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.

The Podcasts

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

Spirituality does not come easily these days. And in so many cases, what people claim to be spirituality is actually the spiritual equivalent of a frozen TV dinner: created, cooked and even dished-up somewhere else by someone else, with nothing left for you to do but heat it and eat it. But you want something more than that.

The real thing is highly individual, and some people are very uncomfortable with that idea - especially that it be individual for you and not always matching with them! But if it's real, it's as personal as your toothbrush or your soul.

And let's see how we might build that!

Blessed Be!

 

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

Weapons get things done, not always in a harmful, hurtful, or destructive way - but they do get things done. And you might find yourself needing a spiritual weapon. Sometimes you can buy ready-made parts, sometimes you might do it all yourself, but the real building is your job. It's that personal. Prayer is your ammunition.

The normal rules apply as with spellwork, but more so because you are more open to The Divine, regardless of the name, gender or number of your deities. You would not be the first to be granted a wish that you hadn't dare to express! But what I am suggesting here will do well for standing your spiritual ground!

Blessed Be!

 

Direct download: SIPS_PROGRAM_432.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31 AM

Some of you are considering becoming a priest, priestess, or whatever your spiritual path calls its clergy. Some of you already are, and more. Actually, I see each of you already being your own priest or priestess for your own needs. But there will always be a need for clergy who, among other things, help others.

It would be simple enough to talk about lengths of time and types of training and experience to become clergy, but there are a couple of problems there. One problem is that the ordination processes vary from one body or tradition to another. The other problem concerns what you'll need through your training and after your training so long as you are active clergy. Some of them are so basic that your teacher might assume that you have them, but they are so important that I cannot avoid them.

Regardless of path, tradition or denomination, from Anabaptist to Zoroastrian, I've seen most successes and failures based on the issues I list here.

Blessed Be!

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24 AM

Please don't call me Christian! Someone recently referred to me as "a Christian with issues", which shows me how little that person knows about me, Christianity, or Wicca! I certainly don't advocate snatching lunch trays from schoolchildren, legislation prohibiting feeding the homeless, or opposition to affordable healthcare, or any of the other things some self-described "Christians" are doing these days.

I was a Christian once, but that was long ago. When several self-appointed spokespeople for their pantheon told me that the bad times I was enduring was because of "God's Will", I decided to look elsewhere.

Later, Jerome Birnbaum, a name many of you might associate with the Veteran Pentacle Quest (his headstone was one of the very first) trained and ordained me. He was also a wonderful teacher and mentor, and he had me look at the ruins of my prior spiritual path, and I discovered something wonderful at the core which had been obscured by two millennia of crap generated by people on their own agendas! Jesus would have fit in well with us Wiccans before others put words in his mouth. And for those thumping the Old Testament, Cornelius got you off the hook unless your family tree indicates that you belong in a synagogue.

Let's look and see what's inside!

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:19 AM

I've sometimes said that I've found that people whose faith is really solid have no problem with people of other faiths. Why? Let me tell you of an old friend of mine. More years ago than I want to admit, he and I were the most misfit of misfits at that elementary school. We became friends partly because nobody else wanted to play with or be friends with either of us. Some years later, I find that his job makes some that didn't want him on their softball team want him to give them a job interview. The problem was that as children, they did not have access to the full set of facts of who he was and what he would be able to do!

Of course, eventually truth reveals itself. Sometimes it is revealed soon enough that we can put this knowledge to use. An example is when we discover that babies do not come from a stork or cabbage leaf. In other cases, such as questions about The Divine, including gods and pantheons, we spend our whole lives being told what someone else was told with little chance to actually experience The Divine. So, what to do?

Blessed Be!

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:37 AM

The title addresses one group, but the message is actually for all groups of all faiths, and any groups of no faith.

Seekers Temple is a wonderful group of people, headed by a HP and HPS who are some of the most conventional, normal folks you'll find. As their temple grew, they felt the need to move their church to a location more central to the people who are attending, and Beebe, Arkansas seemed ideal. And, they were welcomed and helped in setting up, until it was discovered that the town's newest church was not a Christian church.

And so, a circus begins with town officials trying to pretend that they're working with Seekers Temple (shades of the VA Pentacle quest), but not really. A bunch of requirements to spend money to be eligible to apply for something that might not be approved, which might mean improvements for the next group of Pentecostals! 

Now, we all know that in the United States, there is the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights (First Amendment), and a number of civil rights laws that are supposed to apply in Arkansas the same way they apply in New York, Oregon, or anywhere else the US flag flies. But somehow, it isn't working that way right now.

But wait! There's more! The people of Beebe who are causing all of this problem claim to be Christians, but have they read what their Bible says about that? Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion (doubtless a Mithraist) and spent time among Samaritans. If he was willing to sleepover in Samaria, what would a few Pagans be to him? And what did Jesus say that might apply to people who stand in the way of other faiths?

Blessed Be!

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 AM

It happened again, a school shooting. And for me, this was the second school shooting in which I found reason to take it personally. But a question nags at me, and it should be nagging at all of us: What can we do?

It's a simple enough question, and many would say they would like to if there were something that could be made to work. And for those of us who want to offer more than excuses, there is the question of where and how to target our efforts to be effective.

I see two ways to channel efforts, and neither is being used sufficiently right now.

Blessed Be!

 

Direct download: SIPS_PROGRAM_427.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:58 PM

This is a question which has pestered theologians, mystics and philosophers since the beginning of time. But then, why is it that it is so easy to find people who want to impart unto us their version of absolute truth? If one of them has a private mountaintop where they receive such wisdom, could one of them sub-let me their mountaintop while they are busy blessing the rest of us with their truth?

And what is this thing that we call "truth"? We certainly should have some idea of what it is so that we might recognize it when we see it, especially when we are confronted with so many versions of "truth"!

Blessed Be! 

Direct download: SIPS_PROGRAM_426.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25 AM