Many people know which dreams to chase ever since they were young, but sometimes it still takes a bit of soul searching to fully realize how they want to really do it. The host of the Conscious Collective podcast, Meigan Canfield, talks with Dr. Kevin Pecca about how she went beyond other people's expectations in order for her to do what she truly loves. By doing so, she was able to travel to different places all over the world, embrace a career in wedding photography, and start a much healthier lifestyle. They also discuss the health benefits of Kangen Water Machines, which is one of Meigan's advocacies, as well as the controversies surrounding COVID-19 lockdown implementations and the actual need for vaccines.
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Soul Searching with Meigan Canfield
Welcome to the first episode of the 2021 calendar year. I'm working hard to bring you as many episodes as I possibly can this year 2021. If you enjoy the show, please subscribe and leave us an amazing review. If you know anyone that would be a good guest for the podcast, feel free to message me on Instagram, @DrKevinPecca or email me at DrKevinPecca@Gmail.com. We have an amazing guest, Meigan Canfield. Meigan is the host of the Conscious Collective podcast. She is also an amazing entrepreneur that has started two successful businesses of her own. What I love most about Meigan is that she trusts her gut instinct with everything that she does and goes for whatever she wants without any hesitation. This mentality has led her to adventures and places all over the world. She has met some amazing people along the way, and I truly love her story. When you speak with Meigan, it reminds you of what it feels like to be alive and free, and to chase your dreams and to do whatever the hell it is you want to do in this life. I'm not sure how our paths cross but I'm glad they did. I enjoyed this episode. Please welcome, Meigan Canfield.
Please welcome, Meigan Canfield out of Maui, Hawaii. She is the host of the Conscious Collective podcast. I’m excited to have her on. She's doing amazing things. Meigan, thank you for joining us. How are you?
I'm doing amazing, Kevin. Thank you for that beautiful intro and having me on your great show. I'm excited.
I had such a blast on your podcast and I'm excited to have you on my show here because I've been following you on Instagram, and your story is amazing. You're doing some amazing work. I felt like everything you're doing fit the vibe of the show. Thank you for sitting down and taking the time to be with us here.
I'm grateful to be on your show after you come on mine. It's fun.
Meigan, where are you from originally? Where did this road begin for you?
I was born in California.
Northern California, Walnut Creek.
The doctor that saved my life is from Walnut Creek.
Is it the doctor that you told me about on my podcast?
I know it's not a big town.
No. Do you know what hospital? Was it a hospital?
This is such a common last name but do you know the Hall family?
The only reason I know that town is because he's told me all about it.
It's a beautiful town. I only spent seven years of my life there. I'm not super familiar with it but that's where my life began. I got some good roots and good energy there. We moved to Georgia for two years, also a blurry phase in my life. We moved to Breckenridge, Colorado. Do you know about Breckenridge?
I've been to Breckenridge one time and it was beautiful.
It was a beautiful childhood. That's where I grew up. I was nine when we moved there. I spent my whole life there until I moved to Maui. It was a dream of a childhood that people don't get.
Breckenridge is a magical place.
It's like straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. I'm grateful to have been closely connected to nature there and the community there. I have so much gratitude my early years in life. I grew up in a health-conscious family. I'm grateful for that as well. My mom and my grandma were health conscious. I’m glad for that because those are the roots that helped me come into who I am now. I grew up in Breckenridge. By the time high school was over, I didn't want to go to college. I remember thinking it was not something that felt in alignment with my soul.
A lot of people especially nowadays, it's almost it's not even an option like, “You’re going to college.”
Looking back on it now, I realized that it was not in alignment. That was my thought process. I did end up going to school. I did go to school but I remember feeling I want to travel. That's all I want to do. Looking back on these things, my soul knew what I wanted to do and I didn't listen. I thought, “This is what people do, Meigan, suck it up. You're going to be fine.” I went to school.
Locally or far away?
It was in Boulder, locally in Colorado. It was another beautiful experience. There was nothing horrible that happened, it wasn't traumatizing or anything. It just never filled my soul. I was not meant to go to college. I ended up studying Psychology and Photography. Psychology was great, I love learning about it. When I graduated, I didn't feel like I was mature enough. I knew that I wasn't committed enough to go to school any longer and do anything with it. I was always considered the “artist” of the family. I would call myself the black sheep of the family. I thought differently than them. I perceived life differently than them, and I still do. I feel differently about life. I was funneled into being the artist of the family, that was my label. That's who I thought I was. I ended up studying Photography as well in college. That was amazing too. I remember leaving college and being like, “Now what?”
I graduated. I went to school for 4.5 years.
Was it tough to get through that 4.5 years? Was it gut wrenching or you had fun as well?
It would be stupid to say that I didn't have fun. I had fun. There are times in my life, I would call high school one of these times and then one of these times where I felt in alignment, and I was exactly where I needed to be in life. I had the best friends I could ever imagine, the community I need, the support I need. Everything is in alignment and college wasn't that. It wasn't horrible or traumatizing. I remember the whole time, it doesn't feel right. I need to be somewhere else. I need to be home, I'm homesick or I need to be traveling. I wasn't listening to that inner ping. I do believe that the way the universe works is you can make decisions that are potentially out of alignment with your soul, and the universe will work with you to help you get back on track. That's exactly what happened. I studied Photography and then I left college and thought, “Now what?”
I realized that wedding photography was essentially the only way I could personally imagine making a livable income after college. I got some jobs doing photography and I started my own wedding photography business. I love wedding photography, and that was several years ago. What it taught me was that I could be a business owner. It was possible for me to own and run a business, and for people to depend on me and rely on me to have those responsibilities. I also think that it taught me how good I am with people. It was a beautiful experience. I have a personality that works well as a wedding photographer, very sociable and fun.
It was a great job for me but at some point, down the line, I started feeling over it again. I started get the feeling like, “What am I doing? Why does this feel out of alignment?” I started traveling. There are these things called mud season in Breckinridge. It’s early spring and late fall, when the snow is coming or leaving and everything's muddy, no one is in town. No businesses are thriving, so everyone leaves and takes off work. I started traveling for two months at a time during that year. I was solo traveling across the world by myself. My friends and my family are like, “What are you thinking?” I've always struggled with dealing with a lot of fear. I think of the worst possible outcome. It's my shadow work that I'm getting over in this life. For whatever reason, traveling alone across the world for two months at a time and sleeping on an oyster farm didn't scare me at all. It was because I needed to do that. I needed to go travel.
Where did you go?
The first place I went was Europe. I worked on an organic saffron farm. That was life-changing for me, tough at times.
Where in Europe were you?
Italy. My friend came and met me and we did a bit of traveling after that. After that, I went to Malaysia. I worked in Kuala Lumpur for an environmental sustainability.
You went there solo?
Europe is one place to go solo because it's similar to the States. Malaysia, that's a different side of the coin. I've never been and I don't know much about it.
Have you been to Asia?
Never. It's on the list. I had a bunch of travel plans and it got shut down.
We will be able to go to Asia if we can ever go again. I realized after the fact that I was staying in the scariest place of town, I had no idea when I was there. I found out later that it was the most dangerous part of the city. I was like, “What?”
Did you ever feel threatened in that area or no?
Never. I would walk to the big city every day. It was a 30-minute walk to the town center from the hood. After I worked in Kuala Lumpur, which is the capital, I went and worked on an oyster farm. I don't even remember where it was. It's funny, I don't know what I was thinking. I don't know how my parents were more scared for me. I was traveling alone across this country and some guy was picking me up on a boat and taking me to an island. To sum all of this up, I met my soul tribe traveling, and I learned so much about myself and so much about what I'm here to do on this planet. It has everything to do with going back to our roots. Sustainability, holistic wellness, spirituality, that was the foundation that I needed to lay to move forward in this new chapter in my life.
Where did you meet them at?
All over. It was the start of my traveling. When I began traveling, I started meeting people who were on my same wavelength. People who were open to exploring, who were interested in learning about themselves. There was this general vibe having to do with spirituality and being open to this whole new experience. You meet people who are similar to you when you start to travel. The truth is they weren't similar to me, they were my expanders. They were people that I needed to learn from. I learned a lot about what I was passionate about. I went home and I got sick.
After your travels?
Yeah. I got a staph infection. When I was in Malaysia staying on the oyster farm, there was this river that goes in and out from the ocean, and we were staying on the river. There were apparently crocodiles in there and we were swimming in it. I ended up getting a staph infection. I remember, I didn't know much about the Western medicine world. I was unaware of holistic wellness and toxicity. I wasn't in that mental space yet. I ended up going to the doctor and they thought I had scabies. Do you know what scabies is?
It's those little bugs that bite you.
It's the grossest thing you could ever imagine. It's essentially lice or mites that live under your skin and they crawl into your skin and build these little tunnels and make babies under your skin. They thought I had that, so they gave me this toxic lotion. You rub it all over your body. You let it sit, you sleep with it. I did that three times. I'm sure it was the most toxic thing I've ever done in my life. It didn't go away. They ended up giving me antibiotics because they thought it was a staph infection. I took it. I went home, staph infection came back and then I tore my ACL skiing. It turns out certain antibiotics can contribute to the loosening of ligaments. I'm sure that was what happened. I tore my ACL, then I had to get knee surgery. I needed to get rid of the staph infection, I took more antibiotics but that didn't work. I was like, “Fuck, I need to figure this out.” I jumped on the holistic train.
I ended up taking colloidal silver, oil of oregano and then apple cider vinegar and it vanished. That was the moment for me where I was like, “We have been doing this backwards.” I got my knee surgery because the staph infection was gone. The week after that, I lost 12 pounds. That was the start of my wellness journey because I got chronically ill, I had many digestive issues. I became a chronic insomniac. I had acne for the first time in my life. This lasted for at least a year. The sleep thing is still perpetuated. Traveling opened me up to everything that's important to me now. I went vegan and I dedicated my life to learning more about holistic wellness essentially. That is what opened up the channel to Maui.
I was following some girls from Hawaii and I felt called to all of it. It was the biggest calling I've ever experienced in my life, “Come to Maui.” I was still doing photography at the time. I remember emailing a bunch of coordinators and photographers because I’ve got up to start my business elsewhere. I have to move my business and I don't have anything else. I emailed a bunch of photographers and coordinators and wedding professionals from Kauai, Oahu and Maui. I remember no one got back to me from Oahu or Kauai but many people in Maui, even photographers, my technical competition were like, “Welcome, we’ll give you a coffee. I'll help you out.” I was like, “I guess.” That’s it. I came to Maui and I started my photography business.
How long have you been in Hawaii for?
A couple of years.
Meigan, when did you find out about Kangen Water?
It was before I got to Maui. I was following this girl named Emilia. She was the one who started the whole thing, but it was when I got to Maui that I started looking into it and feeling into it and thinking about it.
What has Kangen been able to do for you health-wise and business-wise?
I was health conscious when I was coming into it. I wasn't eating whole plant-based foods at that point. I was healthy. I haven't had some drastic health changes since drinking common water. I did notice that I have a lot less inflammation. I was looking at pictures and videos of myself talking when I was fitter and weighed the same but my face and my eyes were puffy, and I realized that I was inflamed. Health-wise, it's supporting me at the lowest level, keeping that foundation strong. It's been supportive in every other way. Financially, it's a killer job, but the community is awesome. When I was traveling and those were the people I needed to meet, that's what this is to me. This is my soul family. These are my people.
Kangen is amazing for every reason you listed. It's amazing how our body is 75% water. It's one of the last places people look to change their health. It's not even talked about. All the water everyone is drinking now is dead, filled with plastic, no antioxidants, no nutrients. It's water that's been sitting in a plastic container in a warehouse for months or who knows how long. That becomes your blood, that's what people are filling their bodies with. Kangen, it puts the antioxidants back in you. It's got the micro-clustering that gets inside your cells and detoxes you, the inflammation goes down, it's alkaline water and is decreasing the inflammation. It's one of the best things I've ever done.
I got introduced to Kangen, I was in California and my “friend” in chiropractic school, he’s like, “I'm going on this yacht with all these doctors. Do you want to come?” I went on the yacht and they're dishing out all this water and it tastes good. They're doing the demonstration and everything, everyone's mind is blown. The only part I didn't like about it was a bit of it was staged and they were pressing me like, “You have to buy it now.” I ended up buying it that day. They were good about that. Thank God, it's a good product. If it wasn't a good product, it can be a lot of money and I would've been pissed I spent that money. That was several years ago. I still use the same machine. It's the best investment I've ever made in my health because the water machine lasts forever. You’ve got to make sure you clean it and take care of it, then you’re set. That water is truly life-changing. It's amazing the people you meet too. All you have to do is give the water away and let people drink it. Most likely it stirs up people's mind like, “What have I been drinking all these years? This water is the best.” It becomes a great community and it even helps you out financially. It's amazing.
It makes so much sense. I was only learning this that you can write off everything for taxes as well. You pay for the machine because you're saving so much money on taxes. There's no reason not to own a Kangen water machine.
It's important that you buy it from somebody that you trust because you are going to have questions along the way. The person I bought it from was not a good person. I learned that out the hard way, but the person that brought him in was a good person. I skipped him and went up and I asked her all the questions. It's been several years, I still text her any questions I have and she always gets back to me. The only thing with the Kangen machine is if you're interested in buying it, buy it from someone you like and you trust. Take care of the machine and drink the water and your health will drastically change.
I'm interested learning personally, as far as your health, when you started drinking it.
You know my story with concussions and everything. I was under upper cervical care for about nine months at that point. I was about 70% better. I was still getting a dull headache every day. If it was out of 9.4, it was about at a 3. It was so much better but it was still there. My energy levels were a bit down. I didn't drink water. I was drinking bottled water and everyone is like, “You can't drink a lot of that.” I first drank the Kangen Water, it was 9.5. I didn't ease into it. I got a little sick like detox symptoms, everything was getting pulled out of me. I got a pounding headache the first night I drank it. The next day or two, it subsided. I felt it happening. It was a good headache. I was like, “Something's happening in my body.” It feels things are getting pulled out. It's detoxing me, which they said might happen. Two or three days on the water, that dull headache disappeared. My energy levels were through the roof. I felt hydrated for the first time in a long time. You feel inflammation go down in your body. It's amazing.
That's it. Your body can release that water weight because it doesn't need it anymore and excess fat as well.
You go back to regular water and you're like, “I can’t drink this anymore.” If you go away and you travel for a week and you're away from your machine, you sprint back to your machine to get the water because it’s that good.
I'm going home for two weeks for Christmas, and I'm thankful I live with my roommate who is also in the business. We're using her machine and I'm glad.
You are bringing it on the plane back?
She brought hers back and I left mine back in Colorado. I'm using it as a loner, which is huge. When I go back home, we're going to plug it in and I'm like, “What would I do? I can't drink normal water.” You’re such a water snob when you become a Kangen Water drinker.
You get to taste how bad the bottled water is. You can taste the plastic. The regular water sits in your stomach. It doesn't go anywhere. The Kangen sits there for a second and then it goes out to all your cells and you feel it.
There's something to be said about the fact that all other water is oxidizing. If you put an ORP meter in other water sources, it's all oxidizing. We shouldn't put as little as possible into our body that is oxidizing.
Have you ever seen when they put the light bulb in the water?
It's electrically-charged. There are many electrolytes in it that in one of the demonstrations, they put a wire in it to turn on the light bulb and it turns on. It's amazing. It's got a bunch of electrolytes, antioxidants in it.
Send that to me if you find it.
It's a great machine. I know a lot of people that use it for rashes and skin stuff, they put the acidic water and the beauty water on their skin and it clears it right up. I've gargled with the acidic water when I've had sore throats and took it right away.
I’ve heard this many times.
You find more about the machine every couple of months like, “I had no idea it did this.” I’m a big fan.
Me too. My take on what's happening in the world now is it's the great awakening. It’s some form of it, I don't know if it's Biblical. I don't know, it's something. This water plays a huge part in it. Our lifestyles in general play a huge part in it. I feel like the way we treat our bodies, it's almost like the more access we have to our souls and higher consciousness and higher dimension. Once you start drinking this water, all of a sudden, you tap into this new realm that was not available to you before because you were poisoning your body. All of a sudden, when you're not poisoning your body, you become aware of what's going on in the world around you and the truth of the matter.
It baffles me how you have many people talking about food, which is a huge component to our health, but you don't hear a lot of people addressing the water aspect and the toxic chemicals people are putting in their bodies through the water. That's one of the first places we should start looking.
It's unbelievable that it's taken this long.
Meigan, how has Maui been for you? What's it like living in Hawaii? I've never been, I'm going next summer 2021.
We can hang out. I don't want to live anywhere else at this point. Life changes, I'm open to whatever happens. You know that I was living in Breckenridge, which is essentially Maui but a different climate. It is the same level of nature enthusiasts, same type of community. The biggest difference I experience is in Breckenridge, you can't be in nature. You can be on nature. It's masculine there, it's rocky, hard and sharp. It's distant, that's how it feels. In Maui, you are one with nature. You are in the water, swimming in the ocean, eating the fruit, in the rain, digging your toes in the sand. You are one with nature. I feel like living in Maui has been a huge part in an awakening process for me because of that. Maui is a vortex. Haleakalā is the heart shocker of the planet. I have no idea what that means but I do believe that there are some energetics at play in Maui that aren't at play anywhere else in the world.
That’s what everybody says. The energy coming out of the Earth over there is unmatched anywhere else.
You come here and you learn things that you never thought you would learn. You're tapped in further. The more you do to be part of this planet and be well and healthy, the more tapped in you are to the spiritual realm.
What do you hope to accomplish or be like in the next several years? Where do you see your life going with Kangen and Maui and everything else you're doing?
I feel like I'm going to need to travel again. I feel the calling. I don't know exactly where yet but I know that I have to do something elsewhere in the world. We'll see where that leads me. I have a plan to have a profitable Kangen business within the next few years. I have a life goal of giving away 50% of what I have, whether that's of my income or whatever, I’m still mulling through it. I've been giving money to Charity: Water. Do you know about Charity: Water?
It is the best charity out there. I love their whole story. I love the person who created it. Years ago, I donated my birthday to Charity: Water. They allow you to donate your birthday to them. You'll be like, “Friends and family, I don't need any other material items in my life, donate money to this fund and it's going to help people.”
I’ve seen people do that.
I did that a long time ago. I was thinking, “I want to give back more.” and I thought of Charity: Water. My goal over the next few years is to make enough to sustain myself that I can give out about 50% to Charity: Water.
What is Charity: Water? What are they doing?
They're essentially going into different parts of the world and building systems for clean water supply for people who don't have access to water. It's incredible. There are 180 million or something people on the planet without access to clean water.
That's sad. It’s something you don't even think about in America.
The next couple of years, I'll be wanting to do that and redistribute the wealth a bit more and keep sharing the dopest water on the planet. Hopefully at that time, planet Earth is more aware of what’s happening in our government and what's happening on this planet. We can all move forward in peace, honesty and love.
Is Hawaii put in lock down?
It was locked down for a while. You couldn't come unless you quarantine for two weeks. It was rad. We had everything to ourselves for months. They’re heavy on the mandates. People are getting arrested on the beaches for not wearing masks when they're by themselves. They may have attracted it but you did.
It’s the same with California. You can't go outside, there’s a $100 fine or maybe even more. They put a curfew on 10:00 PM. We're in the same boat we were in when this first started and you shut down the country for six months before that. It didn't help. What are we doing?
Many people still think that there's a dangerous virus and that we have comply, and that’s going to solve the problem. I don't know what else to do.
This dangerous virus that 99.5% of people are surviving from. There are people getting sick, which sucks. It's not fun. On the other flip side of that, you're ruining people's livelihoods, children, families.
Hawaii depends on that tourism too. They’re hurting a lot too.
A lot of small businesses are shutting down. In the next few years, we're going to see a lot of upgrades. A lot is going to come out. What do you think is going to happen in the next few years?
I think people are going to start to revolt and stop complying because every couple of months it gets more ridiculous and they take more freedoms away. The more you get people to turn off their TV and see what's going on, there are some people that are doing some amazing things of shedding good out of this. I saw this video of a guy in New Jersey because if you're a gym owner, it's almost impossible to thrive. If you’ve seen that video, it was very cool. I want that guy on my team. It looks like he blacked out all his gym windows and he put a, “No government authorized official is allowed beyond this point without a warrant. If you have any questions, please call me, I'll meet you right outside these doors.” You open the gym door and everybody's in there working out without a mask. I was like, “That's fucking awesome.” It's got to be exhausting for people that think that every single person around them is contaminated and contagious and they can die at any moment. Some people think when they walk outside, they're going to drop dead or something. I don't get it. People will verbally attack you. I'm sure it's even gotten physical at some point if somebody is wearing a mask and the other person isn't.
I've had people telling me that I should die, that I'm selfish and I don't deserve to be alive. I’m like, “That’s nuts.”
Keep breathing in your own contamination 24 hours a day with your mask on. If you think about the actual biological makeup of a virus, it's penetrating that stupid mask. The virus is small, it's getting through that little mask. It's not helping anything. If you sit back and think about the real scientific evidence of a virus and what's going on, nothing is adding up. The “experts” on CNN and the doctors are backtracking. If we stop and take a moment and realize what these people are saying, if you say it out loud, it makes no sense. Going to a restaurant in a tent and you sit down and you're talking to the waiter without your mask on and they have their mask on. You put your mask back on to go to the bathroom and then you take it back off when you sit down, and when you leave the restaurant, you're walking by people that don't have mask on. It's not making any sense. It's got to stop.
I've witnessed a shift in energy where a lot of people who were coming at me a bit before were still coming at me but they'd end up by saying, “Also thanks for sharing.”
You need that different perspective whether you agree with or not. It's got to open up.
I'm glad. It’s nice to have allies though.
What's scary too is they’re trying to push the vaccine and they're going to try to make it so we can't travel without it. Whether you are pro-vaccine or against the vaccine, that's taken away your freedom either way.
It's weird being human on this planet now. It's interesting because even the way we're talking about it is human, it's like, “Fuck this shit, vaccine. What are we going to do?” I keep having to remember to zoom out. You and I probably are souls in human suits who chose to be here during this time like we were contracted to come be here for the great awakening. This is fun to our souls. Our souls wanted this.
There have been some good times. If you think about it from a good perspective and you know it's not nearly as bad as people are saying, it can be fun. I got a flight to Florida for $40 and there was nobody on the plane. I went to the beach, loved everything about it, came back and there's somebody in New Jersey that's afraid to leave their house. If you open your eyes, it can be a good time to be alive. There's a lot less people everywhere. I'm sure you've seen that in Hawaii with less tourism. There are benefits. Cleaner environment, cleaner planet because of the less carbon emissions. There are some good things happening.
We'll do another episode and we’ll see where we’re at.
Scary but also exciting.
On a lighter note, Meigan, where can people find you on social media if they want to see all the great stuff you're doing?
@MeiganCanfield is my Instagram name. The Conscious Collective podcast, you have to search for it as Conscious Collective. You can't search The Conscious Collective because then you'll find a bunch of other people but it's technically called Conscious Collective. Those are my places. I don't do other social media. I do have a website but I don't direct people there.
Meigan, at the end of every show, I like to ask all my guests what is one piece of advice that has resonated with you over the years that you would to give the readers? It could be anything.
The thing that always takes me out of whatever stress or anxiety or worry that I'm in is come out. What is the reality of the situation? The reality of the situation is not that you've lost your job or that there are sick people around you or that you don't have money. The reality of the situation is you’re a soul in a human suit on probably a flying rock in the middle of outer space. How lucky are you to have this experience? The more you can go back to that, the more impossible it becomes to experience anything negative in this life. It is a blessing.
There have been a couple of good outer space shows on Netflix. Have you ever seen Away?
No but I should watch it. I’ve been looking for one.
It's crazy to think that people have seen the Earth from space and it's small. That perspective looking at it, it's like everything we do is irrelevant, which makes it amazing at the same time.
No matter what the circumstance is, everything you do is irrelevant.
Don’t take it too seriously.
You're here to play.
Meigan, thank you for coming on the show. I love having you. We'd love to do it again sometime.
I would as well. Kevin, thank you for inviting me on. I'm grateful to know you, pick your brain and learn from each other. All is going to be well.
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