lena Franklin is a modern medicine woman, transpersonal psychotherapist, and transformational speaker, offering the ancient practices of meditation, energy medicine, and psychospiritual healing in an accessible way for a modern lifestyle. Formally trained with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Social Work, Lena is dedicated to guiding others on a journey of embodied purpose, presence, and liberated wholeness. Lena has taught transformational workshops and retreats all over the globe, guiding thousands to transform their suffering into strength by accessing their multi-dimensional existence. Raised in a hybrid Buddhist/Christian home, Lena was introduced to meditation as a young child and now integrates Eastern philosophy with Western neuroscience in her healing and teaching work. Lena is the Founder of The EAST Institute, a global organization that exists to support the healing and awakening of humanity and the planet through ancient embodied practices, plant medicines, and cutting-edge science. Lena is also the creator of The BEING Method ~ a systematic method for igniting your highest human potential through meditation and The Meditation Membership, a global community for awakening where members receive weekly meditations and transformational teachings transmitted by Lena. Lena has been featured on Bravo, Lifetime, the cover of Yoga Magazine, and in The NY Times, Telegraph, World Travel Magazine, and more. Visit her website to learn more about her practice and schedule of meditation journeys, transformative workshops, corporate, and continuing education offerings.

Socials: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook
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Jeff Glattstein

Jeff Glattstein is a dedicated healing professional, teacher, and spiritual guide. With decades of study and practice in the arts of shamanic healing, energy medicine, Tai Chi, medical Qigong, Kung Fu, and life sciences, Jeff brings a comprehensive fusion of physical, energetic, and psycho-spiritual healing to his students and clients. His learning has bridged East and West with a fusion of Shamanic, Taoist, Buddhist, and the Western healing methods. At the age of 13, he began his studies in Tai Chi, Qigong, and Kung Fu, which served as his foundation for meditation and energy work. He later was called onto the Shamanic path after experiencing a life-threatening disease and near-death experiences, resulting in a profound awakening. Shortly after, he began to see colors and patterns of energy around the human body and in the natural world. This life-changing experience began his journey into formal study of shamanic healing and energy medicine/intuition medicine. Jeff traveled the world and studied with Chinese, Tibetan, Peruvian, Siberian, Mongolian Shamans, Native American medicine people, and spiritual healers from all parts of the world. He received training in China, Tibet, Nepal, Peru and in North America.    

Jeff’s educational background is in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. He is trained in traditional Chinese medicine, medical Qigong, Reiki, Neidan, integrative energy medicine, hypnotherapy, energy psychology, and intuition medicine. He has been initiated into the Shipibo and Q’ero tribes of Peru, the Nakhi of Tibet, the Araya of Mongolia, and the Mansi of Siberia. Jeff is a Mesa Carrier of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Peru and has been given the initiation of a Paquo (healer) from the Q’ero elders of Peru.    

In addition to practicing the art and science of energy medicine, he teaches, speaks, writes, and guides groups on spiritual adventure retreats. Jeff is also an accomplished entrepreneur who successfully founded and sold three technology companies and went on to advise dozens of others through the same lifecycle. Jeff teaches, advises, and consults globally with teachers, healers, executives, and entrepreneurs, guiding them toward being a more authentic presence in the workplace, in the community, and in their personal relationships. He is moved to share his learnings with those who reach many people for the purpose of awakening, healing, and evolving humanity. Jeff is an advocate of many charities and foundations which focus on beneficial actions which positively affect humanity and Mother Earth.

Socials: Instagram