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  • 02:01

    OUR COMMON GROUND ll OPEN MIC Saturday Night

    in Politics Progressive


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    Where Friends come to meet with allies.

    Tonight on OUR COMMON GROUND we open up our lines to hear from you for the full 2 hours. Give us a call and let’s discuss what you believe is the most pressing issues facing our communities.  Each Saturday night, OUR COMMON GROUND is the spot to exchange ideas, analysis and information.  Our mission is to provide the most insightful information, establish opportunities for informed dialogue, in trust and in truth. 

    Feature Topics:  Black TV ; Black Family and Adult Estrangement; Justice or Else Million March, October 10


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  • 01:07


    in Lifestyle

    I'm  wondering how the Craft organization is preceived.  Long ago, we became organized into Grand Lodges that protect and preserve. If we ask 'what is freemasonry, we would learn some saying it is Grand Lodge; others ritual; others lifestyle- all accurate.   I wonder if these views ever compete to be the truth and then I think this is a lesson in tolerance, that ebbs and flows.  It's an idea worth considering that each element of the Craft is up for discussion.

    Is a mason complete as an Entered Apprentice? Can we guide him into an understanding of symbols and metaphysics.  Much easier to focus on rank and ritual which explains a lot.  So you absorb the experience of Lodge, but then beging thinking deeper thoughts. The dialogue of a Lodge is practical- administration and metaphor- ritual. The venecular slips a little when education, debate, discussion are optional, occasional add-ons so not to compete with the assumed functions- Ritual and management. Too much? Ridiculous! Unmasonic?  Thank you Copernicus. Thank you Galileo. Thank you Kepler! We cannot be so ponderously locked into a conflict model can we?  Conflict- they're dropping out; too many distractions; we're not doing enough to recruit!  We've all heard it. The follies of the father have returned to haunt the son.  Isn't it folly to think we can suspect judgement about who we bring into masonry and believe think we are bringing like-minded men together?  Experience seems to suggest we are stratefied, socially, academically and intellectually.  Emphasis is about reduction. Remove memory work. Remove study. Remove discussion and debate among gentlemen. Remove the spiritual nature and sacred space of Lodge. The music: except for a few scattered lodges-that too has stopped.

  • 00:58

    Injured Women Part 2

    in Relationships

    Women are injured. Whether they are injured from their first teacher their moms, or a religious figure, an uncle or mom's boyfriend, it really does not matter the end result will be she will reak havoc on every human she encounters if she does not get help for the trauma that has happened in her life. But mom can do the most damage to her children if she is not able to get help or reality test her thoughts. Roll ins fom voice of reasons show, going mental, say goodbye to crazy, etc.

  • 01:58

    Dr. Will Taegel talks eco-spiritual communities, Laura & PV and Ragtop in VA.

    in Self Help

    We will be joined by Will Taegel, Ph.D.   Dr. Taegel is Dean of the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies. He has a Native American background and traditional training in shamanic circlesalong with a 30 year practice of psychotherapy, including a stint as Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners in Psychotherapy. He has academic interests in evolution and trauma, as well with a practice of rain water collection, solar and wind energy, and environmental restoration. Dr. Taegel is the author of 8 books and numerous professional articles. He was among the first researchers to connect clinical and cultural disturbance with human estrangement from the sacred core of Nature and, in that regard, to build a number of ongoing eco-spiritual communities and is the co-founder, with Judith Yost, of an eco-spiritual, integral practice community called the Earthtribe.

    The musical duo, Ragtop, Jim and Renee Oliphant, will join us, once again, from Roanoke, VA and we'll play some of their original music.

    Laura Gelezunas reports in from the retirement paradise south of the border, Puerto Vallarta, MX.

    And MORE...

  • 01:00

    Returning: Letting Go of the Old

    in Spirituality

    There is a turning point that recharges us when we have spent too much time in the dark. Usually it is when we are letting go of the old and making way for the new. Tune in this week as Lisa Jones and I discuss new beginnings and returning. We often forget that this stage of the work starts with rest. We are so programmed to hustle and DO that we move too fast. By returning to clarity and truth we gain new momentum. Any cycle of change that moves us from the dark to the light demands that we recharge ourselves. Few realize that this time in the dark is a form of hibernation, allowing our energy to renew itself. We are strengthened by rest. We’ve experienced this insight when recuperating after an illness or during the slow return of trust after a period of estrangement. Tonight’s show speaks to moments of new beginnings. 

  • 00:30

    Healing Words For Our National Identity Crisis

    in Spirituality

    This episode of Pneumatikos will explore healing words for our national identity crisis.  We are standing before the ontic abyss in our nation.  Blame and name calling will not suffice.  We are eager to point out the sins of others, but we will not address our own.  There is collective guilt not based on so-called "race" but on our self-estrangement from God.  Someone or some remote group is profiting from the violence in the streets.  Some group is leveraging the malaise in the streets and creating an evil metrics for the near future.  Violence is existential deconstruction.  We need not go into the darkness by way of blood and poignant rage.  We have an option given to us by God through the Christ.  Our country needs revival.

  • 00:06

    Manic Monday

    in Self Help

    With todays host Prof. Nicole Christian you will experience changes to enlightenment. Starting over again is one of the toughest things a person can be asked to do. But most of us, at one point in our lives, are forced to do exactly that. Whether you're reeling from the loss of a loved one, the estrangement of a partner, or the severance from a job, taking control of your new circumstances is an important part of turning around your life. Here are some tips on how to do exactly that.

  • 01:30

    Ancestral Blueprints and Holiday Traditions

    in Spirituality

    Join Lisa Iversen and Life Coach Ade for an exploration of the impact of Ancestral Blueprints on Your Holiday Traditions.
    Ancestral Blueprints is a  way to connect to the future by making peace with the past. What happens when your family clan get together for the holidays? How does the presence of the holidays bringing out the best in you? Are loved ones living and the other side acknowledged? Or is estrangement a part of your family story? What causes you stress around the holidays?

    Unblock the flow of energy and allow it expression and be the place of healing when you enter the holidays. Be the one to remember those on the other side. Invite them into the party through your heart and be present for the unfolding of your life – past, present and future.

    Learn how the unacknowledged truths in yourAncestral Blueprints may still be influencing your life today. Open your heart and mind to how the family soul's universal laws of love around belonging, balance, and justice connect all of us to one another.

    With Life Coach Ade www.LifeConversationsMedia.com and Lisa Iversen, psychotherapist, Systemic Family Constellations Facilitator, and author of Ancestral Blueprints: Revealing Invisible Truths in America's Soul. www.LisaIversen.com

  • 00:54

    Christian, Clinical Psychologist Discusses the Mother, Daughter Bond

    in Moms and Family

    Join Denise as she has a powerful conversation with Christian, clinical psychologist and chaplain, Dr. Bessie Fletcher, about her organization, The Mother and Daughter Bonding Network. Dr. Fletcher and Denise delve deep into the biblical principles that serve as the foundation for all mother and daughter relationships.

    The Mother and Daughter Bonding Network is an international online community where Mothers and Daughters are given the support and resources to bridge the “gap of estrangement,” enhance and grow their existing relationship, or openly and publicly honor each other.

    For more information on The Mother and Daughter Bonding Network, please visit http://www.mdbn.org/

  • 02:12

    RELATIONSHIPS: What does it take for a couple to get it right? with Nathan P.

    in Relationships

    Legendary Host Nathan P. ask the question "What does it take for a couple to get it right? With divorce and couples struggling with unhappiness and estrangement, BRPP Network wants to know what you think it takes to make it work. Is there some magical formula or it is really just hard work, dedication, communication, and all this on a daily basis? How is it that some couples can last 20 years and counting while others can't seem to make it a good 20 minutes? We will discuss all THAT on THIS show. Come and add your 2 cents and let's see if we can come up with the true sum of things!

  • 00:35

    Holiday Stress and Estranged Families

    in Parents

    In addition to holiday stress, combined with a short or long term estrangement from family members, or a close friend can be an especially sad time.
    For many, the holidays trigger memories of better times and/or the feelings of being isolated from one's family/close friends.

    Dr. Joshua Coleman, an expert in family estrangement, will offer support and ideas for dealing with these hard times. Dr. Coleman is an author of four books: : The Marriage Makeover: Finding Happiness in Imperfect Harmony (St. Martin's Press); The Lazy Husband: How to Get Men to Do More Parenting and Housework (St. Martin's Press); When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don't Get Along (HarperCollins); and Married with Twins: Life, Love and the Pursuit of Marital Harmony. His books have been translated into Chinese, Croatian, and Korean, and are also available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia.