David Strickel began receiving what he calls “downloads of thought” from a group of non-physical entities—a consciousness energy—as far back as 1982, when he was fourteen. He later named this group of over a thousand strands of consciousness that comprise the core of Source energy the Stream.
David now has followers from around the world whose lives have been changed by the Stream’s teachings. He shares these teachings via the podcast, as well as life-changing courses, live workshops, retreats, books, YouTube videos, social media, a mobile app of guided meditations called StreamScapes, and more.
KIMBERLY MASKA: Hello, everybody and welcome. Welcome to Spiritual Biz Chat, I am Kimberly Maska, your host here for Spiritual Biz Magazine. We have with us for our September Cover, David Strickel. David is the author of “The Stream: Eternal Wisdom For A Better Life”. He is actually in my Spiritual Biz Mastery Program as well, and he has the first book published by Maska Media Publishing, and he just got his best-seller status. I’m here to chat with David about his new book. David, welcome, how are you?
DAVID STRICKEL: I’m very good, Kimberly. Thank you for having me, and I’ll go ahead and immediately put the book up for everyone to see. I think the cover designer did such a great idea, I can’t help but just show it off all the time.
KIMBERLY: Of course, It actually is beautiful, because sometimes you see books and you make a little face, but that’s actually a really beautiful cover of The Stream. So, who is The Stream?
DAVID: The Stream is a group of non-physical entities that I have been receiving communication from really my whole life. I tell this anecdote over and over again about when I was 14 years old, growing up in a very poor household with a very disconnected mother and an absent father, my brother and I kind of raised ourselves. This download of thought that was very detailed just came to me that if I mentally place myself in any situation that I wanted to be in and really felt like I already had it, that it would come to me. This was back at 1982 when I was 14, way before “The Secret” or any of the stuff were published. I just immediately knew it was true, and I believed it. It’s hard to describe that this is how things work. I remember telling my brother about it, who’s four years older than me, I remember him speaking, “You’re insane. What are you talking about? No, you work hard. You get an education,” and he’s still like that at 54 years old.
That’s the first recollection… but I remember being six or seven, and my family again was very poor, and some friend of the family or someone had this new Lincoln Continental, and they came over to show it off in our little crappy, blue-collar neighborhood. I remember looking at the car just thinking, “I can have that. If she can have that, I can have that too.” I remember that at a very early age, and it’s just always been coming to me. It’s definitely carried me through a lot of obstacles in life. It’s placed me in a lot of fantastic positions in life. I don’t have a formal education, but I actually started my own business at 19. I ended up being a very successful corporate executive for a major company for several years.
It’s just always guided me, and it’s always provided such enlightenment, that when I decided that it was something that was too powerful, and I realized that it was something that was unique coming to me at least, as detailed as it was, and the fact that I could share it the way that I was sharing it in my business, because I was using these ideas to train commission salespeople and business people how to be successful. I had some of the biggest success stories in that company’s 80-year history from the teachings, and connecting with the right people. I realized that this was too powerful and too meaningful not to share with the world, that was really my next chapter in life, was to share it.
In thinking about how you share things like this, and of course, I’ve always been very … attracted to Abraham and Esther’s sharing of Abraham’s message, and I realized that giving this an identity that people can identify with, that’s outside of me, is very important in this process in sharing it. Because I think there are a lot of spiritual teachers who are indeed channeling, but it’s just coming through them as them, but I think that the sharing is so much more powerful when the people that are receiving it understand the magnitude of it, and they set their intentions to receive something very divine and very special, that’s when the very best information flows. That’s why I came up with the idea, and it just popped into my head. It might have been them, but I’m calling it “The Stream”.
The funny thing is that I called it “The Stream”, and one of the reasons that I didn’t originally latch onto Abraham’s material years ago is when I was first told about it by a psychic who said, “You have this ability you need to go read Abraham,” because it sounded biblical, and I was raised in the church, and I just thought, “Okay, I’ve already read all of that. I don’t need to do this Abraham thing.” Then 10 years later it just smacked on the head that Abraham was my path to my own ability to channel a very similar stream of information, but definitely with some variations that’s tailored to the same audience in some cases, and a very different audience. I found that to be true. Naming it “The Stream” was just this kind of cool branding of this information that I’m getting.
KIMBERLY: Very cool. I love that! It shows that it is flowing, and it ultimately flows through all of us, which is really a beautiful way of just tapping in, and that’s part of what you do, right? You’re showing people how to connect with the Streams, you’re not just here to give them the information, but how they can actually follow that path as well. Is that right?
DAVID: A big part of our teachings is The Stream or Source, it’s all positive powerful source energy, and it’s flowing to all creation at all times. We say it’s like a wi-fi connection that’s coming to you. We just shut it down with our doubt, and our fear, and our negative thoughts, and our distraction with life, and all of the stuff that we do as humans. With all of these that we’ve manifested, we’ve also manifested more contrast, and that we found ways to distract ourselves from this natural flow that’s coming to all of us. That’s really what The Stream is. I’ve been getting it detailed, and I’ve trained myself really to receive it, and speak it, and communicate it for the benefit of others, but one of the first things that we communicate is that it’s coming to all of you. We’re just going to guide you how to connect with this same energy flowing through.
KIMBERLY: Which is fantastic to know. I know Abraham gives that kind of the same feeling as well. Do you think, and I’m always really curious about this, that The Stream is the same as Abraham, but it translates differently because it’s coming through you? How do you see that?
DAVID: When I first got to the point where I was getting all of this information, and I realized I was setting an intention and getting a thought, but when I really progressed to the point where I can have a conversation and get really detailed answers, that was one of the first things. I remember I used to sit in my car … I live in a high-rise in downtown San Francisco, and I didn’t want anyone to hear me speaking and channeling because, in the beginning, it was very awkward. I know Esther’s voice has progressed over the years channeling Abraham, and mine was very bumpy in the beginning until I just relaxed into it. One of the first questions I asked sitting in the car with the tape recorder running on my phone was… I used to call Esther, I still do, “The Beyonce of Channeling” because she’s so good at it. She just comes out, and it’s just amazing and beautiful, and wonderful, and everyone connects. I said, “She’s so good at it, why does the word need someone else to do this?”
It was very clear that that message is tailored to a certain audience, and there is some crossover, but there’s a whole other audience that hasn’t discovered any of this yet that will connect with me, and I’m a different gender. It’s funny, I’m 20 years younger than Esther Hicks, almost to the day. I think our birthdays are just like three days apart or something like that. There are some generational differences too. I have had people say, “I love Abraham, but for some reason, I just click more with this.” There’s a lot of people that do both.
You’ll find the messages absolutely compatible. It is the same stream of consciousness that’s coming through, but we’ve just taken it in a little different direction. We use different verbiage. We use different processes. It’s always sort of a partnering between the channel and the message that’s coming through. It’s always being filtered in one way or another. My intention is to filter it as purely as possible, not to influence it in any way. I know that they have shared with me that one of the reasons that it flows through me so freely, is that I don’t have a lot of religious beliefs. I haven’t actually done a lot of studying of all of these branches of spirituality, some, but not a ton.
I have people in my course that have studied so many things, and they can talk about ascended masters and angels, and spirit guides, and all these different things and go really deep into all of that. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, explore everything that you want to explore, but because I haven’t, I’m more open to just communicating what comes through, and it’s not being filtered much by me at all. I think the filter that comes through me is the high level of personal accountability because I live my life that way. Anyone that is attracted to my material, they have to be ready to take full responsibility for their lives, and everything that’s coming to them, and everything that has ever come to them, but the upside of that, the huge upside of that is that you then have the power to release anything that’s happened in your life that limits you, and you have the power to create anything in your future that you want because it’s all on you. That’s very much a part of The Stream’s message.
KIMBERLY: That 100% responsibility thing always gets us though, doesn’t it?
DAVID: It’s hard to swallow sometimes, but once you do, you realize how powerful you truly are.
KIMBERLY: One thing I love in the book, and this is again “The Stream: Eternal Wisdom For A Better Life”, is that you’re telling your story, and then The Stream comments on your story. It’s this back and forth which is really a fantastic way to do it, and I also love that they tap into questions that I know Abraham won’t answer. There’s a lot of stuff in there that I think that people would find really interesting because you go to places that I’ve never seen another channel go, which is really fun. How did that come about, with The Stream kind of commenting on your life?
DAVID: It was very important to me not to just regurgitate what Esther is already sharing with Abraham, because it’s out there, it’s beautiful, it’s wonderful. I mentioned it in the book. I acknowledged her in the book for sure, but I really wanted to take it to a different place, because I really, really set the intention for people to understand. Because once I understood the nature of positive and negative, that positive and negative always will be, and that polarity is tugging at us all the time, and polarity exist to give us contrast…
Because we come here to live contrast, to overcome obstacles, that’s the whole point. Really all of that sorts come to fall into place, and you understand that, “Oh, yeah, sometimes I’m positive and I’m up here, and sometimes no matter what I do I’m down here, and I’m negative, and I’m disbelieving my dreams.” Well, The Stream shares with us that all that is by design, that we are designed to go down the spiral, and manifest our contrast, and cancel out some of our desires, and have a mix so that we don’t just have these lives of steady perfection because that would get boring.
I always tell people that if you think that laying by the pool at The Four Seasons in Maui is a great existence, and you do that for two or three days and it’s wonderful. If you do that for two or three months, we’re too intelligent to do things like that. We’ve got to challenge ourselves. We’ve got to place obstacles. We’ve got to overcome them. That’s what life is, and we grow from our obstacles, taking that message, and then really backing up to source perspective, and understanding as you share things like why the Holocaust occurred… as horrible as these things are, trust me, there’s nothing that upsets me more than hearing stories of the Holocaust or things like that. But going to the source perspective and understanding it from an eternal point of view, where this life is temporary, and not as delicate or not as precious as we think it is, as far as this is all you get, and that’s all there is, it helps you wrap your head around that stuff a little bit more.
The way that serves us, human beings, is that you can hear about things like that, and hear about negative things happening, and certainly discern a preference for that not to happen. But it doesn’t have to drag you down your spiral, because when you go down into negative over reading about something you’re of no service to anyone because you’re down in negative. You’re not creating anything positive down there. We have learned from The Stream’s teachings that going down into negative out of reverence for people who are experiencing great contrast does not help them in any way. That we need to be put, we need to be positive. All the solutions are up there, and that’s what The Stream’s message is all about.
KIMBERLY: That’s such an important message, because there’s this idea of compassion, and you can be compassionate, but not go down into that level. And if more people can manage that I think we can really actually shift the vibration of the planet a bit quicker than we are. Speaking of those teachings, I know you have a course that you’ve created where you help people through that. Let’s just chat a little bit about that. I believe it’s an eight-week program that you have that can get them through all those little humps in life so they can create the abundance of what they’re doing. Tell us a little bit about that.
DAVID: Yes, our course is Abundance Breakthrough, it’s an eight-week program, and somebody asked me just the other day because they were trying to decide, “Should I take the course or should I buy the book?” Of course, my answer is both, but it’s very different. The book is very enlightening and inspiring, and there are tools in here that can help you change your life. It’s called “Eternal Wisdom For A Better Life”, and it absolutely is that, and that’s what books do for us. They help us grow. They give us new tools. They open our minds to new ideas. That’s what the book is all about.
The course is very different though. It is specifically tailored to the individual taking the course. There is a specific strategy to help them overcome what we call their abundance blocks. It’s a process of really identifying the roots of your limiting beliefs. There are a lot of teachers, a lot of people that teach the law of attraction, and there was a gap that I saw happening out there, and until I figured this out from The Stream’s guidance, the law of attraction didn’t fully click in for me. Most teachers that teach the law of attraction tell you to just get happy and to just place yourself mentally as I have said into this place, and everything is going to come to you.
The problem is that there are certain areas in just about everyone’s life when they start to experiment with the law of attraction, that they believe they’re blocked in and they will say to me, “I can manifest good friends. I can manifest a good day. I can manifest a better mood. I can manifest an extra $50, but I can’t manifest a business. I can’t manifest the stream of income that is constant. I can’t manifest a good relationship or health.” The big things are where we tend to get blocked, and a lot of that is because we place so much pressure on them, but very often there are things that we’re taught at a very young age, that we need to release, in order to move up to spiral on any of these topics, and manifest successfully.
I do a podcast also, and I did a podcast not long ago called “Your Parents Were Supposed To Screw You Up,” the message from The Stream about generational differences, and the fact that generational differences exist to deliver contrast to us. We choose the situation that we project into because we want contrast. Those of us that project into the very worst circumstances are the souls that are looking for the most expansion here on Earth even if their life is short because they project themselves into genocide or starvation or whatever, but the generational differences are by design there to give us some contrast. We’re taught things that might have served our parents, that don’t necessarily serve us. They’re sometimes very difficult to release, and in the course, we go through a very effective process of releasing and forgiving, and even appreciating that stuff.
We also learn all about the spiral, how to recognize when you’re up and when you’re down, how to get to the highest level on the spiral on demand, and how to manifest intentionally. Every single person that has come out of the course now, and I have their testimonial videos on my YouTube channel and Facebook, they all report they manifested the things they wanted in the course, at least a taste of them, all of them manifested money in the course, which is nice.
I always say, “Manifest the money to pay for it while you’re in it, and it’s free.” It works. It really does work. All of them now have come out… and we have a closed Facebook Group just for alumni, and they’re all in there together as a community. After the eight-week program, it’s not a situation where you just take the course and you’re done. It’s giving you tools to use for the rest of your life, to detune your transgressors, to move up the spiral on demand, to know the full extent of your source connection, and understand how to see through the eyes of source. It gives you a great perspective on your life, and the universe, and everything that’s happening in the world.
KIMBERLY: Awesome, and so needed, and a beautiful way to get there so that we’re in alignment with source and doing the things we’re supposed to be creating. Because we’re supposed to be living in abundance, scarcity is not how it’s supposed to be. For all of you guys that watched me long enough, you know that that is my main thing, that scarcity and poverty really is just a mental disease, and David’s here to show you how to flip that all around so that you can create your abundance.
Thank you, David, for joining us. This has been fantastic, sharing your knowledge. Let everybody know about your podcast and where they can find the book, and by the way congratulations on making it as a best-seller on the book, which is really a beautiful accomplishment. Also, to let everyone know, David is the first publication coming through Maska Media Publishing, so this was a big event, congratulations on that.
DAVID: Thank you. The book is available right now on Amazon, the eBook download is available on Amazon, and it has achieved best-seller status, and it was the number one new release in spiritual, self-help titles, which is very exciting. A lot of that is fueled by the podcast. The podcast is The Stream of David Podcast, and it’s available on iTunes, it’s available on Spotify, and just about any place you get podcasts, you can watch or listen to The Stream of David Podcast. It’s a weekly podcast, and there are about 60 episodes in there by topics. If you’re just starting, you may want to go to the beginning, and it’s chronological. It starts out in the beginning as specific topic type stuff, and it gets a lot more complicated as it goes. It gets more in-depth as we go along, but anyway it has a big following. It’s a global following on the podcast, which is very exciting.
My website is thestreamofdavid.com, and if you’re interested in the course you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always happy to talk to everyone about the course, and I eventually catch up on all of my e-mails. I’m pretty on top of it, but I do like to talk about the course with anyone who’s interested at all because part of manifesting the path to it is part of it.
KIMBERLY: Beautiful. Thank you so much, and we wish you the best of luck… and our nod to The Stream.
DAVID: Thank you, Kimberly.
David’s Book: “The Stream: Eternal Wisdom For A Better Life”