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But How Though? And other spiritual conundrums
51 minutes | May 3, 2021
Season Finale: Portia felt like her life was pretty normal, until it took a sharp turn in a very difficult direction when she went to prison on a real estate charge. While there she felt, well, imprisoned. But not just physically. She knew there was a way to free herself, mentally and emotionally, but she didn't know how. One day a courageous soul in Portia's treatment program shared a shockingly honest moral inventory with the group and Portia knew it was her way out. Turns out owning your past is the key to unlocking your future, but it's way easier said than done.
28 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
The Opening Doors
Sometimes a door closes, like, right in our faces. Maybe it was a job, an audition, or some blessing we thought was totally happening, and didn't. Sometimes we feel like we got ripped off by that door closing, and it feels like a missed opportunity that SHOULD have been ours. That hurts. But Team Universe doesn't operate on missed opportunities. So how do we learn to shift our gaze from the closed door we wish would open back up, to the other doors in our path that are, in fact, opening?
38 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Faith Crisis or Faith Chrysalis
A crisis of faith can feel super scary and disorienting. It can feel like you're unbecoming everything you thought you were. But then, what if that process is necessary to your faith becoming as grown-up and strong as it can be? By opening your mind to what answers your questions might bring, you can start with the basics in a whole new way.
23 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Modesty in Behavior
In the final episode of our Modesty series we examine how modesty is an actual super-power. We can use it as a way to build self-love, trust, and confidence in our abilities to show up and give, no matter how anyone else views us or our gifts.
22 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Modesty in Speech
Welcome to our second of three modesty topics, modesty in speech. We'll examine how we use our speech, whether through stories, conversations, or specific word choice. The language we use has power to connect us or divide us, build us, or tear us down. Modesty in speech is a great tool to keep us connected and full of love.
28 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Modesty in Dress
Modesty: it's a pretty loaded topic. We're going to spend a couple episodes on it so we can really get into how its true power in dress, speech, and behavior. Widely misunderstood and often misused, modesty is a tool we have a tendency to underutilize. Once we understand what it isn't, we can finally take advantage of what it IS.
25 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Return To Wholeness
The word "repentance" can sometimes carry some complicated connotations. That word may make us feel grateful and relieved, maybe. But for some, even thinking of the word creates feelings of shame or defensiveness that make us want to turn away from, rather than to, Team Universe. Jesus took the stigma out of "repentance" in one powerful analogy, though, and if we can learn to see it like the healing it is, repentance might be one of the most empowering tools we ever have the privilege of using.
43 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
The Stories We Tell
We all experience friction in our relationships at home, at work, in our social circles. And SOMETIMES that friction shows up in patterns, returning over and over in similar ways. We find ourselves facing the same types of problems with different faces and different scenarios. We may not necessarily want to look too deeply at that, because in all those friction patterns, we're the constant in a sea of variables, so what would that mean about us? It means we're part of the problem. One of the biggest issues is the running narrative we're telling ourselves about the world and others in it. If we're playing out a storyline that isn't serving us, our deep-rooted-and-often-unhelpful beliefs about ourselves and others drive our emotions, thought-patterns, and behaviors in every single interaction. This week's episode is an interview between Rachel and Dr. Alli Mangrum. Dr. Mangrum helps point out the unhelpful stories we sometimes tell ourselves, and gives us ideas and tools to better let go of them. Enjoy!
27 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
It really is Divine
We've heard the stuff about forgiveness: Forgive and you'll be forgiven. Forgiveness is for the victim. Forgiveness is Divine. But, how do you let go of anger, resentment and pain, when you feel like those feelings are the only things tying you to justice? Trying to let go can feel like you're giving the person who harmed you a pass, as if you're saying it doesn't matter, and that's why you're letting go. The parable of the unforgiving debtor can shed some light on the process of forgiveness, and if we learn to see it as a process, instead of a prize or destination, maybe we can use it as the beautiful tool for the harmed and broken that it's meant to be.
28 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
For the Love
Welcome to our Valentine's episode! Don't get too excited, this episode might feel UNCOMFY. Romantic love is not for the faint of heart. When you're talking about building a life together, we've got to understand each other--and ourselves-- DEEP to really make that work in a healthy way....which may come only after years of trying to make it work in unhealthy ways. Or maybe it's just me.
16 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Mourn with Those that Mourn
One of the ways we get to show up for each other is in our grief. But how? Grief is heavy, grief is unpredictable, and grief is UNCOMFY. What does Team Universe teach us about showing up in our relationships when someone is feeling deep pain?
18 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
His Gain is My Gain
It's LOVE MONTH! In exploring different ways we give and receive love, we take a deeper look at some of the reasons we resist and even block our own ability to give and receive love. Starting with the ways we view another's opportunities, how do we get around the sometimes gut reactions of discouragement we feel and express when helping others with their dreams?
25 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
The Best Ghost Story Ever
Once upon a time I went to Denver to meet with 3 mediums for an unrelated podcast. There we got to unravel a seriously cool mystery and help two spirits break free of a toxic relationship cycle they'd become trapped in. Sound weird? It was! But the best part was the layers of lessons Team Universe taught us about love, forgiveness, acceptance, and good-old-fashioned connection. Alive or dead, we MATTER to each other and we MATTER to Team Universe. They don't hold anything back, they'll do anything for us. They'll even bring 4 carefully selected people into Denver just to help you. Even if you're dead.
19 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
The Wind Boisterous
What is the role of our fear when developing our faith? Can we use it? How? What does fear teach us about our own personal process?
17 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Come. Get out of the Boat
The faith to ask for a dream or a miracle in our lives can sometimes be difficult, and even a little scary. The faith to act requires even more stamina. How do we continue to take steps toward our goals and dreams, and how do we recognize Team Universe's presence out there on the water?
21 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Lord, Bid Me Come
What happens when we ask for something big, Team universe says "sure," and we have to walk a scary path? I mean scary like walking on water with wind and waves threatening to swallow our belief whole? How do we acknowledge that kind of fear without it overtaking us? Peter did it. And Team Universe taught him exactly which questions to ask in order to do it.
19 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
The Obstacle is the Way
So, trials, huh? Don't love 'em? Yeah, me either. We all know there's no progress without them. No forward momentum on the ocean without the winds and waves. But how to learn to see challenges, storms, and trials as the bonus--the blessing--they are?
20 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Be it Unto Me According to Thy Word
Mary and Zacharias both got visits from an angel, both got good news, and both asked the question, but how, though? Then, they were each handed a trial that would test them, show them just how personally Team Universe knows us, and through them, bless the world. Huge promises were made to both individuals, and in order to get there, they had to go through their individual storms.
18 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Thanks in All Things
Does giving thanks in all things mean we ignore the hard stuff in order to pretend we only see the positive side of things? Is gratitude required just to make me a polite, pleasant type of person? Why gratitude as a commandment, then? And how do I use it when mustering gratitude in difficult circumstances seems, at times, impossible? Let's dive deep into this unique and healing tool given by Team Universe, not for their benefit, but for ours.
27 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
As a Brother Beloved...or, My 22 year old Grudge
Forgiveness is divine. And Friggin' hard. Here's what Team Universe taught me about my own heart so I could finally feel the freedom and peace of ACTUAL forgiveness. Turns out I had it all wrong.
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