The Secrets In Plain Sight!

Spiritual Calisthenics For People Who Are Willing To Think! Not your typical religious podcast, but with something for everyone whose mind is open enough to function.

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Spiritual blackmail, especially in the form of rules to blindly follow, is a popular means of keeping religious followers under control. And why? 

If we look at all forms of religion and spirituality, especially under an assumption that all come together, we will find some underlying points of agreement. But there are also those who insist on rules. Is there a way to examine such roles and see if they actually belong? I think so.

Blessed Be!


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:06 AM

The series "Resurrection" begins its second season with far more questions than answers even than the prior season. What bothers me more than anything else is wondering what would happen if such an event happened for real? More to the point, if anything considered being of the spiritual was to happen in a way that it becomes obvious to all?

Would we be able to deal with it?

Blessed Be!


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Category:general -- posted at: 1:04 AM

It has been said that nothing can destroy or strengthen faith more than going through a time of major need. In my book, going through my beloved wife's health emergency qualifies as one of those times. And, in my past there was another such time. Comparing then with now gives me some opportunities to make observations.

By recognizing the type of assaults you might face, you can recognize who might be assaulting you. And they might not always admit to being your enemies!

Blessed Be!




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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:58 AM

I often wondered what some people who gave me "advice" during a very bad time in my life some years ago would do if the shoe were on their foot. Well, the shoe is now on my foot. And I don't see much choice other than to follow my own advice.

Some nasty ups and downs, but right now she seems to be improving. And I'm looking forward to the day I can bring her home to our "children" who have been waiting for her.

Blessed Be!




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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:13 AM

And today I need to talk a bit about what some would describe as "where the rubber meets the road".

A week ago today (as I am speaking into the mike), an ambulance took Lady Stormy Windwalker, my beloved and beautiful wife of all these years, to the hospital. She was in a room for a while, appearing to get better, and suddenly she was out into Intensive Care.

I often wondered, in my years as a spiritual cynic, how Mrs. Broadbeam or Pastor Passplate would do following their own advice if they had to face something. And now, I'm having to follow what I've been telling others. And I've been doing a lot of praying. And interacting with prayer groups. Et cetera.

Blessed Be!


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:51 AM

What about the basic work of writing a ritual? We've spoken of such things as your sacred space, seeing when something happens and more. But what about the basic act of putting together a ritual.

Here, we're talking about a "one-subject" rite to fulfill a specific want or need. We begin with that as our focus, and see what we can build.

It might seem simple, but attention to detail can produce some spectacular results. With "So mote it be" or its equivalents, you're saying that you really want it, after all!

Blessed Be!


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:01 AM

With all I have talked about doing in the last few weeks, I need to answer the question about a place to do it. Even if you don't have access to a place like Glastonbury or Sedona, you can still have a sacred place of your own - just as powerful and minus the tourists.

There are some considerations, of course. I own my own house, so I can care less about what others think. But some years ago, I had to be concerned about college dorm-mates who wanted to either make fun of me or convert me. What's in that special space can be almost anything, or nothing. It needs to do the job you set it up for, and that's all.

One thing you do not have to worry about: The Divine is anywhere and everywhere. And you might be surprised at how much you can do!

Blessed Be!


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31 AM

A friend of mine noticed a miracle last week. Nothing that anyone else might notice, but he did. And, he understood that it was a message from someone. And, he celebrated it among friends. I'm glad he did. He made a point which some of us forget when trying to make sense of the mundane and secular.

Miracles come in many forms, but always in response to a need. Establishing that need can be simple, provided that you have an active spiritual life. And here is one reason why it can be wise to keep parts of your prayer life very private.

And, of course, be watching for a reply!

Blessed Be!


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06 AM

It's obvious that we need to be well-informed to function as citizens of the mundane world. But it's also necessary if we are citizens of the spiritual world and want to make our spiritual work effective. After all, what we do spiritually so often has to do with what we are experiencing in the mundane world.

The problem is not so much in finding news and information, but how to deal with the deluge. And, of course, whether we are talking about highly-focused news outlets such as Pagan Newswire, or if we are talking more generalized sources such as major daily newspapers, we must remember the implications of the fact that someone is paying the bills which allow those to operate.

And how do we wade through the mess of information being tossed at us?

Blessed Be!


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:15 AM

Samhain is a couple of months away, but why shouldn't we get ourselves ready now? The crassest of commercial businesses are preparing for Christmas now because of their desire for profit. So, why shouldn't we be preparing for the most spiritual of all Sabbats?

The veil between the worlds is at its thinnest at Samhain, but we're not talking of a wall with windows. The veil is getting gradually thinner even as we speak. There is no time when it is impossible to reach through the veil, but at Samhain it is easier than at any other time.

Taking the last few episodes in mind and looking forward, we can look forward to a spiritually powerful Samhain, especially if we prepare!

Blessed Be!


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:18 AM