Albert Einstein Said "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." A listeners survey and Russ has an early morning coffee shop conversation with his friend Chuck. Put on your seatbelt for this controversial, inspiring and encouraging conversation. Hear as a first hand audio witness to his fear facing, demon reviling, heart freeing journey of growth and healing.
Season five episode 40 Scott's story Russ records a conversation with his friend Scott. Scott's not a guy from the "purity movement" but a guy who's dealt with devastating blow's via love choking fear and shame. It's marked explicit and it's intense... Listeners you've been warned.
Russ tells a story about going to the ER last Tuesday. And, Russ and Jim have coffee and discuss the question; what does it mean to hack the ministry? Well, for obvious reasons the word "Christian" for example has been drug through the mud. So many "leaders" have blindly broken trust with the people they say they're so desperate to "save". Today would it mean for ministries to actually pushback what's evil and life choking in the world and make a difference in this post modern day and age,...
I just want my unwanted behavior to go away! Are there really approaches that will just merely take it away? Or is there a process of awakening, surrendering and maturity that happens in the process? Seth Taylor and I talk about pilgrimage and the expansion of sacred ground and spiritual understanding that comes with taking on such a sticky, stubborn unwanted behavior.
Is there a toxicity around the way some unpack or interpret the word purity? If sex addiction could be defined as an intimacy disorder how are we being organic with the flow of love in our heart, mind and emotions? What judgemental filters must be installed as to not pollute the way that we interact with others in the world? how is being open, honest or "intimate" affecting our dedication to being "pure?". Doesn't to purify or cleanse also lead to sterilization and death is that which is...
"The sparkle in your eyes Keeps me alive. And the sparkle in your eyes, Keeps me alive, keeps me alive" ~ She Sells Sanctuary is a song by the British rock band The Cult. It is from their 1985 album Love and was released as a single in May of that year, peaking at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart. (WiKi) Or Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and the Hollywood Vampires. The challenge? In the summer of cc? Dropping the mask and treasuring Real intimacy. What kind of feelings does that stir up?...
I recently heard sexually compulsive behavior called an intimacy disorder. I thought this was interesting and had me thinking about cynicism and grace. And how both religion in the world seem to like to create enemies and othorize people. Is this a symptom of our rampant intimacy dysfunction? A show meant to provoke, encourage and challenge this week.
Three things to think about while moving forward this summer. They all spring from the heart. The heart is the center pumping blood or motivation or life energy through the rest of your life! Russ unpacks a little Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is wicked who can understand it"? Will we be a slave to the whims of our ego? Or will you let that deep chamber in the heart of hearts release the spiritual energy to run through our bloodstream and impact our future?
Why does ASI have a different approach to SA? Is there a relational component that's missing from most approaches? In this episode Marc Azoulay and I talk about codependency and gaslighting. What if you were the only thing that is in your way?
"I will propose an alternative way of looking at behavior that is currently called addiction, seeing it as normal human potential, that of strong bonding. Bonding is an emotional process that creates ties that cannot be shed at will" - Peter Cohen (2009) The Naked Empress: Modern neuro science and the concept of addictions
In recovery we love stories of redemption and resurrection. And bunnies?! What can we learn from the man in black Johnny Cash about passion week, Easter, reconciliation, connection, redemption and resurrection? Yeah and what's a sex themed podcast with out bunnies?
Russ reads listeners surveys! And what is the nature of this strange pull, thirst or hunger that hijacks our will? Is it that we don't know what to do? Or is it the difficulty level of making a hard decision? Some wisdom from a philosophy professor at Ruckers University. And live for the spirit and died to the flesh? What does that really mean anyway?
The Shack heresy, bad theology? Or is it a story that inspires healing in the human soul? Paul Young's story The Shack... Is it a theology book that explains the Trinity? Or a story that encourages healing? In my experience most people who I've met that criticize The Shack have never read it. They have only heard from other people who have criticized it and this stirs up fear. The film comes out this month and I'm sure it will cause controversy as well. But for all those who never read The...
"It is my conviction that the God of the Universe is neither surprised nor ashamed of the behaviors that we have participated in, but sees them as the very stage through which the work of healing will be played out." - Jay Stringer
Is there a connection between being fast and loose with our money and our genitals? And when it comes to the concept of a creator do we trust the maker of all things? Russ engages a conflict with fellow podcaster Cash Peters over the topic of money, value, being tight and constantly in a state of lack.
I felt like a misfit in church and spiritual community. Like I just didn't fit in. When I finally picked up the very heavy phone and finally called for help I found myself in a recovery group. After listening to the stories I realized these people are misfits too! Felt like "These are my people!" Felt like home. Yes, I can be myself here! I started to open up my vulnerable wounded heart. Truth is nobody is perfect. And some can have a very real addiction to relationships and how they...
"Love Addiction" or as psychologists Call it "codependency". Someone on the road to healing is confronted with a partner or the relational reality of the desire for a partner. Love and connection, passion and desire, the need to be valued and feel whole all of these are a part of this conversation. Seth Taylor author of Feels Like Redemption and I talk about relationships and the individual decision to heal one's heart.