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Imagine Paradise Podcast with Levi Kreis

The Imagine Paradise Podcast with Levi Kreis seeks to help you become a chain-breaker, turning addiction to freedom, self sabotage to self love and victimhood to victory. A joyous life awaits you and paradise is yours to the degree you can imagine it. Learn more at


More on Self Worth and Boundaries
It's a topic we discussed on season one with the Spiritual Doula Ms. Anjie Hosley.  A topic we've discussed with classical-crossover recording artist Jason Antone.  But today I do some solo reflection on why I personally have not quite gotten this concept in my own life.  I remind myself (and you the listener) of the importance of boundaries as necessary of preserving one's energy and experiencing a greater degree of self love.  I also feature a song about self worth from the album Imagine Paradise called Taking Back My Boogie.Support the show
28:54 08/03/2022
A Space Of Grace
A quick episode recorded on a travel day of tour giving you the backstory of a song from the album Imagine Paradise called Let It Go and the importance of extending grace to yourself and learning to forgive the past and reclaim that fire inside of you.   Support the show
17:16 07/27/2022
Sobriety and the Business of Acting with Del Shores
This week I am joined by one of my long time friends writer/director Del Shores who offers a unique perspective as a perpetual lover of immensely talented actors who often had their own journey towards sobriety.  A very necessary episode for those of you who love an addict or alcoholic and want to know more about how to love them without enabling them.  Watch video of this episode at  Support the show
39:44 07/20/2022
Sobriety and the Business of Acting with Leslie Jordan
If you know my story of sobriety, you know that Leslie Jordan was one of the first fellow southerners I met when moving to Los Angeles and had a key influence on me getting sober.  Join Leslie and I as we reflect on our stories of sobriety and how it has elevated everything in our life including our careers.  We also spend a bit of the conversation talking about our craft and ways he's influenced my own take on acting.  Head over to to subscribe and see video of this episode.Support the show
37:06 07/13/2022
The Real Homeless Issue - A Conversation with Caroline Shores Thrush
Recovering addicts here in San Francisco will tell you first hand there is a direct correlation between homelessness and substance abuse.   Local ex-homeless/ex-addicts will attest that 8 out of every 10 people on the street are struggling with addiction.  Over 75% of unsheltered have a drug or alcohol addiction and a similar number have a severe mental health disorder. So why are we constantly marketed the idea that this is primarily a poverty problem and housing is the solution?  You can build all the housing in the world and get homeless off the street so you don’t have to look at us, but if we are struggling with drug addiction and mental illness, we're just housed dealing with drug addiction and mental illness.  In 2020, the death rate among San Francisco homeless doubled.  They condone this behavior and even help promote it with harm reduction policies that blur the line between harm reduction and drug promotion.  Caroline Shores Thrush is back and we’re giving you a recovering addict’s perspective on the “compassionate” policies she witnessed while working in the non-profit sector with transitional housing here in San Francisco.  Support the show
50:26 07/06/2022
Living a Life That Makes You Proud
My guest, Caroline Shores Thrush, shares her dynamic story about discovering her need for sobriety at twenty years old and learning the power of self love, service to others and finding her own spiritual solution.  Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast and head over to for videos of each episode.Support the show
46:56 06/29/2022
Building A High Vibe Spiritual Tribe
We become who we spend most of our time with.  It's important that those who make up our inner circle are living out the same high vibration lifestyle that we expect of ourselves.  Surrounding yourself with disciplined, positive, motivated individuals only supports your own efforts to be the same. Today's episode welcomes back the spiritual doula Anjie Hosley to discuss the important of quality friendships and how to attract them, cultivate them and be supported and empowered by them.  Support the show
37:32 06/22/2022
Interview with Matt Gilhooly from The Life Shift Podcast
Matt Gilhooly takes a moment away from The Life Shift Podcast to talk with me about his story, the importance of your story and how we are all on a journey to transmute pain into power.  We cover a few topics here with some great ah ha moments to enjoy. This episode will leave you inspired and hopefully make you more certain of your own ability to make good of broken things.Support the show
39:56 06/15/2022
Bring The Heat! Bold Self-Expression through Deep Self-Love
Focused on the liberating nature of letting your guard down and just being yourself, Anyway You Wanna was a song written for our LGBTQ+ youth to inspire and encourage them to know self-love on the deepest possible level.  But the message of valuing who we are is not just for the young, for many of us still carry deep wounds that linger still from a long arduous journey of coming out.  This episode not only tells the backstory of how the song came to be, but seeks to move us from pain into power.  Support the show
37:52 06/08/2022
Optimize the Quality of Your Love Relationships
If you want to know how to optimize the quality of your romantic relationships and come to the table fully equipped to build something meaningful and fulfilling, there are three key non-romantic relationships you might want to get in order.  The Spiritual Doula Anjie Hosley is back with some real life applications that will get you maximum results in your relationship endeavors.  Support the show
37:06 06/01/2022
Using the Law of Attraction to Manifest Relationships
We cannot attract that which we are not a vibrational equivalent to.  Therefore, in order to attract love and manifest the relationship of your dreams, we must do the work to become a vibrational match to the kind of love we desire.   Today's episode and conversation is inspired by the lyrics of Timeless (We Are) from the album Imagine Paradise available on all streaming platforms.  Don't forget to subscribe to for daily inspiration and motivation.  Support the show
24:14 05/25/2022
How Steve Found Sobriety, Beat Cancer and Built a New Life
As so many of my interviews this season, this is another fascinating true story of a phoenix rising from the ashes of addiction and making a new life for himself.  This is Steve on how he found sobriety, beat cancer and found a purpose for life.  We also have a great conversation about the transformative power of surrender.  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and visit for daily motivational/spiritual content.Support the show
36:32 05/18/2022
How Scott Discovered the Essential Power of Community in Sobriety
Scott L reminds us of the power of community and how isolation is death for those of us struggling with addiction and alcohol.  A great conversation of what life was like before addiction and what life is like in sobriety.  Remember to subscribe to this podcast and visit for daily motivational/spiritual content.Support the show
45:30 05/11/2022
How Dale Quit Drugs And Built A New Life
Dale G takes you on a remarkable journey of what life was like before sobriety and what life is like now.  If you need to be reminded of your ability to overcome addiction and build a new life for yourself that is happy, joyous and free, do not miss this episode.Remember to subscribe to this podcast and visit for daily motivational/spiritual content.Support the show
40:12 05/04/2022
Romancing the Melancholy
It's the final episode of Season 2 and we have a bit of light discussion around my song Lonely Sunday Morning from my debut album One Of the Ones.   If there is any sort of offering this episode gives is just to encourage you to savor every experience you have in life - it makes us who we are.Support the show (
19:58 10/27/2021
Now I Know My Power
This episode is a great review of the four stages of spiritual awareness that I've referenced in previous podcasts.  I use my song Man Outta Me to transport me back to a time in my life where the journey from victim to victor was new and unfamiliar to me.  This conversation will remind you of your spiritual identity and the power that is inherently within you as a Divine expression of Infinite Potentiality.  Support the show (
27:28 10/20/2021
The Things That Had Measure Don't Measure Up Anymore
Forgiveness is not easy to come by sometimes, but nine times outta ten we are the ones that are still suffering - not them.  We are the only ones hurting by holding on to it.  Sometimes all the universe needs to hear is that little whisper from us that says "I am willing".  Just asking the universe to show us what we need to let go of - to show us who we need to become in order to forgive - it sets things in motion.  In this episode, I discuss the experience that informed my song Left Over and encourage all of us to lay claim to our own personal freedom through the power of forgiveness.  Support the show
25:30 10/13/2021
Love In Another Light
Did you know that those of us who are prone to addiction are a special little breed with a natural inclination towards spiritual transcendence?  The problem is that we are seeking that transcendental experience through false substitutes.  When we realize that spirituality is the door to that transcendence, something clicks for us and we find a profound power.  If we daily invest in a spiritual solution, life can be a daily high that only Spirit can provide.  In this episode, I use my song Love In Another Light from my debut album One Of The Ones to tell my own journey from addiction to recovery.Support the show (
25:22 10/06/2021
Before I Lose My Sense Of Reason
Emotions are our internal guidance system.  They are to be observed and evaluated, but not necessarily absorbed as our identity.  Becoming the observer of our emotions creates a healthy distance between feeling and "being" that feeling.  "I am angry" vs "I have anger" is notably different vibration.  Instead of identifying with every rush of emotion we have, it is possible to become the thoughtful observer of our feelings and follow them down to the fundamental belief that is supporting that feeling.  In this episode, discussion is inspired by my song I Should Go from my debut album One Of The Ones.  Support the show (
26:02 09/29/2021
Watch Me Walk On
We all gotta stumble before we're standing tall.  It's part of the learning process.  If recent failures have you feeling hopeless and loosing perspective,  be reminded that you have the power to transform any experience and there is nothing to be alarmed about.  You are lacking nothing.  In this episode, I do a deep dive into my song Standing Tall from the EP Bad Habit and review the four stages of spiritual awareness.Support the show
22:58 09/22/2021
A Life Lived Lightly
Are you exhausted by how much weight we as a society put on virtually everything these days?  There is a real joy in holding things lightly, staying loose and allowing circumstances to go where they will with the inner assurance that the universe always has your back.  In this episode, I discuss how liberating it was to let go of my overly serious attitude around music and give myself permission to simply experience laughter through my song Tell Me Twice from my EP Bad Habit.Support the show (
24:30 09/15/2021
Old Paradigms, New Paradigms
You heard Rev. Denise say it last season..."The context of our life creates the content of our life." Once we take a closer look at the old paradigms that give us the same disappointing experiences over and over, we are  free to create new paradigms that will create better circumstances.  In this episode I use my song Three Words as an example of how I wrote down all the old paradigms I had around relationships and created a list of new beliefs that actually worked to my benefit.  This concept applies to anything we desire to create - counter old life-denying beliefs with new life-affirming beliefs, work with them and watch them create new experiences in time.  Support the show (
24:04 09/08/2021
The Power In Surrendering
Something about surrendering to a higher power in the face of our most intense challenges causes synchronicity to meet us right where we are.  Countless times I have seen something beyond me carry me through moments I thought I would surely fail.  In this episode, I riff a bit about my song Bad Habit and explore the power in the simple act of surrender.Support the show (
21:34 09/01/2021
Say It Out Loud
If you know what you were called to do, it makes no difference if the people around you get it.  Let it confuse them.  Let them judge you.  Stand in your truth and stop waiting for others to give you permission to use your anointing!  Allow every obstacle to re-invent you.  Your anointing has come fully equipped to find its path.  Trust and believe in your inner compass.  I wrap up this month's focus on my album The Gospel According To Levi with a deep dive into my song Say It Out Loud.  Support the show (
30:40 08/25/2021
Bittersweet Salvation
Continuing with our featured conversations around songs from my album The Gospel According To Levi, I give the backstory on what became one of my most triggering songs for religious communities, Bittersweet Salvation.  The lesson for us is to never stop being a seeker.  Never stop questioning, reading and reaching beyond what is comfortable.  If our thirst for spiritual wisdom never ventures beyond what is familiar to us, chances are there is so much more to discover.  Best quote - if anyone is using fear to sell you a spiritual narrative, tell'm to get to steppin'. Support the show (
26:20 08/18/2021
Hate In The Name Of God
For decades, monotheistic religions have managed to use their holy books as a reason to drive up the body count of nonbelievers.  As a matter of fact, you will be hard pressed to find many examples of religion-inspired violence and bigotry before monotheistic religions  came to power.  From the twin towers, to slavery, to condemning interracial marriage, to withholding black men from positions in the priesthood, to women's suffrage, to same sex marriage and so much more, the common thread is men using "sacred" passages from their holy books to justify their violence and bigotry.  The song In The Name Of God features a myriad of transgressions justified by "righteous anger".Support the show (
27:42 08/11/2021
Come Together In A Futurelove
I never like to present a problem without a solution and for my album The Gospel According To Levi, there were plenty of problems articulated.  However, the song Futurelove was a shift in the tone of that controversial album.  And in this episode, it is the catalyst for a conversation around learning to talk to others who may share a completely different world view than the one we value.  There is a willingness to come together in this lyric  - and I hope our passion for a world of unity inspires us to do the work that such a selfless and humble mission requires.  Support the show (
20:12 08/04/2021
I'm Trying To Build This Bridge
When I first wrote my song We're Okay, featured on the album The Gospel According To Levi, it was an attempt to reunite my mother and I after coming out to her.  This podcast goes back to the moment when I became willing to build a bridge between myself and those who couldn't have more different views.  Being committed to love is easy when we are isolated by like-minded individuals.  It's only when we reach across the great divide that we truly discover what it means to be humble and empathetic.  Our desire for true Unity will eventually require us to know what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes.  Support the show (
31:50 07/28/2021
Closer Now To Finding Neverland
The first responsibility you have to your dreams is to ensure that you are not enveloping them with a vibration of lack, a belief in not enough-ness, or an egoic desperation.  The work begins by affirming your spiritual identity and knowing the spiritual principles that govern this opulent, infinite universe.  But this episode really gets good when I start exploring the profound work of neuroscientist Dr. Joe Dispenza and his book Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself.  These scientific concepts will make tangible the possibility of becoming the person you dream of, but haven’t yet actualized.  Really good concepts all inspired by the song Neverland from my album Broadway At The Keys.  Support the show (
22:58 07/21/2021
In My Own Lifetime
We have the power to create our own individualized experience of the world based on how intentional (or unintentional) we are with the quantum laws of the universe.  As a matter of fact, the things that trouble us the most will never enter our matrix if we are not a vibrational match to them.  We will always find what we're looking for - it's quantum law.  The universe only knows one word - yes.  And in response to your thoughts, your feelings, your beliefs, the universe will faithfully send back to you the experiences that are a perfect vibrational match.This week, I riff on the message found in the song In My Own Lifetime from my album Broadway At The Keys  and explore what possibilities exist in this conversation.  I also talk about our broader contribution to the world.  When we understand that every solution is first and foremost a spiritual solution, we start to operate from a place of Divine identity, informed by universal spiritual principles rather than a limited secular viewpoint.  This transforms the way we go about making change in the world and inspires ideas that are more elevating than destructive, more loving than not. Support the show (
31:14 07/14/2021