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Sexy Spirituality

Real Spirituality for Modern Life. Spirituality affects everything -- our relationships, our careers, our health -- so it should be integrated into every area of life. This is the podcast for authentic, messy, fabulous, sexy spiritual people.

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The Voice of Intuition
The Voice of Intuition  Sexy Spirituality Episode #42  Host: Lezli Goodwin  Guest: Rev. Beverley Strutt, Assistant Minister at CSL East Hawaii  Guest: Rev. Nan Bankston, ancient lightworker and modern-day minister at CSL Grants Pass     Small Talk  Lezli, Rev. Bev and Rev. Nan share their stories about mothering in honor of Mother’s Day.    The Voice of Intuition  I’m delighted to have to lovely friends with me today, both of whom live from their deep well of intuition.  Our topic today is “The Voice of Intuition”  Beverley, can you start us off with your personal definition of intuition?:  First thing that rises up is “did I make the right choice”; however today, it is the voice I hear inside that is literally a constant guide.  I don’t even question it.  I listen and just do.  In hindsight I recognize it as that internal guidance of the Divine.  Nan:  Shows up for me as a deep knowingness without question that I’m making the right turn or decision.  There is ease.  I just know I am always guided and directed and it is always life affirming.    Life Affirming:  moving us in a positive direction, never cruel, never takes.  A giving and a guiding.  Nan:  Anything that looks smells or sounds like fear is not intuitive.  Life affirming for me  is also based in loving action for myself and others; not a knee jerk response.  Bev:  Over time listening to intuition, we allow the opening so when we hear it we tend to choose it.  Then there’s no doing anymore, we are just flowing.  Nan:  Intuition is always flowing down stream and it’s easy.  If I’m trying to fight my way upstream that is not intuitive insight.  It’s always easy and down stream.  Lezli:  I’m hearing Karen Drucker’s “Let go of the Shore”   How would you advise people to nurture their intuition? Nan:  There must be a connection to source.  The more time in communion with that presence, the more I developed the relationship that supported me to be able to receive the wisdom.  So, be still.  Be with yourself, your source energy and be open to receive.  This will develop a sense of confidence.  It takes consistency persistent and patience.  Bev:  It’s about reflection and connecting the dots because often we fail to look back enough to see what happened that led to where we are.  We then learn to trust the voice of intuition.  Lezli: Be in the listening, in the silence, pay attention to what has happened.  I also like journaling as reflecting and on the flip side, we can actively invite the opportunities to notice intuition in the present.  Practice on silly things; should I eat soup or carrot?  A feeling rises up from the inside and we then can learn what that feels like rising up within.    Bev: Willingness and desire are important too.  A willingness to feel vulnerable and trust the process.  I call willingness the combo code; it unlocks everything.  Open that desire to be guided.  Let’s talk Story! Share an Intuition Story!   Bev takes a cruise; Nan moves to NM; and Lezli shadow boxes with God.  Good News – Intuition will always come back around.  What is yours to be/know/have you can’t lose.  It will keep coming back around and may even become a 2x4 and smack you upside the head!  We mentioned Karen Drucker https://www.karendrucker.com/, Marianne Williamson (The Law of Circulation) https://marianne.com/,      Something Good  Nan:  I have been working on my website, https://www.123spiritinme.com/, it is an oasis of calm and wonder.  A pit stop in the middle of your day to get refreshed and revitalized.  Take a good look at it and let me know if there’s something you’d like to see.  My email is on the website.  Bev:  I invite anyone that wants to come and visit the big Island virtually, join us at Centers for Spiritual Living East Hawaii, http://hawaiicsl.org/.  We are a beautiful community.  Our church has no walls, so it is all open and all inviting.  Come on in.  We are on Youtube.  I speak the 2nd weekend of every month.  I’d love to see you there.  If you do stop in please send a little message in the live stream chat!  Lezli: My something good is…I have a FREE online class coming up called "The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership.” This is an experiential class based on the book of the same name. If you are ready to show up with more integrity, as well as experience more success, this class is for you. This is a 4-week class, and it’s completely free but a Love Offering to New Vision CSL is always welcome.  Class starts Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30 PM PST. To find out more, go to lezligoodwin.com/onlineclasses    If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please consider joining us on Patreon at  https://www.patreon.com/SexySpirituality.  From bonus content to insider access, our patrons get all the sexiest stuff. Thanks to our Patrons are making this show possible.  Thank you for joining us for Sexy Spirituality.  I'm your host, Lezli Goodwin, spiritual mentor, minister and author at lezligoodwin.com. Our guests have been Rev. Beverley Strutt, assistant minister at The Center for Spiritual Living East Hawaii, and Rev. Nan Bankston, ancient lightworker and modern-day minister from CSL Grants Pass.  Thanks for being with us!  If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please give a 5 start review on Apple Podcasts or the platform you prefer to listen on. It really does help! And please do check us out on Patreon.  If you have any feedback about the show, we’d love to hear from you at lezligoodwin@gmail.com. You can find all of our show notes and podcast episodes at sexyspiritualitypodcast.com. Be sure to click subscribe!  We’ll see you on May 21st for our next episode.  Thanks for joining us for Sexy Spirituality, Real Spirituality for the Modern World.   
35:27 5/7/21
Healthy Boundaries Happy Lives
Healthy Boundaries, Happy Lives  Sexy Spirituality Episode #41     Host: Lezli Goodwin  Guest: Savanna Riker, Spiritual Coach, Author and Minister  Guest: Sarah Forbes, Spiritual Guide and Transformational Coach    Small Talk  Lezli, Savanna and Sarah talk: what’s bringing you Joy today?    Healthy Boundaries, Happy Lives  We’ve brought together a round able of very powerful women today. Each of us are in different phases of life, in different places in our careers. And yet, today’s topic is powerfully present for each one of us.  Savanna, give us a nutshell description of how healthy boundaries became such an essential area of exploration for you: This is the biggest thing yet up for me.  It used to be a dirty word; I didn’t ever want to talk about boundaries because I didn’t have any.  I started digging deep into my past traumas of childhood and the ways in which I felt unsafe. So for many years of my life, I started to wonder why my relationships were so hard with so much dysfunction.   Brené Brown, I believe, said, “Boundaries without consequences are merely suggestions.”  I didn’t know what a boundary was.  I wasn’t modeled that growing up.  I didn’t understand how my experiences were informing my relationships going forward.  Once I started to grasp that boundaries are very important in my life, I said I have to dive in.  I have to really explore what this means and how it actually creates safety between us as human beings.  It has been a huge interest of mine for a while now.  Lezli:  As humans we reach a point where we look around and go wait I might not be doing this in the way that serves me best. In my first marriage I am not sure I really had any understanding of adult relationships at all.  The list of things that I didn't do to take care of myself in that relationship could wallpaper a house!  What a joy it is to know that with every breath we get to look at it again and see how to do things differently   Sarah: I had my second baby a couple years ago. He's two now.  After I had him I was diagnosed with postpartum depression.  While I was going through that I had a lot of responsibilities and a lot of expectations in my home life, with my husband and my family, and I also had a lot of expectations in my career.  I had to learn how to set clear boundaries otherwise I couldn't heal and I couldn't do what I needed to do to find my center again.  It was really crucial for me to figure out a way to get clear about what the feelings going on in me meant and once I could get clear about that I could communicate what I needed and what I wanted and really set boundaries.  This time period was one of the main reasons that I was able to come out of it so quickly.  Postpartum depression can last a long time for people and for me it was about six months and it's because I was working with a professional and was working in my life to really honor my feelings and communicate what was going on in me and letting people know I can't do that right now.  I really got clear about the language I used and how direct I was.  I've had to maintain that even two years later to make sure that I'm not going back to the other side where I just say yes to everything to helping everybody to being the best mom.  We have this idea especially being maternal and having maternal instincts and social conditioning around what it means to be a mom.  We have to learn, as moms especially, how to care for ourselves because it's not something we're taught.  Lezli: When I was a young mom I’m so glad Pinterest wasn’t a thing yet as I’m super crafty and it creates an expectation that everybody put up their brightest and shiniest and the expectation is that not only are your children going to be clean, fed, and loved, but they're also going to have sculptures for their snacks and handcrafted everything! As a mom/step mom of 5, I'm just glad nobody's been to jail they all still speak to each other!   I'll take it!  Savanna:  The thing that I have found so tricky about being able to set boundaries with people is that I didn't always have the self-esteem and self-respect to know the behaviors that were happening which were crossing my boundaries.  I wasn't really clear that I was feeling violated or betrayed, often because it was normalized behavior and how I grew up.  So in order to create boundaries I have to have enough self-esteem and self-respect to know when this is OK or that is not OK.  If you don't know what's not OK for you it makes it really challenging to not have [boundaries] violated often.  Lezli: What constitutes a boundary?  There are internal boundaries and external boundaries.  They are a way of communicating either to yourself or to someone else that something needs to change, or something needs to stop right there.    Determining if something is OK or not OK or doesn’t feel good.  Feelings and emotions are the guide.  Some of us aren’t in touch with our feelings which makes it harder to know if boundaries are being crossed or need to be set.  If we don't have a clear “if X then Y” and then actually honor whatever that is, then we as well say I think everything should be grape jelly, my furniture should be grape jelly.  It's all just kind of an imaginary thing until there is a firm “I will step away” or “we will need to take a break” or “we'll have to have a conversation about other options.” We then have the responsibility as the boundary former [creator] to communicate the boundary and then also to honor and follow up on any clear set outcomes.    I stayed way too long in relationships with people that were abusive because I I didn't follow up.  I would set a boundary but then I would allow the behavior to continue and never actually implement what I said which means that you're basically teaching this other person how to treat you.  You're teaching them that this is OK and therefore they keep doing it   Lezli:  So what do you say to the people who say, “I hate boundaries?”  A person saying that may not have any and boundaries. [Boundaries] show people how to love us.  Some of the most compassionate people that I know are some of the most boundaried people that I know.  [They are] just so clear on where they stand.  I never have to question where they are and where they're at and how they feel about me or a relationship or our friendship.    When people think of boundaries they often equate it to conflict.  What gets missed in that is that [setting] boundaries is actually a way to prevent long term conflicts.  It's a way to keep you in a relationship that's healthy so that all these unnecessary conflicts don't keep coming up.  So short term you might have to endure a little bit of conflict but in the long term when you get good at setting boundaries, you avoid a lot of conflict.  Conflict naturally fizzles out when you learn how to set the boundaries that you need to keep you healthy and take care of yourself.  Lezli, Kicking the Coke Machine Analogy:  This can be what it's like to train people to recognize I'm serious I'm holding this boundary.  They may push it [the boundary; put a dollar in] a couple times to see if they can get you to follow the old pattern [spit out a coke] But they might kick the Coke machine and [eventually] they learn this dollar is not going to get me a Coke and they stop putting in money   I would just self-abandon my own needs and my own value for someone else’s desires instead of standing in my own truth and setting my own boundary.  In turn, I was dishonoring myself and continuing a cycle of toxic, addictive, abusive [relationships].  For me it was all of those things which really didn't call people higher or to the plate.  Then the challenge [becomes] well then you lose those people.  What do we do with that?  If we don't have that self-worth piece it's so hard to let go of the other person because we think they're providing our worth, they are completing us, there's that codependency piece.  Developing this self-worth and working on learning to love yourself and care for yourself is so essential in this practice of setting boundaries   Lezli:  Even thinking I'm worth spending the time in my own consciousness and in my own awareness to recognize what boundaries should be for me.  It is an interesting process for me to recognize I don't have to be the cool girl I don't have to be the girl who's down for everything and I don't have to be the easy one in the room, meaning the one that never cares what restaurant we go to, or what time we're meeting up.  Not just in romantic relationships but I think I was really guilty of that in my girlfriend relationships. I just want to be included.  It didn't even occur to me that I was worth having an opinion.  Sarah:  I think, as women especially, we are anger phobic.  We are taught that anger is [bad] and we’re not the cool girl, or we’re the one that's losing it.  So we are taught to be scared of our own anger and to shame our anger.  Our anger is the clearest signal that a boundary has been crossed so one of the things that we really have to do, especially as women, is be comfortable with our anger, be OK with it and that can be a process for a lot of people.  I'm still working on it how to be OK when I'm angry.  It's a natural human emotion.  It's a signal.  It's telling me something and it's wise and I need to hear it and honor it and listen to it   Savanna:  When I first started setting boundaries, I was so in my anger about it because they had been violated for so long that there was like this self-righteousness.  I had to set a very firm boundary and it has to stick.  So, I would go overboard to the point where people felt so pushed out that they thought I was crazy.  It's a process of using our anger in a way to not only explore the anger deeply, but to channel it in a way that we're setting a boundary not from just a place of anger [seeking balance].  In this Episode, we mentioned Brené Brown https://brenebrown.com/, Thich Nhat Hahn https://thichnhathanhfoundation.org/    ….  Something Good  Savanna: I’m always having a class coming up and you can find out more information about what I'm offering,  what lectures might be coming up,  on http://www.savannanoelle.com/  You can also find me of course on social media, @savinoelle is my Instagram handle and of course Facebook also has all of this information.   Sarah: I’m working on a class right now about trauma informed care and how to implement trauma informed care into spiritual guidance and practice.  I’ll be teaching the class either in summer or fall.  If you want more information about the class you can go to my website: http://www.theinspiredmindhealing.com/   Lezli: I have a class coming up called Podcasting 101. Podcasting can be a fun, creative way to embrace the idea of a church without walls, connecting with people all over the world. It can seem overwhelming, but there are simple, inexpensive ways to make your podcasting dreams a reality. In just a few weeks, you could be ready to launch your first podcast and get your message to the people who really want it. Cost for this 4-week class is $89.00. Class starts Thursday, May 6 at 6:00 PM MST. To find out more, go to lezligoodwin.com/onlineclasses    Thank you for joining us for Sexy Spirituality.  Our hosts today have been Lezli Goodwin, spiritual mentor, blogger and author at lezligoodwin.com, Savanna Noelle Riker, Spiritual Coach, Author and Minister, and Sarah Forbes, Spiritual Guide and Transformational Coach.   Thanks for being with us!  If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please give a 5 start review on Apple Podcasts or the platform you prefer to listen on. It really does help! And please do check us out on Patreon.  If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please consider joining us on Patreon at  patreon.com/sexyspirituality. From early access to episodes to patron-only content, our Patreon community gets the very sexiest stuff from us! A big thank you to our patrons for making this show possible.  If you have any feedback about the show, we’d love to hear from you at lezligoodwin@gmail.com. You can find all of our show notes and podcast episodes at sexyspiritualitypodcast.com. Be sure to click subscribe!  Thanks for joining us for Sexy Spirituality, Real Spirituality for the Modern World. 
41:14 4/27/21
Exploring Spirituality through Songwriting
4.9.21 Sexy Spirituality Show Notes  “Exploring Spirituality through Songwriting”  Recorded 2.9.21. 10:00 AM MST    Exploring Spirituality through Songwriting  Sexy Spirituality Episode #40     Host: Lezli Goodwin  Guest: Denise Rosier, Contemporary New Thought artist, and award-winning singer/songwriter  Guest: Heather O’Day, Musical Director of Sonoran Desert Center for Spiritual Living in Amado, Arizona     Small Talk  Lezli, Heather and Denise talk birthdays!    Exploring Spirituality through Songriting  Okay, we’ve got singer/songwriter madness going on here today  I wanted to have Denise and Heather on today, as they are both wonderful songwriters, performers and spiritual leaders. I came to know each through the Empower Music and Arts organization, the group that gives the Posi Awards for positive music. Https://empowerma.com  Denise, give us the nutshell version of how you landed in positive music: Starting out as an inspirational Christian artist, as my spirituality changed my music changed. During a performance break, someone suggested that a spiritual center community would appreciate my music. I didn’t know the songs, so I had to write to find songs that would work.  Heather: A director at Tuscon New Thought was looking for musicians to sit in for Sunday Celebration Services. My path was taking me there, but I didn’t have a community or a name for it. Before I knew it, there was an entire community at home, in my back yard, and led to a Music Director position. There was no hymnal! So, I was guided to some new thought musicians, and I did a retreat with Karen Drucker, who said, “This genre needs new voices. This genre needs your voice. Why not start now”    Lezli: I came to all of this exactly background. I grew up doing performing arts, and then I took a 16-year break & developed stage fright. During practitioner training, I was assigned, “Go do the scariest thing you can think of.” The scariest thing I could think of was to go back into vocal training. Dawn Kerlin made herself available to do some vocal training, which turned into song writing, which turned into recording albums.  The more you write, the better it gets. You have to get the muck out.  Tom Kimmel once gave me the homework to go home and write a hundred terrible songs! It takes the pressure off.  Densie: a Christian label pushed me to write, as they wanted every singer to write their own songs, and I loved it. Sometimes I have to just be with a song until a word lands, just let them move around in my mind and then BAM, there it is.  It’s amazing how people have such deep meaning and feelings about songs, and I remember, “I was microwaving spare ribs when I thought of that line.” The funniest things stand out.  Writing songs (and messages for Sunday) come from what we’re working on in our own lives. It’s true in inspirational music as much as any other kind of music.  Denise: I was very clear that I was going to write the songs I wanted to write and produce them the way I produce them. I didn’t care of anyone else liked them. Luckily, people did respond to them.  When it comes to inspirational music, I am simply just reaching out to Spirit and having a conversation with God. We’re kind of like the greeting card writers for people who maybe don’t know quite how to say what they are feeling. We create a space for people to be with God in that moment.  “To sing is to pray twice.”  St. Augustine (sorry for the misattribution)  What is the greatest lesson from being a spiritual song writing for non-writers:  Heather: That everything is an act of creativity, that there is only One Mind and One Heart. It’s all coming from a personal place.   We mentioned Daniel Nahmod http://www.danielnahmod.com/, Karen Drucker https://www.karendrucker.com/, Tom Kimmel https://tomkimmel.com/, Harold Payne https://haroldpaynemusic.com/, Lezli & Dawn  https://www.reverbnation.com/lezlidawn.    ….  Something Good  Heather: I am the host of Wednesday Night Live, which is a New Thought music driven video podcast Facebook.com/CSLSonoranDesert. Plus, new music called “The Journey” at  www.heatheroday.com for info.  Denise: In addition to my music, one of the things I did during COVID was work on some ministry resources. Go to deniserosier.com for info for ministers and music directors, free chords for congregational songs. I’m developing workshops for pulpit ministers and music directors to build a stronger connection for creating a bigger and more robust music ministry. And I’m starting a new album this year!  Lezli: My something good is…I have a class coming up called Podcasting 101. Podcasting can be a fun, creative way to embrace the idea of a church without walls, connecting with people all over the world. It can seem overwhelming, but there are simple, inexpensive ways to make your podcasting dreams a reality. In just a few weeks, you could be ready to launch your first podcast and get your message to the people who really want it. Cost for this 4-week class is $89.00. Class starts Thursday, May 6 at 6:00 PM MST. To find out more, go to lezligoodwin.com/onlineclasses    If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please consider joining us on Patreon at  patreon.com/sexyspirituality. From early access to episodes to patron-only content, our Patreon community gets the very sexiest stuff from us! A big thank you to our patrons for making this show possible.  If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please give a 5 start review on Apple Podcasts or the platform you prefer to listen on. It really does help! And please do check us out on Patreon.  If you have any feedback about the show, we’d love to hear from you at lezligoodwin@gmail.com. You can find all of our show notes and podcast episodes at sexyspiritualitypodcast.com. Be sure to click subscribe!  We’ll see you on April 24 for our next episode, “Expressing Spirituality through Songwriting”. Thanks for joining us for Sexy Spirituality, Real Spirituality for the Modern World. 
38:08 4/10/21
Spirituality and Pop Culture
Spirituality and Pop Culture  Sexy Spirituality Episode #39     Host: Lezli Goodwin  Guest: Rev. Dr. Raymont L. Anderson, Senior Minister of The Center for Spiritual Living Greater Baltimore  Guest: Rev. Barbara Bue, Manager of Field Services for Centers for Spiritual Living     Small Talk  Lezli, Ray and Barb talk about favorite Easter goodies and traditions. For Ray, it’s chocolate. For Barb, it’s Cadbury Crème Eggs. So terrible and so amazing.      Spirituality and Pop Culture  We’ve got a gathering of proud geeks here today  I wanted to have Ray and Barb on today, because these are two people I can always count on to get my geeky references and take them one step further, exploring the spiritual messages in pop culture.  Ray. Tell me about how you came to connect your favorite pop culture icons with your spiritual life.  Ray: I originally got into all of this through reading. Wonder Woman, Bionic Man, Bionic Woman. But at Carlo College, a philosophy teacher and a nun told me that spirituality and mythology are closely connected. Also, that the Bible is not in inerrant word of God. And then my father re-introduced me to Joseph Campbell. In order for SPider Man to become Spider Man, Uncle Ben taught him that with great power comes great responsibility. If we’re going to walk this walk, there is responsibility. It’s in Yoda, and in the Judeo-Christian theology.  Barb: It’s also practice, choice-points, the biggest opportunities for growth. Let’s use Harry Potter – they learn your word is your power, but you must practice to say it rightly and use intention. All the things Science of Mind has been teaching for 150 years is in all of this, even from way before of course.  The journey is never complete. You can be successful, and then step right back into the next expansion of the self. There is always another Heros Journey.  Yoda learned for 600 years, to become the person who said you failed because you did not believe, you’re not convicted. Two generations now have grown up with the Star Wars universe, and it’s changing the world and wanting to make the world be different.  The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) is the most current wave in culture, echoing what Star Trek and Star Wars did in the last generation, comic books before.  George Lucas is a Science of Mind guy! The Force was what he came to about God from the Science of Mind.  Ray: Gene Roddenberry, communicators & now flip phones. Touch screens are now literally touch screens. Thought becomes form, it’s in real life now. In Harry Potter, “Is this just my imagination?” Dumbledore, of course it’s in your mind. WHy would that make it not real?  Do we ever get to let go of the war or idea of the need to fight? The Declaration of Principles says the ultimate goal of life is freedom from discord of every nature, and this freedom is sure to be attained by all. Luke was at war with himself. We can get past the idea of needing to harm another, and move into challenging ourself and others. Like chess – that's a challenge, but not war.  We can talk about how we can all win. Some people think that’s fantasy thinking, but this is that episode! It’s the old rising tides should float all boats.  This idea that fantasy is just daydreaming, but Albert Einstein said imagination is more important than knowledge. All new things come from imagination, fantasy, thought first. Fantasy is just another way that the Divine is expressing.  The key is separating the idea that fiction is for children. We do such a good job teaching children that anything is possible, and then we tell them to grow up. Lezli’s generation (born in 1975) never knew a world without Star Wars and Star Trek, and we never stopped believing in possibilities and the bursting forth of technology shows it.  Dr. Strange: At the root of existence, mind and matter meet. They are not divorceable. There is only one Mind, and that Mind is God.  We know mind affects the body, physiology. If not, there wouldn’t be 1-900 numbers. That wouldn’t be a multi-billion -dollar industry.  “Don’t worry yourself sick.” We say that because we know you can.  So many of these stories also involve intuition, trusting the inner voice.  How do we reconcile the comic book “There is only one” in a teaching where we are taught that we are all the chosen one? Each one of us are The One, and it’s always manifesting as individuals, and as a team.  Buffy had the Scoobies. Harry Potter had Ron and Hermione. Spider Man had the Avengers. They set it up as “The One,” and then the hero chooses to build a family/team. Nobody is the Ron in their version of the story. Nobody is Xander. This even holds for Jesus, Jeshua, the Christ. But he says that he did these things but you will do greater. He built the family of apostles and then awakened it for all of us. IF we connect to it.  What is our responsibility as New Thought teachers to reference pop culture for relevance?  Barb: Those of us that do attract younger crowds include pop culture, sports and science, to men and women in balance. I do think it’s important. Young people are coming in and they know all this because they grew up with Harry. We try to make it high minded and they are like, “Yeah, I learned about this when I was five.”  If you are brave enough and audacious enough and unapologetic enough to bring the fantasy into real life, not only will your life change, but the life of your community, city world will change, one thought at a time. Pop culture is the great example of how this happens.    Something Good  Barb: If you are looking to plug into community that thinks like this, that explores like this, find a Center for Spiritual Living. My personal favorite is New Thought Norther Colorado, which is a community I helped birth and I’m still attached to. Life can still be magic. www.NewThoughtNoCo.org  Ray: Feel free to find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. (Raymont Anderson) www.cslgreaterbaltimore.com  Lezli: My something good is…I have a class coming up called Creating Powerful Memes. A picture is worth a thousand words, and the evidence of gorgeous branded memes are all over social media. The amazing thing is you can learn to create these impressive and impactful images more quickly and more easily than you think. Come explore free and low-cost technologies and techniques that will open the door to a completely new world of marketing magic! (Held as part of the Centers for Spiritual Living Advance and Thrive Series) Cost for this 4-week class is $89.00. Class starts Thursday, April 8 at 6:00 PM MST. To find out more, go to www.lezligoodwin.com/onlineclasses       If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please consider joining us on Patreon at  patreon.com/sexyspirituality. From early access to episodes to patron-only content, our Patreon community gets the very sexiest stuff from us! A big thank you to our patrons for making this show possible.  If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please give a 5 start review on Apple Podcasts or the platform you prefer to listen on. It really does help! And please do check us out on Patreon.  Thank you for joining us for Sexy Spirituality.  I'm your host, Lezli Goodwin, spiritual mentor, minister and author at lezligoodwin.com. Our guests have been Rev. Dr. Raymont L. Anderson, Senior Minister of The Center for Spiritual Living Greater Baltimore, and Rev. Barbara Bue, Manager of Field Services for Centers for Spiritual Living.  Thanks for being with us!  If you have any feedback about the show, we’d love to hear from you at lezligoodwin@gmail.com. You can find all of our show notes and podcast episodes at sexyspiritualitypodcast.com. Be sure to click subscribe!  We’ll see you on April 9 for our next episode, “Expressing Spirituality through Songwriting”. Thanks for joining us for Sexy Spirituality, Real Spirituality for the Modern World.   
39:21 3/27/21
New Thought and New Media
New Thought and New Media  Sexy Spirituality Episode #38     Host: Lezli Goodwin  Guest: Rev. Robert Brzezinski, founding minister and Creative Director of New Thought Media Network  Guest: Cerise Patron, Singer, Songwriter, Speaker and Author, Spreading the message of Love to the world.     Small Talk  Lezli, Robert and Cerise talk about what book really inspired them.  Cerise: The book that changed my life was “Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsh (https://www.amazon.com/Conversations-God-Uncommon-Dialogue-Book/dp/0399142789)  but the one that really set me in motion was “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”  by Suzanne Jeffers (https://www.amazon.com/Conversations-God-Uncommon-Dialogue-Book/dp/0399142789)   Robert: Thank you so much, Cerise, for not limiting yourself to one! “The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield (https://www.amazon.com/Celestine-Prophecy-James-Redfield/dp/153873026X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1NFDQDJ3Z9OAM&dchild=1&keywords=the+celestine+prophecy+by+james+redfield&qid=1615562059&s=books&sprefix=the+celestin%2Cstripbooks%2C202&sr=1-1) but I read it long before I was introduced to New Thought. What really launched me was “The Science of Mind” by Ernest Holmes (https://www.amazon.com/Science-Mind-Complete-Ernest-Holmes/dp/1585428426/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2BRDXADYW24QW&dchild=1&keywords=the+science+of+mind+ernest+holmes&qid=1615562145&s=books&sprefix=the+science+of+m%2Cstripbooks%2C223&sr=1-3) But the most influential is Michael Singer’s books like “The Untethered Soul” (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=michael+singer&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2)   Lezli: “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson (https://www.amazon.com/Return-Love-Reflections-Principles-Miracles/dp/0060927488/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1VDCFP56KV8B2&dchild=1&keywords=marianne+williamson&qid=1615562328&s=books&sprefix=marianne%2Cstripbooks%2C208&sr=1-1) and “This Thing Called You” by Ernest Holmes ( https://www.amazon.com/s?k=ernest+holmes+this+thing+called+you&crid=2DIAN49ELMXM4&sprefix=ernest+holmes+this%2Cstripbooks%2C201&ref=nb_sb_ss_fb_1_18_ts-doa-p)      New Thought and New Media  I wanted to have Robert and Cerise on today, because I see each of them using New Media to expand their message to a broader audience in interactive ways.  Robert, it has been really interesting to watch you walk out your New Thought ministry through New Media.  Tell us a little bit about how this focus came about for your ministry.  Robert: The thing behind it all is the Life Visioning process. After exploring a pulpit ministry, I came to explore what ministry was going to be for me. I dove deep into the Life Visioning process, and an old idea of a New Thought radio station emerged and I launched New Thought Radio. It was a hobby at the times. Through the development of that music radio station, more emerged. Talk radio? YouTube? Videos? Out of prayer, the New Thought Media Network was born. I was posting prayers and very quickly there was a timeframe behind it. We now have 20 hours of live video broadcasting on Facebook per week.  Mental Equivalent: the capacity to envision the fullest capacity of your vision, how big can you see your dream getting? You can’t realize more than you can imagine.  Cerise: The pandemic, when it happened, I had just launched Sacred Spiritual Tours and had 4 tours planned in South America for 2020. So I went from an amazingly busy planned year – and I don’t like it when plans don’t come to fruition. Technology is really spectacular, and I created virtual reality travel experiences (one on one session in her home). The experiencer wears a virtual reality device walking through all of these amazing places while I sing to you and lead you in meditations. So concerts, showing up virtually for church services, reaching the most people is boosted by technology even during this pandemic.  We can all find a way to connect with ministers, meditations, good news and be a blessing in the world.  Lezli: Rev. Karin Lewis and I were able to pivot immediately when everything went online, so we didn’t really lose anyone. But we’re finding that out online campus has grown by about 40% over the pandemic period. And it’s very active, engaged, not just being a passive “watching” population.  The landscape has changed. We all became global overnight. With that came the necessity for ministries to shift to what is more palatable to the online audience. Shorter segments, Interactivity. Things that draw people in more.  Friday Night Game Night, Zoom fellowship, the hilarity of how we figure out how to do things together online is as fun as the actual connection.  What is our responsibility to share the New Thought philosophy via New Media? Robert: If we wish to stay relevant, absolutely. More and more people spend time in front of a screen of some kind. It is experiencing life. It’s our responsibility to be available in the channels and places where people are influenced in their lives.  Both Robert and Lezli have a background in marketing: Go where the people are.  Is Sunday dying? Do people want to go to church? Does anything new distract or detract from Sunday? Why are we so stuck on Sunday?  Lezli: I think we’re teachers of New Thought, not Sunday morning professionals.  Cerise: there’s a call to all of us to be the Light, to offer that Light in a bigger way. Young people want something that inspires them and excites them about life, and that involves some change. The amazing thing with pandemic is that those of us who have committed to being the Light in the world have to show up as the Light in a new way every day.  “We are beings of light. Is it not time for us to start traveling at the speed of light? New media moves at the speed of light.” Robert  Wisdom Everyday Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wisdomwednesday   You can have it all, the both/and – traditional Sunday, social media, YouTube, podcasts.  The prayer of Jabaz: Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.  What do you wish more people understood about New Media?  Robert: The internet is not free. Let’s create a network where everyone is prospering. Please support your favorite online ministries. Spirituality is not a side-hustle!  Cerise: No matter what level we are at, sharing our gifts, we’re human. We’re learning as we go. We’re all trying to figure it out. Don’t give up. If you don’t know it, you can learn it. Just keep moving forward. Put some dedicated time into learning the technology so you can show up in a new way. There are classes, teachers, YouTube videos. You are never alone.  CSL is running another podcasting class in May 2021 – 4 weeks, $89.00. I will share the enrollment link as it becomes available.    Something Good  Cerise: I am dedicated to breaking out of the chains! I’m releasing a new album this year with meditations and music. There are 3 virtual tour packages ($45.00/hour through the pandemic). There are 2 big in person tours coming up later this year. www.singingthetruth.com and Cerise’s Peeps Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/2763645437240346   Robert: Join us at New Thought Media Network (YouTube channel, Facebook page, hashtag) www.NTMedia.org Saturday mornings 9am MST, team of 7 amazing speakers sharing and teaching directly from the Science of Mind textbook, all year long – open Q&A. Join us!  Lezli: I am presenting as part of the Park Point Press CSL Authors Summit next Saturday, March 20th 2021, 10am to 2 PM MST. If you are curious about publishing or are looking for ways to support your book – lots of ways to approach this. I’m presenting on how to prepare yourself to market your book on a podcast. Register at www.Shop.csl.org/books       If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please consider joining us on Patreon at  www.patreon.com/sexyspirituality. From early access to episodes to patron-only content, our Patreon community gets the very sexiest stuff from us! A big thank you to our patrons for making this show possible.  If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please give a 5 start review on Apple Podcasts or the platform you prefer to listen on. It really does help!  If you have any feedback about the show, we’d love to hear from you at lezligoodwin@gmail.com. You can find all of our show notes and podcast episodes at sexyspiritualitypodcast.com. Be sure to click subscribe!   
42:42 3/12/21
Rocking Recovery the New Thought Way
Rocking Recovery the New Thought Wat Sexy Spirituality Episode #37   Host: Lezli Goodwin Guest: Jolene Baney, Co-Founder and Spiritual Coach at Qualia Recovery, providing case management and supported residential living for long-term recovery Guest: Ron Trunnell, licensed practitioner, new ministerial student living and breathing his own recovery for 22 years, and founding member of Renewal in the Desert, an annual spiritual retreat for sober gay men in Phoenix, Arizona   Small Talk Lezli, Ron and Jolene talk about what’s inspiring them right now. Jolene: Opening Qualia Recovery, a new residential facility (8 apartments) in Phoenix. I am inspired by creating the coaching program & helping people reconnect with their passions. Ron: I’m really focused on the concept of “Back to Basics” both in the Center, where we focus on the basics of Science of Mind, and in recovery where we go back to the idea of powerlessness. Lezli: The New Vision Center for Spiritual Living’s annual theme, “The Spiritual Hero’s Journey” -- combining Joseph Campbell’s theory of the Hero’s Journey and New Thought. I’m loving having reasons to talk about Harry Potter and Buffy.   Rocking Recovery the New Thought Way Ron and Jolene are both good friends and fellow partners at New Vision Center for Spiritual Living Our topic today is “Rocking Recovery the New Thought Way” Sometimes, Recovery and New Thought are conceived of as philosophically antithetical. Ron: Recovery can come across as traditional, New Thought less so. But there are places in the Big Book of AA (called “We Agnostics”) that sound like it could be literally out of The Science of Mind or written by Ernest Holmes. Holmes also spoke of AA very positively, focusing on “The fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.” (Gender due to the age it was written.) Where does the misunderstanding come up that 12 Steps are against Science of Mind? Jolene: It can be the word “powerless.” I think of it as I have turned away from the power of God that is always there. I’d been choosing not to plug in. Ron: Look below the surface. If I only look at the surface, look how different Jolene and I are. But within we have so much in common. The common thread is there. The same is true of the two philosophies, but you have to look beneath the surface to the deeper meaning. Jolene: Surrender is one of those words where you feel like you’re surrendering your power, or you can give it over and gain Freedom. That’s what I chose. It’s such a relief. Georgia Prescott, “Powerful or Powerless.” https://www.amazon.com/Powerful-Powerless-Georgia-Prescott/dp/0982681704 Jolene: It’s about rediscovering your passion and good, that there is an intuition and a power in your body, in your being. You wake up to it through meditation, affirmations, reconnecting your mind-body connection. Joe Dispenza: infecting the Quantum Field https://drjoedispenza.com/ “What the Bleep Do We Know,” https://whatthebleep.com/ Ron: It’s all just a choice away. “The entire universe will conspire for you at that moment of choice, that moment of commitment.” Jolene: doing monthly World Cafes to connect with people all over the world. http://www.theworldcafe.com/key-concepts-resources/world-cafe-method/ Sacred Service & being a sponsor, ways of sharing our experience, strength and hope with those who are new to the path of self-healing Honoring every path, every philosophy, every faith tradition. It’s about what is right for each person as an individualized creation of the Divine. Ron: There are many paths. THe important thing is to make a choice and move in that direction. Jolene: People in recovery are not broken. There are the most wonderful, powerful, creative people in the world. Lezli: There is nothing you cannot do. You just have to take the first step and trust there will be stone underneath your foot when it lands. The entire Universe conspires to bring you the things you need to walk it out.   Something Good Jolene: I mentioned Qualia Recovery, our new residential center in Phoenix Arizona. www.qualiarecovery.com I also mentioned Passion Maps, and my website for that is www.premiererecoveryoptions.com Ron: There are people out there already loving you. So whoever you are, whatever your situation is, just know that there’s a power of Love already supporting you. And by making that choice, whether it is to pursue a 12 Step program, perhaps Alcoholics Annonymous, search that out and find a meeting and simply say yes.  If it’s about finding that deeper spiritual connection, find a Center for Spiritual Living near you or online (www.newvisioncsl.org streams online) and connect with people who want to love you. Lezli: My something good is that we have NEW pieces of Science of Mind jewelry on our website www.newthought.shop. New colors in bracelets, some beaded earrings, good stuff. Check it out and save 20% with Promo Code “Sexy2021” to save 20% off your order. Again, that’s www.newthought.shop  You can find more from me at www.lezligoodwin.com   If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please consider joining us on Patreon at  www.patreon.com/sexyspirituality. From early access to episodes to patron-only content, our Patreon community gets the very sexiest stuff from us! A big thank you to our patrons for making this show possible. If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please give a 5 start review on Apple Podcasts or the platform you prefer to listen on. It really does help! If you have any feedback about the show, we’d love to hear from you at lezligoodwin@gmail.com. You can find all of our show notes and podcast episodes at sexyspiritualitypodcast.com. 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38:02 2/26/21
Loving Yourself First
Loving Yourself First  Sexy Spirituality Episode #36  (Our first episode back after hiatus!)     Host: Lezli Goodwin  Guest: Rev. Dr. Michelle Medrano, Lead Minister at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, CO  Guest: Rev. Kathleen Sibley, solo minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Prescott AZ     Small Talk  Lezli, Michelle and Kathleen talk about favorite Valentine’s Day goodies and traditions     Loving Yourself First  Michelle and Kathleen are women who have had a profound influence on my spiritual life and my career. I’m psyched!   Our topic today is “Loving Yourself First,” a primary aspect of New Thought teachings.  I don’t know about you folks, but getting to the place where I really love myself has been a long journey  You become the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.  Michelle: Is honored that people see her as someone who loves herself outloud. She came to that place while serving as senior minister for 17 years at New Vision CSL, having to shed her need to appear perfect. The more she was her authentic self, the more she could be love and feel love. If someone couldn’t love the real her, if she wasn’t their cup of tea, that’s okay. The deep desire to love and be loved, Real Love, couldn’t be met as long as she was hiding behind a façade.  Kathleen: It changes all the time, and there is so much deeper to go. She’s so grateful that instead of being the intensely driven person she thought she was supposed to be, the God of her understanding loves her exactly the way she is. She gets exhausted when she tried to be what she is not. “If you try to put me up on a pedestal, you’re just going to find that A. I need a pedicure and B. I don’t know how to hem pants.’  Letting go of the voice that says, “What’s the next impressive thing I have to do so I can earn the air I breathe?”   Rev. Dr. Penny Macek’s truth bombs!! She helped Lezli see the belief that she was as valuable as she was useful. Oof!  Kathleen: Was raised to believe that if she’s not pleasing or serving people, why is she here? It’s good to see the newer generation release this old mindset.  Michelle: Similar concern – the busier I am, the more important I am. We often need someone to be present with us, not busy. Being too busy to do spiritual practice or foster self-growth. The younger generation is much more open to spending time, money and energy on self-development.  Kathleen: It’s a newer thing to love myself enough to spend the time and money on whatever I need to be the happiest. “I had a real ‘Come to Kwan Yin moment...”  Michelle: We believe that big and little are meaningless in the Divine. The cumulative effect of a lifetime makes a HUGE difference. We really do impact each other for Good in ways we don’t realize.  Kathleen: It’s like Emma Curtis Hopkins, who almost no one knows about, but her students created whole spiritual movements and taught thousands and thousands of people.  Michelle: Anything can be a meaningful ministry. She tells a story of a task she hated doing, and how she found a way to make it meaningful. Accessing love in every mundane task by blessing it, to make a bigger impact.  When you stray from the self-love path, how do you get back on track?   Michelle: Access self-love through the deeper process of feeling and sensing your highest self. If I’m living in that higher space, what would I really be thinking and feeling about this?   Kathleen: I just realize there’s a little girl inside me throwing a hissy fit because she needs a metaphysical nap. So, I just hug her. I plop myself down in Divine Mother’s lap and let her rock me.  Lezli: Recognize the feeling without needing to push it away, and then do the scary thing anyway. Doing that gives everyone around me permission to do their own thing, too. That’s enough to pull me out of it.  Something Good  Kathleen: If you are local to Prescott, Arizona, we are reopening our labyrinth, which is open to the public. You can be a part of our community no matter where you are in the world through our online ministry at www.cslprescott.org. You can also find out more about our marketing at www.MadScience.marketing.   Michelle: I’m so excited to be offering an alternative February 14 Valentine’s Service at Mile Hi Church, which people can access by going to www.milehichurch.org or going to our Mile Hi Church Facebook page. We’re going to do a commitment service that day. We’re going to tlk about the deepened experience of Love that we can have, and commit that to ourselves, whether we’re in a relationship or not in a relationship. And then for anyone looking for a future partner, we’re going to commit to a future partner.  Join us!  Lezli: My something good is that we have NEW pieces of Science of Mind jewelry on our website www.newthought.shop. New colors in bracelets, some beaded earrings, good stuff. Check it out and save 20% with Promo Code “Sexy2021” to save 20% off your order. Again, that’s www.newthought.shop     If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please consider joining us on Patreon at  patreon.com/sexyspirituality. From early access to episodes to patron-only content, our Patreon community gets the very sexiest stuff from us! A big thank you to our patrons for making this show possible.  If you’d like to support Sexy Spirituality Podcast, please give a 5 start review on Apple Podcasts or the platform you prefer to listen on. It really does help! And please do check us out on Patreon.  Thank you for joining us for Sexy Spirituality.  I'm your host, Lezli Goodwin, spiritual mentor, minister and author at lezligoodwin.com. Our guests have been Rev. Dr. Michelle Medrano, Lead Minister at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, CO, and Rev. Kathleen Sibley, solo minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Prescott AZ.   Thanks for being with us!  If you have any feedback about the show, we’d love to hear from you at lezligoodwin@gmail.com. You can find all of our show notes and podcast episodes at sexyspiritualitypodcast.com. Be sure to click subscribe!  We’ll see you on February 26 for our next episode, “Rocking Recovery the New Thought Way”. Thanks for joining us for Sexy Spirituality, Real Spirituality for the Modern World. 
45:05 2/12/21
The Spirituality of Inclusion
The Spirituality of Inclusion Sexy Spirituality Episode #35   Co-Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Guest Host: Michele Synegal     Small Talk Sonia, Lezli and Michele talk about how Spring has sprung in Newfoundland and DC.   The Spirituality of Inclusion Michele Synegal is the chair of the Diversity Inclusion Commission for Centers for Spiritual Living.   The Diversity Inclusion Commission was born when a group of 7 ministerial students of color were told they were required to attend the CSL convention.  Upon looking at the program information, they decided to boycott, as they didn't see themselves represented by the presenters, leadership or staff of the convention. They then became more strategic in affecting change, and offered up a proposal to the 2011 convention, creating the Diversity Inclusion Commission. Many denominations have been active in diversity and inclusion for decades, notably the Unitarian/Universalists.  Unity and CSL have entered this field more recently. Michele has been working in diversity and inclusion since 1979. She joined the CSL Diversity Inclusion Commission in 2017 and became its chair in 2018. The Commission works to raise awareness that planners of events and conventions must be cognizant that there is diversity in the greater organization, helping organizers to be mindful. It gives input around  educational offerings, including ministerial training.  If we want to be viable as an organization, we MUST be more inclusive. Something Good Sonia: For non-profit organizations, it's strategic planning time!  We can do three-day retreats or meet over Zoom, and we can make it FUN!  Find out more by emailing me at coach@soniabyrne.com Michele: We have about 5 months to get ready for World Day of Service! The 2nd Saturday in September, this year we'll be celebrating on September 14, 2019. All around the world, this is a day for CSL communities (and other communities, too!) to step up in service to their greater community. You can find out more by emailing me at revmichelesynegal@gmail.com Lezli: On May 14, we are starting a free five-week interactive book study on Brene Brown's book Dare to Lead. If you want to become a more courageous, inspirational leader, come join us on Tuesday nights, 6:30-8:30 PM at New Vision Center for Spiritual Living in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more and register at www.newvisioncsl.org   Thank you for joining us for Sexy Spirituality. This episode is our season finale! We'll be back with you again soon, talking about real spirituality for the modern world!      
25:19 5/6/19
The Spirituality of Money Consciousness
Sexy Spirituality Episode #34 The Spirituality of Money Consciousness   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Guest: Karen Russo   Opening Chat Sonia, Lezli and Karen talk wallets, their use and what it means for modern commerce.   The Spirituality of Money Consciousness Karen Russo is the author of "The Money Keys," a program that combines spiritual principle and money consciousness in the real world. The biggest question she is asked is, "Can this get better?" Can spiritual principles really lead us to real change in our lives? Her answer is a resounding YES! Money isn't any harder than any other area. Should we have hope? Yes, yes, yes. Key affirmation: I love and respect myself enough to live a financially prosperous and responsible life. As we move into community behavior, Karen sees a trend toward accountability and investments that reflect community values. Next, Karen is going deeper in women, money and worth as her career moves forward. The question is, "What does it mean that it was only 1974 when the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was passed in the United States where women could apply for a home loan in their own name and not have a husband or father sign for them? How does that really affect us, when we have spiritual principle that is unbounded by history that is moving out of seeming limitation?"   Something Good Sonia Tuesday, April 30 is the final class for the free "Stained Glass Spirit" class via Zoom at 6:00 PM PST. This is a special night! We'll be joined by the author, Tracy Brown.  You can find the link to join us to hear the authorst ake at www.riversidecsl.org.    Karen If you've been listening to this conversation and want to have a sense of, "Where so I start around money?" I have a wonderful video training and a quiz to show you where you're stukck and where to get free.  Get the Three Money Myths Kit at www.threemoneymythskit.com    Lezli New Vision Center for Spiritual Living is offering a free Community Morning Meditation via Zoom.  Join us at 7:00 AM PST for a 15 minute guided meditation, Mondays through Fridays. www.zoom.us, room # 6027878888 or find the link at www.newvisioncsl.org   We'll see you May 6 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
25:57 4/29/19
The Spirituality of Mysticism
Sexy Spirituality Episode #33 The Spirituality of Mysticism   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Guest: Rick Finbow   Opening Chat Sonia, Lezli and Rick share the stories of their first readings.   The Spirituality of Mysticism Rick is a professional psychic medium who uses tarot to focus his intuition. He's been doing professional readings since he was 20 years old. He's been a full time psychic medium for the last eleven years. Rick has pretty much always been able to do what he sets his heart on. He's been a singer and dancer in New York, a magician in Vegas and coordinated a team of 60 tarot readers at the MGM. Magicians usually don't believe in magic or intuition, but rather focus on illusion and tricks. They are usually pretty skeptical. Rick finds this particularly fun, since he does both. When he introduces himself at a party as a psychic medium, the most common question is, "Are you reading me now?" That's not how it works, even though you sometimes see it depicted that way on TV. He waits until asked. There are no attack readings. Married to Rev. Dr. David Goldberg, publisher and editor of "Science of Mind Magazine," Rick is the mystic part of their duo -- The Minister and the Mystic. They often speak and perform at churches and events. Rick says a good psychic generally tells you things you already know or sense, but that you are not yet acknowledging. He tells his clients that he's not a fortune teller, because we create our future through choice. Sometimes all that is needed is a tweak in your attitude to have a better experience.   Something Good Sonia Springtime is strategic planning time!  If you are ready to look at the next year, three years or five years in your business, it's time for some strategic planning coaching! Unprecedented growth can be yours. You can find out more at soniabyrne.com   Rick I'm really excited about a new two-day workshop I'm facilitating on June 15 & 16 called "Make Your Own Magic Wand!" You'll leave with three wands you made yourself, to help you focus your energy and intention in the direction of your dreams. To learn more and register go to psychicrick.com and visit the events page.   Lezli I love Brene Brown, and I bet you do, too! I'll be leading a five-week interactive book study based on her book "Dare to Lead," starting May 14. Best of all -- it's FREE!  You can learn more and register at www.newvisioncsl.org    We'll see you April 28 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
25:46 4/22/19
The Spirituality of Animal Ministry
Sexy Spirituality Episode #32 The Spirituality of Animal Ministry   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Guest: Jeanne Turner Kataoka   Opening Chat Are you a dog person or a cat person? Sonia, Lezli and Jeanne chat about their furry family.   The Spirituality of Animal Ministry Jeanne is an ordained animal chaplain.  She inherited the animal ministry at her center, Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living, when the coordinators stepped away. As a practitioner, she stepped in and found that it was hers to do. She completed the Ordained Animal Chaplain program at the Emerson Theological Institute, a ground-breaking animal ministry program. http://emersoninstitute.edu/  Animal chaplains can do many things for your pet: blessings, prayer, bereavement support and memorial services. Jeanne has even been brought in to bless and pray for animals that are not getting along within the home. Any animal can benefit from an animal chaplain. Jeanne and her fellow chaplains have worked with horses, snakes, goats, rats and rabbits as well as cats and dogs. If you think you might be interested in becoming an animal chaplain, you might want to consider becoming vegan. It's difficult to minister to animals if you eat them.   Something Good Sonia Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living is offering a FREE three-week book study on Zoom focusing on diversity and inclusion, focusing on Tracy Brown's Stained Glass Spirit, April 16, 23 and 30 at 6:00 PM PST. You can register at www.riversidecsl.org   Jeanne Turner Kataoka Our next quarterly Animal Memorial Service at Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living will be at 7:00 PM on June 20 in the community room. Find out more at www.riversidecsl.org    Lezli Check out my newest book, "Built on Faith: Transform Your Life Through Affirmative Prayer."  For a limited time, the eBook version is just 99 cents. Paperback is also available. www.lezligoodwin.com/builtonfaith    We'll see you April 22 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
21:16 4/15/19
What is Your Everest
Sexy Spirituality Episode #31 What is Your Everest?   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Guest: TA Loeffler   Opening Chat Sonia, Lezli and TA chat about their furry family, including dogs who love to play outside and cats that definitely do not.   What is Your Everest? TA first started dreaming about peaking big mountains in her teen years, so when the opportunity arose she jumped at it. When her first attempt to summit Everest was cut short by illness, she dealt with a big lesson in handling disappointment. TA leaned into her Buddhist practice to befriend her mind and release frustration. Her Buddhist mentor told her that she would influence and inspire more people through her three "failed" attempts to peak Everest than she would through her successful summit. Her mentor was right. TA speaks regularly about working through disappointment and continuing to follow your dream. Step by step: everything from mountain climbing to tackling your own personal challenges is handled step by step, one tiny increment at a time.   Something Good Sonia Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living is offering a FREE three-week book study on Zoom focusing on diversity and inclusion, focusing on Tracy Brown's Stained Glass Spirit, April 16, 23 and 30 at 6:00 PM PST. You can register at www.riversidecsl.org   TA In just a couple of weeks, we will be in the high Himalayas. Come along with us online and learn the highs and lows of trekking in the big mountains.  You can join in at www.taloeffler.com    Lezli Check out my newest book, "Built on Faith: Transform Your Life Through Affirmative Prayer."  For a limited time, the eBook version is just 99 cents. Paperback is also available. www.lezligoodwin.com/builtonfaith    We'll see you April 15 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
23:09 4/8/19
The Spirituality of Conscious Leadership
Sexy Spirituality Episode #30 The Spirituality of Conscious Leadership   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Guest: Stéphane Leblanc   Opening Chat Sonia, Lezli and Stéphane chat about their best ways to stay conscious and positive during travel -- meditation apps and audio books.   The Spirituality of Conscious Leadership Stéphane Leblanc is the CEO of the International Center for Conscious Leadership Most people are still teaching the same societal program: work hard, achieve, make money, be happy. What's missing is depth, meaning, purpose. Conscious Leadership is a new paradigm that helps us to have a vision, lead with values, satisfy the needs of all stakeholders (not just shareholders), and to address the obvious problems in the world (climate change, wealth imbalance, lack of access to health care, etc). It helps us achieve our goals in an easier way, because it focuses on building cultures where people are inspired to take care of customers, to work well, so customers are happy and buy more. Nobody is taken advantage of. Stéphane hit a crisis point where two major depressions made it clear to him that he didn't want to live and work in the old paradigm any longer. It came down to a choice between suicide and building an international company that would introduce conscious leadership to the world. People are being drawn together by the universe to do this work together, including attending and presenting at Stéphane's events. Spirituality is a major part of the conscious leadership path. Stéphane has often been told that his true talent is helping to reconnect people with Source. Quote of the Episode "Love is the biggest foundation for leadership... If you don't love yourself, if you don't love the people you serve, how can you be a leader?"  Stéphane Leblanc   Something Good Sonia Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living is offering a FREE three-week book study on Zoom focusing on diversity and inclusion, focusing on Tracy Brown's Stained Glass Spirit, April 16, 23 and 30 at 6:00 PM PST. You can register at www.riversidecsl.org   Stéphane April 9, you are invited to Global Summit for Conscious Leadership in Montreal Canada. You can register at www.globalsummitforconsciousleadership.com. You can also find out more about Stéphane'sorganization at www.icfconsciousleadership.com     Lezli New Vision CSL is offering a FREE Community Morning Meditation. 7:00 AM PST, Monday-Friday, you can join us in Zoom Room 602787888 for a 15 minute guided group meditation. Learn more at www.newvisioncsl.org   We'll see you April 8 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality, "What is Your Everest?" Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
29:13 4/1/19
Built on Faith
Sexy Spirituality Episode #29 Built on Faith   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne   Opening Chat Sonia & Lezli chat about signs of spring and lament living in places where they can only get tulips at the grocery store.   Built on Faith Lezli just released a new book called Built on Faith: Transform Your Life Through Affirmative Prayer. It gives the how-to's and tips and tricks for writing powerful affirmative prayers. While this is Lezli's first spiritual book, it is her 14th book. The other 13 books are about beading and jewelry design. She says there are more similarities than you might think. It was important to Lezli to use her natural, playful voice in the book because she didn't want it to be too serious. Prayer shouldn't be a drudgery. Built on Faith is available on Amazon for just 99 cents for a limited time.  It is also available in paperback form. The second half of the book is a library of affirmative prayers for every occasion. They are written in the first person, and you can just read them aloud.   Something Good Sonia Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living is offering a FREE one-week Rise & Shine Morning Mindfulness Practice on Zoom beginning March 25, 6:30 AM PST. You can register at www.riversidecsl.org   Lezli I just released a new book this month. "Built on Faith: Transform Your Life through Affirmative Prayer" is the how-to on affirmative prayer that I wish I'd had when I was learning. Whether you are just starting affirmative prayer or you're looking for a great textbook for your prayer classes, this is the book for you. For a limited time, just 99 cents for the eBook version. www.lezligoodwin.com/builtonfaith    We'll see you April 1 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
22:55 3/25/19
The Spirituality of Social Activism
Sexy Spirituality Episode #28 The Spirituality of Social Activism   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Guest: Jeffrey Kealoha Ryan   Opening Chat Sonia, Lezli and Jeffrey chat about their favorite Las Vegas experiences, as Rev. Jeffrey prepares to move from Vegas to Riverside, California.   The Spirituality of Social Activism Rev. Jeffrey was lead into the work of ministerial social activism as a person who grew up in the LGBTQ experience and felt marginalized at times. Also, coming to the mainland from his home state of Hawaii highlighted the presence of "isms" that he had not previously experienced. What about the "political" question? The majority of the issues are not political, but are human rights issues. They might get politicized, but they are not actually political. Minsters are called upon to lead with our prophetic voice. Who better to lead the charge for humanitarian and ethical issues. Advice for ministers and centers who are looking into this work: Get clear on your intentions, have a lot of conversation within the community before moving forward, watch the news and familiarize yourself with the actually goings-on in your community, reach out to effective local partners to accomplish more.   Something Good Sonia Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living is offering a FREE one-week Rise & Shine Morning Mindfulness Practice on Zoom beginning March 25, 6:30 AM PST. You can register at www.riversidecsl.org   Jeffrey  Riverside CSL is also offering a book discussion April 16th, 23rd & 30th.  We'll be discussing the book Stained Glass Spirit by Tracy Brown. It's a practical way to link diversity and inclusion to your ministry's mission. 6:00-7:00 PM PST on Zoom. You can register at www.riversidecsl.org     Lezli I just released a new book this month. "Built on Faith: Transform Your Life through Affirmative Prayer" is the how-to on affirmative prayer that I wish I'd had when I was learning. Whether you are just starting affirmative prayer or you're looking for a great textbook for your prayer classes, this is the book for you. www.lezligoodwin.com/builtonfaith    We'll see you March 25 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
23:19 3/18/19
The Sunday Monday Blues
Sexy Spirituality Episode #27 The Sunday Monday Blues   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne   Opening Chat Sonia and Lezli chat about how fun it is to visit different spiritual communities and see how folks do things. Each community is completely unique and perfect.   The Sunday Monday Blues The Sunday Monday Blues show up when you just don't want your weekend to come to an end. It can look like apathy, sadness or outright dread of Monday morning. One classic way to stave off the SMB is to fill yourself up with spiritual community on Sunday. Visit a spiritual center, watch a service online, or get together with some like-minded friends. Create a Sunday evening ritual that helps you set your intention for the week. Pre-plan something you'll really enjoy on Monday morning, like a favorite meeting or project. Leave yourself encouraging notes to find or a little morning treat. If the SMB are ongoing, take some time to look within and identify the real problem. What is it you are dreading? Can you find a way to shift that issue? A gratitude practice, especially identifying gratitude around someone or something that is challenging you, can help you change your own attitude. And then, amazingly, the other person often shifts as well! Big picture, SMB are an inside issue, and can only be resolved by looking inward and making some decisions around actions and ideas. What will move you forward? What's holding you back? Get connected with a community that will support you in the healthiest choices.   Something Good Sonia Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living is offering a FREE one-week Rise & Shine Morning Meditation on Zoom beginning March 25, 6:30 AM PST. You can find the link on our Facebook Page   Lezli I just released a new book this month. "Built on Faith: Transform Your Life through Affirmative Prayer" is the how-to on affirmative prayer that I wish I'd had when I was learning. Whether you are just starting affirmative prayer or you're looking for a great textbook for your prayer classes, this is the book for you. www.lezligoodwin.com/builtonfaith    We'll see you March 18 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality, The Spirituality of Social Activism. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
24:03 3/12/19
The Spirituality of Coupledom
Sexy Spirituality Episode #26 The Spirituality of Coupledom   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Guest: Lola Wright   Opening Chat We chat about how Lola survived the Polar Vortex hitting the Midwest. It turns out that she was in Florida! Of course, the Floridians (like the Arizonans) thought it was freezing anyway!   The Spirituality of Coupledom Being in spiritual partnership helps us to move through whatever life brings. It gives us access to different tools and a deeper level of commitment. Those who are struggling to find their beloved may want to consider revising their list of things they think they need. Maybe your "type" is ruling out the perfect person for you. Your partner is already here. You just have to have eyes to see. It's okay if your partner is very different that you. In fact, it can be helpful and provide balance. Lola and her husband Nathan teach a class on spiritual relationships.  This April, they are creating a couple's retreat to take it deeper.   Something Good Sonia March 25-31, I am offering a 6:30 AM PST Rise & Shine Morning Meditation via Zoom. This spiritual practice will be about 15 minutes. Find out more by checking my Facebook page!   Lezli My book is out!  Built on Faith: Transform Your Life Through Affirmative Prayer is the complete how-to book I wish I'd had when I was learning affirmative prayer. Whether you are a student learning or a teacher looking for a great textbook for your prayer classes, this just may be the book for you.  Find out more at www.lezligoodwin.com/builtonfaith   Lola We are having a couple's retreat April 12-14 at a Midwest location TBA. You can find out more at www.BodhiSpiritualCenter.org.  Also, follow me on social media, @lolapwright   We'll see you March 11 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
16:29 3/4/19
Finding Your Spiritual Home
Sexy Spirituality Episode #25 Finding Your Spiritual Home   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne   Opening Chat Sonia and Lezli learned a lot on their recent road trip, including where to find the world's best gluten-free pizza (a truck stop in Vicksburg, Arizona), American gas stations require zip codes for gas machines, ear buds and ear plugs are different things, and why you should believe a liquor store employee when they say you don't want their wine.   Finding Your Spiritual Home There are a number of archetypes of people who come into a spiritual center for the first time. Most people are a blend of these archetypes. The Spiritual Seeker: Looking for a community that shares their same beliefs and language, where they can expand and learn. The Wounded: Something crisis-level has happened in their life, and they are broken open. Looking for support, love and a safe place to heal. The Skeptic: Looking to be convinced that this is better than some other religion or community, but loves to criticize and find fault. The Modern Traditionalist: Looking for a traditional spiritual community experience (often for children or family), but wants to avoid the guilt or judgment that they associate with more traditional religion. The number one thing that determines whether a person will come back to a church or spiritual center is if they feel like they have someone to sit with.  In other words, did people say hello? Were they welcoming? Do they feel like they could belong here? Well-meaning people can violently disagree on what makes people feel welcome, because we tend to believe that what makes "us" feel welcome is what makes "people" feel welcome. Hugs, handshakes, having new people stand... all of these have their strong proponents and opponents. It is the responsibility of center leadership to be very intentional about creating a welcoming environment. This can include a very clear path to involvement in the community that makes space for varied levels of personal commitment. One way to mitigate this is to lean into the word "invitation." This opens up options for people to be acknowledged without people feeling cornered or embarrassed.    Something Good Sonia I am offering a workshop at the virtual Center for Spiritual Living Vista Conference on Strategic Planning for Spiritual Communities.  March 6, 10:00 AM PST.   Lezli I am releasing a new book this month. "Built on Faith: Transform Your Life through Affirmative Prayer" is the how-to on affirmative prayer that I wish I'd had when I was learning. Whether you are just starting affirmative prayer or you're looking for a great textbook for your prayer classes, this is the book for you. www.lezligoodwin.com/builtonfaith    We'll see you March 4 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality, The Spirituality of Coupledom. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
24:10 2/25/19
Sacred Masculinity
Sexy Spirituality Episode #24 Sacred Masculinity   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Guest: Eamon Duffy   Opening Chat We chat about the amazing relationships and connections that come from conventions and retreats.  Sonia and Eamon originally met at a ministerial school retreat. Lezli first met our earlier guest Masando Hiraoka at a similar retreat.  These relationships are so key to building strong ministries.   Sacred Masculinity Eamon Duffy is the director of The Mens Ministry, a natural outgrowth from 25 years of men's work and 25 years of Science of Mind.  It's his way to pay it forward, supporting the community of New Thought and men. Asking what was his to do, his inner meditation voice said, "Duh, silly...this is what you know how to do!" Eamon has a new book, The Blessing Circle, which gives step-by-step instructions for starting and building a men's group. It gives specific activities and ideas about how to build trust and help men open up.  It is designed to make the process easy. When creating a men's group, Eamon advises getting the minister involved. Their support is key. Try starting out with a low-key social gathering.  Just start it with a pizza night or a social event after Sunday service. That's an easier entry point for some men. These circles are designed to be an ongoing program, to allow for the time to create connection and allow for healing, sharing and opening of the heart. What is the value of having a group of all men? There are biological, neurological and sociological differences.  It can be easier for some people to build these skills in a more homogeneous group. Once the skills are there, it can absolutely also work in a more heterogeneous group. One of the biggest challenges is the Lone Wolf Syndrome, the societal idea that men need to be strong and self-sufficient, never needing help from anyone.  It's an unhealthy belief, and groups like this help men break out of that box. 1 out of every 10 people say they don't have even one close friend. We need connection to move through life.   Something Good Sonia I am offering conscious business coaching packages for conscious entrepreneurs that are looking to both do good and do well. Reach out to me at coach@soniabyrne.com or at my website www.soniabyrne.com    Lezli I have a new book coming out in March!  Built on Faith: Transform Your Life Through Affirmative Prayer is the complete how-to book I wish I'd had when I was learning affirmative prayer. Whether you are a student learning or a teacher looking for a great textbook for your prayer classes, this just may be the book for you.  Find out more at www.lezligoodwin.com/builtonfaith   Eamon We are having the Southwest New Thought Mens Gathering March 22 to 24. Register by Feb 22. (this week).  You can find out more on our website www.thenmensministry.org Be sure to sign up for the newsletter. If you would like a copy of The Blessing Circle Book , go to Contact and type in your address. Donate 20.00 to the Mens Ministry and I will send a book out to you.   We'll see you February 25 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.  
23:08 2/18/19
The Spirituality of Failure
Sexy Spirituality Episode #23 The Spirituality of Failure   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne   Opening Chat Sonia and Lezli chat about what they do when stuck on a flight with no screen!  In Sonia's most recent experience, she had exams to grade and work to do.  This never happens to Lezli, because she always has several audio books on her phone. (Usually a cheesy vampire novel...)   The Spirituality of Failure Sonia was recently contacted to do a business symposium panel on failure. As someone who is willing to have difficult conversations, of course they wanted to invite her to participate. Failure brings out shame, and most people want to hide from that -- lie, deny, distract, drink, whatever it takes to cover it up. To become a powerhouse, we often need to have gone through a whole lot of experiences, including serious failures.  We want the shortcut, but it doesn't work like that. We learn what works by experiencing what doesn't work! Many people are afraid to do brave things that risk failure publicly. If you are going to try big things, you're going to suck sometimes. There's nothing you can do about it except continue showing up. I am more afraid of living a life that is not fully expressed than I am of failure. We often learn more from failures than we do successes. What do you value more? Avoiding failure or avoiding regret? We love to reference icons like Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison or Madonna. We have a tendency to overlook the rounds of failure and only look at the success. But the failures are actually steps in the process of success. If you're going to fail, fail big and then -- TA DA!!!!  Failure does not indicate that there is something wrong. It simply means there is more to be discovered before you reach your goal. Something important is happening here every time we get back up and TA DA!   Something Good Sonia I am offering a workshop at the virtual Center for Spiritual Living Vista Conference on Strategic Planning for Spiritual Communities.  March 6, 10:00 AM PST.   Lezli I am teaching another round of Releasing the Rocks, my two-session workshop that helps you release old emotions and live a life that is more free.  This version is in person in Phoenix.  Find out more and register at www.newvisioncsl.org    We'll see you February 18 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
20:43 2/11/19
The Shame and Blame Game
Sexy Spirituality Episode #22 The Shame and Blame Game   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne   Opening Chat Sonia and Lezli chat about what they are binge watching to get through the long January.   The Shame and Blame Game We live in a culture that encourages blame and shame, and it can be hypnotizing. For most of us, we can still vividly remember early experiences of shame. Shame (the feeling that I am bad, as opposed to I did something bad) is often turned out at someone else as blame.  It can also be turned inward, leading to withdrawl and a drop in energy. Spiritual practice and study can help us replace the knee-jerk shame reaction with a healthier approach, but it takes dedication. The more we practice, the easier it is to choose differently.   Something Good Sonia I am offering one-on-one coaching packages for spiritual entrepreneurs.  Find out more at www.soniabyrne.com     Lezli I am teaching another round of Releasing the Rocks, my two-session workshop that helps you release old emotions and live a life that is more free.  This version is in person in Phoenix.  Find out more and register at www.newvisioncsl.org    We'll see you February 11 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
20:51 2/4/19
Fierce VUlnerability
Sexy Spirituality Episode #21 Fierce Vulnerability   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Kimjera Whittington Guest Host: Brian Akers   Opening Chat We chat about Thrive CSL, Kimjera's brand new community and how the first couple of Sunday Celebrations have gone.   Fierce Vulnerability Being a spiritual leader requires fierce vulnerability, especially when facing physical or mental health challenges. The New Thought teaching can encourage rugged individualism, which can be very lonely.  Instead, it is incumbent upon spiritual leaders to model authenticity and integrity, asking for support when we need it. This makes it okay for congregants and community members to do the same. Being able to acknowledge our strengths and weaknesses without fear of judgment is essential! There is still cultural residue in Science of Mind that we should be able to pray it away, especially ministers, but there is power in going through the human condition and sharing from the position of spiritual principle. You learn about your ministry in providing access to people to see who you are when you are in challenge, and inviting the spiritual work in your community. We don't rule out praying the condition away, but being free from discord doesn't mean being free from the environment. Healing isn't always physical cure -- Spirit is bigger than that. Being fierce about all of this means not caring about peoples' opinions about all of this. I don't care if you think being honest about my needs and experiences means I'm weak. I'm going to share it anyway, and model healthy, loving community support. Our teaching is less about eliminating every irregularity and more about being able to face whatever comes with a great deal of ease and grace.  So much of that requires reaching out for support and love when we need it.   Something Good     Kimjera CSL Thrive is offering a three-week class on Mondays, 6:30-8:00 PM PST, February 4, 11 & 18 via Zoom technology (available worldwide). Explore basic spiritual practices together as a commnity. $49.00 Find out more and register at www.thrivecsl.org    Brian I'm ready to relaunch the "It's Really Real" project, exploring what happens when a middle aged white guy really lives these principles and tries to build organic community.  Join the It's Really Real Facebook group. Soon, itsreallyreal.org will be relaunching.   Lezli This March, I'm releasing a new BOOK!  If you want to be a part of the Launch Team making this happen, you can join in the fun. Find out more and register at www.lezligoodwin/launchteam   We'll see you February 4 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts and ideas with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
24:29 1/28/19
My Funny Valentine
Sexy Spirituality Episode #20 My Funny Valentine: Learning to Love Our Unlovable Spots   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne   Opening Chat Sonia and Lezli chat about their New Year's intentions to exercise more. Sonia has been at the indoor track, and Lezli has been doing Body Groove. It's all about feeling good with whatever you're doing.   My Funny Valentine As Valentine's Day approaches, it's very apparent how much pressure we put on ourselves to match up to societal expectations and to "fix" anything that we perceive is wrong with us. The messages speak to appearance, body shape, money, gifts, sexual expression, ability level, age and so much more. Thankfully, we are seeing an improvement in representation of a wider cross-section of society in media. Each co-host shares things about themselves that were a self-love challenge: Sonia with her height, Lezli with her curves and bisexuality.  Deciding that our parts are lovable is the biggest step to being lovable. Once we accept ourselves, the rest of the world falls in line.   Something Good Sonia I am launching a book study on January 28th, studying You Can Heal Your Life by Lousie Hay. $89.00, happening on line.  Find out more at www.soniabyrne.com     Lezli I have an exciting (and secret) new project launching soon, and you can be a part of it!  Find out more and register at www.lezligoodwin.com/launchteam   We'll see you January 28 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
22:32 1/21/19
Our Sacred Worth
Sexy Spirituality Episode #19 Our Sacred Worth   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Guest Host: Kevin Ross   Opening Chat Sonia and Kevin discuss the best parts of the Parliament of the World's Religions, including sharing spiritual practices, exploring social justice and catching up with friends from all over the planet.  https://parliamentofreligions.org/    Our Sacred Worth Rev. Kevin Ross, our guest host, shares about his work at Unity of Sacramento, helping people to see and accept their own sacred worth. There is a message that we are unworthy or worthless, picked up from media and culture, and we need to unlearn that. Each of us is made in the likeness and image of a Creator that brought them forth and is thus inherently valuable, imbued with sacred worth -- not because they have done anything or earned anything, but just because they are. "I am a unique, unrepeatable miracle of God." Rev. Johnnie Coleman. We are born worthy. We express this element of sacred worth with people by treating them as if they are inherently worthy.  Rev. Kevin shared about the grocery project his Center does each year, raising money and then surprising people by paying for their Christmas groceries and gifts. It's essential that this form of giving comes from a place of valuing one another on a fundamental level. Some liturgy in our culture can leave us feeling spiritually violated, with unworthy, "worm of the dust" teachings. For Rev. Kevin, that is sacrilegious. Jesus the Christ has had some pretty bad spokespeople, but those original teachings of Christ Consiouness are still valuable and valid in today;s world. We are committed to building a consciousness where everybody recognizes their own worth. In spiritual community, we have varying levels of spiritual evolvement. But we seek to awaken and inspire people to recognize their divine nature.   Something Good Sonia I am launching a book study on January 28th, studying You Can Heal Your Life by Lousie Hay. $89.00, happening on line.  Find out more at www.soniabyrne.com   Kevin Kevin is featured in the February edition of Science of Mind Magazine, covering the Unity of Sacramento's work on healing the relationship between the community and law enforcement.    January 30, I'll be at First Unity Church in St. Petersburg, Florida with the entire Leadership Council of the Association of Global New Thought. Come join us!   Lezli I am running two new sections of Releasing the Rocks, my two-day workshop facilitating emotional release and deeper forgiveness.  one section is on Zoom, available world wide, and one is in person in Phoenix.  Find out more and register at www.lezligoodwin/onlineclasses   We'll see you January 21 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality, "My Funny Valentine: Learning to Love Your Unlovable Spots." Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
24:47 1/14/19
The Spirituality of the Law
Sexy Spirituality Episode #18 The Spirituality of the Law   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Kimjera Whittington Sonia Byrne Guest Host: Sara Awad   Opening Chat We share the fun of holiday baking, including putting our teenagers to work making cookies and fudge.   The Spirituality of the Law When we think of spiritual centers, we generally think of what happens on the platform on Sundays.  But in the modern world of non-profits, our ministers are also expected to be CEOs. With little or no legal training, ministers are expected to learn on the job -- but there is a better way. Centers for Spiritual Living offers a legal team to help, as well as a series of classes to help ministers and their Boards run smoothly BEFORE a problem happens. In the US, Centers for Spiritual Living are 501c3 organizations. Can Centers fund raise or make money without generating a really large tax bill.  There are some wonderful exceptions for non[profits. Volunteer Exceptions: When all of the work is performed by volunteers, it's tax-free, even when it's a competitive business. Volunteers can't be paid or accept tips at all. Convenience Exception: When activity is conducted for the convenience of our members, it's tax free.  We can't advertise or compete with outside businesses, but if we operate just for our own people, it's free from business tax.  (Sales tax may still apply.) Passive Income Exception: Anything passive, we don't pay any tax on it.  Rentals are a huge example of that. Any income derived from rental of real property is tax-free, which is a good tax=free source of income.  This counts for parking lots, as well. Services are taxed on a normal rate, so be aware of that.  Remember, it has to be completely passive. Operations can be a real challenge, especially for new Centers.  CSL is creating a Head Start program for new Centers, making sure their governing documents are in working order from the very beginning. Crises are caused by issues with Policy & Procedure Manuals, with Centers only realizing they need a policy when something unexpected happens.  We see issues with situations like challenges with emotional support animals, contract employees who post on social media ideas that are inappropriate, questionable states of dress on Sundays and more. Home Office is developing a template for a global Policies & Procedures Manual, which they hope will be available by the end of the year. Legal 101 for Ministers is a class that is offered, along with Legal Academy for Boards and Ministers. Liability with volunteers is a huge issue, and you need to screen volunteers the same way you screen regular employees.   Lezli's Center puts every volunteer that works with youth through a full security check, using Trak-1, https://portal.trak-1.com/ Political Involvement can be an interesting issue.  Centers can't participate in partisan political activities, supporting or opposing a candidate or party for political office.  We CAN work on issues, with lobbying (petitions, calls to action, education, etc.) CSL encourages Centers to get involved with social engagement.   Something Good Sonia We are scheduling 2019 sessions of Business & Branding, a Spiritual Entrepreneurship Program for Practitioner Success.  $379, which includes 2 coaching sessions. If you are interested in our next class, you can find out more at  www.soniabyrne.com   Kimjera Center for Spiritual Living Murietta Valley's first Sunday Celebration will be on January 13 at Redhawk Elementary in South Temecula. The youth ministry will be available, so bring the kiddos! Come join us!  Find out more at www.thrivecsl.org or check us out on Facebook.   Sara  The CSL Member Council is currently offering a comprehensive legal training academy as part of it's Conscious Centers Success Series (I teach it). In this course, you will learn how to manage the everyday legal concerns that matter the most to your center's daily operations. We especially love to work with new centers and centers that are in transition! The course is provided on a love offering basis and no center is ever turned away due to inability to pay. Getting enrolled is easy - simply reach out to the CSL Member Council at 720-279-8979 or cslmembercouncil@gmail.org.   Lezli If you have a message you'd like to share, join us for Podcast 101, a four-session Zoom class that will walk you through everything you need to launch your own podcast quickly, easily and inexpensively.  Just $199, this class includes a 45-minute one-on-one coaching session.  This round begins on January 30, 7PM EST! Find out more and register at www.lezligoodwin/onlineclasses   We'll see you January 14 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality. Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
25:29 1/7/19
The Revolution Resolution
Sexy Spirituality Episode #17 The Revolution Resolution   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Kimjera Whittington Sonia Byrne   Opening Chat As we enter into New Year's Eve, Lezli, Kimjera and Sonia chat about their plans. Lezli and Kimjera are planning quiet nights at home snuggling poolside with family.  Sonia is looking forward to bundling up and heading to her terrace to watch the gorgeous St. John's fireworks.   The Resolution Revolution We've been practicing resolution setting for about 4,000 years, beginning with the Babylonians. That took place in spring, with the planting of the crops. In more recent history, John Wesley (founder of Methodism) encouraged annual covenant renewal services to bring in the New Year in an interactive way. Centers often have New Year's events.  Kimjera's Center, CSL Murietta Valley, is hosting an intention setting gathering. We can sometimes set ridiculous resolutions that don't stick because they are unrealistic and negative. Switching from resolutions to setting intentions helps us stay positive. Think about what you're inviting in rather than fixing something that's broken. It's easy and you are more likely to make a real change, in a natural and organic way. The Resolution Revolution is in using positive language. Deprivation sets our amygdala into high-jack mode. It creates stress and distress. Being positive and realistic helps us actually make real change. Making too many resolutions, or unrealistic resolutions, sets us up to feel like failures. Instead, think about what you want to have! Kimjera's word for the year is THRIVING! Sonia's word for the year is COLLABORATE! Lezli's Word(s) for the year are OWNING IT! Vision boarding can help you make your resolution real!   Something Good Sonia If you love Louise Hay like I love Louise Hay, join me for a Zoom book study on her classic book, "You Can Heal Your Life."  January 28, six-sessions for 90 minutes each. Find out more at www.soniabyrne.com   Kimjera Center for Spiritual Living Murietta Valley is offering a New Year's Day meditation and intention-setting session to start the year off right. Our first Sunday Celebration will be on January 13 at Redhawk Elementary in South Temecula. The youth ministry will be available, so bring the kiddos! Come join us!  Find out more at www.thrivecsl.org or check us out on Facebook.   Lezli If you have a message you'd like to share, join us for Podcast 101, a four-session Zoom class that will walk you through everything you need to launch your own podcast quickly, easily and inexpensively.  Just $199, this class includes a 45-minute one-on-one coaching session.  Find out more and register at www.lezligoodwin/onlineclasses   We'll see you January 6 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality, "The Law of Spirituality" Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
25:18 1/1/19
Manifesting Less Stress
Sexy Spirituality Episode #16 Manifesting Less Stress   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Kimjera Whittington Sonia Byrne   Opening Chat Lezli celebrated Yule on Friday, the Pagan winter solstice. She had a quiet gathering with family around a fire, calling back the sun and warmth with food, fun and intentions for the new year.  Sonia shared about Tig's Eve, a Newfoundland tradition that is different from anywhere else in Canada, where friends gather to kick off the holiday season.   Manifesting Less Stress We can get stuck in the mode of stress, even though we know that Spirit has us and we're sourced  and supported. During the holidays, there is a lot of energy around family, wrapping gifts, etc. Sometimes experiencing less stress is about realizing when you need to stop and take a breath. We're big on meditation, but at this time of year it can be helpful to plan additional calming, centering activities Proactive, Planned and Prepared!  yoga, group meditation, going for walks, structured calming activities can really help.  Even if you only make it to some of those activities, it really helps to build those gentle activities in. Mindless, creative activities can help, too!  Coloring books, baking, crocheting, beading, even Netflix.  Lezli has been painting a lot more than usual. Give yourself the space to do things that just feel good. Classic Zen saying, "You should meditate an hour a day, unless you're busy. Then you should meditate two hours a day!" Mind-Body-Spirit: taking care of ALL of ourselves.  Take advantage of the healing services and meditations your local spiritual community offers during the season, especially if you are grieving or struggling. Just knowing you have positive activities to look forward to can carry you through difficult moments. Moving into gratitude can help us feel more centered as well.  Make a list of 5 things you are thankful for. Our brain won't allow us to be in both gratitude and something else -- it helps us release anger, fear or any other emotion. If we have a sense that something is going to be stressful, it can be helpful to anticipate it and plan a response that won't make it worse.  Practice the response, so you can feel good about it. It can protect you, especially when you are tired or not feeling well. Remember, other people's opinions or judgments don't actually have anything to do with you! You can honor their right to their own opinion without accepting it as our own truth. We don't have to attend every fight we are invited to! Something Good Sonia We're kicking off another round of "Business & Branding: A Spiritual Entrepreneurship Program for Practitioner Success" on January 10.  Designed for Healing arts practitioners, coaches and spiritual practitioners, this interactive Zoom class will give you the tools to shine your light more brightly in the world, including pricing, talking about your offerings, creating marketing materials and more.  $379 (includes two 45 minute coaching sessions: a $300 value). Find out more at www.soniabyrne.com   Kimjera Center for Spiritual Living Murietta Valley is offering a New Year meditation and intention-setting session to start the year off right. Our first Sunday Celebration will be on January 13. Come join us!  Find out more at www.thrivecsl.org or check us out on Facebook.   Lezli I'm offering more rounds of Releasing the Rocks, a two-session workshop that helps you learn to release the stored emotion that's holding you back.  We have an in-person class in Phoenix and some online options via Zoom as well. Just $45, includes a recorded meditation and journaling pages.  Find out more at www.lezligoodwin/onlineclasses   We'll see you December 30 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality, "The Resolution Revolution." Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
19:34 12/24/18
Fostering Forgiveness
Sexy Spirituality Episode #16 Fostering Forgiveness   Hosts Lezli Goodwin Kimjera Whittington Sonia Byrne   Opening Chat Christmas decorating is in full swing, except at Sonia's house.  Buddy the cat tried to eat her tree, so it went back in the box after 36 seconds.  Lezli's cat is uninterested in her tree.  Kimjera's tree is protected from the dogs by a security gate. (Which, by the way, also protects her tree from Lezli who can't open the gate.)   Fostering Forgiveness During the holiday season, we tend to see a proliferation of movies that focus on the heartwarming aspects of coming together and forgiveness. Lezli offers the embarrassing fact that Love Actually is her favorite Christmas movie.  You can watch it and mock her HERE. How do we know if our upset is actually a sign of needing to forgive ourselves? If we are noticing the same problem or irritation coming up in multiple situations, maybe it's something we need to forgive in ourselves. Perhaps we need to consider the idea from Colin Tipping's Radical Forgiveness that there is a gift in whatever happened. Even though it was painful, it brought us to where we are today, and that's valuable.  Check out the book and bonus materials HERE. The more we feel we are owed an apology, the more likely that there is something we need to forgive ourselves.  That idea itself might be upsetting, but it rings true. Something Good Sonia We're kicking off another round of "Business & Branding: A SPiritual Entrepreneurship Program for Practitioner Success" on January 10.  Designed for Healing arts practitioners, coaches and spiritual practitioners, this interactive Zoom class will give you the tools to shine your light more brightly in the world, including pricing, talking about your offerings, creating marketing materials and more.  $379 (includes two 45 minute coaching sessions: a $300 value). Find out more at www.soniabyrne.com   Kimjera Center for Spiritual Living Murietta Valley is offering a New Year meditation and intention-setting session to start the year off right.  Find out more at www.trivecsl.org or check us out on Facebook.   Lezli I'm offering Podcasting 101,  four-session interactive Zoom class to help you learn everything you need to start your own podcast: format, equipment, recording, editing, distribution and more.  Class starts January 30, 7:00 PM EST. $199, includes one 45 minute coaching session.  Find out more at www.lezligoodwin/onlineclasses   We'll see you December 24 for our next episode of Sexy Spirituality, "Manifesting Less Stress." Share your thoughts with us at sexyspirituality@gmail.com.
23:04 12/17/18
Spirituality and Diversity
Sexy Spirituality podcast Episode 15: Spirituality and Diversity   Co-Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Kimjera Whittington Special guest host: Tracy Brown      Check in: Kimjera has announced the creation of a brand new spiritual community, Center for Spiritual Living Murietta Valley!   Spirituality and Diversity:  Diversity is just God being God, showing up as the natural profusion of life. All of nature is diverse. It's a part of the Divine Design. Somehow, when we start talking about people, this gets all confused. Inclusion is just us making a commitment to walk our spiritual talk to love thy neighbor as myself. God is expressed in, through and as me.  The only way I can express that is through me. I need to be an expression of inner peace, where other people can express that, too. Indicators of a community is engaged in the inclusion process: valuing how different people show up, which may or may not have to do with race or ethnicity.  People don't always agree, but they work through it.  Realizing what you've learned from people from other places or cultures. God makes no mistakes. We're here in the likeness and image of our creator. How can a community leader move the dial on diversity and inclusion? Every community has diversity, but we don't always see it.  However, leaders can have blinders on about who is available and interested in being engaged.  Draw a 5 mile diameter circle around your community and look at the census -- who are you missing?  Tracy wants leaders to be asking the question of what are they doing to make sure people feel welcome and included. Is our purpose to have a Sunday morning service? Or is our purpose to offer education that helps people have a life of quality? Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church: Commitments and Practices of a Diverse Congregation, Mark Deymaz Buy Here The books of Jim Wallis, Buy Here A Bigger Table: Building a Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, John Pavlovitz  Buy Here   Tell Us Something Good! Lezli Goodwin: Sonia and I are running another round of our Business & Branding: A Spiritual Entrepreneurship Program for Practitioner Success. Get past those bumps that can stop you from really going for it out in the world. Meets via Zoom, starting January 10, 7:00 EST. Check it out at www.soniabyrne.com    Sonia Byrne: I'm facilitating a book study on You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay via Zoom technology.  Class starts in January, and ar eoffered in times that will be good for the Pacific folks. Find out more and register at soniabyrne.com   Kimjera Whittington: Our brand new community is launching! Services should start in January. Find out more on Facebook @cslmuriettavalley at www.thrivecsl.com   Tracy Brown: Stained Glass Spirit, my new book about spirituality and inclusivity, is due to come out this month. Two more books will drop between now and April.  The best place to find book info, webinar info and more is www.stainedglassspirit.net    Show Info Thank you for tuning in to Sexy Spirituality! Share your thoughts at SexySpirituality@gmail.com Be sure to subscribe at www.SexySpiritualityPodcast.com  We'll see you on December 17 for our next episode, Fostering Forgiveness.
25:30 12/10/18
Don't Miss a Thing
Sexy Spirituality podcast Episode 14: Don't Miss a Thing   Co-Hosts Lezli Goodwin Sonia Byrne Kimjera Whittington Featuring Amy Steinberg Nicole VonAtzingen Masando Hiraoka    Don't Miss a Thing:  We have a great time recording Sexy Spirituality, and a lot of amazing content gets edited out for time.  But we don't want you to miss a thing!  So this episode is a peek behind the curtain to hear some of the things that didn't make it into the show -- from bloopers to extended versions of meaningful conversations.  Enjoy!   Tell Us Something Good! Lezli Goodwin, spiritual mentor, blogger and author at lezligoodwin.com Sonia Byrne, conscious business consultant at soniabyrne.com Kimjera Whittington, keynote speaker, career development expert and leadership advisor & at kimjerawhittington.com Amy Steinberg, performance artist and teacher at amysteinberg.net Nicole VonAtzingen, Co-Spiritual Director at Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living at www.sbcsl.org Masando Hiraoka, social uplift minister, learning to do good, seek justice and walk well in the world, @masandomike on Facebook and Instagram   Show Info Thank you for tuning in to Sexy Spirituality! Share your thoughts at SexySpirituality@gmail.com Be sure to subscribe at www.SexySpiritualityPodcast.com  We'll see you on December 10 for our next episode.
14:02 12/3/18

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