Frankie Picasso with The Good Radio Network joins Super Power Experts Founder Tonya Dawn Recla to talk transformation, stepping up, and being committed to change the world! Listen in as these two powerhouses combine in a unique conversation about taking ownership of your choices and your life.
Hello everyone. This is Tonya Dawn Recla, your Super Power expert. Today, I am so excited to have with us just a delightful woman, and her story’s fantastic. So, Frankie Picasso comes to us from all kinds of fun stuff, but The Good Radio Network, which if you’ve spent any time with us here at Super Power Experts, we’re all in favor of raising the vibration of the world and changing things. So, anything that has good, radio and network together has to be something powerful, and she is. She really brings into this kind of trials and tribulations and then, how to overcome those, from a life-changing motorcycle accident, six months in the hospital. That perseverance thing that we see in a lot of our guests here, and then, the transformation, and how the world gets impacted from that space.
Today’s show is all about committed to change the world, and Frankie Picasso embodies that completely. So, please join me in welcoming her to the show. Welcome, Frankie. Thanks for joining us.
Thanks Tonya. I appreciate it. So happy to be here.
We’re so glad to have you. We’d like to start off and just ask, what are your super powers?
I just love that question. Oh my gosh, where do I start? I have a few. I think my first super power is being unstoppable. It happened to me when I was in the hospital. It showed up there, and it really is a commitment to finding my way through every obstacle that I meet. So, if I can’t go over it, I go under it or through it. I think that is in one power.
I just saw, wasn’t there a game, or something, when we were all kids, like you can’t go around or you can’t go through. I just saw somebody standing there, like this obstacle, and you’re like darting around, trying to go over and under. That’s beautiful.
The second is change. As a changemaker, I really help people to learn not to fear change. I wrote a book about it, a prescription for change in their lives, and I think it’s a big one, because I require change. Every couple years, I have to change what I’m doing, or at least add to what I’m doing. To that toolbox. I love the idea of change, and I like to inspire the love of change in others.
I would say another super power I have is animal communication. I am a precog, and clairaudient, and I do communicate with animals. I’ve taken many courses in intuition and in development in animal communication, and I just love it, ’cause I love animals so much.
All so fascinating. How did that come about to where you started to really own that, and acknowledge it?
You know what? Animals come up to me all the time. People come up to me all the time, too, and that’s probably where I became a coach, from that, because I would sit down, and within a minute, somebody would meet me and then tell me their life story. I’m like, “Oh. Okay.” It just snowballed. I’m like, “Why are all these people telling me their life stories?” I guess it’s an energy that I have. It’s the same with animals. They come up to me and they just stare at me, and I’m like, “Oh. Okay. You want that? Okay.” It’s just kind of like a knowing. It’s just them knowing.
So, I thought, “Okay. I’m going to take some classes in this.” I went to one of the best, Margaret Williams, and I took a number of courses with her, and I took a number of courses with other psychics. Just tried to develop that intuition inside me, and opened it up a bit more so that I could hear. Again, I’ve always had that. I’ve had that my whole life, but I was really became more open after the accident, where I went through what that’s referred to as the dark night of the soul. After losing everything that I thought was me, I had to figure out who I was, again.
All of these gifts opened up even more. I just went with it. I’ve always trusted my gut, and I’ve always told people to learn to trust their gut. There’s exercises that you can do to do that. I’ve always gone with my instincts, and when I don’t, you know that first thought when I don’t do it? “It’s always the right one.” Always, always, always. And you can always test it. So, I’ve learned no, you just go with that one.
It was like that with animals. Yeah.
I really give you a lot of credit for hearing that because I know a lot of people we talk to in our network kind of get that hint, or they think they talk to dead people or you know, talk to God, or have angels appearing, or entities or whatever the case may be. It’s easy, given our society, to think that there’s something wrong with you, and that you’re crazy, and all these other things. So, anytime people step fully in and say, “You know what? I’m gonna see what this is.”
I love the fact that you got such clarity following such a life-changing situation. Can you tell us a little more about what happened in the accident, and I’m sure you’ve done the retrospection, but why you chose to come out of it and take the good out of it, and really grow from that space, as opposed to letting it consume you?
Getting the motorcycle was my midlife crisis, or what I call midlife transformation, or metamorphosis. I was 46. I went and bought myself a motorcycle. I always wanted a motorcycle. Took the classes. Did all the right things. Belonged to three motorcycle clubs, and that night, I was leading the ride. We were in the countryside, on a highway, a country highway, and there was no intersection marked, but a car ran a stop sign and t-boned me. I went flying, and ended up on the side of the road with two broken femurs, broken pelvis, hip, and numerous other injuries. I had an open fracture, so I was bleeding out. I didn’t know it, but I was bleeding out.
The ambulance took forever to come. Fire truck came first and they were like, “No. We can’t touch this.” The police came. There was a police woman. She was a rider, as well. She held my hand, and said, “I’ll just hold your hand.” I’m like, “My kids. My kids.” I was going through … I had just legally separated from my husband, but my children were my main concern. Of course, as a mom, you want to make sure your kids are okay. I think, “I have to hold on for my kids. They would be devastated if I left right now.” It would have been easy. So much pain. I never had experienced so much pain in my life.
Finally, the ambulance came and they took me to two hospitals. The first hospital was to stabilize me, and the second one was to do the surgeries. It ended up I was there for six months. Lots of not so good things happen in the hospital, and good things happen, but I did do a real amazing spiritual journey.
One of the first incredible ones was I was starting to read a lot of books, spiritual books, and a nurse came in one night and she was a big fan of Yogananda. She said, “You know, I’m going to see the Dalai Lama tomorrow night.” She had concert tickets, or whatever.
I’m like, “That’s fantastic. Enjoy that.”
She came back the next evening with a bracelet. She said, “The Dalai Lama wanted me to give you this.” I’m like, “You gotta be kidding me.” She goes, “No. He wanted me to give you this.”
I put it on, and probably two days later, I see a Buddhist monk walking down the hall. I’m like, “Wait a minute. I got a question for you.”
It was just crazy. When I needed the teacher, they were there.
I love those stories. Not only that, but you received. I think that’s a big part of it, is that we stop ourselves because it’s like we gotta question it. It’s always fear-based when we go into those spaces. For you to be in the hospital, going through what you were going through and being open to that, I think is really telling of your character, and what was to come next.
I never question the accident. I never go, “Oh, why God? Why did you do this to me?” Because, before the accident, I had really been feeling, “I know you’re trying to tell me something. I don’t know what you want.”
I went to a number of people, a channeler, different people, and I’m like, “What does the universe want? What is it? What do they want from me? What aren’t I doing?” I was just too busy, too crazy to hear it. I had a wonderful job that I loved. My title was Special Advisor for Spirit, believe it or not, and I worked for provincial government. It was so highly unusual and so entrepreneurial for that kind of dead kind of space, where the joy doesn’t usually live in the government halls, but it was really amazing. My job was to create programs and initiatives that the 60,000 public servants would help improve their mood, help improve the way they thought about their employer, and be happier at work, and all those kinds of things. It was a lot of fun, and challenging and creative job, but as I sat in that hospital, a new government came in and we were reorged out, and I found myself without a job.
Wow. I love that you just brushed over that piece of it. Oh yeah. The words government and spirit don’t really go together often, so I love that you would, of course, you would have this miraculous, hybrid model kind of concept going on. And, I love the honesty around, you knew. You were hearing the messages.
I remember during one of my biggest transformations, I was in the army and they were medboarding me. I was really, really sick and we couldn’t figure out why, but I kept resisting that process. I remember going to the chaplain and saying, “Hey. You gotta give me something, here. This is not going well,” and expecting him to tell me how to get through this so I could stay in the army, and everything else.
He looked at me and goes, “You know, God whispers to some people. Other people, he knocks upside the head with a two by four.”
I was like, “What?”
He’s like, “Leave. Go do something else.”
I was like, “What? Aren’t you supposed to be encouraging me to stay in?” This is unheard of. Chaplains don’t say this. But, it was so beautiful, much like your experience with the bracelet and the Dalai Lama, and all these real, synchronistic events that occurred, it was like the message was clear. I think, sometimes, it-
You’re so right, Tonya. You’re so right, because I wrote in my book, I said, “I didn’t get hit by a two by four. I got hit by a tree trunk.”
The universe will do that to you. I’m sure, now that you’ve interviewed so many people, that the same stories emerge of trauma. Trauma wakes people up. Trauma is the event, let’s say, that takes you out of your socialized self, really, and takes you into this new consciousness. So many people that I’ve interviewed have started with an event. A sickness, an illness, a trauma, a car crash, whatever it is, because that stops what you’re doing. It gives you time to just rest for a moment, and hear.
Yep. I think that’s a great way to explain it, even though, a lot of times we want to look at it as this horrible occurrence and this tragedy, and everything else. I would say that is the make-it or break-it. I can tell you what someone’s gonna do in the world by virtue of how they respond to that trauma. What they choose to do with it afterwards.
That’s a big part of the reason why I love your show. You have set the stage for all this, already. You’d been picking up all the pieces and everything else prior to the trauma, so then it was just a matter of piecing it together and being brave. Really being brave enough to say, “I don’t know what this is going to look like. For sure, it’s going to be different, but maybe that’s okay.”
Universe doesn’t leave you helpless, though. I was working out like a maniac. I had just made the Canadian National Dragon Boat team. We were gonna go to Shanghai eight days before my accident happened. Or, eight days after the accident happened. I had been working out crazy on my triceps. I’m like, “Why am I working on these triceps so much?” I don’t know why. Anyway, without having two legs, you have to hold yourself up by your arms. Everywhere you go. Transfer from a bed to a wheelchair. Transfer from a wheelchair to a bath. All that. They’re like, “We’ve never seen women be able to do that before.” I’m like, “Oh, that’s because I worked out so much.”