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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I recall in college in the late 1960's and early 1970's, the followers of Dr. Timothy Leary and others wanted to get everyone "high" and venture "farther out" in their drug-induced pseudo-heaven. Some of them tried to convince me that it would benefit my spirituality. Oh, really?

Someone I knew was studying Buddhist meditation and a few Anglican monks of my acquaintance who did a lot of meditation were in agreement that they didn't need any help from such stuff, and in fact were concerned that it would get in their way! And, their reason was valid and obvious to those with even a little experience.

Look at where you are going, and you'll see that you are going in a new direction, one which pop-culture folks probably don't know much about. Go there, and find the treasure you're looking for!

Blessed Be!

 

Direct download: SIPS_PROGRAM_470.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21 AM

Of all of the religions, denominations, cults and spiritual movements that I have encountered, none has raised as many "red flags" in my mind as Christianity! Few seem to go further from the original teaching imparted by Yeshua Bar-Joseph! This issue is a good reason to explore it, especially as a Wiccan.

We encounter layers upon layers of dogma and orthodoxy, some written to keep people "in line", much written to fight the dogmas of other orthodoxies. So many of them will tell you of a need for a "personal relationship", but so little provision is made for an individual relationship. And so, it's time to explore what else might be there that we have not been shown.

There is where my own exploration begins. The people who knock on your door and the folks at the church down the street might not be doing what Yeshua Bar-Joseph had in mind!

Blessed Be!

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05 AM

The very first episode of "The Secrets In Plain Sight" was released on April 5, 2006. That's nine years ago, and nine years of weekly episodes with the exception of a couple of trips to the hospital. In that first episode, I asked why we can't learn to get along with each other. I'm still asking that question.

Some progress has been made, but always at a greater price than should have been. Then again, human rights and mutual respect really ought to come at no charge. Other problems remain, including a group which might not be as big as they think, but they have managed to get some hate-based legislation passed.

In the meantime, we have something special going for us. Our own understanding of our individual relationships to The Divine reveal much!

Blessed Be!

 

Direct download: SIPS_PROGRAM_468.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:17 AM

What would be the greatest logical disconnect of all time? Perhaps the one which millions of people of many faiths buy into on a daily basis! On one hand, we get told that a deity loves us. On the other hand, we are told that the deity will punish us, eternally and severely, for the slightest infraction. Worse yet, the question of eternal salvation might be subject to either arbitrariness or just a numeric quota. How can anyone NOT see the disconnect?

The answer is hidden in plain sight. Name a spiritual path, and you'll find a god, goddess, or other deity who did great things for us. In fact, you might find several of them hard at work for us. While Jesus died on the cross, Allfather Odin hung himself from the World Tree for nine days to learn what he needed to know for our sake. I could go on and on.

Many of us have been subjected to the words of some fat, bald guy in a pulpit, but did he offer the answers? In the very nature of what the deities did, we find a hint of what we can look forward to!

Blessed Be!

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25 AM

Did you ever find yourself in a situation in which a couple of people were talking in what they thought was plain language, but to you it was beyond understanding? It happened the other day at the tax advisor's office! And if it happens in "technical" subjects, what is it like in dealing with spirituality, theology, or religion?

In some ways, it helps. Some things don't need explanation when they can be presumed to be mutually understood. Of course, it also helps in defending against phonies and wanna-be's as well, since people who claim certain qualification and experience will know certain things!

This can also be an opportunity. Look there to see what areas of knowledge are calling you to explore. And, one added benefit will aid you on your journey!

Blessed Be!

 

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

Some of the greatest lessons I've learned have come from four-legged teachers. As a very young child, nobody bothered much with the fact that I saw animals as fellow beings with whom I could relate to and communicate with. This in spite of the fact that most of my thoughts were supposed to be centered on the mundane world.

From sharing secrets with a four-legged "brother" named Bonton to what I learned from military working dogs, the cat of a lady I was dating, on to my current group of nannies/ babysitters/ teachers, the learning process had been constant and rewarding. What I am exploring is some skills and knowledge that our ancient ancestors knew well, but our more recent ancestors have either forgotten or ignored.

And I am having the greatest fun, re-discovering this long-lost knowledge and putting it to use. And my four-foot "children" are enjoying it, too!

Blessed Be!

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:28 AM

I get scared when I read a parody article which sounds too much like something I've experienced in life. Recently, a parody "news" article claimed that an Air Force wing commander got disgusted with hearing other services refer to the Air Force as "The Chair Force" and so he decreed that chairs will no longer be authorized in his command. I recall an incident that seemed too similar in my Air Force days. And there was a reason we called them "colonelisms". They had one thing in common: a decision made without considering some relevant facts.

While the story here might be easy to see in relation to our mundane lives, what about our magickal and spritirual lives? Even more so. You'll see!

Blessed Be!

 

Direct download: SIPS_PROGRAM_464.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:22 AM

Of all of the "objections" I hear about one form or another of religion, one of my "favorite" is the one that claims that sacred writings have so many contradictions! Well, since most collections of sacred texts are compilations from many number of original authors, do you expect anything else. It's true that Islam and Mormonism each have a book that was given, intact and complete, to their prophet - but that's about all.

So, how do you confront a contradiction and get a real understanding of what is being said? Here is an idea of how to go about that. And, you might discover some truth in the process!

Blessed Be!

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:42 AM

Imagine a religious/ theological version of a science fair. I remember science fairs in school as a time when instead of dealing with the usual science stuff, I got to explore something that interested me, and exhibit the results. Imagine that with the subjects we deal with here! All things considered, it might be the opening to a revolution of truth!

Regardless of our spiritual path, most of us find ourselves forced into recognizing how much we do not know. Those who do think that they know all that they need to know are in for an awakening.

Even Christians face this, since most of them don't know that what they call "scripture" is only one of four such bodies of scripture, and they are not even agreed on what's in that one! As a Baptist about the Book of Tobit and you'll see - but a well-studied Catholic or Anglican will know immediately!

For those of the Norse/Germanic persuasions, the Havamal and Heimskringla provide some interesting contrasts, don't they? And what is waiting to be found? And what might have been found that someone is afraid to let us know about?

Blessed Be!

 

Direct download: SIPS_PROGRAM_462.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:09 AM

I keep suggesting that February 20th be set aside as Tempest Smith Day. It's appropriate for a day to honor those who are or have been victims of bullying, particularly religious bullying.

Tempest Kayne Smith was a young lady with an amazing intellect and some major talents. That and the fact that she was pursuing Wicca were some of the reasons bullies targeted her. On February 20, 2001 she could not take it anymore.

Religious bullying is especially wrong due to how individual religion must be for it to work for an individual. Also, there is no form of religion that hasn't gotten someone bullied, especially in the United States. And even Christian scripture itself gives reasons why religious bullying should not happen.

Religious bullying needs to be confronted.

Blessed Be!

 

Direct download: SIPS_PROGRAM_461.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:10 AM