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Little Tech Issue with the Podcast

Little Tech Issue with the Podcast

I am trying to not feel like a failure for not being as consistent with the podcast as I'd like to be, and have been trying to be. Every time I start to get traction something happens with my business, or with family. The latest issue has been technology. My podcast host, Spotify, announced the tools I use to record the show will be discontinued. I have been podcasting for years, and I preferred Spotify because I could record on the go. I didn't need my laptop, my fancy microphone, or any...

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Quakers and the Bible

Quakers and the Bible

To fully answer the question, "what do Quakers think about the Bible?" it's important to acknowledge there are differences between Quakers. There are generally two branches of Quakers: Liberal Quakers Orthodox Quakers And within Orthodox Quakers there are two main sects, Gurneyites and Wilburites. (FWIW, Suvata Friends Church falls into neither of them. We're something else entirely.) The division came out of the Great Schism, which started to foment in 1826, was official in 1827, and had a...

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Speaking The Truth in Love

Speaking The Truth in Love

Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.~ EPHESIANS 4:15 In the Quaker tradition, speaking one's mind is deeply rooted in the belief of recognising the Light of God within each person. To lie, to dodge unpleasant conversations, to dance around the truth is disrespectful to the Light of God we all possess. But if we have empathy for others, if we have a leaning towards compassion, we inevitably ask ourselves: Is it always appropriate to...

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What Is Easily Obtained Is Undervalued

What Is Easily Obtained Is Undervalued

2023 was a dramatic year for me. It began with the death of my father on January 7th, and was followed shortly afterwards with the loss of my pregnancy in the second trimester. These events cast a deep dark shadow over the first half of the year. But over the summer I reunited with my (now ex) fiancé after 16 years apart, bought a homestead, and became Mom to six cute dogs, all of which marked a significant change in my life's trajectory. Central to these experiences and achievements was the...

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Meet Quaker Martyr Mary Dyer

Meet Quaker Martyr Mary Dyer

Mary Dyer is a name now synonymous with religious freedom and the price of sticking to your conscience. She was a Quaker woman who, in the face of oppression, stood up against the theocratic regime of the Massachusetts Bay Colony with terrible consequences. She was executed in 1660 by the Puritans for being a Quaker, but her legacy is one of conviction and fearlessness. ••• Born in England around 1611, Mary's early life remains somewhat shrouded in mystery. It wasn’t until she and her husband,...

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You are Light in the Lord

You are Light in the Lord

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.Ephesians 5:8 We have all dwelled in darkness. We have all found comfort in the darkness. The darkness is familiar. The darkness is cozy. The darkness is where we are at home because the darkness -- life without the Inner Light; life without God -- is where we all begin our journey of awakening to the Light. Many of us will stay in the darkness. Many of us will only see our Inner Light, our spark of the...

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Be Still and Know That I am God

Be Still and Know That I am God

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the Earth. Psalm 46:11 In this modern world where our minds are going at 100 miles an hour, it's too easy to go at such a fast pace that we forget to make room for God. We forget to make time for God.  But this is where the Quaker practice of sitting in stillness can be so helpful. When we sit in expectant waiting, we are making space for God. We are making time for God.  Often, as Quakers, we...

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The Case For Bringing God Back Into Weddings

The Case For Bringing God Back Into Weddings

On the Equinox I attended a lovely wedding for two dear friends of mine. Their relationship was tried and tested over and over again, sometimes from internal forces, and sometimes from external forces.  Sometimes the Husband's ego gets the best of him and he acts in a way that is less than divine. Sometimes the Wife's emotions get the best of her and she lashes out when she doesn't feel seen.  The couple is relatively famous in Conservative circles, and this has also been a trial for...

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Meeting Quakers: A Non-Conformist Religious Movement

Meeting Quakers: A Non-Conformist Religious Movement

The Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers, originated in the mid-17th century in England during a period of religious and political turmoil. The emergence can be seen as a reaction to the established Church and its practices, which many believed had strayed far from the teachings of Christ.  Our movement's founder, George Fox, had a series of religious experiences in which he felt a direct communion with God, leading him to believe that each individual could have a...

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George Fox and the Birth of Quakerism

George Fox and the Birth of Quakerism

In the religious landscape of 17th-century England, a remarkable figure emerged whose spiritual quest and revolutionary ideas would lay the foundation for the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers. George Fox, the founder of Quakerism, embarked on a transformative journey that challenged established religious norms and inspired a movement characterized by direct spiritual experience, egalitarianism, and social justice. Born in 1624 in Leicestershire, England, George Fox...

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Your Narrative is Holding You Back

Your Narrative is Holding You Back

Today, I want to talk to you about your default programming. And this is a topic we've been revisiting over and over again here on the show, and it is a topic we will continue to revisit because your default programming is responsible for so much of what goes on in your world. It is responsible for so much of what happens in your life. Your default programming is a set of beliefs, habits, routines, rituals, and narratives that have come together to coalesce into the underlying software of your...

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One does not simply find peace

One does not simply find peace

Peace is illusive.  It is not something that can be bought like a trinket in a shop.  It's not something that is merely willed into reality, nor obtained through violence.  Peace must be cultivated within oneself. It is a state of being that must be actively pursued. Only through stillness and introspection can one hope to find the peace that so often eludes us in our busy lives.  And even then, it is not always easy to maintain. Life has a way of intruding on our best...

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You are an ethereal being

You are an ethereal being

You, in all your divinity, in all of your Youness, are ethereal.  You are more than this body you possess. You are more than the human suit with which you navigate this realm. You are an ethereal being. You are otherworldly. To be ethereal is to transcend the physical world and touch the divine through your own divinity. To be ethereal is to be light and airy, like a feather floating on the breeze. To be ethereal is to be the echo of a blissful dream, a memory that lingers long after...

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Self-actualisation conquers despair

Self-actualisation conquers despair

Becoming your highest self is an essential part of being human and breaking karmic cycles that keep your soul stuck.  But becoming your highest self is hard. Especially when you're depressed.  Anxious.  Exhausted. And really tired of this whole human life lesson thing. During these times it's easy to sit back and go, "you know...I'm just going to exist. I'm not going to try...I'm just going to sit and exist. Existing is good enough." But for most people who experience this...

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Rituals are part of sentient life

Rituals are part of sentient life

We all have rituals that help us to thrive in life.  Some rituals are as simple as making a cup of tea every morning, or taking a few moments to appreciate the sunrise each day.  Others are more complex, involving specific actions and words that we repeat on a regular basis, such as religious ceremonies and observances.  But what they all have in common is that they help to create a sense of order and stability in our lives. In a world that is constantly changing, ritual can be...

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Managing Energy: Signs of Qi Imbalance

Managing Energy: Signs of Qi Imbalance

While all the signs of qi imbalance and energy misalignment are slightly different for everybody, there are some signs that are universal: You can't meditate to save your life. No matter how hard you try to focus on your breath and let your thoughts float by, you just keep getting sucked into thought loops. Whenever you try to focus on your work or your hobbies, you just zone out instead. An hour or three will go by and you'll realise you've done absolutely nothing of "value." You're unusually...

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Understanding Energy: Qi and Meridians

Understanding Energy: Qi and Meridians

Qi is the vital life force or energy that flows through all things in the universe. Qi governs all aspects of life, including health, happiness, and prosperity. Qi is within us, without us, and all around us. Within your own body, qi flows along pathways called meridians. Meridians are like rivers that carry qi throughout the body and nourish the organs and tissues. There are 12 main meridians in the body, each of which is associated with a different organ system. There are 12 main meridians...

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16 Minute Meditation for Gratitude

16 Minute Meditation for Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can have a profound effect on our lives. When we feel grateful, we are acknowledging the good things in our lives and recognizing that we are fortunate. This attitude of gratitude can lead to increased happiness, improved health, and greater success.  In this meditation, we're going to focus on cultivating gratitude and creating a healthier attitude. 

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