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Eps 101: How Racism Came to America, Guest Dr Kendi - Spark My Muse
Mar 22 • 44 min
Today my guest is the youngest recipient of the National Book Award for non fiction (2016). He is historian Dr. Ibram Kendi and his outstanding book is a detailed account of the stories that brought racism to America and the legacy, laws, and…
Eps 100: Emotions are PREDICTED (not TRIGGERED) says pioneer neuroscientist, Dr Barrett - Spark My Muse
Mar 15 • 46 min
Today’s episode is a LIFE CHANGER! Unlike you may have believed, your EMOTIONS like rage, joy, disgust, sadness, lust, and sorrow don’t get tripped like triggers in certain spots in your brain, says the distinguished, pioneering neuroscientist Dr Feldman…
Common Unity, Identity, and the Remembering [SSL70] - Spark My Muse
Mar 8 • 15 min
Knowing ourselves and knowing each each other more fully involves 3 R’s (3 words that begin with the letter R) I will talk about today. It’s a bit of “soul” and “soul food” with a little bit of “homework project” that will to add some wholeness and…
Eps 99: Guest Dr David Dark, Culture is Religion: We become what we love - Spark My Muse
Mar 1 • 43 min
Do you think of yourself as RELIGIOUS? A lot of people bristle at being thought of that way. According to Pew Research Center, people in the modern Western world are more reluctant than ever to identify as religious–though many admit to being spiritual.…
Conversing with Fear and Desire [SSL69] - Spark My Muse
Feb 22 • 17 min
At times we face urgent desires or fears–maybe we want to escape a situation, numb ourselves with food or distractions, or bark out a social media message. I contend there is something just underneath those desires we always miss when we give in to our…
Eps 98: Eric Zimmer (One You Feed, Host) MOTIVATION for Lasting Life Changes - Spark My Muse
Feb 15 • 56 min
We all want to improve our lives. Maybe it’s to shed 20 pounds. Maybe it’s to quit smoking, stay off-line, meditate, pray, eat better, or exercise more. Maybe we need longer term oomph to finish writing a book, completing a passion project, or saving for…
BONUS Episode-Mosaic of Grace, guest James Prescott - Spark My Muse
Feb 10 • 39 min
This is a SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE - with a featured guest! My long-time podcasting and writing friend, James Prescott is back–this time to converse about Grace, which is also the topic of his new book -Mosaic of Grace. We cover some of his journey to get…
Opinions and Confirmations, [SSL68] - Spark My Muse
Feb 8 • 18 min
Today, I read a letter I’ve received during my #FebFREEDOM challenge, and I discuss some things I’ve learned so far (during my drawing back from social media and the internet), about the seduction of sharing my opinion, the reality of a confirmation bias…
Eps 97: Art and Communion at the Story Table, guest Michael Wright - Spark My Muse
Feb 1 • 62 min
“Loneliness is the end result of not being fully connected and present with other human beings and myself,” says Michael Wright, who is my guest today. Today, I am making good on my commitment to bring more of the arts into my programming this year. I…
The Straight Dope (on your brain) [SSL 67] - Spark My Muse
Jan 25 • 18 min
Your phone buzzes, or your see that you have a notification–do you feel a little crazy until you can attend to it? Maybe you feel like you should check your voicemail or email, or that text that just came in–the anticipation and the little jolts of…
Eps 96: Overcoming the Dark Side of Innovation and Group Projects - Spark My Muse
Jan 18 • 42 min
Leaders are usually trained to find solutions that are feasible, in the budget, and quickly actionable, (The “HOW” of problem-solving). This means that the creative and best solution (which is unproven and untried) that can solve the more important WHY of…
Time and the Violation of Values (SSL 66) - Spark My Muse
Jan 11 • 16 min
When people go into professions like medicine, police work, or education, they are often guided by values that they might readily disconnect from once they acquire money, power, or responsibility. The familiar refrain about “power tending to corrupt” has…
Eps 95: Who Were the Medieval Woman Mystics? - Spark My Muse
Jan 6 • 59 min
Although the early Church leaders agreed that “God becomes human [in Jesus] so humans can become divine” ( Athanasius ), it wasn’t just the theological ideas of the Beguine movement that sprouted among the laity in Europe, that threatened the powerful and…
Soul School-Lesson 65: Fixed Point on the Horizon - Spark My Muse
Jan 4 • 16 min
This first episode of the New Year (2017) I make some BIG (and some TIME SENSITIVE) ANNOUNCEMENTS! Evergreen topics: Soul School Lesson on perspective and finding a fixed point on the horizon. Time-sensitive: I offer 8 books I’ve written to all the people…
Eps 94: The (untrue) Stories We Tell Ourselves in Relationships, Guest Scott Gornto - Spark My Muse
Dec 30, 2016 • 40 min
The stories we tell ourselves about problems in our life, what other people are thinking, or what other people are thinking about us, are so thoroughly polluted by our backstory, our typical anxieties, and other factors, that these stories have the power…
Soul School-Lesson 64: The Benediction - Spark My Muse
Dec 28, 2016 • 15 min
This is the last Soul School Lesson for this year. Instead of talking about resolutions or doing a review, I want to give a benediction (and talk about what that means). Thank you all for being part of my listening audience this year. Thank you to those…
Eps 93: Spiritual Nomad, Brandan Robertson, shares his story - Spark My Muse
Dec 23, 2016 • 57 min
So far, Brandan Robertson’s young life has been fraught with many difficult moments that tested him to his very core. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with him as we talked about his journey so far and the potent themes of Spiritual Nomadism (from his…
Soul School-Lesson 63: The Four Loves - Spark My Muse
Dec 21, 2016 • 16 min
Love is the four letter word that means everything and nothing. Today, I conclude a four-week Advent season exploration where I’ve encountered the main themes: Hope, Peace, Joy, and now, Love–this time with the help of C. S. Lewis and his book “The Four…
Eps 92: A Conservative Christian Embraces Narrative Theology, guest Derek Hiebert - Spark My Muse
Dec 16, 2016 • 41 min
Stories invite us in to a new world and way of thinking and deciding. Stories are also the way we encounter and live out our lives day to day and moment to moment. For Derek Hiebert, his understanding of God and the Bible expanded as his theology went…
Soul School-Lesson 62: Finding Comfort and Joy - Spark My Muse
Dec 14, 2016 • 15 min
I define JOY as sturdy happiness. It’s not dependent on circumstances because its roots go deeper. Though JOY is often a common Christmas / Advent theme (“Joy to the World”, etc), it’s nice to have more of it throughout the year, and finding that fuel is…
Esp: 91- Finding an Unhurried, Peaceful Life free of Burnout, Guest Alan Fadling - Spark My Muse
Dec 9, 2016 • 29 min
When Alan Fadling came to a crisis of vocation he knew something had gone very wrong and needed to change immediately. He was at a precipice of burnout and what happened next he says saved his marriage, his life and readjusted his life’s work. Peace is…
Soul School-Lesson 61: Peace and Conflict - Spark My Muse
Dec 7, 2016 • 20 min
The opposite of Peace is not war or conflict. Today, I delve into where peace must begin, what it pushes into and through, and what has to happen for it to be kept. Drilling down into the nature of Peace, the second theme of Advent (last week was Hope)…
Esp 90: The Magic, Power, Genetics, and Learnability of Charisma - Spark My Muse
Dec 2, 2016 • 33 min
As we will find out today, Charisma has a kind of magic and it can have a dark side: A diligent and intelligent person with know-how can be disregarded for a leadership position in favor of a challenger who is merely charismatic, especially when times are…
Soul School-Lesson 60: What You Don’t Know About HOPE - Spark My Muse
Nov 30, 2016 • 13 min
If you’ve been down, weary, cynical, or uncertain, your hope may be in short supply. Every human needs hope. It’s how our species has survived. This week is the first week of Advent and the very beginning of the observed Christian calendar: the focus is…
Eps 89: Exploring Passive-Agression, guest Dr Leon Seltzer - Spark My Muse
Nov 25, 2016 • 38 min
There’s no murky and perilous terrain like a passive-aggressive encounter. In some cases, a person may seem to intensionally forget something important, or work behind-the-scenes to subtly manipulate you, or try to get you to read his or her mind by a…
Soul School-Lesson 59: Family Gathering and Conflicts - Spark My Muse
Nov 23, 2016 • 25 min
Is it hard to be with family over the holidays? Are you afraid a fight about politics or an old issue will surface and make the time awkward or painful? Is it just a matter of time before everyone zones out on their phone or plops in front of the…
Esp 88: Suggestible to Healing-Placebo Science, guest Erik Vance - Spark My Muse
Nov 18, 2016 • 51 min
Humans are suggestible and science writer Erik Vance has studied how that talent can offer us a healthier and better life. Today, Erik shares tales of getting electric shocks, faith healing, and encountering a witch doctor to get himself cursed to write…
Soul School-Lesson 58: How to Be with Other Humans - Spark My Muse
Nov 16, 2016 • 31 min
Among younger people (Under 25?) and isolated people, the digital world and technology has provided a sense of friendship and connection, but in reality these touch points bear little resemblance to real life connections, conversations, intimacy, and…
Eps 87: An Inefficient Conversation with guest Matt Inman - Spark My Muse
Nov 11, 2016 • 57 min
When people examine their lives, maybe on their deathbed or after a sobering life experience, or a time of introspection, they tend gain clarity into their deepest desires and to the same basic connections and meaningful experiences that are in facet…
Soul School-Lesson 57: The Prisoner Prayer - Spark My Muse
Nov 9, 2016 • 29 min
What happens when you stop being the epicenter of your own story? Today, Soul School is about a prayer of freedom and includes a version of a presentation I gave at the Federal Prison where I volunteer weekly. It’s unlike other Soul School episodes and I…
Esp 86: Decay, Death, Renewal, and Healing in DETROIT, guest Jessica Aguilar-Christy - Spark My Muse
Nov 4, 2016 • 55 min
Jessica Aguilar-Christy’s many talents, diverse background and work in the Detroit area got my attention, through our mutual connect Charlie Porter (host of Fable podcast). Our meandering conversation will give you a sense of the rebirth happening in…
Soul School - Lesson 56: The 4 Hidden Factors of an Identity Crisis - Spark My Muse
Nov 2, 2016 • 17 min
Have you had a Quarter-Life Crisis or a Mid-Life Crisis? Maybe, like me, you have an Identity Crisis every few years. If so, you are NOT alone and there are 4 (often hidden) reasons why. This episode of Soul School goes into those factors and what can be…
Eps 85: Catacombic Freestyling with Swedish Theology-enthusiast, Josef Gustafsson - Spark My Muse
Oct 28, 2016 • 51 min
“[Society] becomes oppressive because eventually the powerful decide the categories.” Today, I am joined by veteran podcaster, Josef Gustafsson to talk about a lot of interesting and thought-provoking ideas. We get into topics like what life is like in a…
Soul School - Lesson 55: Quicksand of Cynicism (and a Homage to Maria Popova) - Spark My Muse
Oct 26, 2016 • 15 min
The smartest people can become so cynical. I had been thinking about this sour disposition and the temptation to see the world as lost and terrible when I came upon Maria Popover’s inspiring post “10 Lessons of Learn in 10 Years of Brain Pickings”. It…
Eps 84: Recovering Your Mental Health, guest Michael Weinberger - Spark My Muse
Oct 21, 2016 • 46 min
Early on, Michael Weinberger was out of control and misdiagnosed. What followed was a long string of chaos, addiction, and destructive behavior that left him hopeless and hospitalized. His story of recovery is inspiring, as are the proven methods he used…
Soul School - Lesson 54: What is the Meaning of Life (Series Finale) - Spark My Muse
Oct 19, 2016 • 20 min
Part 4 of reading, explanation, and reflection on the ONLY text of the Ancient Near-East that responds to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” In this episode is the conclusion of the series and shows the parallel of the conclusion of the text to…
Eps: 83 Ryan J. Bell and Life After God - Spark My Muse
Oct 14, 2016 • 55 min
When Ryan J Bell, a Seventh Day Adventist Pastor, publicly took a year to live a life without God and blog about it, he got a lot of attention and notoriety. He also had hundreds of people in the midst of doubting their faith or giving up belief in God in…
Soul School - Lesson 53: What is the Meaning of Life (Part 3) - Spark My Muse
Oct 12, 2016 • 23 min
Part 3 of reading, explanation, and reflection on the ONLY text of the Ancient Near-East that responds to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” In this episode I draw into focus the absurd nature of suffering and futile nature that life seems to…
Eps 82: Becoming Wise, my conversation with special guest, Krista Tippett - Spark My Muse
Oct 7, 2016 • 47 min
Krista Tippett’s work, through her program ON BEING, was the biggest inspiration for me starting my own podcast, and today it is a great pleasure to have her as a guest on Spark My Muse. Krista is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times…
Soul School - Lesson 52: What is the Meaning of Life? (Part 2) - Spark My Muse
Oct 5, 2016 • 21 min
Part 2 of reading, explanation, and reflection on the ONLY text of the Ancient Near-East that responds to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” This short series unpacks ancient wisdom text in a new way and includes a reading of Ecclesiastes…
Eps 81: Long-suffering and Unanswered prayer, guest Rhiannon Hall - Spark My Muse
Sep 30, 2016 • 65 min
Ongoing unanswered prayers or chronic suffering can turn into a stigma when prayers aren’t answered or situations don’t have points of resolutions. The result is that is deep feeling of disconnection and faith communities are left wondering how to…
Soul School-Lesson 51: What Is the Meaning of Life (part 1) - Spark My Muse
Sep 28, 2016 • 22 min
This short series will unpack ancient wisdom text in a new way and include a reading of Ecclesiastes translated by the late biblical scholar, archeologist, and language translator Dr David A. Dorsey. What you hear might surprise you regarding the context…
Eps 80: Exploring Pride, Confidence, and Success, Guest Dr. Jessica Tracy - Spark My Muse
Sep 23, 2016 • 30 min
Only recently have social scientist been able to prove that pride is a universal and hard-wired human emotion. It’s a complex one with two very different sides–one that leads to power and socially destructive costs; and one that leads to making the world…
Soul School-Lesson 50: The Fountain of Life EXPLAINED - Spark My Muse
Sep 21, 2016 • 18 min
Today is the 50th episode of SOUL SCHOOL! Thanks for listening! ::: A common misunderstanding about how to read wisdom texts and how the ancients understood the heart has us misinterpreting wisdom literature in the Bible and elsewhere. Today, on Soul…
Eps 79: How to Fly (at will) in Your Dreams–guest, Robert Waggoner - Spark My Muse
Sep 16, 2016 • 50 min
Since ancient times, dreams have brought humans endless fascination and were seen to have special power and connection with the divine. Even today, dreams continue to mystify and enthrall us, especially the scientifically proven phenomenon of LUCID…
Soul School-Lesson 49: Do You Triangulate? [SPOILER: yes.] - Spark My Muse
Sep 14, 2016 • 19 min
The prominence of (social/psychological) triangulation leaks a subtle toxin into our common life. You do it. I do it, and we fail to see how poisonous it is to us. What does it entail? How does it happen? What is the cost? And how can we do better? That…
Eps 78 - Guest, Peter Rollins on Lacking the Lack, Fighting Ghosts, and Reveling in the Raveling - Spark My Muse
Sep 9, 2016 • 51 min
This is a most insightful and delightful conversation as you will find. Peter Rollins is a provocative writer, philosopher, storyteller and public speaker who has gained an international reputation for overturning traditional notions of religion and…
Soul School - Lesson 48: Embodying Ritual and Transition - Spark My Muse
Sep 7, 2016 • 11 min
It has been said (I think rightly) that ritual came along to combat our core human fears and anxieties. While unexamined or superstitious rituals don’t heal our fears, thoughtful sacramental living can add new richness to our lives. This richness may…
Eps 77: Guest, Srini Rao - Being Unmistakable and Recovering From Failure - Spark My Muse
Sep 2, 2016 • 32 min
The unmistakable Srini Rao is the CEO of Unmistakable Creative Media. His blogging helped him move into podcasting and animation/media, and now a very successful book about how to find YOUR unmistakable thing. Our conversation is freshingly honest about…
Soul School - Lesson 47 Genetically-determined Fears and Ancient Memory - Spark My Muse
Aug 31, 2016 • 9 min
A genetic study may shed light on not only the gene expression of fear in offspring, but perhaps Ancient Memory. It involves mice, cherries, and some surprises. Show Notes today will have links to the article mentioned and the scientific study. Thanks for…