Not Your Typical Disclaimer ktd-001

Written by on April 8, 2019 in Conversations: KTD Podcast with 0 Comments

Taking literally what it means to disclaim and doing it the Keeping the Dream way, while still covering a few typical disclaimer stuff. This is an invitation to walk the healing journey with friends and soon-to-be friends, to engage in tea and conversation with me.

I’m including the entire transcript for this episode in this post as I will be using it as bit more creative disclaimer in addition to the regular one on my website.

~ Keeping the Dream


Not Your Typical Disclaimer – ktd-001

[0:0] Opening Music

[0:7] Credits
Keeping the Dream Podcast
Music by Demian Yumei and Stacey Young

[0:12] I Believe
Hi, I’m Demian Yumei of

I’m an author, musician and advocate. I use spoken word and song in my activism for human rights.

I believe in human dignity and the worth of every human being.

I believe in the right of every child and everyone’s child to live in a world that is safe, beautiful, clean and sustainable.

I believe no child should go to bed hungry or lie awake at night in terror, no mother should have to offer an empty breast to her baby, because she, herself, is starving, and no father should ever know the suffering of being powerless to protect his family.

I believe no one should apologize for who they are or for who they love.

And yet, that is how it is for many people in this world.

I, also, believe that we can make a differences.

[1:07] Not-So-Typical Disclaimer
So to begin our journey, let me start with my not-so-typical disclaimer.

According to Merriam-Webster a disclaimer is a denial, disavowal or disowning.

So, in the true meaning of the word, “disclaimer”, I want to state that first and foremost, I deny or reject the past its power to define who I am. I acknowledge its impact, but I claim my right to author my life.

2) I disavow or repudiate the lie that I was responsible for anything that happened to me as a child. As an adult, I disavow or repudiate anyone attempting to make me responsible for their actions.

And 3) I disown or invalidate the entitlement of others to tell me what to think or feel or to take it upon themselves to define my reality and experiences.

Please be warned that if you contemplate these ideas, sit with them while, try them on for size and act on the declarations of this not-so-typical disclaimer, you may notice a growing sense of empowerment, greater health, sense of peace, purpose and well-being. Not to mention increasing periods of happiness.

[2:36] Regular Disclaimer
On to the regular disclaim stuff, I need to state that I’m not a lawyer or therapist. Nothing in this podcast should be taken legal or psychological advice. I’m sharing my personal experiences, my learning and understanding from those experiences and my personal opinions. You are, as always, responsible for your path, the decisions you make and their results.

[3:04] Triggers
This podcast is about the healing journey. I share my experiences as a survivor of incest. My work involves studying and exposing covert abuse and the places it can be found — personal relationships, addiction and mental illness. Also politics, religious institutions, big or small, and any situation where there’s human interaction. There may be some triggers here for you.

Please, practice self-care. I recommend creating a strong support network with numbers and names of services and resources at easy access. If you are doing in-depth work, I suggest working with a trained practitioner or a skilled healer.

[3:52] Privacy
This podcast is a venue through which I tell my story. Part of my story will involve my family of origin and other relationships I’ve had. Out of respect for privacy, I’ve changed the names and identifying details as much as possible. The stories I share are true to the best of my memory and knowledge.

[4:16] Using My Voice
I accept that those who became a part of my father’s life after he left my family may see him differently. I’m not here to challenge that.

Neither will I silence myself in deference to that possibility. Whatever he was to others, doesn’t change what he was to me or to my siblings or mother. That’s my truth.

It took me years to find my voice and to use it. For any pain this may cause others, I am sorry. It’s not my intent to hurt anyone, especially the innocent.

[4:54] A Series of Steps
Keeping the Dream podcast offer a series of steps you can take on your healing journey. It’s, also, a place on our path where we can meet, a time for tea and conversation.

Imagine yourself standing in the doorway to a kitchen with people sitting around the kitchen table, telling their stories, drinking tea and eating chocolate — lots of chocolate.

We see you and welcome you.

Pull up a chair. We’ll pass the chocolates and I’ll put the kettle on.

[5:33] Closing
Thank you for listening. I’m glad you could stop by. I hope you come back again. If you know anyone who might need to hear these words, please share this podcast with them. You may just be the one to make a difference for them today.

Till next time, stay true to your journey, to the light in your heart, to who you are and who you are becoming, always.

This is Demian Yumei,
~ Keeping the Dream





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About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. "For the Sake of Love” is her collection of songs written on Demian's healing journey, and “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” is a children’s book she wrote for her daughter about the interconnectedness of life published by Illumination Arts and endorsed by Jane Goodall. Currently, Demian is working on recording episodes for her podcast and writing on the "Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse". .


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