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1 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Maestro Muse-Stay Awake!
Stu reminds us that it's about the "now".
34 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
EPISODE-LISTENING In this episode it’s time to unlock one of the keys to doing it little better…better listening. If we learn to listen to what’s going on around us with not only our two physical ears, but also with our “spiritual ears”, a beautiful symphony emerges. Deep stuff this week, Stu… Stu: “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, email us, we want to more of your stories! Article on Patheos by Tom Rapsas entitled, “5 Ways to Hear What God is Telling You.” Discernment: spiritual judgement and understanding, which comes from listening to God (i.e., the foundation of all life.). Allows us to sift through our impulses, motives and opinions. “IF GOD IS SPEAKING, HOW COME I DON’T HEAR IT?” PRAYER AND CONTEMPLATION Pondering is a lost art. Takes the focus off of “me”. Engage spiritual perception READING THE “BOOK OF NATURE” Feel the resonance with the universe. Appreciate beauty Enter into the rhythm Practice “oneness”. PAYING ATTENTION TO PEOPLE IN YOUR PATH Of course. There are no coincidences. Everyone is a channel for God to see the world. Namaste. Mainly look to primary relationships. Anyone can have impact and influence. Engage. ANALYZING THE EVENTS OF THE DAY “What might God be doing, here?” Look for confirming “billboards”. Take time to ponder both the welcome and the unwelcome events. Purpose to learn from the day. LOOK AT WHAT YOU ARE DRAWN TO READ [written or audio] Look for the Divine Communication Look for patterns Flesh out new thoughts and concepts with others. Be open-minded. THE “THEREFORE…”: Using discernment results in: Our lives are less chaotic and less filled with drama. Less anxious and fearful. More comfortable with solitude and with accepting uncertainty Discover a deep, inner peace. Mystic MacNugget: “Behold life instead of merely observing it. Kind of makes the whole…holy, doesn’t it?” -Mac
35 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
It's All So...Fragile...
EPISODE-FRAGILITY In this episode we’re going to talk about just how fragile everything is. In light of that, we want to come from a place of poise and not fear. Let’s talk about how to do that just a little bit better… Hey, Stu… Stu: “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, email us, we want to more of your stories! Play the clip: Saturday Night Lights, Season 1, Episode 1 “Give all of us that have gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life is so very fragile. We are all vulnerable. And we will all, at some point in our lives…fall. We will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts. That what we have is special. That it can be taken from us. And when it is taken from us, we will be tested. We will be tested to our very souls. We will all now be tested… STRENGTH To acknowledge and face the uncertainties. Strength that transcends the physical but speaks to the emotional and spiritual. It must be cultivated. Individually and corporately. FRAGILE Circumstances. Our “certainties” Relationships (divorce) Institutions, religions, democracy(USA) Life VULNERABLE It’s impossible to live life without “casualties”. We want to minimize them, not eliminate them. Some occupations create more vulnerability(risk) than others. FALL We aren’t always going to get it right. Fall from comfort. Bad stuff happens. THE HEART Pain Guilt Sorrow IT’S SPECIAL Life is a gift. Appreciate it. Humanity and spirituality. UNCERTAINTY Clarity over certainty Build in flexibility Animated and directed for whatever is next. TESTING Natural flow of life, not by God Take time to evaluate how you are doing Purpose to make learning a lifelong habit. Takeaway: To cultivate wisdom, poise, resilience, humility and a perspective that can embrace all of it with dignity and peace. Mystic MacNugget: “I’m so much more than the bad things that happen to me.” -Nightbirde Rephrase and substitute “We” for “I”.
2 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Mac sets the stage for this weeks episode from Friday Night Lights entitled, "Fragility".
36 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
EPISODE-HIDDEN MYSTERIES In this episode we’re going to talk about how true Christian doctrine and teaching is more universal than we have been led to believe. This can have a huge impact on how we view others, and in turn help us heal and encourage our broken world. Into the fire, once again, Stu… Stu: “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, email us, we want to more of your stories! We are celebrating our 40th episode! This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. Colossians 1:26-27, The Message The Mystery. “The Kingdom of God is at hand [within you!]. Start looking at salvation, death and resurrection as daily occurrences and not one-time events. We share it and there is enough for everyone. No one is excluded. Why are these kind of mysteries/truths hidden? How are they revealed? Not about religion but about humanity. How does a higher thinking and a deeper understanding effect change? Develop a more mature intuition, deeper wisdom, and sense of purpose. Mystic MacNugget: “It just has to be about something bigger than ourselves. Else, why bother…” -Mac
2 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Maestro Muse-Believe in Yourself
Stu cites an example from the animal kingdom on how, once we believe we can do it, we can.
33 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
In this episode we’re going to apply Wize wisdom to evaluating some of our sacred cow Christian religious beliefs. Into the fire we go, Stu… Stu: “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, email us, we want to more of your stories! https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Affirmations-Vision-Future-Christianity/dp/0787985783/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3FN5SNA4PDXVNanddchild=1andkeywords=the+phoenix+affirmationsandqid=1629302972andsprefix=the+phoenix+aff%2Caps%2C181andsr=8-1 (“The Phoenix Affirmations”,) A New Vision for the Future of Christianity, by Eric Elnes https://www.amazon.com/Love-Wins-Enhanced-Heaven-Person-ebook/dp/B005ZF27XS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2TPFDA5LASZYPanddchild=1andkeywords=love+winsandqid=1629303204ands=booksandsprefix=love+wins%2Caps%2C200andsr=1-1 ("Love Wins",) A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, by Rob Bell The Setup She went right on, “Why should I have to explain to people, ‘I’m a Christian, but I don’t think homosexuals are evil.... I’m a Christian, but I believe women are equal to men . . . but I’m concerned about poverty . . . but I care about the earth . . . but I don’t think people who believe differently from me will fry in hell for eternity . . .’?” Affirmation 1: Walking fully in the Path of Jesus without denying the legitimacy of other paths that God may provide for humanity. WE AFFIRM that the Path of Jesus is found wherever love of God, neighbor, and self are practiced together. Whether or not the path bears the name of Jesus, such paths bear the identity of Christ. Affirmation 2: Listening for God’s Word, which comes through daily prayer and meditation, studying the ancient testimonies which we call Scripture, and attending to God’s present activity in the world. The Bible is an incredible compendium of other people’s relationships with God that were recorded to help us know how to seek our own relationship with God. WE CONFESS that we have moved away from Christ’s Path when we have claimed that God’s Word is restricted to what may be contained in a written document or that either the recording of God’s Word in Scripture or our interpretation of it is infallible. The Rule of Love WE CONFESS that we have moved away from this Path whenever we have denied God’s love for all people or have denied the effectiveness of God’s eternal will that all be saved. Affirmation 9: Basing our lives on the faith that in Christ all things are made new and that we, and all people, are loved beyond our wildest imagination—for eternity. WE CONFESS that we have moved away from this Path whenever we have denied God’s love for all people or have denied the effectiveness of God’s eternal will that all be saved. Mystic MacNugget: “If it’s irrefutable it’s domineering. Lighten up…” -Mac
34 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Part 2
In this episode we’re going to follow-up on Part 1 of our conversation on social media. This week we’re going to hit home a bit and talk about how addicted we are to the media, and then offer some suggestions on how to detox. Whoa, here we go, another big-time strap in time this week, Stu… What is the roguish way to alter the future? www.humanetech.com Addict: : “one exhibiting a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity.” The Power Realize how powerless we are and have given over our power to SM et. al. Seek the strength of a higher power Better use of your time? Target your focus/relationships/conversations away from SM https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/ (The Social Dilemma documentary on Netflix) Turn Off Notifications Remove Toxic Apps Remove Facebook → Message friends with https://signal.org/en/ (Signal) Remove TikTok → Send video messages by direct text or with https://www.marcopolo.me/ (Marco Polo) Remove Snapchat → Get creative in Text instead Remove Instagram → Use https://vsco.co/ (VSCO) for photography Download Helpful Tools Get more sleep and remove blue light →https://justgetflux.com/ (Flux) Track your screen time and change habits →https://inthemoment.io/ ( Moment) Reduce distractions → https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/news-feed-eradicator-for/fjcldmjmjhkklehbacihaiopjklihlgg?hl=en (News Feed Eradicator) Stay focused on your goals → https://www.flipdapp.co/flipd-making-productivity-social (Flipd) Practice mindfulness → https://insighttimer.com/ (Insight Timer) Eliminate Outrage from Your Diet We vote with our clicks. Don't support sites that pollute our cultural environment with vitriol via clickbait and outrage. Unfollow outrage-chasing voices on Twitter → Use https://iunfollow.com/ (iUnfollow) to clean up your Following. Start fresh and intentionally choose the voices you expose yourself to Unfollow outrage driven Facebook Groups →Check your http://facebook.com/groups (Groups) > Settings > Following Remove sharply polarized media outlets from your news feed. Follow Voices you Disagree With. Check news sites whose perspectives you disagree with → https://www.allsides.com/unbiased-balanced-news (AllSides) gives readers a cross-partisan view of world events covered by the media, and sustains itself on a consciously created hybrid revenue model to avoid bias and clickbait incentives. Be Compassionate Pause → Remember there’s a real person behind the screen: Don’t be so quick to unfollow or publicly argue with someone who posts something you disagree with. Try a private message to ask why they feel that way, with genuine curiosity and a desire to understand. Set Boundaries Clear your morning and evenings → Set clear bounded blocks of time without technology Device-free dinners → Play a game where the first person to check their device does the dishes. Create a shared charging station at home → Charge your family's phones away from bedrooms overnight. Buy a separate alarm clock → Wake up without getting sucked into your phone first thing in the morning Fully Disconnect 1 Day Per Week Pick a date and let your friends and family know you’ll be offline → Or better yet, invite them to join you Remember the Positive Take screenshots of the positive messages you receive to store in a folder on your phone → Let the rest go. Tech warps how our brains receive feedback, and we can fight back by remembering the positive. Practice cultivating gratitude for others and using technology to share your love → Send a special video to a friend with https://www.tribute.co/ (Tribute) or https://getmontage.co/ (Montage) Support Local Journalism Don’t force your local newspaper to play social media’s clickbait game. Support your local newspaper directly by paying for a subscription so that we can remain the customer, not the product. Democracy doesn’t work without healthy...
36 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Part 1
In this episode we’re going to talk about Social Media. We’re going to do this over two episodes as there is SO much about this topic that we think needs to be fleshed out in order for us to do it just a little bit…wait, no..let me clarify that..this might have the possibility of moving the needle a lot! Uh oh, here we go, big-time strap in time this week, Stu… “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, email us, we want to more of these stories! THE SETUP: THE WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. “Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.” — Sophocles The challenges are twofold: Content and interaction Addiction Mission statements: This is the intent. What is the actual reality? “Instantly media” instead of social media. Facebook: “Give People the Power to Build Community and Bring the World Closer Together” Twitter: “To give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly without barriers.” Instagram: “To capture and share the world’s moments.” Snapchat: “We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together." TikTok: “To inspire creativity and bring joy.” Social Media...Good, bad, the ugly. Taught us to not communicate well. Loss of social graces. Undermines a life of order, harmony, and peace. Less empathetic, breeds confusion and misinterpretation. Resulting in more negative than positive outcomes. We didn’t have the wisdom to incorporate it well into our lives. Not our innate, normal way to communicate. Hot trend is ephemeral content. Constantly chasing the squirrel. Politics, race and religion are ripe topics for abuse. The Triple Filter Test Truth, goodness, and usefulness are the foundation of Socrates’ triple filter test. Socrates thought that a person must ask themselves the following questions before they say anything: “Am I sure that what I am going to say is true?”, “Is what I’m going to say a good thing?”, and “Do I really need to say it and is it useful?” Truth, goodness, and usefulness are the foundation of Socrates’ triple filter test. However, it’s not easy to define the true, the good, and the necessary. Regarding the truth: Do I know for a fact that this information is true? Can I bet on it? Will I be able to prove it to anyone? Am I willing to compromise my reputation over this? Regarding the good: Does it benefit me or the other person? Will it make them or me a better person and evoke positive emotions? Will the situation of those involved improve? Regarding the necessary or useful: By knowing this message, will that person’s life or my life improve? Can that person take any practical action regarding this information or message? In what way does not knowing this information hurt or affect the other person? Let’s forego the common. Part 2 next week will offer some practical ways to navigate the social media universe. Mystic MacNugget: “A better understanding is worth the temporary discomfort. You got this…” -Mac
46 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Up and To the Right
In this episode we’re going to talk about the illusion of perpetual growth. What does that imbalance do to us? It can’t always be about MORE. This one might be a bit convicting, but it’s for your own good! Doing it a little better doesn’t always mean having just a little bit more… Uh oh, here we go, Stu… “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, email us, we want to more of these stories! email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org THE SETUP Perpetual up and to the right is an illusion. Growth is not negative, it’s in the expectations. The struggle between more and enough. Where does contentment come from? We have been conditioned that growth is the goal. The opposite is unacceptable. Business sales$ + Units sold X price. What if either of these changes? Bank account Possessions Minimalist thinking. 30 items. Breathing room Obligation to do more. Where does it end? Pause that refreshes. Sometimes less is more. Good growth(?) Knowledge Understanding Abilities Wisdom The arc vs the line. Contentment. Not complacency. How we deal with crisis. "All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment." -Dalai Lama "The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment." -Doug Larson Mystic MacNugget: “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.” -Bill Gates
43 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Knowing Better and Doing Better
In this episode The Guyz cobble together several of their thoughts on how we can progress in life. They come from some of their favorite nugget sources as well as their own roguishness, and they hope to give you some insight into how to evaluate and own your journey. Ok, let’s strap in, Stu… "Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, email us, we want to more of these stories! THE SETUP “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou Richard Rohr “Now I am older, chastened by failures, Where have you failed today? Why did you fail? These are learning experiences that help your growth in life, NOT impede it. rejections, human suffering, There are struggles that you choose and struggles that you do not choose... how do you handle both? study, Read books that you find tough to understand. Esoteric knowledge and the sophistications and nuances of experience.” Into the Grey, not cut and dry. Do I now know more or less? Were the old words adequate, or am I saying it better now? The incremental effect of “little bit betters” Each step takes you closer Football analogy Candle Don't stay faithful to who you used to be. Mystic MacNugget: “Work truth into your life. Just be sure to wear a hardhat, and know where the band-aids are…” -Mac
3 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Love. One of the most powerful forces in the universe. Stu encourages, and challenges, us to let it come to us to go through us. It is an incredible agent for change...
42 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Image and Likeness Part 2
In this episode The Guyz continue to talk about our belief that we, all of us, are created in the image and likeness of the creator. It’s our passion that all of us want more of these things, and it will make life just a little better! Ok, let’s strap in, Stu… “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, www.facebook.com/MACandSTU email us, we want to more of these stories! email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org THE SETUP-Part 2 We are made in the “image and likeness of a Creator. What are those distinctives? The Flow: 2UTHRUU. Our task is to consciously bring these forth in our lives. Part 1-Episode 33 Life Love Wisdom Intelligence Part 2 Peace Poise Absence of fear Cultivate just “being” this. A product of inner change Regardless of the circumstances. Creativity Apply new ideas to old ways of thinking New physical creations(writing, drawing, singing, music) Imagination Creativity breeds creativity Beauty It is “good” Of the body, of the spirit Hold a high opinion of yourself See beauty in all things Give praise and blessings Joy A product of the other traits manifesting Transcends mere enjoyment. Not in things but in us. KISS. Is part of what makes us happy Very winsome Let it flow in the smallest of things Better together Mystic MacNugget: “It just has to be about something bigger than ourselves. Else, why bother… -Mac
43 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Image and Likeness Part 1
In this episode we’re going to talk about our belief that we, all of us, are created in the image and likeness of the creator. Even if you are not particularly religious or spiritual, the qualities we are going to use as a comparison will be just as relevant and applicable as someone who is. It’s our passion that all of us want more of these things, and it will make life just a little better! Ok, let’s strap in, Stu… “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, email us, we want to more of these stories! email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org THE SETUP-Part 1 We are made in the “image and likeness of a Creator. What are those distinctives? The Flow: 2UTHRUU. Our task is to consciously bring these forth in our lives. Life Animate vs inanimate How do we breathe life into each other? Does any responsibility come with being granted life? What is the purpose of our life? How do we express the sacredness of life? (All life) Love We are love We express love Passive and demonstrative Wisdom Innate and developed How does this manifest? Poise. Quality decisions. Perspective on life. Intelligence IQ-Intelligence quotient-cognitive ability EQ-Emotional Intelligence-mystic ability Part 2-Next week we’ll finish up with these attributes: Peace Creativity Beauty Joy Mystic MacNugget: You mirror the Divine. Even on a bad hair day you’re looking pretty fantastic! -Mac
41 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Munching on MacNuggets 2
The Guyz pull back the curtain this week once again on some of their favorite recent Mystic MacNuggets. They encourage everyone to engage with them and share how you might have resonated with the meme. It's a great collaborative effort between them, and always a lot of fun to get a peek at the process! Here's a link to the Mystic MacNuggets talked about in this episode: https://950f91e8-6ae8-4f59-adf1-fa77ffc88a35.usrfiles.com/ugd/950f91_feb25c5697294990b18c32b9f1842e8f.pdf (https://950f91e8-6ae8-4f59-adf1-fa77ffc88a35.usrfiles.com/ugd/950f91_feb25c5697294990b18c32b9f1842e8f.pdf)
43 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
EPISODE-BIRTHING In this episode the Guyz talk about…how to do it just a little better! Most of us need some action steps that we can implement in order to make progress, so we’re going to offer some tips on growing and developing deeper wisdom. I know Stu, you are thinking how much I hate checklists! Yea, let’s strap in, Stu…“Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, email us, we want to more of these stories! THE SETUP: A process for “doing it just a little bit better”. Stu’s “school” analogy. Maturity. Insight does not result in understanding/application/wisdom Who are the “midwives” in your life to help with this birthing process? A holistic relationship. Wisdom Media Wisdom literature: Bible, Koran, Plato, Teachings of Confucius, Vedic texts, Sutras, Book of Mormon, Course in Miracles Non-fiction books/Podcasts: Science of Mind and Rosicrucian teachings. Movies: Look for redemption themes. See the bigger picture. Snatch nuggets of wisdom. Documentaries: The Secret, religious studies, Positive Mental Attitude studies. Seminars/courses: GAIA, CAC, Rob Bell, Emergence Magazine, etc. Tradition: Do not undervalue traditional evidence and practice. Let it have its place and its due honor. Contemplation Meditation Liturgy Family traditional practices Reason: Be able to articulate truths from a logical, rational point of view. Temper reason with mystery. Be ok with there being things we cannot understand. Religion has often asked us to check our brain at the door. There needs to be a certain amount of plausibility. Strive to remove as much bias as possible. Be honest. Reasonable conclusions can shorten the leap to truths we need to take on faith Experience: “There's a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It's impossible to be mature without having lived.” - Amy Grant It’s hard to have reasonable assurance of something unless we have experienced it personally. There is a “knowing” that only experience can give you. Good Will Hunting example of The Sistine Chapel. Builds credibility and confidence. You need to be “experience-able” Get out of the bubble of comfort. Answer a “calling”. Mystic MacNugget: You are pregnant with boundless possibilities. Push harder until you hear the cry of new life wrecking your old life. -Mac
43 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
The Light and Dark of The Law of Attraction
In this episode we’re going to talk about The Law of Attraction. It’s become quite a fad, and has both positive and negative press concerning it. Is it a “Law”, or a self-fulfilling prophecy? Does it work? Is it real? How do you apply “wisdom” when attempting to tap into it? Yea, let’s strap in, Stu… “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, email us, we want to more of these stories! THE SETUP The law of attraction is a philosophy suggesting that positive thoughts bring positive results into a person's life, while negative thoughts bring negative outcomes. It is based on the belief that thoughts are a form of energy and that positive energy attracts success in all areas of life, including health, finances, and relationships. The Law of Attraction is one [probably the best known] of the 12 Spiritual Laws of Universe. 20th Century Gurus: Norman Vincent Peale, Dale Carnegie, Og Mandino, Napolean Hill, Tony Robbins, Michael Beckwith. 2006: “The Secret” movie came out. There ARE cosmic forces at work. How do we apply wisdom to them? Likes attract? Not opposites? Is it the same as karma? Tends to breed narcissism. It can be all about me and what I want. Can ignore, and even demean, the shadow side of us. Not seeking the outer but developing the inner. Andy Stanley, “Are you the kind of person, the kind of per you are looking for, is looking for?" It needs to be a flow. Emanation vs attraction. How you think certainly affects your reality. It takes wisdom to do it better. Mystic MacNuggets: Dads! When does a joke become a Dad joke?: When the punch line becomes apparent. Dad to kid (in a serious voice): A word of advice, kid. Never trust atoms. They make up everything. Dad: I never thought I’d be the type to have a beard. But then it just grew on me. Kid: Dad, it hurts when I move my arm like this. Dad: Then don’t move your arm like that. Dad: I told my kids to embrace their mistakes, then they hugged me. Is the refrigerator running? Better go catch it!
39 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
EPISODE-UNRAVELING In this episode we’re going to take brokenness, unraveling and cracking in our lives and re-frame them as possible gifts. I know, hard to swallow the “lemons into lemonade” perspective in the midst of some awful stuff that can happen in our lives, but hang with us. We’re not going to make everything rainbows and unicorns. However, our attitudes have a big impact on how circumstances play out in our lives. With that teaser, let’s strap in, Stu… “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook, email us, we want to more of these stories! email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org THE SETUP Can we acknowledge that unraveling, breaking, and cracking is a bearer of truth and even a gift? Perhaps the Spirit has been nudging and calling us to embrace a new imagination, but the other one had to unravel for us to see it for what it was. In this sense maybe the malaise of our lives has been the work of God. A life that has been humbled by disruption and decline may be a less arrogant and presumptuous. We may have fewer illusions about our own power and centrality. We may become curious. We may be less willing to ally with the empires and powers that have long defined us. We may finally admit how much we need the true power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. That’s a life God can work with. Link to The Center for Action and Contemplation: https://cac.org/category/daily-meditations/ (https://cac.org/category/daily-meditations/) Kintsugi: Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. LET’S BREAK IT DOWN: Can we acknowledge that unraveling, breaking, and cracking is a bearer of truth and even a gift? Perhaps the Spirit has been nudging and calling us to embrace a new imagination, but the other one had to unravel for us to see us for what it was. In this sense maybe the malaise of our lives has been the work of God. A life that has been humbled by disruption and decline may be a less arrogant and presumptuous. We may have fewer illusions about our own power and centrality. We may become curious. We may be less willing to ally with the empires and powers that have long defined us. We may finally admit how much we need the true power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps that’s a life God can work with. Mystic MacNugget: “Embrace the brokenness; it’s a great way for more light to get in.” -Mac
41 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Doing it Just a Little Bit Better
The guys dive into a conversation about how we need to apply wisdom to evaluating the effects of the past year. Using The Church as an example, the discussion encourages us to stop pointing fingers at "life" because the blame game keeps you in victim mode. Lots of challenges have been faced, and more are to come. How can we "go to the other side" of our conventional thinking and apply wisdom to do it just a little bit better.
42 minutes | May 27, 2021
EPISODE-BARBARIANISM In this episode we’re going to go rogue and call you to a life of barbarianism. A life that puts aside common sense because we don’t want a common life. It’s the core of who we are, and we want to share with you why we are so passionate about cultivating a perspective that goes beyond conforming to the norm and living with your head down. Scary…yea. Exciting…yea. Hard…yea, that, too. But, hey, this is what we are all about! Stu, it’s time to pop the bubble… “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails… Comment on Facebook [@MACandSTU ], email us, we want to more of these stories! email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org THE SETUP: TO BE A BARBARIAN (One who is “uncivilized”) It’s a path filled with adventure, uncertainty, and unlimited possibilities. Stop conforming and start on a path of transforming. TRAITS OF A BARBARIAN IS EXPRESSED IN MANY OF OUR MANIFESTO POINTS AND MACNUGGETS. Going rogue in pursuit of wisdom. Grow a pair [of wings] a little larger. Heads-up, you’ll start knocking shit over. Set your sparks loose to ignite the lives of others. Live your life with your heart and eyes wide open. Wize lives for the get-to. Don’t stay faithful to the person you used to be. Gets used to different. Goes beyond what happens to what matters. Shed the routine...go on mission. SO HOW DO YOU BECOME A BARBARIAN? Change your perspective. Be open to, and seek, new ideas. Come to understand that there are almost always viable alternatives to your point of view. Risk it. Try something new and abandon yourself to the journey. Dare to think a new thought. If you wet your pants, then you are onto something. Do it with like-minded people. Shift from me to we and fight for the heart of humanity. Seek a greater power to accomplish things far beyond your capacity. [Animated and directed by the Spirit] Say NO to the lesser to make room for the greater. Shift your priorities. Give your life greater meaning by shedding domestication. Mystic MacNugget: “Cultivate soul aches. You don’t heal these, you run with them.” -Mac
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