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The Secrets In Plain Sight!

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Spiritual Calisthenics For People Who Are Willing To Think! Not your typical religious podcast, but with something for everyone whose mind is open enough to function.

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March 14, 2020 – Setting Up

March 13th, 2020


When I was first getting serious about the Craft, I felt bewildered by how expensive certain tools can be. And so I asked the people who were …

March 7, 2020 – High-Powered Divination!

March 6th, 2020


How do you deal with the results of divination? Whether it is something you've done or something that somebody did for you, how will you use the …

February 29, 2020 – Brightening Up The Dark Side

February 28th, 2020


While many will think of “Star Wars” if I mention 'the dark side”, some of us will think in terms of dabblers, wanna-be's and others who get in over their heads when messing with the spiritual. For that reason, much of …

February 22, 2020 – Stepping Back To Basics

February 21st, 2020


So often, I hear people complain that there are so many primer-level books in The Craft, but so few advanced-level books. There are answers to that. I can think of several people I consider to be highly advanced and …

February 15, 2020 – Coming Back After You've Left

February 14th, 2020


Just about everyone can think of something that they used to do and wishes they could do it again. This is just as true in spiritual pursuits as in …

February 8, 2020 – Prayer: A Tool Or A Cop-out?

February 7th, 2020


Prayer has become a subject of much confusion. At one extreme you'll find the devout, including monks and nuns as well as lay people, At the other extreme are the people who only claim to pray and the people who use …

February 1, 2020 – Meditating Meditation

February 1st, 2020


Meditation is a subject that is much too “large” to do justice in one episode, but I can give you an overview which might help – especially if you are beginning, or feel like you are beginning. There are more meditation …

January 25, 2020 – Crystal Balls, Tarot Cards, And Such

January 24th, 2020


Divination can be a powerful tool, if it is used wisely. To begin with, it is necessary to understand the difference between divination and so-called …

January 18, 2020 – A Peek Across The Bridge

January 16th, 2020


No subject creates more assumptions, presumptions, pronouncements, and avoidance reactions than death. When someone dies, there is usually a funeral which will have any of several possible functions, ranging from …

January 11, 2020 – Dealing With Bullying

January 10th, 2020


Bullying is an epidemic.  It can happen on a kindergarten playground, a workplace, on the internet, or any other place you can imagine. Bullies can …

January 4, 2020 – Wrong Religion?

January 4th, 2020


People make all kinds of comments about religion and religious groups, whether you are talking about a major church, a Hindu ashram, a Wiccan coven, or any other you can list. While much is said about groups which have …

December 28, 2019 – Resolutions and Wishes

December 27th, 2019


Christmas and New Year's Day are two holidays only a few days apart. In fact, in some traditions, Christmas is celebrated over a long enough period …

December 21, 2019 – Christmas, Solstice, or What?

December 19th, 2019


When you see a Christian cringe when they hear someone wish them “happy holidays”, the fact is that this time of year has quite a number of holidays. …

December 14, 2019 – Calling Across The Bridge

December 13th, 2019


One of the most common things people want to do, and actually do, spiritually is to reach out across the bridge to those who have crossed over that bridge through death. No matter what we are taught, it happens. What is …

December 7, 2019 – Opening Your Spiritual Eyes

December 7th, 2019


Where religion or spirituality is concerned, the first thing it needs to do is WORK. People who don't see it working quit trying – either they go through the motions to be socially acceptable, or they simply quit.. The …

November 30, 2019 – Opening The Door!

November 30th, 2019


One of the first things you need on your spiritual journey is improving your communication with The Divine, regardless of how the name or names you associate with The Divine. Some people may think that they have never …

November 23, 2019 – Revisiting Where I Began

November 23rd, 2019


The fact that I was away from my keyboard and microphone does not mean that I didn't have my eyes open. And, over the past year, one issue seemed most apparent, and it is the same issue which I addressed in my very …

November 16, 2019 - I'm back!

November 16th, 2019


I've been away for a while, and it has been a difficult journey. But, I am back, and I'm ready to be back. What I went through will certainly …

August 25, 2018 - Opening The Door!

August 25th, 2018


This episode is one for everyone on any path that is spiritual, because it applies to everyone. Simply put, spirit happens. And so, I find something that all can use and many need. To say nothing of it being something …

August 4, 2018 - Yes, You Can - And Probably Already Have!

August 3rd, 2018


When you were a little child, your imagination was free, and so was your mind! Do you remember an invisible friend, knowing about something that you had no way of knowing about, or seeing things in a way others did not? …

June 16, 2018 - More Higher Authorities!

June 15th, 2018


Looking at the people who have become the news lately, I cannot help but wonder whom they really answer to, and why. Most people consider themselves accountable to some person, some deity, or some group - or a …

December 23, 2017 - Happy Whatsitsday!

December 22nd, 2017


It's that time of year when some people worry if they'll offend others with a seasonal greeting that might hint at a possible religious or ethnic affiliation, and others insist ion feeling offended if such a greeting is …

December 16, 2017 - Some Questions Should Not Have To Be Asked!

December 15th, 2017


Some questions should not have to be asked! As an example, I have ridden on many busses and have never asked the bus driver if he or she were sober! …

December 9, 2017 - Powerful Prayer's Secret Ingredient!

December 8th, 2017


There is a secret ingredient to prayer, and it can often make a major difference! It not only helps you to pray, it makes it flow better. And, it helps you to know what you need to do.

Unlike the "secret ingredients" …

December 2, 2017 - Who Are You Going To Call?

December 1st, 2017


I've spoken about prayer in the last few episodes, and that leaves us with one question. The problem is, the question is so obvious that some don't …

November 25, 2017 - Prayer That Can Kick Butt!

November 24th, 2017


We've spent a fair amount of time discussing prayer in the last couple of episodes, and not flatteringly in the case of some who seem to mis-use or actually avoid real prayer. It's time to see how prayer can actually be …

November 18, 2017 - Can So-Called "Thoughts And Prayers" Do Anything?

November 17th, 2017


With every major tragedy on the news, especially storms and mass shootings, many politicians and others say that the victims have their "thoughts and …

November 11, 2017 - When Do We Draw The Line?

November 10th, 2017


We call ourselves spiritual, and/or magickal, and/or religious. Yet even the best of us is getting too accustomed to the continuing wave of gun …

November 4, 2017 - Minding Your Spiritual Manners!

November 3rd, 2017


Most of us understand manners and common courtesy in dealing with our fellow mortals in any number of situations, whether it's in an elementary …

October 28, 2017 - The Fullness Of Samhain!

October 27th, 2017


At Samhaintide, the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. Many consider Samhaintide to be the time beginning eight days before and ending eight days after Samhain. It does not mean that the veil is ever …

October 22, 2017 - Ancient Wells And So Much More!

October 22nd, 2017


A Facebook friend of mine has been posting some spectacular photos of sacred sites in the UK where she lives, and I notice that many of them have …

October 7, 2017 - We Need To Hate Hate!

October 6th, 2017


Hate distracts, and sometimes throws us off-schedule. Yet again, someone accused me of hate, when the truth is that I only hate hate. And so, …

September 30, 2017 - Smart Protesting!

September 29th, 2017


Protests have been a part of our lives almost since the invention of the opinion. But to be effective, the nature of the protest must be expressed in a way that those seeing the protest will understand.

The first …

September 23, 2017 - Religion Vs The State!

September 22nd, 2017


People talk about "church and state", but there are much more than churches involved. And, it is an issue that has been there since the first …

September 16, 2017 - Don't Let Your Ancestors Down!

September 15th, 2017


The history of a people can be conspicuous either by its overabundance or its absence. We know only too well how history can be embellished, especially when there are significant characters such as Moses, Jesus, George …

September 9, 2017 - Are You A Real One?

September 9th, 2017


From time to time, I've heard of some person being described as "a real one". At the same time, we see people every day who claim to be one thing or another, or act as if they were. Whether you are talking about a …

September 2, 2017 - History's Whole Story!

September 2nd, 2017


For some, history is taught with tales and folklore, sometimes seeming so full of lore, superstition and even fairies that it loses credibility. For …

August 26, 2017 - Conspiracies - They're Everywhere! They're Everywhere!

August 25th, 2017


In high school, I recall being subjected to lectures on the subject of "secret societies", whatever they were. Apparently, they were deep, dark and …

August 19, 2017 - Checking The Character Of Your Characters!

August 18th, 2017


One of the bigger challenges of any historical expedition, whether in a library or on-site, is the fact that human history is created and recorded by humans. Not only that, but much of history is dominated by the …

August 12, 2017 - Picking Up My Own Gauntlet!

August 11th, 2017


I accepted my own challenge, and have taken on the task of learning what I can about Glastonbury and its legends, beginning with Joseph of Arimathea and expanding toward Arthur.  As with any expedition, I have some idea …

July 22, 2017 - Time For Study By More!

July 21st, 2017


We're back, after hopefully winning some battles concerning health and hired help.  Some aspects of being a "senior citizen" are not fun!  And we're …

June 17, 2017 - Breaking Bread And Healing Ourselves!

June 16th, 2017


Unless you happen to be a monk or nun living in highly cloistered isolation, dealing with the world can be a real challenge.  The divisiveness being …

June 3, 2017 - Toeing Your Own Mark!

June 3rd, 2017


A comedy stunt by comedienne Kathy Griffin brought out a point worth sharing.  Many people, including myself, did not like the supposed humor in a skit using what was supposedly the severed head of Donald Trunp.  And …

May 27, 2017 - Focusing On Focus!!

May 26th, 2017


Like in secular education, your spiritual learning begins with learning a broad and general range of topics.  As you grow, you become more focused in …

May 13, 2017 - We Need Our Histories!

May 13th, 2017


You may have noticed lately the collection of "alternative facts" which some politicians are using in place of actual history.  While claims made by …

May 6, 2017 - Wait For It - Or Enjoy It?

May 6th, 2017


Is something coming?  Or is it here?  Do we wait for it, do we enjoy it, or do we enjoy what we have and anticipate even more?  

There is much anticipation in most spiritual traditions, looking forward to what is …

April 29, 2017 - Who are they?

April 29th, 2017


If you see or hear something that others do not, or if you have a significant dream, who are the ones who are communicating with you, and what does it mean?  It's a question which most of us have at times in our lives …

April 22, 2017 - No, You Are Not Crazy!

April 22nd, 2017


What is the difference between your friend who has a vision of a goddess or an angel, and the TV preacher who claims that his god tolls him to tell …

April 15, 2017 - Prayer Composition 101!

April 15th, 2017


Prayer is just possibly the most powerful thing you can do in working with your deities.  No matter the name, number, or gender, deities like to …

April 8, 2017 - Four-Footed Spiritual Windows!

April 8th, 2017


Some of our best spiritual teachers are around us most of the day, and many of them have four feet.  There are exceptions, of course, such as those who have wings.  And the trick is to put their teaching to use without …

April 1, 2017 - Friendships Inspired By Enemies!

April 1st, 2017


Sorry for my absence last week, but my wife and I were terribly sick.  Hopefully, that's over and now we can make some progress.

Nothing bothers me …

March 18, 2017 - Your Daily Miracle!

March 18th, 2017


Religion and spirituality need to work.  That is an absolute.  There are some people who might follow a religion even if it didn't accomplish …

March 11, 2017 - Where Paths Join!

March 11th, 2017


Imagine that a spiritual path which you might know for its history of hate, bigotry and violence had another, less known, path which is known for …

March 4, 2017 - What Kind Of Unity?

March 4th, 2017


When various groups are confronted by hate and ignorance, one of the first things people call for is unity.  Unfortunately, the concept of unity carries with it connotations of uniformity, conformity, organization and …

February 25, 2017 - The Two Worst Faith Crimes!

February 25th, 2017


Even though "Faith Crime" is not a term you can find in a law book, they do happen.  Faith Crimes are those acts which a reasonable person should be …

February 18, 2017 - A Wiccan Jesus?

February 18th, 2017


Why not?  Wiccans and Pagan have no problem with any number of gods and goddesses, and it is apparent that Yahweh does not mind.  He does want "top …

February 11, 2017 - Carrying Imbolc's Power Forward!

February 11th, 2017


Imbolc has a powerful gift which we can put to good use throughout the year, but especially during the time which spans from Imbolc itself to the …

February 4, 2017 - Hate - Again!

February 4th, 2017


I really did not want to bring up the subject of hate again, but current events make it unavoidable.  And those of us who are not totally in the mainstream have cause for concern.  President Trump's so-called "Muslim …

January 28, 2017 - On-Target Prayers!

January 28th, 2017


The most important thing about prayer is that it needs to work.  Unfortunately, some people's introduction to prayer is such that it doesn't get much of a chance to show itself working.  In my own case, I had to learn …

January 21, 2017 - Spirituality Under Fire!

January 21st, 2017


My own spirituality has been under fire almost since I considered myself old enough to take responsibility for it.  Whether it was in college where …

January 14, 2017 - Spiritual Benchmarks And Yardsticks!

January 14th, 2017


Benchmarks and yardsticks are as useful in spiritual matters as they are in other tasks.  The term "benchmark" comes from the measuring marks which …

January 7, 2017 - Beginning With Infinity!

January 7th, 2017


While it might seem strange to begin the New Year with discussing infinity, for me it seems logical.  In a society where 8% of Americans believe that …

December 31, 2016 - How About New Year's Projects?

December 31st, 2016


One of the regular features of the mundane New Year celebration is the annual offering of New Year's resolutions, those promises to do better in one …

December 24, 2016 - All Those Divine Babies!

December 24th, 2016


If you explore a calendar that embraces a number of spiritual paths and traditions, you'll find that this time of year is full of celebrations.  Many …

December 17, 2016 - We Must All Become Students!

December 17th, 2016


The complaints about the so-called "war on Christmas" seem absent this year during the holiday season.  It's not that the supposed war is over or …

December 10, 2016 - Truth: The Greatest Armor!

December 10th, 2016


Regardless of your spiritual path, or even lack of one, there will be those who oppose you.  The fact that your spirituality and your religion are your business will not stop certain people from trying to make it their …

December 3, 2016 - Receiving And Embracing!

December 3rd, 2016


Tuesday morning, Lady Stormy and I were presented with a surprise.  We found a reminder of someone we loved, who had passed away.  It was something …

November 26, 2016 - Going In To Action!

November 26th, 2016


At some time in your life, someone or something will have you so upset that you'll want to take action.  And, if you have a strong spiritual life, you'll want to do something spiritually about it!  It's not only …

November 19, 2016 - Spiritual Protection For Your Self!

November 19th, 2016


The events of the last few weeks have some folks wondering if there is a need for more spiritual protection, especially for those in the so-called …

November 12, 2016 - What Do We Do Now?!

November 12th, 2016


This is a religious show, aimed primarily at those of "alternative faiths", but the fact is that we have to deal with the realities of life, …

November 5, 2016 - You're Not Wrong!

November 5th, 2016


I keep saying that your spiritual path is your business, as is your spiritual growth and learning.  The problem is that on the way to enlightenment, so many of us are confronted by what seems to be an army of nitpickers …

October 29, 2016 - Samhain!

October 29th, 2016


Samhain is here!  Don't worry about the date when you hear this, because Samhaintide lasts a while.  The veil thins, and then it thickens.  It is not like a door that opens and then slams shut, which is the impression …

October 22, 2016 - A Vision To Enjoy!

October 22nd, 2016


With Samhain coming, we need to look at beginnings, and see what beginnings we want to begin.  This is the right time for that.  And we have clues about what we can do all around us!

I've said before, often enough that …

October 15, 2016 - Who are your Visitors?

October 15th, 2016


With Samhain approaching and the veil between the worlds being at its thinnest, we do well to remember that not only might we want to reach out to them, but they might want to reach out to us.  After all, it works both …

October 8, 2016 - Reaching Out To Touch Someone!

October 8th, 2016


We are approaching the time when it is easiest to reach across the veil to those on the other side.  It is also the time when it is easiest for them to reach out to us.  And, there are times when we feel the need or …

October 1, 2016 - Gearing Up For Samhain!

October 1st, 2016


Like with any Sabbat, holiday or other special occasion, Samhain has its preparation.  Along with all of the other preparations going on, how about …

September 24, 2016 - Hell No, I won't Let Go!

September 24th, 2016


I am grateful that while I have been going through the grieving process for my best friend, I have mercifully been spared the gratuitous advice of …

September 17, 2016 - That Bridge, Again!

September 17th, 2016


I had to say goodbye to Yuengling this past Monday.  The day started like any other happy day in his life, and we were having a great time together until just about dinnertime.  He sounded like he was trying to catch …

September 10, 2016 - What's More Important: The Label Or The Content?

September 10th, 2016


Working for a company that produced consumer goods, I was amazed to find the same actual product being sold at different prices, with different …

September 3, 2016 - Get Off The Guilt Trip!

September 3rd, 2016


Guilt-tripping is a popular activity among certain people, especially for those inclined to mess with other people's spiritual lives.  And they claim …

August 27, 2016 - False Teachers!

August 27th, 2016


Once you have a relationship going with your deity or deities, certain people will want to "help" you.  Some might be offering genuine help, but you need to beware of the others.  There will be those who do not have …

August 20, 2016 - Celebrating With Thanks!

August 20th, 2016


If you want to open communication with your deities (or deity), here's a good starting point.  And, it can be the start of building something substantial.

No deity needs anything from us.  They were here before us, and …

August 13, 2016 - So, Where's The Argument?

August 13th, 2016


One of the most hilarious happenings in life comes when you discover that two people who are arguing passionately against each other are actually for the same thing.  They simply don't want to admit it!  Not only does …

August 6, 2016 - In The Closet Or In Their Face?

August 6th, 2016


One of the decisions which nag at each of us is how much "in" or "out" we intend to be about various aspects of our lives.  And even in this supposed era of religious freedom, in the United States at least, there are …

July 30, 2016 - A Salute To Three Enemies!

July 30th, 2016


Each one had stood in the way of something which I considered important, even vital, at the time.  Each one was so far in the wrong direction at the time that I considered them to be disgusting.  This isn't just about …

July 23, 2016 - Focus To Turn Up The Volume!

July 23rd, 2016


Most of us have had the need at some time to turn up the volume of a television, radio or stereo player to be able to hear what was being offered in …

July 16, 2016 - Meditation: The Next Step!

July 16th, 2016


Once you have a grasp of what prayer is, does and can do for you, the next logical step in the growth of your spiritual life probably is meditation.  Please understand that you don't have to wait until you've mastered …

July 9, 2016 - Why Follow Defunct Doctrine?

July 9th, 2016


Before you drive your car, do you have a man walk in front of it carrying a red flag?  It used to be the law in several places, and one US city has it still on the books for women who drive!  It was within the time of …

July 2, 2016 - Opening The Divine Door!

July 2nd, 2016


Prayer is the primary of the three means to open a door to The Divine, and it is certainly the most significant way of communicating with your deities.  The other two are meditation and contemplation and just about …

June 25, 2016 - Forgiveness: A First Step In Healing!

June 25th, 2016


Much has been said about forgiveness, but little seems really understood.  Forgiveness is a key element in the process of healing, because it assigns the hurt its proper place in the past, and makes it stay in the …

June 18, 2016 - Orlando's Message For All Of Us!

June 18th, 2016


We have a unique problem right now.  Until now, the big-name, high-publicity shootings could be simply identified by its location, such as the …

June 11, 2016 - Where's The Argument?

June 11th, 2016


My dad kept a small rubber ball on his desk, half red and half yellow, to get people to understand one of the basic facts of a dispute.  If he held …

June 4, 2016 - Love: The Key Of Keys!

June 4th, 2016


One of the greatest spiritual experiences of my life was a gathering called Witchstock 97, put on by the Serpentstone Family.  The absolute high …

May 28, 2016 - Thoughts On Memorial Day

May 28th, 2016


Memorial Day being May 30th this year has some significance.  Before Memorial Day became a "Monday holiday", it was regularly celebrated on May …

May 21, 2016 - Does A Wiccan Get Born Again?

May 21st, 2016


One of my favorite buttons in the late 80's and early 90's was one that said "Born Again Pagan".  Not only did it say where I was at during that point of my life, it insured that the more obnoxious of the Christian …

May 14, 2016 - Red Flags On Your Path!

May 14th, 2016


We've heard of "red flags" before, those indicators that we need to stop and look because something is probably not right.  I've found five flags …

May 7, 2016 - Our Own Ending, And Beginning!

May 7th, 2016


Death is inevitable; no matter how badly some wish to ignore it.  Those who don't ignore it seem forced into either speculating, or buying into …

April 30, 2016 - Your Special Helpers!

April 30th, 2016


Your best helpers in your spiritual life might well be your four-footed friends with whom you share a home.  It certainly is true for me!  People often talk about Wiccans and Witches with their familiars as if it were …

April 23, 2016 - Claiming Your Sacred Space!

April 23rd, 2016


In the last episode, I spoke about having sacred space, now I need to talk about claiming it!  That word "claim" has a powerful significance, from a …

April 16, 2016 - A Sacred Space Of Your Own!

April 16th, 2016


Of all of the obstacles that you might face in growing your spirituality and making something of your spiritual life, one of the first might well be the question of a place where you can actually exercise your …

April 9, 2016 - Ten Years, Same Question!

April 9th, 2016


Ten years ago, I created the first episode of this podcast.  Its title was "Can We Please Get Along?".  It seemed then (and still does) that we have more to share than we will ever have differences, and many of those …

April 2, 2016 - Take A Clue From The Golden Rule!

April 2nd, 2016


Some basic ideas that have been drummed into your head can become tools, and even weapons, in dealing with the words and actions we see from …

March 26, 2016 - In The Face Of Our Enemies!

March 26th, 2016


If there is one challenge facing us that is greater than any other, it is the challenge presented by hate.  Hate is no stranger to our history, even the history of the United States.  At least one early synagogue was …

March 19, 2016 - Three Holidays With One Celebration!

March 19th, 2016


Three holidays are celebrated within days of each other, depending on a person's spiritual path.  Each is associated with a particular spiritual …

March 12, 2016 - Meditation That Moves Mountains!

March 12th, 2016


Meditation has many definitions, mostly depending on the person's teacher, the person's experience, and what the person gets from it.  For me, meditation is the next logical step from prayer.  I see it as the weapon …

March 5, 2016 - Three Spiritual Landmines!

March 5th, 2016


While a military land mine can end someone's physical life, a spiritual land mine can end your spiritual life.  While a military land mine is buried …

February 27, 2016 - Another "F-Word": Faith!

February 29th, 2016


There are some words I call "F-words".  They are proper and can be used in polite company.  Unfortunately, they begin with that letter, and have been …

February 20, 2016 - Tempest Smith Day!

February 20th, 2016


February 20th is Tempest Smith Day.  On February 20, 2001, Tempest Kayne Smith died by her own hand.  She was twelve years old.  She had been …

February 13, 2016 - The Weakness Of Our Enemies!

February 13th, 2016


It is amazing, the number of people who seem to need to hate.  And when they hate us, it might seem that the only two options to escape their venom …

February 6, 2016 - Fighting Trolls And Other Evil Beings!

February 6th, 2016


Have you been receiving harassment lately, especially religious harassment?  It happens a lot lately, and social media only added to the potential ways for it to happen.  On the internet, they are often referred to as …

January 30, 2016 - Imbolc And Infinity!

January 30th, 2016


Some might find Imbolc to be a Sabbat which is easy to skip-over, but those who really grasp what Imbolc is about find it to be one of the most …

January 23, 2016 - Where Christians And Atheists Miss The Point!

January 23rd, 2016


Christians and atheists appear to be missing the same point! I don't mean all of both groups, but a sizeable number indeed.  A group known for atheism recently posted a graphic containing several pictures of starving, …

January 16, 2016 - Lent: A Good Idea With A Bad History!

January 16th, 2016


Most people think of Lent as a Christian tradition, but it has its parallels in many other spiritual paths.  Used well, it functions nicely as a "course correction maneuver" to give each of us an opportunity to see …

January 9, 2016 - The Danger Of Empty Prayer!

January 9th, 2016


Nothing irritates me quite as much as when a tragedy happens, such as the recent mass shootings, and people in a position to offer solutions instead …

January 2, 2016 - New Spirituality In A New Year!

January 2nd, 2016


Those of us who are Pagan and/or Wiccan are fortunate: Some of our most important holidays have mundane equivalents on different days, and it means …

December 26, 2015 - Priesthood Revisited!

December 26th, 2015


To begin with, a basic point: you are a priest/ priestess.  You have an absolute right and indeed a responsibility to be a priest or priestess for …

December 19, 2015 - Yule, Christmas, And So What?

December 19th, 2015


Once upon a time, I was a total cynic about this time of year.  If I went to a church, it seemed to be permeated by gossip, people who led soap-opera …

December 12, 2015 - The Current Epidemic That's Killing People!

December 12th, 2015


There is an epidemic in this country.  It is an epidemic of a disease that has brought down nations before, and has brought disaster to many more.  This is not the first time that this disease hadinfested the United …

December 5, 2015 - The Real War On Christmas!

December 5th, 2015


Once again, some Christians are claiming that there is a "war on Christmas" going on, and in the past I have stated a claim that I did not believe there was a "war on Christmas."  I was mistaken.  I do believe that …

November 28, 2015 - Yes We Can For The 500th Time: We Must!

November 28th, 2015


This is the 500th episode of "The Secrets In Plain Sight".  The first episode was titled "Can We Please Get Along?"  Each episode since then has touched on this issue in one way or another.  And at the 500th episode, I …

November 21, 2015 - Revisiting Ghosts

November 21st, 2015


We've discussed this subject before, but some subjects demand further exploration, especially those which can be part of our daily life.  Every spiritual path and every society has some version of ghosts.  The noun used …

November 14, 2015 - Your Personal Prison!

November 14th, 2015


"The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think".  I don't know who said it, but I find it too true too often!

It begins as soon as we become aware of other people, and it continues throughout …

November 7, 2015 - Veterans' Day!

November 7th, 2015


In the US, Veterans' Day is November 11th.  If you are not in the US, I hope that you have a similar celebration sometime in the year.  All veterans deserve to be honored, even former enemies.

In the US and in many other …

October 31, 2015 - Your Spiritual Door-Stop!

October 31st, 2015


How do we keep Samhain going?  Quite a lot can happen at Samhain, and quite a lot more can begin to happen.  The veil between the worlds is at its thinnest at Samhain, and some people seem to worry about what might …

October 24, 2015 - Getting Really Ready For Samhain!

October 24th, 2015


This is the perfect time to discuss Samhain, because it is precisely a week away from when this publishes!  Samhain is a time of opposites working together.  It is also a great time for combining a fun celebration with …

October 17, 2015 - As Personal As Your Toothbrush!

October 17th, 2015


Dreams and visions can be spiritual or mundane, but they have one thing in common: some of the best-intentioned of your friends and family will try to talk you out of your dreams.  And the people who listen to that are …

October 10, 2015 - The Most Powerful Element In Magick And Prayer!

October 10th, 2015


When I was beginning, I once asked a teacher what the most and least important parts of magick and spellwork were.  Her answer molded my path from …

October 3, 2015 - A Game-Changing Visit!

October 3rd, 2015


For people living in the United Sates, everyone was affected by the Pope's visit, with the possible exception of someone who might be living under a rock on some mountaintop.  Of course, the spin-makers were at it too, …

September 26, 2015 - Everyone Wants To Go To Heaven, But Nobody Wants To Die!

September 26th, 2015


It doesn't take much to figure out what the title is talking about.  Many will talk about having a goal, but how many are willing to do the work to get there?  Here in the US, it's easy enough to see men walking around …

September 19, 2015 - Get Ready For Spiritual Company!

September 19th, 2015


No Sabbat or other holiday is as personally spiritual as Samhain.  By that I mean spiritual in a personal way to each individual one of us!  The veil …

September 12, 2015 - Freedom Of Religion: Wouldn't That Be Nice!

September 12th, 2015


For most of us, "Freedom of Religion" is a topic that was mentioned in school as one of the freedoms we have, and that was about it.  Unless, of …

September 5, 2015 - If That's What You Are, Act Like It!

September 5th, 2015


The revelations from the Ashley Madison scandal remind me of a line from the movie "Braveheart" in which Patrick McGoohan as King Edward I advised his son: "You'll be a king one day, at least try to act like one!"  …

August 29, 2015 - The Current Hero Shortage

August 29th, 2015


Three young American men became heroes when they stopped an alleged terrorist attack.  They were three young men vacationing together on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.  They were ordinary people who became heroes by …

August 22, 2015 - New Tools And Old Rules!

August 22nd, 2015


The other day in the supermarket I noticed a sign asking people to not use their cell phones at the deli counter.  The problem wasn't unfortunate husbands needing more specifics on which kind of salami to buy, but …

August 15, 2015 - I Ain't Afraid Of No Ghosts!

August 15th, 2015


Ghosts are an interesting subject, and one that nobody is neutral about.  What is especially funny is when a non-believer struggles to justify their non-belief when an encounter with a ghost is their first personal …

August 8, 2015 - Opening Your Spiritual Eyes!

August 8th, 2015


The mere mention of spiritual awareness can cause controversy. Yes, some people are comfortable with the subject and others can in fact be too comfortable with it. Some are so over-comfortable that they have discussions …

August 1, 2015 - Remembering The Promise, Once Again!

August 1st, 2015


For me, it's harder when an animal passes away than when most humans pass away. A dog or cat doesn't worry about someone's income, attractiveness or social status. They love unconditionally. That means that they already …

July 25, 2015 - Is Doing The Right Thing Always Right?

July 25th, 2015


If you've read any of the news lately, especially about government and business, you know how much effort some people put into doing the right thing, or at least appearing to do so. But when a person or organization …

July 18, 2015 - When An Icon Crumbles

July 18th, 2015


Those who understand spiritual imagery understand what icons are for, and most of us use icons in our daily lives, whether we want to admit to it or not. When a person, place or event comes to stand for something higher …

July 4, 2015 - The All-Faith "Get Out of Hell Free" Card!

July 4th, 2015


I find spiritual blackmail to be repulsive. I can think of some things that are more offensive to me, but most of them are crimes. Spiritual …

June 27, 2015 - Perspectives On A Wedding

June 27th, 2015


About a week ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to another part of the state, where Lady Stormy and I presided over a wedding. It was outdoors, away from town; in a place that reminded me of my grandfather's summer …

June 20, 2015 - Requiem For Beebe, Arkansas And Some Other Places

June 20th, 2015


Seekers' Temple is leaving Beebe, Arkansas. They have a new place, located elsewhere. While they had originally chosen Beebe because of it being so central to their members, Seekers' temple was not just a mission or a …

June 13, 2015, - Party Hearty With The Divine!

June 13th, 2015


Deities like to party! No matter how somber and sober the followers of some spiritual paths behave (at list publicly), look into the history, legends …

June 6, 2015, - What Christians Miss And We Don't Have To!

June 6th, 2015


This episode carries within it a challenge for each and every one, regardless of denomination, spiritual path or affiliation. The challenge is quite simple: get the point of an admonition you'll find expressed one way …

May 30, 2015, - Spicing Up A Bland Prayer Life!

May 30th, 2015


There can me many reasons why you might feel the need to spice-up your prayer life. It's easy to get into a rut. Also, the way some of us are taught, we need to find where the spice is. After all, what we got taught in …

May 23, 2015, - Memorial Day!

May 25th, 2015


Memorial Day is the day set aside in the United States to honor those who died in service to their country. Those still in active service have Armed Forces Day, and those who have fought and are still living have …

May 16, 2015, - Crossing A Dangerous Line!

May 16th, 2015


I remember as a very young lieutenant in the Air Force having to work with a senior captain who considered it his mission to tell everyone what our …

May 9, 2015, - Where Do We Draw The Line?

May 9th, 2015


Something scares me worse than any conspiracy theory that the far-outers of either side of the spectrum could ever produce. What scares me more than …

May 2, 2015, - God Shopping!

May 2nd, 2015


At some point in your spiritual journey, you might find yourself searching for a new or improved deity. While atheists and agnostics might be looking to fill a void, some others might like their current deity well …

April 25, 2015, - Going Farther Out Or Farther In?

April 25th, 2015


I recall in college in the late 1960's and early 1970's, the followers of Dr. Timothy Leary and others wanted to get everyone "high" and venture …

April 18, 2015, - The Other Christianity!

April 18th, 2015


Of all of the religions, denominations, cults and spiritual movements that I have encountered, none has raised as many "red flags" in my mind as …

April 11, 2015, - Nine Years, And What?

April 11th, 2015


The very first episode of "The Secrets In Plain Sight" was released on April 5, 2006. That's nine years ago, and nine years of weekly episodes with the exception of a couple of trips to the hospital. In that first …

April 4, 2015, - The Great Divine Disconnect!

April 4th, 2015


What would be the greatest logical disconnect of all time? Perhaps the one which millions of people of many faiths buy into on a daily basis! On one …

March 28, 2015, - Puzzled By Words?

March 28th, 2015


Did you ever find yourself in a situation in which a couple of people were talking in what they thought was plain language, but to you it was beyond understanding? It happened the other day at the tax advisor's office! …

March 21, 2015, - Our Four-Footed Teachers!

March 21st, 2015


Some of the greatest lessons I've learned have come from four-legged teachers. As a very young child, nobody bothered much with the fact that I saw …

March 14, 2015, - Colonelisms And Other Blunders!

March 14th, 2015


I get scared when I read a parody article which sounds too much like something I've experienced in life. Recently, a parody "news" article claimed that an Air Force wing commander got disgusted with hearing other …

March 7, 2015, - Confronting Contradictions!

March 7th, 2015


Of all of the "objections" I hear about one form or another of religion, one of my "favorite" is the one that claims that sacred writings have so …

February 28, 2015 - Your Own Exploring!

February 28th, 2015


Imagine a religious/ theological version of a science fair. I remember science fairs in school as a time when instead of dealing with the usual …

February 21, 2015 - Remembering Tempest Smith!

February 21st, 2015


I keep suggesting that February 20th be set aside as Tempest Smith Day. It's appropriate for a day to honor those who are or have been victims of …

February 14, 2015 - The Open Door!

February 14th, 2015


As we approach the anniversary of Tempest Smith's death, I'd like to discuss some of the aspects of the isolation which victims of bullying …

February 7, 2015 - Avoiding Spiritual Suicide!

February 7th, 2015


Some of the most popular ways of putting an end to someone's spiritual life are subtle and sometimes seem downright popular. We're not talking about …

January 31, 2015 - Saying Goodbye and Remembering The Promise!

January 31st, 2015


We need to say farewell to a friend of ours. I say "ours" because he welcomed you to the podcast every week for a many years. His purr followed …

January 24, 2015 - Lessons From The Sorcerer's Apprentice!

January 24th, 2015


I feel the need to preface my remarks with the assurance that there is no such thing as a "dumb question", except for the one that someone is afraid to ask. That said, there are those questions which reveal how much the …

January 17, 2015 - What Can I Do?

January 17th, 2015


What can I do? That question is asked in a number of ways. Sometimes, it is an actual question. Sometimes, it is a challenge to be offered an opportunity for action. At other times, it attempts to serve as an excuse for …

January 10, 2015 - The Price of Ignorance!

January 10th, 2015


Most of us will agree that ignorance and prejudice have too high a cost. Unfortunately, ignorance and prejudice are so often disguised as knowledge. Worse yet, the ignorant and the prejudiced see themselves as being …

January 3, 2015 - Archaeology For The Future!

January 3rd, 2015


Can we learn something from archaeology that might stop us from being stupid? I enjoy reading about archaeological discoveries, because there is so …

December 27, 2014 - Resolving Resolutions Through Magick!

December 27th, 2014


This time of year, we face the annual round of New Year's resolutions, whether we want to or not. Some are made in jest, some are made to get people …

December 20, 2014 - Merry All Of The Above!

December 20th, 2014


Look at a calendar that shows all of the celebrations for this time of year, and you'll see that it is quite literally stuffed with holidays. Not …

December 13, 2014 - See It So You Can Count It!

December 13th, 2014


This is the time of year when some people make a point of looking at how blessed they are. And, it makes sense, especially compared to those who seem to concentrate on an apparent lack of blessings. Our only concern …

December 6, 2014 - What Season's Greetings?

December 6th, 2014


And now we have the time of the annual greetings controversy. Some folks will make a stink about how someone like a store clerk didn't wish them …

November 29, 2014 - Confronting Frustration (Ferguson, etc.)

November 29th, 2014


Unless you are living under a better rock than the one I have, there is something going on in the world that has you feeling frustrated. I "pick on" Ferguson MO because I lived near there in the third quarter of the …

November 22, 2014 - The Magick Of Giving Thanks!

November 22nd, 2014


Thanksgiving Day is soon upon us in the USA, and for those of us who are not in the United States, giving of thanks is a worthwhile habit to get into. If you're reading this, it is reasonable to assume that you know to …

November 15, 2014 - Taking It To The Streets!

November 15th, 2014


What are we to do about the situations we face in the world? Elections, school bullies and corrupt corporations give us daily proof of the fact that …

November 8, 2014 - Thinking About Veterans

November 8th, 2014


I am a veteran of military service. November 11th is Veterans' Day in the United States. If you are not a United States citizen or resident, I would …

November 1, 2014 - Opening Samhain's Door!

November 1st, 2014


Here we are in Samhaintide, and what an opportunity! The veil between the worlds is at its thinnest and here is an opportunity to communicate with those who have passed over the bridge. Very few who have matured to the …

October 25, 2014 - Booby-Traps On Your Spiritual Path!

October 25th, 2014


For a number of people, perhaps including you, a spiritual path is not an easy journey. This is especially true is people who claim to care about you mess with your spiritual path for the sake of their own greed, …

October 18, 2014 - Spiritual Blackmail: The Ultimate Red Flag?

October 18th, 2014


Spiritual blackmail, especially in the form of rules to blindly follow, is a popular means of keeping religious followers under control. And why? 

If …

October 10, 2014 - Resurrection: Fiction or a Documentary In Advance?

October 11th, 2014


The series "Resurrection" begins its second season with far more questions than answers even than the prior season. What bothers me more than …

September 27, 2014 - Know Your Spiritual Enemies!

September 27th, 2014


It has been said that nothing can destroy or strengthen faith more than going through a time of major need. In my book, going through my beloved wife's health emergency qualifies as one of those times. And, in my past …

September 20, 2014 - The Shoe Is On My Foot!

September 20th, 2014


I often wondered what some people who gave me "advice" during a very bad time in my life some years ago would do if the shoe were on their foot. …

September 14, 2014 - In An Hour Of Need

September 13th, 2014


And today I need to talk a bit about what some would describe as "where the rubber meets the road".

A week ago today (as I am speaking into the …

September 6, 2014 - Writing A Rite Right!

September 6th, 2014


What about the basic work of writing a ritual? We've spoken of such things as your sacred space, seeing when something happens and more. But what about the basic act of putting together a ritual.

Here, we're talking …

August 30, 2014 - A Sacred Space Of Your Own!

August 30th, 2014


With all I have talked about doing in the last few weeks, I need to answer the question about a place to do it. Even if you don't have access to a place like Glastonbury or Sedona, you can still have a sacred place of …

August 23, 2014 - Can You Spot The Miracle?

August 23rd, 2014


A friend of mine noticed a miracle last week. Nothing that anyone else might notice, but he did. And, he understood that it was a message from someone. And, he celebrated it among friends. I'm glad he did. He made a …

August 16, 2014 - Cleaning The Glass On Your Window To The World

August 16th, 2014


It's obvious that we need to be well-informed to function as citizens of the mundane world. But it's also necessary if we are citizens of the spiritual world and want to make our spiritual work effective. After all, …

August 10, 2014 - Looking Toward Samhain: Who You Gonna Call?

August 9th, 2014


Samhain is a couple of months away, but why shouldn't we get ourselves ready now? The crassest of commercial businesses are preparing for Christmas …

August 2, 2014 - Growing Your Spiritual Awareness

August 2nd, 2014


Spirituality does not come easily these days. And in so many cases, what people claim to be spirituality is actually the spiritual equivalent of a frozen TV dinner: created, cooked and even dished-up somewhere else by …

July 26, 2014 - Building A Powerful Spiritual Weapon!

July 26th, 2014


Weapons get things done, not always in a harmful, hurtful, or destructive way - but they do get things done. And you might find yourself needing a …

July 19, 2014 - What About Priesthood?

July 19th, 2014


Some of you are considering becoming a priest, priestess, or whatever your spiritual path calls its clergy. Some of you already are, and more. Actually, I see each of you already being your own priest or priestess for …

July 12, 2014 - Please Don't Call Me Christian!

July 12th, 2014


Please don't call me Christian! Someone recently referred to me as "a Christian with issues", which shows me how little that person knows about me, Christianity, or Wicca! I certainly don't advocate snatching lunch …

July 5, 2014 - The Price Of Maturity!

July 5th, 2014


I've sometimes said that I've found that people whose faith is really solid have no problem with people of other faiths. Why? Let me tell you of an …

June 28, 2014 - Christians Of Beebe: Your God Has A Message For You!

June 28th, 2014


The title addresses one group, but the message is actually for all groups of all faiths, and any groups of no faith.

Seekers Temple is a wonderful …

June 14, 2014 - The Reynolds Shooting and Opportunity

June 13th, 2014


It happened again, a school shooting. And for me, this was the second school shooting in which I found reason to take it personally. But a question …

June 7, 2014 - What Is Truth?

June 7th, 2014


This is a question which has pestered theologians, mystics and philosophers since the beginning of time. But then, why is it that it is so easy to …

May 31, 2014 - When Forgiveness Isn't The Answer!

May 31st, 2014


There are times when forgiveness does not appear to be the answer. What to do then? There are folks who claim that it's unwise to discuss this, but …

May 24, 2014 - A First Look At Forgiveness!

May 24th, 2014


I have not spoken directly about forgiveness until now, because it is a very difficult subject. The Pollyanna-types and people who have never felt a …

May 17, 2014 - The Reality Of Your Spirituality!

May 17th, 2014


I said it last time, and I felt the need to devote this episode to the reality of your spirituality. It's a major part of what all of this is for and about, and it's what other people with over-done egos and agendas get …

May 10, 2014 - Glasses For Your Third Eye?

May 10th, 2014


If you need to see better from your two biological eyes, you can always get glasses. What about your third eye, the one that looks beyond the …

May 3, 2014 - Beltane's Starting Grid

May 3rd, 2014


This time, I'm doing something different. I'm known for comparing Sabbats to Jewish rites of passage. I find that useful because the Jewish rites of …

April 26, 2014 - When Leopards Change Their Spots

April 26th, 2014


There's an old saying concerning whether a leopard can change its spots. Well, it can happen. Not only that, but it can be a great thing when it …

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