UnBoxing “God”

UnBoxing “God”

Navigating the Twelve Steps with an Alternative Higher Power. Drop your preconceived notions of god and explore “out of the box” concepts of a higher power in order to more deeply connect with the divine, others, and ourselves. ...Cuz sometimes tackling an unmanageable life requires an unorthodox Higher Power. Join McCall (+ friends/listeners) every other week, with mini BONUS episodes in-between. Contact: WaldoLovesMe@gmail.com +1 ‭(925) 365-6833 or +1 WALDO-LOVE-3 Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unboxinggod/support... Show More

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October 20, 2020 40 min
     Regardless of whether you want to complete your basketball season, get from point A to point B, or deliver a healthy baby... the safest place to be is cushioned in the middle of a protective “bubble”.     This week's episode really packs a punch - and a few kicks - as McCall has three conversations with different martial arts practitioners who offer their insights into the importance of finding an equilibrium... where one...
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Because sometimes tackling an unmanageable life requires the help of an unorthodox higher power.  Each week we will dig into a topic that challenges us... from the "God" in 12 Step Recovery, to Social Justice issues like Gender, Race and Arranged Marriage...  using less than traditional tools and ideas.  Take what you like... and leave the rest.   Contact: WaldoLovesMe@gmail.com --- Support this podcast: https://an...
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Today has been known as Columbus Day for over a century but federally recognized since 1934. In more recent years, however, October 12th (or the second Monday of October) has come to be known as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  Today we celebrate, honor, and uplift indigenous people.  Also, our friend and guest, Laura, stops by to tell us a little about Canadian Thanksgiving (which is coincidentally the same day). --- Support this podca...
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What do the sworn virgins of Albania, Caitlyn Jenner, Elagabalus, and Caster Semenya all have in common?  They’re transgender -- or, perhaps, third gender.  How long have we known about transgender?  Is gender just biological sex like some say or is there something more to learn from other cultures’ and countries’ histories of gender which is not binary?  Pink or blue only gender reveal parties, get ready to meet your match! Summa...
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Arranged marriage - what reaction does that incite in you?     This week, we’re delving into Indian marriage: who has arranged ones and can people be happy in them?  McCall and Cass have conversations with Celia Daniels, an Indian trans woman in a heterosexual arranged marriage; Monique, an Indian Australian woman who opted to have a non-arranged marriage; and Manpreet, a Punjabi woman who opted to marry a fellow Sikh. Summary [...
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September 22, 2020 51 min
Indian born and raised, a loving arranged marriage, a deep abiding Faith in God, and a sense that HE was a SHE from a very early age. This week, McCall delves into conversation with Celia Sandhya Daniels, who opens up about their life: Growing up a Christian boy in India; loving God, but hating the "girl inside"; an arranged marriage, to an incredible woman; coming out as transgender; and her struggles through depression a...
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September 15, 2020 65 min
Are women the downfall of humanity? The Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) would have you believe so. Did monotheism's misogyny intentionally kill the Feminine Divine? Are there other interpretations of Eve, Adam, and the Creation Story? Are we positive that Adam was actually male? Who was 'Lilith'? Might females really be the chosen ones, to redeem all of 'man'kind? Is Androgyny the goal o...
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September 8, 2020 22 min
Since it's Labor Day in the States, and well over 100 degrees in Los Angeles (where McCall lives)... okay and also cuz we are still hard at work on a PACKED Episode 11 - Cass and McCall (and Kyle) are taking the week “off” and will offer up, instead of your regularly planned programming: some exciting info and a few teaser clips from interviews that will be featured over the last four weeks of Season One! PLUS: A Call for "...
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Spoiler: We’re all basically androgynous. McCall’s ex talks masculinity and femininity during gender transition and Cassidy helps McCall unbox toxic femininity, through the lens of Jung’s theory of Anima (the feminine aspect in a male) and Animus (the masculine aspect in a female) and the toxicity that occurs when those characteristics become too extreme. This week, Alison Whiteacre, a transfemme transition coach (a perfectly sui...
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In Episode 10, McCall is unloading the box of all things woowoo! Most of us are familiar with archetypes, but Jung’s collective unconscious theory leads us to the fringe of what we know as mainstream and into the dreamworld, tarot card reading, and intuition. This week she’s asked several guests to fill in the gaps of “woowoo” that she proclaims she is “both drawn to and repelled by”. Jenny Sieck gives us a crash course on Jung’s ...
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August 18, 2020 38 min
In this week’s bonus episode, McCall examines the shadow, or the dark side of Self, and the mask, or what is projected to the world. Through the exploration of an Al-Anon reading, Pinnochio, and Pandora’s Box, McCall guides us through these Jungian archetypes and how she handles her own mask these days. For this episode, she also enlists the help of Kyle, her husband, to unpack these concepts in a more relevant way: through rock a...
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Today, we will attempt to “UnBox” the following ideas, with an open mind: The development of “self”, identity formation, personal unconscious, childhood trauma, fractured selves, burdened parts, Internal Family Systems, and Epigenetics... with 3 special guests: Cherish Asha Bolton, is an intercountry, transracial adoptee from India raised in America.  She is completing her Ph.D. in History and serves as the President of People fo...
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The Links in the Chain that led to A.A. - From one conversation in Zurich, between Carl Jung and his 'hopeless' patient... through the Oxford Group and on... to a trip to Vermont in 1935... then Ebby's line: 'I don't need a drink; I got religion"... to Bill Wilson and next, in Akron, came Dr. Bob Smith... and the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)... and then, on to every other 12-Step program there is,...
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In this week's episode, McCall unboxes the psyche, the self, and the soul. What are they, and how do they differ, if at all? McCall discusses these topics with two guests, William Ragan, PhD - professor of psychology, and Cherish Bolton - The Other(ed) Woman and (P.E.A.R.) People for Ethical Adoption Reform. They each shed light on aspects of 'self' through the lens of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung - with an overview of F...
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If you liked this Bonus Episode, check out: Applying the writings and philosophies of William James to addiction and Alcoholics Anonymous (https://www.apadivisions.org/division-32/publications/newsletters/humanistic/2017/10/addiction) , by Edward Mendelowitz, Ph.D. (from Society for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter - Oct. 2017) Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/621) , by W...
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July 21, 2020 8 min
While researching the UBG episodes on Mysticism, I stumbled upon this book called Empath to Mystic: The Art of Mastering Your Intuition and Fearlessly Being Yourself (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07LC4DQ5Z) , by Aaran Solh, and although it didn't quite make its way into a full episode, I thought it was special enough to share it with you here, in a BONUS Bonus episode. Enjoy! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/...
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Have you ever wondered how taking psychedelics (or, "tripping" as it’s typically called) leads to experiences with the unknown?  Or how some people have trips that completely transform them?  This week we’re unboxing what “ego death” means and how humans have long sought to lose their egos, to transcend themselves, through a variety of pre-mortem death and rebirth rituals (such as baptism ) including… psychedelics.  Yep, dr...
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In this Bonus Episode #6, I continue my exploration of Mysticism by introducing you to a mystic named Meister Eckhart (1260–1328), who heavily influenced my own personal pursuit of 'detachment' (which he called "dis-interest" (https://youtu.be/fAxYz8qQlgY) ). I will also talk a bit about Perennial Philosophy (aka Perennial Wisdom),  a perspective in spirituality that views all of the world's religious traditions...
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A whole lot of history and, hopefully, a deeper understanding of what, exactly, IS Mysticism... what defines a "Mystical Experience"... as well as HOW can we (+ WHY should we) all be modern-day mystics, of sorts?  Guests: Iris (from Florida) on the 'How To Listen To Listen To God' (https://www.justloveaudio.com/resources/12_Steps_Recovery/Step_10_11/How_to_Listen_To_God.pdf) meditation practice  Brother Matth...
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June 23, 2020 24 min
Further exploration into the Stoic Philosophy/Lifestyle with special friends and fellow travelers, Cassidy and Ryan. Specifically, we will unbox "The 4 Stoic Virtues". Also, we take a deeper look at the concept of “Sympatheia”, which if internalized, can change how we interact with the world—for the better. Complete Show Notes for all UBG episodes can be found here (https://www.unboxinggodpodcast.com/episodes) , with a ful...
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