Episode 317

Published on:

14th Jun 2021

Alex Nelson - Mastering Your Ego Through Shadow Work

Alex returns for the second time to the University of Adversity, talking about the mastering the ego, shadow work and personal growth through healing. Alex Nelson, born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is an entrepreneur, life transformation coach, retreat facilitator, and the host of the Through The Veil podcast. After selling his asphalt business in early 2017, he embarked upon a journey that led him through various corporate management jobs, finally landing in my current role as a full time personal coach and transformational experience specialist. He spent the last 7 years working closely with coaching clients, after being cured of alcoholism himself. Alex specialises in ceremonial work, healing retreats and plant medicine experiences. 


  • 03:42 The transformation in Alex’s medicine journey 
  • 06:45 Why plant medicine as Alex’s preferred choice
  • 10:35 What is the ego and how it serves us
  • 23:29 The process and power of shadow work
  • 29:15 How to know when we are healed and ready for a relationship
  • 50:50 Alex’s journey to Ecuador
  • 1:25:57 Understanding visions and learning how to navigate their meaning


Alex says, “The ego is like a team of horses that drives the carriage of your mind. Whether those horses are wild or trained will determine how it drives you.”

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Learn how to shift your perspective on adversity by understanding that although adversity may feel like your worst enemy, it is actually your greatest ally. My mission is to connect with unique and inspiring individuals and showcase their journey and what they have gone through in order to become successful in their lives. Tune in twice a week with Lance Essihos for your gold-filled lesson of inspiration, resilience, and bravery. Don’t forget to subscribe!

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About the Podcast

University of Adversity
How to go from living in the backseat of your life as a victim, into the driver seat of empowerment.

The goal of the show is to ignite personal growth and transformation by sharing stories of overcoming adversity and highlighting different areas/topics in our Iives where adversity shows up. We will provide you with educational tools, tips, resources and hacks to help you get through whatever you are struggling with right now-And most importantly help you speed up the process.

From New York Times Best Selling Authors, Pro Athletes, Celebrities, Scientists, Spiritual Masters, to The Common Hero’s Among Us.

About your host

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Lance Essihos

As an experienced veteran with adversity, Lance has faced some of life's most difficult challenges. Grinding his way through the hockey ranks to traveling the world as a bartender. Through his personal battle with drugs and alcohol for well over a decade, the tragic loss of his brother to suicide followed by the great loss of his father to cancer only a year later, Lance realized he had hit rock bottom. In the darkest of days, he made a promise to himself that he would create a new life, one that would make an impact and inspire the masses, leaving the world in a better place than he found it. Lance has made it his mission to facilitate the message of positive change through adversity and encourage people to see the light through the darkness of life's worst moments.