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Cosmic Indifference 56: Suicide in the Study

11/10/2018
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We explore Robert Bloch's "The Suicide in the Study," in which the forbidden tome "Cultes des Goules" first appears, and we consider whether a good self and an evil self wrestle within each of us. Plus our patrons' requested curses and blessings. If you want to get in touch, you can always email minister@cosmicindifference.org And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at patreon.com/cosmicindifference

Duration:00:32:13

Cosmic Indifference 55: Samhain 2018

10/27/2018
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We stick to our typical format this episode, with a look at Robert Bloch's "Satan's Servants," a story for which Lovecraft provided extensive editorial advice, and we consider how we honor our ancestors by the world we create. Plus, our patrons' requested curses and blessings. If you want to get in touch, you can always email minister@cosmicindifference.org And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at patreon.com/cosmicindifference

Duration:00:34:11

Cosmic Indifference 54: Shambler from the Stars

10/13/2018
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As we delve into the Robert Bloch tale that inspired Lovecraft's "The Haunter of the Dark," we consider our tendency to fear things that aren't real and the danger of treating people as means to an end. Plus, patron-requested curses and blessings. If you want to get in touch, you can always email minister@cosmicindifference.org And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at patreon.com/cosmicindifference

Duration:00:37:48

Cosmic Indifference 53: Haunter of the Dark

10/6/2018
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We take a little more time with this week's episode, because my good friend Constantine (one of our patrons) joins me for a conversation about H. P. Lovecraft's last story, "The Haunter of the Dark." We consider how fear can be transformed by recognizing what we care about more deeply than our fear, and we consider how many lights united in purpose are more powerful than one light alone. Plus, a few curses and blessings. If you want to get in touch, you can always email...

Duration:00:55:34

Cosmic Indifference 52: Autumnal Equinox 2018

9/21/2018
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We briefly consider the topics of balance and gratitude, with a glance at William Browning Spencer's "Usurped," and we have an extended Equinox blessing invoking gratitude for our own lives. If you want to get in touch, you can always email minister@cosmicindifference.org And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at patreon.com/cosmicindifference

Duration:00:31:52

Cosmic Indifference 51: The Skinless Face

9/9/2018
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From Donald Tyson's story "The Skinless Face" we consider Jung's idea that the things that irritate us most about others can teach us something about ourselves. An episode modeling some personal reflection to transform our judgments of others into personal awareness. Plus, curses and blessings, as usual. If you want to get in touch, you can always email minister@cosmicindifference.org And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at patreon.com/cosmicindifference

Duration:00:34:07

Cosmic Indifference 50: Dweller in the Tomb

9/1/2018
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We consider Lin Carter's story "The Dweller in the Tomb" and explore the ways we sometimes confuse our personal preferences with absolute imperatives. In a time when "truth" is increasingly being dismantled and interpreted as entirely subjective, it's important for us to discern how to have integrity both with reality and with our deepest values. If you want to get in touch, you can always email minister@cosmicindifference.org And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at...

Duration:00:38:27

Cosmic Indifference 49: Boat Full of Popes

8/25/2018
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Robin Laws' story "A Boat Full of Popes" connects with the Hastur and Carcosa mythology as a sort of sequel to "The Repairer of Reputations" by Robert W. Chambers. We use it to explore uselessness of shame and how we might transform other emotional pain in a meaningful way. If you want to get in touch, you can always email minister@cosmicindifference.org And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at patreon.com/cosmicindifference

Duration:00:43:56

Cosmic Indifference 48: Whisperer in Darkness

8/18/2018
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We explore H. P. Lovecraft's tale "The Whisperer in Darkness" and consider the value of balancing confidence in our perspective with openness to gaining knowledge and expanding our worldview when new evidence presents itself. And we connect this with how we make personal decisions too. If you want to get in touch, you can always email minister@cosmicindifference.org And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at patreon.com/cosmicindifference

Duration:00:38:14

Cosmic Indifference 47: More of The Yellow Sign

8/11/2018
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We put together some ideas from all of Robert W. Chambers' stories about The King in Yellow and connect them with a more recent work by A. C. Wise, "I Dress My Lover in Yellow." Primarily, we examine how our perceptions of "points of no return" and "slippery slopes" can get in the way of our ability to live more fully and to act with integrity to our deepest values.

Duration:00:34:07

Cosmic Indifference 46: Lammas 2018

7/28/2018
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We continue delving into Hastur and Carcosa mythology with the Robert W. Chambers story "The Yellow Sign," and since Lammas is a harvest celebration, we consider the insights we harvest from relationships of trust. Sometimes we can't see ourselves clearly, and we benefit from others holding up a mirror so we can see our blind spots and our strengths more fully. Plus, a few curses and a special Lammas blessing for everyone. If you want to get in touch, you can always email...

Duration:00:39:53

Cosmic Indifference 45: A Festival of Masks

7/14/2018
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We delve a little deeper into the idea of wearing masks, why we might think it's helpful, and how our masks might change us with Thomas Ligotti's short story "The Greater Festival of Masks." We explore the difference between wearing the masks we choose and wearing the masks other people hand us, and we consider a way of recognizing and accepting our authentic identity without judgment. Plus, as always, curses and blessings! If you want to get in touch, you can always email...

Duration:00:35:48

Cosmic Indifference 44: Mask of Self-Deception

7/1/2018
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We continue exploring the development of mythology surrounding Hastur and Carcosa with another Robert W. Chambers story, "The Mask." The narrator confesses to wearing a mask of self-deception, and we consider our own tendencies toward self-deception and self-betrayal, and a few steps we can take in a different direction. We'll go deeper into the issues of identity that are brought up here in our next couple of episodes as well. If you want to get in touch, you can always email...

Duration:00:36:45

Cosmic Indifference 43: Summer Solstice 2018

6/17/2018
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In our Summer Solstice episode, we explore the history and meaning of this holiday, take a look at Ann K. Schwader's story "Twenty Mile" (which takes place around the Solstice), consider a number of creative ways to celebrate the solstice, and pronounce a special blessing of gratitude and rededication. Our ancestors left enormous stone calendars in honor of what guided their lives. We have an opportunity to leave a legacy in honor of what guides our lives too. If you want to get in touch,...

Duration:00:36:51

Cosmic Indifference 42: Repairer of Reputations

6/10/2018
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The unreliable narrator in Robert W. Chambers' short story "The Repairer of Reputations" imagines a world in which all the "undesirables" have been essentially eliminated, and yet life is still full of problems and challenges. We explore how we often blame other individuals or groups of people rather than owning our decisions, and we consider the importance of mental healthcare. Next week, we'll have our Summer Solstice episode and explore more ways that we might take action to embrace our...

Duration:00:32:48

Cosmic Indifference 41: Inhabitant of Carcosa

6/3/2018
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A second story by Ambrose Bierce, introducing Carcosa and Hali (although it will be Robert Chambers who turn Hali into a Lake) as we begin to explore the origins of Hastur mythology in the Cthulhu Mythos. In "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" Hali is an authority on alchemical and spiritual matters, so this opens the door for us to talk about how we ascribe (or mis-ascribe) authority and how we can more intentionally focus on ideas and assertions rather than the personalities of the people who...

Duration:00:37:10

Cosmic Indifference 40: Haita the Shepherd

5/27/2018
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We begin a series on Hastur with Ambrose Bierce's short story "Haita the Shepherd," which isn't about Hastur at all, even though it's the first place where Hastur is mentioned. The lesson of "Haita the Shepherd" is really about the elusiveness of happiness, and the connection between happiness and purpose. If you want to get in touch, you can always email minister@cosmicindifference.org And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at patreon.com/cosmicindifference

Duration:00:34:29

Cosmic Indifference 39: Where Yidhra Walks

5/20/2018
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We delve into a particular characteristic of Yidhra, a Lovecraftian entity created by Walter C. DeBill, Jr., and explore how we project false images of ourselves to others, and also project our judgments onto others. We begin to consider how we can dismantle our fears about who we truly are and express our authentic selves more consistently. If you want to get in touch, you can email minister@cosmicindifference.org And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at...

Duration:00:34:14

Cosmic Indifference 38: The Curse of Yig

5/13/2018
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From H. P. Lovecraft's "The Curse of Yig" (ghost-written for Zealia Bishop), we launch into an exploration of how we may have to "shed our skin" metaphorically in order to grow in meaningful directions. And we consider how a posture of renewal can help us "shed our skin" more easily than a posture of resignation. Plus, curses and blessings, as always! If you want to get in touch, you can email minister@cosmicindifference.org And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at...

Duration:00:37:31

Cosmic Indifference 37: The Mound

5/6/2018
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We return to the rest of Lovecraft's "The Mound" this week as we explore how ideas about immortality may be more of a curse than a blessing. As you may have noticed, we've reverted to titling the episode by the story we consider; thank you for your feedback about that change! We've also just released a second album of music from previous episodes! You can get a copy here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/churchofcosmicindifference If you want to get in touch, you can email...

Duration:00:32:39