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70 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
"Matrix Man": An Interview with Whitley Strieber
In 1985, a strange incident occurred that would totally transform the life of Whitley Strieber, at the time best known as a writer of horror novels, including The Wolfen and The Hunger. As memorialized in his book, Communion and the movie of the same name, this was his abduction by a group he calls "the visitors." Communion and Strieber's subsequent work has gone a long way towards changing the world's perception of paranormal phenomena. In this podcast, Strieber describes the childhood incidents that foreshadowed his later Encounters of the Third Kind; the biomechanical implant visitors placed in his left ear, and the "sensing" meditative exercise he believes has facilitated his ability to communicate with "the visitors." Since the publication of Communion, Strieber has become one of the world's leading investigator and chronicler of paranormal activity through his Unknown Country website (https://www.unknowncountry.com/) and his long-running Dreamland podcast.
58 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Inner Work and the Path of Leadership
For Robert "Bob" Dunham, the art of effective leadership is as much as inner game as an outer one. It begins, he says, with the leader identifying what h/she cares about, what h/she'll will do to respond to that caring, and then engaging with others about shared meaning. When beginning his work with prospective leaders, Dunham often begins by asking them to define what they care about, a question which many find perplexing. Many can only answer it in simple terms, for example citing their need to take care of their family. "But how is that going to inform your value satisfaction in the domain of your work life, your action life?," he asks. "There's a deep part of us -- many traditions would call it your soul -- that has one concern and that concern is, 'are you alive?', 'are you really living?'.... But that's where we have to go, and that's where we meet Spirit," Dunham says. In this podcast, Dunam explores the art of mastering what he "generative conversation" for answering questions of caring, and developing shared commitment in teams and organizations. Generative questions -- ones that elicit commitments -- can have a transfomative effect in personal, workplace, and societal contexts. Dunham is the founder and director of the Institute for Generative Leadership and the the co-author with Dr. Peter Fleming of The Innovator's Way: Essential Practices for Successful Innovation. He holds two degrees from Stanford University, completed three years of postgraduate work in Ontological Design, and four years in Somatic Leadership with the Strozzi Institute. Early in his career, he led the onboard software development team for the Hubble Space Telescope.
47 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
A New Look at American Spirituality
Although the US is nominally a secular state, the majority of its citizens think of themselves as spiritual. That's one of the central findings of a recent major study of spirituality in the United States. "About three quarters of the respondents said that spirituality is either very important to them, or somewhat important," said Bob Boisture, the president and CEO of the Fetzer Institute, which sponsored the 2020 report, What Does Spirituality Mean to Us. "As we probe more deeply in terms of what that translates to.... we found that it's not just important in the abstract, it manifests in these very real ways." In this podcast, Boisture discusses the different ways that people define spirituality, how they express it within and apart from organized religious frameworks, and the degree to which spiritually-oriented people get engaged in civic life. Among the report's conclusions: 86% of survey respondents considered themselves spiritual; about 66% aspire to be more spiritual; and people who identify as spiritual are more liable to be civilly engaged,, get involved in politics, and vote. "A cross-cutting theme of what spirituality meant to people was around this theme of connection to a higher power, to other people, to the natural world, in whatever combination. And that connection was not just a physical connection, it was a connection of moral significance," Boisture said. The Institute funded the study as part of its core mission of helping build the spiritual foundation for a living world. The Kalamazoo, Michigan based organization has a long-standing commitment to supporting research that deepens our understanding of spirituality and how it can animate concrete and positive change. Links: The Fetzer Institute - https://fetzer.org Interactive Spirituality in the US Study site - https://spiritualitystudy.fetzer.org/ PEW Religions Landscape Study - https://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/ Sacred Inclusion Network -- https://sacredinclusion.com Sacred Inclusion Network's Facebook Group -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/sacredinclusion/ Sacred Inclusion Network's YouTube Channel -- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCptUrK9qMlIPIA3I4gbntpQ Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon!
66 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Hack the Brain!
Contemporary neuroscience is an essential ingredient in our understanding of human development, including our capacity for greater happiness and wisdom. The past three decades have seen the study of the brain and its relationship to human experience move forward with more vigor and enthusiasm than any other scientific field. In this podcast, author and educator Jim Hickman, explains how our evolving understanding of neuroscience gives credence to the value of certain forms of spiritual practice. The relatively recent scientific consensus that the neural networks in the brain can change through growth and reorganization means that cognition is malleable: not only for children (as was previously believed), but for adults as well. Certain meditative practices have been shown to alter the way the brain functions, and thus affect practitioners' ability to better adapt to stress and reduce anxiety. "It's is not just mindfulness, Hickman said. "Kundalini Yoga, for example, has been shown to decrease arousal when dealing with unpleasant situations: in other words, it affects the limbic system." In this podcast, Hickman explains how his early research into parapsychology and concurrent personal immersion into meditation practice led him "to understand that our choice of attitudes and beliefs are the determinants in our experience of success and happiness." This foundational belief led him to the study of neuroscience and its practical applications. Hickman teaches a regular course in Applied Neuroscience at Ubiquity University, which explores "the history of neuroscience ... and how a neuroscience informed personal practice can assist in dealing with the unpredictable challenges that accompany increasing hypercomplexity in the 21st century." "There's the social side," Hickman said, "where dramatic changes are occurring within our own culture and other cultures around the world. And at the same time, our brain is opening parts of itself to opportunities for change that we didn't know were there." Hickman is Board Chair and Professor of Neuroscience at Ubiquity University. After his first trip to Moscow in 1972, Jim was active for the next 35 years developing economic and professional relations between the US and the USSR/Russia. For the past 15 years, Jim has been a student of contemplative practice and neuroscience. He has written numerous articles for such publications as the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Moscow Times, and Inc. Magazine. He is currently writing a book on how the latest discoveries in quantum physics, epigenetics, and neuroscience, when combined with the teachings of the wisdom traditions, inform us about successful Living in turbulent times. Ubiquity University -- (https://www.ubiquityuniversity.org/courses/applied-neuroscience) Jim's course in Applied Mindfulness (https://www.ubiquityuniversity.org/courses/applied-neuroscience) Sacred Inclusion Network -- https://sacredinclusion.com Sacred Inclusion Network's Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network's YouTube Channel Want a copy of the slides Jim uses in this podcast? Write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon!
58 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
The Mystic, the Psychic, the Paranormal
Jeffry J. Kripal is a bit of an iconoclast when it comes to the study of religion. He's more interested in anomalist phenomena -- the mystic, the psychic, the paranormal -- than he is in things like religious history or the philosophy of religion. A professor and Associate Dean of Humanities at Rice University, Kripal began his publishing career in controversy. Some Hindu scholars took exception to his 1995 book, Kali's Child: in which he characterized Hindu saint Ramakrishna's mystical experiences as homoerotic. The response to the book wasn't all negative. Michael Murphy, the cofounder of now iconic Esalen Institute, loved it. Thus began an immersion into the intellectual epicenter of that Big Sur epicenter of the human potential movement, and Kripal's 2007 book, Esalen: America's Religion of No Religion. As Kripal relates in this podcast, his Esalen exploration marked the beginning of the second phase of his work, which he describes on his website as a "history and analysis of the relationship of mind and matter, particularly as this relationship is made manifest in 'paranormal' events and experiences, such as mystical experiences, parapsychological phenomena, near-death experiences, abduction events, ufological encounters, and psychedelic states." Kripal's quest is to expand scholarly inquiry into the study of phenomena that can't be easily explained within the constraints of the scientific method. "What's happened in our public culture is we have conflated science and materialism, which is just an interpretation of the science. It's a good interpretation, but it's an incomplete interpretation. And it rigorously blocks out all of this stuff I want to talk about, because this is the stuff that drives religion," he says. Links: Kripal's personal site His Rice University site His Amazon page Sacred Inclusion Network Sacred Inclusion Network's Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network's YouTube Channel Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon!
55 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
Into the Mystic
Author Paul Corson had two out-of-body experiences that have shaped his view of the world. Now 86, he's now on a mission to share what he's leaned. His principal vehicle is his new book, Regaining Paradise: Forming a New Worldview, Knowing God and Journeying into Eternity, "a guided journey into self-knowledge, identity, empowerment, and sublime understanding that will open the mind's eye." But this podcast isn't really a review of the book Instead it's a conversation with two individuals who share a mystical way of being in the world. The two discuss the nature of miracles, the relationship between spiritual substance and the material world, and Corson's born-again experience. "The human experience... is a flat out veritable, literal miracle. , Once you realize that you're a miracle, that you're never going to die, it's kind of changes things. You're not running to buy that new car because you have all this time in the world. You know that you're going to be living in eternity," Corson said. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Corson is a former pharmacist who established a protocol for the treatment of HIV/AIDs. He received the 2000 Philadelphia Hero Award for his contributions in support of AIDs survivors. Links: Paul's website Sacred Inclusion Network Sacred Inclusion Network's Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network's YouTube Channel Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon!
34 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
The Sara Minkara Story
Don't think of Sara Minkara as a blind person. Think of her as a person who is blind. Social activist, speaker, and a winner of multiple awards, the founder of the advocacy organization Empowerment for Integration (ETI) has never let used her absence of vision of an excuse or crutch. The slew of honors she's achieved are evidence of her accomplishments. Her awards and fellowships include the Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award, Forbes "30 Under 30" and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology IDEAS Global Challenge Award. When Sara lost her sight at age seven, her mother had two options. "She has one option of wallowing in our misery and really feeling bad for herself and her kids...But she took the other path and the path of,believing in God's will and saying there is a purpose behind this. "She said 'I'm not going to listen to the outside world of what the world thinks about disability... I'm going to just focus on home and make sure our kids go to school and live a very much -- I'm not gonna say 'normal life' -- but a full life, an integrated life and mainstream life." As she relates in this podcast, Minkara never set out to become a full-time advocate. "I was a math and econ major. I'm an introvert. So I had a plan of doing a PhD." But as a sophomore at Wesleyan College, she applied for a grant from the Clinton Foundation to run an inclusive summer camp in Tripoli, Lebanon, the home of her parents. "It turned out to be impactful not only for the kids, not only for the parents in the community, but for myself, she said. In this podcast, Minkara describes the set of circumstances that caused her to found ETI, , how people stigmatize blind people, and how anyone can be an advocate for people with disabilities. Links: Empowerment through Integration ETI's Ambassadors of Inclusion program Sara Minkara's site Sacred Inclusion Network Sacred Inclusion Network's Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network's YouTube Channel Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon!
49 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
"Touching the Jaguar"
Author, activist and renegade economist John Perkins traces his journey from Peace Corps volunteer to co-founding the Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit devoted to establishing a world future generations will want to inherit. Best known for his best-selling book, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, Perkins describes how his life was irrevocably changed when a Shuar shaman in the Amazon jungle healed his life-threatening fever. "He healed me by helping me change my perception...and he demanded as payment for having healed me that I become his apprentice." Having graduated from business school before joining the Peace Corps, Perkins didn't see a future in becoming a shaman. So instead, he became an economist and, eventually, chief economist of a major consulting company. His job was to "identify countries that had resources our corporations coveted... and then convince that country that it should accept huge loans from the World Bank or other organizations" to pay for costly infrastructure projects. It took him awhile, but eventually it dawned on him that the game was rigged. The result of the countries taking out loans was not "increasing the prosperity of the people...(but) increasing the prosperity of the rich families in the country, as well as our corporations. But in fact, the people were suffering because money was diverted from health education and other social services to pay the interest on the loans." In this podcast, Perkins describes the common denominator of what he learned from his first shaman teacher and his work as an economist: that perceptions shape reality. Where once a shaman helped shift his view of the conditions he found threatening as a young Peace Corps volunteer, he later was also able to use data to persuade heads of countries to borrow large sums of money to pay for infrastructure projects. The shaman he worked with taught him about the process he calls "touching the Jaguar," the key to shifting perceptions and the title of his new book. "'Touching the Jaguar' means that we identify the things that are holding us back: our barriers, our fears...When we touch that Jaguar, we receive energy from the Jaguar or wisdom or creativity that allows us to change our perception. And when we change our perception, we then can take new actions that change reality." That desire to positively shift perceptions is part of the origin story of the Pachamama Alliance, which Perkins, Bill and Lynn Twist founded in 1995. The three and a team of others had traveled to the rain forest at the invitation of the Achuar, an indigenous Amazonian community. "They came to me and asked me, 'will you help us touch the Jaguar? Help us reach out and join forces with the people we most fear -- you and your people. Help us create a partnership and alliance with the people we most fear so that we can help you change your dream, and we can all work together to change the this terribly destructive dream of the modern world that's creating a death economy." In this podcast, Perkins explains what he means by "the death economy." He also gives a simple five-part series of questions that anyone can ask themselves to help them more easily get in touch with and actualize their purpose. Perkins' latest book is Touching the Jaguar: Transforming Fear Into Action To Change Your Life And The World. Links: John Perkin's site Pachamama Alliance Pachamama Alliance Global Commons (open community site) Sacred Inclusion Network Sacred Inclusion Network's Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network's YouTube Channel Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon!
29 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
Digital Disruptor: The Internet's Impact on Religion and Spirituality
Digital culture is transforming religious practice in multiple ways, says Texas A&M Professor of Communication Heidi A. Campbell. "Scholars of religion are finding that people practice 'lived religion.' They may say, 'I'm Jewish' or 'I'm Christian," but they draw on multiple sources to define what they mean. Religion is more personalized in a digital age," Campbell says. How people define religious authority is also changing. Although pastors, imams and rabbis hold authority in their traditions because of of their theological knowledge, a new type of "algorithmic authority" has emerged, Campbell says. "Involvement online builds this kind of authority... It's the number of 'likes' you have on your posts, it's the number of followers you have or how many people link to your content. All of this gives a sense of authority and validity...that's gained not from religious knowledge, but technological fluency," she says. The internet, Campbell says, "allows people to create their own tribe." Although people may have roots in a traditional congregation, they can explore their particular interests in an online global community. "There can find online global connections that kind of feed their souls, whereas they couldn't do this before" in pre-internet days. A major contributor to the study of digital religion, Campbell is the author of Networked Theology: Negotiating Faith in Digital Culture. She is the Founding Director of the Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies. She is currently studying the phenomena of internet memes and how these memes shape religions perceptions. Links: Campbell's Wikipedia page The Internet challenges and empowers religious institutions (article) Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies Sacred Inclusion Network Sacred Inclusion Network's Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network's YouTube Channel Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon!
26 minutes | May 29, 2020
Galvanizing Change in this Pandemic Moment
Most of us progressive-minded folks are members of multiple communities, be they religious, spiritual, environmental or political. What unites us are our values, the foremost of which is an innate sense of our sacred interdependence, or reverence for both the entirety of the interconnected web and all of its connected parts. In this excerpt from the Sacred Inclusion Network's monthly Online Community Exploration, Angelo John Lewis and David Wetton explore the possibility of harnessing our individual, and group energies for the full expression of the higher values that unite us, a project that assumes greater urgency in moments of crisis, such as this pandemic moment. They also explore how to inspire and galvanize a deeper sense of these higher values in both ourselves and our multiple communities. And how attuning to these higher values activates the power of the Network of Light. David Wetton helps Conscious Leaders grow themselves and develop Purpose-Led High Performing Leadership Teams through 1:1 Coaching & Tailored Leadership Programmes. He runs a Leadership Legacy Programme™ to help senior executives and their leadership teams define and deliver their legacy to the world. He’s an ordained UK interfaith minister and spiritual counselor; which means that he’s committed to holding a safe, heartfelt compassionate space for all those he coaches. Angelo John Lewis is the Director of the Sacred Inclusion Network and the originator of Sacred Conversations and the Dialogue Circle Method. He is also the author of Notes for a New Age, and a coach and consultant who has designed, developed and conducted group problem solving, team and community building interventions for clients that include AT&T, Verizon, ACNielsen, and a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Links: About David Wetton Richard D. Barlett's Microsolidarity Proposal World Summit Movement Sacred Inclusion Network
39 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
Lucid Dreaming as a Pathway to the Divine
Ryan Hurd's first experiences with lucid dreaming -- the experience of being awake while dreaming -- were the nightmares he experienced as a child. After watching the 1982 film Poltergeist, he'd have these repetitive dreams of tentacled monsters escaping from his television set and coming after him. Eventually, he learned to confront these monsters and tell them they weren't real, causing them to sink back into the television set and go away. These early nightmares were a precursor to Hurd's lifelong fascination with dreams. He's since studied and written about the phenomena of nightmares, how to experience lucid dreams, and how dreams can be portals to the expansion of consciousness. In this podcast, Hurd describes his early training as a field archaeologist and his ventures into dream archaeology; how he's used dream incubation to gain insight into issues affecting his waking life, and his experience with dream mentors. "Part of this (the study of dreams) is realizing that in waking life we're not always as lucid as we think we are. It's waking up to the dream of waking life as well, and just appreciating the ups and downs of consciousness throughout our day," Hurd says. In addition to describing his own experience, Hurd explains how anyone can begin the process of working with their dreams, his studies on the impact of galantamine paired with meditation and dream reliving on subsequent dreams, and how dreams can be portals for expanding consciousness. Hurd is the editor of DreamStudies.org, and the author or co-author of several books on dreams. He's an adjunct lecturer at John F. Kennedy University. is currently serving as Director of Spiritual Development at Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA. Links: More Info RYAN HURD Ryan Hurd's Books: The Committee of Sleep and Holistic Blueprint For Lucid Dreaming More Info visit Sacred Inclusion Network Provoked by this episode? Record voice Message! Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon! Facebook Page Sacred Inclusion Network Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network YouTube Sacred Inclusion Network Twitter Sacred Talk LinkedIn Sacred Inclusion Network Instagram Sacred Inclusion Network
44 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
Healing the Wounded Masculine
Men who exhibit toxic "Me Two" behavior are not just predators, but victims, says leadership coach and spiritual teacher Wendy C. Williams. They are victims that unconsciously act out society's unacknowledged expectations for their gender. Because of these unspoken norms, they subjugate both women and the female aspect of themselves. They simply haven't learned to express emotions in appropriate ways, she says. "As a society, we’ve put men in a box that says that in order to be masculine, you have four acceptable emotional states: angry, neutral, happy (for short periods of time and for good reasons), and sad (for short periods of time and for good reasons). Men are not allowed to otherwise express themselves, and if they do," they're vilified. "The fact that woman are not safe in society is related to this topic. What I see happening in society is that there is an unspoken societal norm that says that certain bad behavior by men should not be talked about, acknowledged or punished. That's why the Me Too movement is so radical and polarizing." In this podcast, Williams shares how taking an inventory of her own relationships with men broadened her understanding of the difference between what she calls Divine Masculinity and Toxic Masculinity. She shares her belief that this is a "humanity problem," and not just a male one. "Work needs to be done by both men and women. Women need to be stronger and step out of the victim role." They also "need to stop supporting ridiculous social norms for men that are both inappropriate and harmful." Links: Watch the interview on YouTube.com More info about Wendy C. William's Wendy C. Williams More info about Sacred Inclusion Network Provoked by this episode? Record Voice Message! Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon! Twitter Sacred Talk Facebook page Sacred Inclusion Network Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network YouTube Subscribe Sacred Inclusion Network LinkedIn Sacred Inclusion Network Instagram Sacred Inclusion Network
65 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
Sound, Healing and Spirit
Musician Jonathan Adams eight years ago was suddenly stricken with a crippling form of depression and anxiety. It was then he discovered a new way of experiencing music and sound. Instead of using these tools to entertain others, he used them instead to calm himself down. Over time, he realized that music and sound could became a gateway of transformation and a means for expanding consciousness. For the past several years, Adams has become less of a performer and more of teacher and sound therapist. His passion these days is helping others use sound and music for healing and spiritual upliftment. In this podcast, Adams (aka, The Sonic Yogi) shares his origin story, the concept of brain wave entrainment, and how sound and music are used in religious and spiritual traditions. "Nearly every culture and many if not all of religious traditions use some sort of sound" as a way to transform consciousness," he says. "The first form of brain wave entrainment was drumming. Indigenous cultures around the world have used drumming as a ceremonial act to get the brain to a different place." In addition to explaining how sound and music affect the brain, Adams here shares an original composition, improvises with drum and Tibetan bells, and explains how certain frequencies stimulate the focal points in the subtle body or chakras. Adams started his career as a professional musician, recording albums for classical guitar with albums for Pamplin, Intersound Records and his own label. As the Sonic Yogi, he's put his focus into the exploration of the healing potential of music, and has given talks and workshops on sound therapy at Tedx, national spiritual living conferences and elsewhere. His vibrational sound therapy tracks can be streamed on Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, Youtube and the Insight Timer app. Links: More Info Sonic Yogi YouTube Adam Sonic Yogi More Info Sacred Inclusion Network Provoked by this episode? Record Voice Message! Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon! Facebook page Sacred Inclusion Network Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network Twitter Sacred Talk YouTube Sacred Inclusion Network LinkedIn Sacred Inclusion Network Instagram Sacred Inclusion Network
56 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
Indigenous Spirituality, New Age Spirituality
Is there anything in common between how indigenous people experience of esoteric, spiritual phenomena and the contemporary New Agers who presume to be their heirs? If anyone is qualified to begin to answer this question it's Michael F. Brown, a cultural anthropologist who's done a deep dive into both of these worlds. Back in the mid-1970s, Brown spent a year living with the Awajún also known as the Aguaruna), an indigenous people of the Peruvian jungle, whose ancestors had a reputation as fearsome headhunters and whose cosmology includes beliefs in shamanism and sorcery. Peru's Shining Path insurgency in the 1980s forced Brown to refocus his work elsewhere, to the study of the New Age phenomena of channeling, which was peaking around this time. Just as he immersed himself among the Awajún, Brown spent a season with the channels, their clients and audience. He documented what he discovered in his aptly titled book, The Channeling Zone: American Spirituality in an Anxious Age. In this wide-ranging conversation, Brown discusses his fieldwork in both of these milieu; sorcery and shamanism among the Awajún, cultural appropriation; and the work of the School for Advanced Research (SAR). where he's been president since 2014. SAR advances creative thought and innovative work in the social sciences, humanities, and Native American arts. Links: More Info Michael F. Brown and Sch. of Advanced Research More Info Sacred Inclusion Network Provoked by this episode? Record Voice Message! Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon! Facebook page Sacred Inclusion Network Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network Twitter Sacred Talk YouTube Sacred Inclusion Network LinkedIn Sacred Inclusion Network Instagram Sacred inclusion Network
24 minutes | Jan 5, 2020
A Transgender Journey
Growing up in a traditional southern church, Christina King quickly learned that she wasn't accepted. That's because her church saw her and people like her as anathema: living embodiments of sin. King at an early age knew that she was a transgender woman. But to verbalize how she felt about herself wouldn't have been received kindly by her conservative Lutheran Missouri Synod congregation. Their attitudes were informed by the so-called "clobber passages," verses some use to justify the belief that any deviance from heterosexual norms is sinful. King spent much of her youth estranged from the church. She came to a place, she said, "where she had to be herself or kill herself." That separation was painful because even though she felt ostracized, a part of her missed the congregation's sense of community. Her estrangement ended because of the influence of a pastor at the First Lutheran Church of Galesburg, Illinois, the city she moved to after growing up in the south. This pastor accepted Christina for who she was, but also encouraged her to reach out to others who because of their LGBTQ+ orientation had felt victimized by the church. King did so and shortly after the 2016 presidential election started a group called Safe Space. The group has been meeting regularly since then. In this podcast, King shares her evolution as a transgender woman, common misconceptions people have about trans people, and how a life of prayer helps her stay upbeat in a challenging political climate. King last year was named Miss Trans Illinois. Links: More Info Sacred Inclusion Network Provoked by this episode? Record Voice Message! Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon ! Facebook page Sacred Inclusion Network Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network Twitter Sacred Talk LinkedIn Sacred inclusion Network YouTube Sacred Inclusion Network Instagram Sacred Inclusion Network
47 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
Sacred Inclusion Sampler: Volume One
Selected excerpts from some of the best interviews in the first three seasons of the Sacred Inclusion Network podcast. > UK political activist and United Reformed Church Elder Mark Argent on the deeper meaning behind the rise of Donald Trump and Brexit. > Former Black Panther party leader and spiritual activist Ericka Huggins on learning to meditate while in solitary confinement > Rev. Yvette Flunder on the one quality that all people of color, LBGPQ+ and all marginalized people share. > Sacred Design Lab's Casper ter Kuile on how Millennials find meaning > Buddhist poet Diana Goesche reads her poem, Black People Can't Swim. Excerpted from: Spirituality, Sexuality and the Meaning of Trump Brexit Social Activism and Spiritual Practice The Radically Inclusive Ministry of Yvette Flunder How Millennials Find Meaning The Poet, the Buddhist, the Trans Warrior Other Links: More Info Sacred Inclusion Network Provoked by this episode? Record Voice Message! Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon! Twitter Sacred Talk Facebook page Sacred Inclusion Network Facebook group Sacred Inclusion Network linkedIn Angelo John Lewis YouTube Sacred Inclusion Network Inatagram Sacred Inclusion Network
44 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
Spirituality and Earth-based Feminism
Walking the conventional path was only briefly in the cards for Staci Boden, who these days proudly calls herself a "mama-bear, life-guide energy teacher." While in law school 25 years ago, it didn't take long for Bodin to realize that she was less interested in legalism, then following in the footsteps of people like Starhawk, a pioneer of the goddess movement and earth-based feminism. So she dropped out of law school and enrolled in the California Institute of Integral Studies' master's degree program in women's spirituality. She later became a certified Doula, studied non-ordinary states consciousness training through the Center for Sacred Studies, and established a counseling and facilitation career focused on helping people integrate the spiritual with the practical. In this podcast, Boden talks about earth-based spirituality, the contrast between talk therapy and energy work, and the role of ceremony in transformation and healing. Boden is the author of Turning Dead Ends into Doorways: How to Grow through Whatever Life Throws Your Way. Links: Staci's More Info Her Read Book More Info Sacred Inclusion Network Provoked by this episode? Record voice Message! Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon! Twitter Sacred Talk Facebook page Sacred Inclusion Network Facebook Group Sacred Inclusion Network YouTube Sacred Inclusion Network LinkedIn Angelo John lewis Instagram Sacred Inclusion Network
49 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
Finding Spirituality in Business
Clients of business trainer and consultant Mark Silver seek to achieve business success by integrating spiritual principles in their pursuit of profit. They want to change the paradigm of business so that it doesn't incorporate the negative aspects of extreme capitalism, such as the disregarding of social consequences, income inequality, and exploitation of labor. As he explains in this podcast, the mission of Silver's Heart of Business (HOB) company is to support spiritually grounded marketing and business people who want to run a small business in a way that isn’t slimy or insincere. Although he’s a fourth generation entrepreneur, it wasn’t until he began his studies in Islamic Sufism two decades ago that he truly understood that business isn’t something that needs to be separate from spirituality. Prior to that, he’d been attempting to apply New Age principles to his business, but that approach really wasn’t working for him. About that time, he encountered Dr. Ibrahim Jaffee, the renown physician, Sufi, and pioneer of Medical Spiritual Healing “Yes, we can use this (work) for physical healing,” Jaffee explained, “but we can also use it for relationships, for groups and ...for business.” What he learned from Jaffee, other Sufi teachers, and his lived experience formed the basis of Silver’s Heart of Business. In this podcast, Silver explains what he’s learned in the eighteen years since he founded his company, HOB's evolution from a primarily fixed-fee enterprise to a “pay from the heart” practice, and Silver thoughts on the destiny of Islam. Links: Heart of Business Dr. Ibrham Jaffee's site Diversity and Spirituality Network's site Provoked by this episode? Record a response! Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon!
45 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
The Wounded Leader
Ten years ago, Laura Tucker participated in the now infamous Spiritual Warrior retreat in which three people died. These deaths lead to the conviction of the retreat’s leader, James Arthur Ray, of three counts of negligent homicide, and became a case study of the excesses of charismatic leadership. The story of that infamous event is chronicled in the CNN documentary, “Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray.” A leadership coach, Tucker here talks about what she learned from the incident, how to recognize authentic forms of leadership, and the forces that might cause well-intentioned charismatic individuals to veer to the dark side. Although it's easy to ghettoize the Ray's behavior as specific to New Age or self-help communities, Tucker reminds us that inappropriate leadership exists everywhere, and is endemic in political, religious and corporate life. "We all have the capacity to slide down the continuum from authentic leadership to the egotistic, hubristic kind," she says. In addition to sharing her beliefs about leadership, Tucker here talks about how her practice of self-care helped ease her passage back to post-retreat life, how encouraging others to practice self-care is central to her coaching practice, and her newest project, "The Summer of Self Care." Links: Laura's site Laura's Free Your Inner Guru podcast Diversity and Spirituality Network's site Provoked by this episode? Record a response! Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon!
16 minutes | Jul 2, 2019
Healer, playwright and activist
Peruvian Miguel Angel Pimentel is a theater director, a playwright and human writes activist, who is also a traditional Andean healer, or “paco.” In this podcast, he shares the thread that unites these pursuits, explains how he views play and creativity as part of his spiritual path and expands on the importance of theater as a means of creating community. Pimentel's current project is the creation of a forum to bring these threads together in his native city of Cuzco, Peru. The community forum he envisions will include both indigenous and non-indigenous people. Links: Email: email@example.com Diversity and Spirituality Network's site Provoked by this episode? Record a response! Like the podcast? Support us on Patreon!
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