Leaving the Church to Find God

Catherine Melissa Whittington

Leaving the Church to Find God delves into the shadows of organized religion, guiding you past indoctrination and towards authentic spirituality. Join solo reflections, insightful interviews, and a supportive community on this transformative journey beyond the pews.

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The Art of Being Present: Techniques for Mindful Awareness
3d ago
The Art of Being Present: Techniques for Mindful Awareness
Can you imagine transforming your daily routine into a series of mindful moments that bring peace and clarity? This episode dives into the heart of mindfulness and authentic living, beginning with an exploration of what it means to be present and aware in every moment. I share my unique perspective as a professional photographer specializing in newborn sessions, revealing how being baby-led and moving at a slower pace can heighten our ability to tune into the energy around us. Through these experiences, we discuss the powerful impact of mindfulness on our everyday lives, from savoring simple activities to fostering deeper connections with ourselves and others.Ever struggled with speaking your truth and staying authentic? We'll explore the challenges of people-pleasing and the importance of expressing your personal truth, even when it's uncomfortable. By learning to voice your feelings and thoughts, you can prevent them from consuming your mind and detracting from your present moment. Practicing true listening—without preemptively planning your response—can significantly enhance genuine communication and understanding. Throughout this discussion, I share practical mindfulness techniques like mindful breathing, eating, and movement, aimed at reclaiming your inherent stillness and clarity.This episode isn't just about theory; it's about engaging with you, our valued audience. Join me for live Instagram sessions where we can discuss these topics in real-time and address your questions. Keep an eye out for announcements and participate in our upcoming dedicated Q&A episode. Your support and presence are invaluable, and I am excited to continue this journey of mindfulness and authentic living together. Thank you for being part of this community, and let's keep the conversation going! Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Embodiment: What is it? and How to be it?
Jun 7 2024
Embodiment: What is it? and How to be it?
What if your body, mind, and spirit could unite in perfect harmony? Discover how the ancient principles of yoga can guide you to this profound state of embodiment, where being fully present in your physical form meets mindfulness and soulful awareness. Imagine source energy as gold, and learn how each of us is a unique expression of this divine essence, experiencing life through our senses and emotions. We challenge traditional views that see the body as sinful, proposing instead that our physical existence is a sacred manifestation of source energy.Explore the true power of your emotions with us. Anger, sadness, joy, and fear—all are vital indicators from our broader selves. Learn how these emotions communicate essential messages and guide us toward understanding our needs and desires. We discuss the societal conditioning that often leads to the suppression of these feelings, resulting in a disconnection from our gut and heart. By embracing our emotions, we can shift from a life led by past experiences to one filled with present possibilities and authentic existence.Embark on a journey towards self-love and body alignment. Discover practical methods for achieving embodiment, such as somatic work, dance, and connecting with nature. Hear personal stories and techniques for aligning with your soul's desires, emphasizing the importance of nurturing your body through grounding, syncing with moon cycles, and self-massage. Whether you're seeking to reconnect with yourself or looking for practical self-care tips, this episode offers heartfelt insights and actionable steps to help you embrace your true self and lead a more empowered life. Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Descending from Mormonism's Founder: Lynn Smith Gregory finds Balance in Faith and Family Legacy
May 23 2024
Descending from Mormonism's Founder: Lynn Smith Gregory finds Balance in Faith and Family Legacy
Embark with us on a journey that challenges the very core of belief and identity, as Lynn Smith Gregory, a direct descendant of Joseph Smith, shares her profound transition from the Mormon Church to atheism. Our conversation reveals Lynn's confrontation with historical facts and the deep-seated questions that arose from her encounter with an atheist professor, shaking her lifelong beliefs to the core. It's not often we delve into such intimate revelations of faith and its unraveling; Lynn's forthcoming memoir, "We Were Smiths: Escaping the Shadow of Joseph Smith's Mormon Legacy," promises even deeper insights into her transformative experience.The path of self-discovery and rebuilding one's life outside the familiar structures of religious communities can be tumultuous, marked by exclusion and the intense redefining of one’s identity. Our guests candidly discuss their personal stories, highlighting the critical role of therapeutic support and the courage it takes to forge new connections beyond the church's boundaries. As they share, we're reminded of the complexities that arise when leaving a faith, from the impact on family dynamics to the inner conflict one must navigate. The resilience and growth that emerge from such profound change are both inspiring and instructive for anyone on a similar journey.In our final exploration, Lynn brings us into her world of navigating spiritual identity post-faith, demonstrating that life can be richer and more authentic when embracing the uncertainty of life's mysteries. From redefining family relationships to discovering a spirituality unbound by dogmatic beliefs, this episode is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of intentional living. For those who've walked this path, or for the curious minds seeking to understand the resilience it requires, Lynn's story serves as a beacon of hope in the quest for personal truth and fulfillment. Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Janai Auman Speaks Out About Spiritual Abuse and the Disparity Between the Church's Public Teachings and Private Actions
May 16 2024
Janai Auman Speaks Out About Spiritual Abuse and the Disparity Between the Church's Public Teachings and Private Actions
When the chains of a toxic faith fall away, what truths emerge from the shadows? This is the question at the heart of our latest episode, featuring the courageous and insightful Janai Oman. Her odyssey from a church staff member to a staunch advocate for a faith that heals and liberates is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Together, we navigate the treacherous waters of spiritual abuse and gender discrimination she faced within the church, shining a light on the often unseen disparity between public teaching and private practice. Janai's resolve to speak truth to power, despite personal cost, offers a powerful narrative about the intricate dynamics of church leadership and the profound emotional journey of leaving one's faith community.The path to loving oneself can be as intricate and fraught as untangling a knotted necklace, a metaphor we explore in depth through personal stories of healing and self-discovery. Janai and I dissect the pervasive issue of 'othering'—be it within the Filipino-American community or a church setting—and its profound impact on one's sense of belonging and identity. As we peel back the layers of her story, Janai's experience forcefully reminds us of the high price of authenticity, and yet, her transformation into a writer provides a beacon for those seeking liberation from the shackles of oppressive environments.Concluding our deep and heartfelt discussions, we share how retreat and spiritual renewal are not signs of weakness but acts of profound self-care. Janai's journey is not just about the struggle; it's about the reclamation of joy, love, and personal faith, outside the rigid expectations of religious conformity. Her story, interwoven with wisdom and a call for compassionate belief systems, serves as a guide for anyone grappling with their place within a potentially toxic church environment. Join us as we celebrate the resilience and transformative power of embracing one's truth and the quiet strength found in moments of retreat.You can follow Janai's journey on Instagram @janaiauman or at Janaiauman.com Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Finding Community Outside of the Church
May 9 2024
Finding Community Outside of the Church
Discovering community can be an unexpected journey—one that leads us far from the steepled silhouettes of our familiar churches. I found myself enveloped by the 'ohana' spirit in Maui, where traditions are reshaped, and bonds are forged on the foundation of shared values, not just shared pews. In this heartfelt episode, I peel back the layers of my life to show you the vibrant tapestry of connection that exists beyond the church doors. Through tales of our Taco Tuesday tribe and non-church Easter festivities, I celebrate the myriad ways in which community reveals itself, offering a haven for anyone seeking solace or celebration amidst life's tumultuous tides.When the world seemed to crumble under the weight of a pandemic, the true essence of community shone like a lighthouse through my fog of long COVID and personal loss. This episode isn't just a recounting of personal trials, but a beacon of hope, demonstrating the incredible strength found in the arms of those around us. I share stories of unwavering support, from friends rallying during times of grief to neighbors banding together in the face of local emergencies. Join me in honoring the resilience and warmth of human connection that persists, even when the church bells fall silent. Let's cherish the shared stories that remind us, we're never truly alone. Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
From Trad Wife to Bad Ass: Marla Taviano Redeems her Past by Writing a New Story
May 2 2024
From Trad Wife to Bad Ass: Marla Taviano Redeems her Past by Writing a New Story
Marla's courageous tale of departing from the church and deconstructing her faith is a beacon for anyone navigating the murky waters of spiritual uncertainty. Her voice resonates with raw authenticity as she peels back the layers of dogma to reveal the systemic issues that plague organized religion. Through her eyes, we witness the personal cost of challenging the status quo, and we're invited to explore the intersection of faith and politics against the backdrop of Sarah McCammon's insights on "Exvangelicals." Marla's story is not just hers alone; it echoes the experiences of many who grapple with poverty, racial justice, and LGBTQ+ acceptance within the confines of their spiritual communities.Our episode transcends Marla's personal journey, tapping into the collective pulse of a society wrestling with its own identity. I share anecdotes about bridging political divides, confronting the motives behind missionary work, and the sobering reality of Christian nationalism. This narrative invites you to consider the profound shifts within American religion and politics, as we uncover the implications these changes have on our personal relationships and societal constructs. Our discourse challenges the listener to question long-held beliefs, and recognizes the potential for growth and understanding when we step beyond the familiar.Finally, we turn to the alchemy of transformation, where pain and struggle are the catalysts for growth and the search for authenticity in spiritual exploration. Marla's experiences are mirrored in the powerful verses of her poetry trilogy, offering solace and inspiration to those on a similar path. Our conversation extends an open hand to anyone yearning to reclaim their identity, to those healing from shame, and to all who dare to embrace the full spectrum of human diversity. Join us as we celebrate the journey of shedding old skins, standing in our truth, and fostering a world where every voice has the freedom to sing its unique song. Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Unlocking Authentic Success Through the Joy of Play: My 90-Day Journey to Rediscover Fun
Apr 25 2024
Unlocking Authentic Success Through the Joy of Play: My 90-Day Journey to Rediscover Fun
Sometimes, the key to unlocking true happiness and well-being is as simple as recalling the unbridled joy of childhood play. On my latest podcast adventure, I reveal the magic that unfolded over my personal 90 Days of Play project, where I embraced my inner child with everything from dancing in my living room to building forts with my neighbor's daughter, Naya. This journey wasn't just about rediscovering fun; it became a structured pathway to emotional healing and a powerful testament to the ways spontaneous 'joy breaks' can enrich our lives. As we navigate the waves of adulthood, the concept of play often slips away, buried under the weight of responsibilities. Yet, this episode is a heartfelt invitation to push back against the hustle, to lean into the laughter, and to prioritize joy in its purest form. I intertwine insights from the podcast 'We Can Do Hard Things,' along with compelling medical research on stress reduction, to paint a vivid picture of how integrating play into our daily lives can do wonders for our mental and physical health. It's an exploration of how these moments of whimsy can elevate our spirits and productivity in ways we never anticipated.By the end of this episode, you'll feel inspired to carve out pockets of play in your own schedule. I extend an open call to join me in the "90 Days of Play Challenge," hoping to spark a ripple effect of joy and laughter across our communities. With weekly play ideas shared on my website and Instagram, I aim to connect us all in a collective celebration of life's simplest pleasures. So, whether you're rolling down hills or skipping down the street, let's transform our collective vibration, one playful moment at a time. Join me, and let's rediscover the profound joy that comes from playing without reservations. Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Finding Sanctuary in Progressive Theology with Liz Coolidge Jenkins
Apr 11 2024
Finding Sanctuary in Progressive Theology with Liz Coolidge Jenkins
Have you ever felt the ground shift beneath your feet as your beliefs and the world you knew began to unravel? Liz Coolidge Jenkins, a powerhouse of thought on faith and feminism, joins us to recount her extraordinary evolution from conservative evangelicalism to a champion of LGBTQ affirming theology. Her book "Nice Churchy Patriarchy: Reclaiming Women's Humanity from Evangelicalism," serves as a backdrop for our rich dialogue on the profound moments that redefine one's understanding of gender roles and spiritual inclusivity. Together, we peel back the layers of traditional interpretations that have long confined women's roles in the church, urging a return to the equity exemplified by Jesus himself.Navigating the murky waters of gender inequality in church leadership, this episode casts a revealing light on the plight of women within 'soft complementarian' communities. Liz's experiences expose the gaps between responsibility and authority, and the consequent struggles of women leaders who are often seen but not heard. We question the restrictive readings of Paul's letters and entertain the possibility of a church where women's voices are amplified, and their leadership is both welcomed and respected. It's a moving testament to the pursuit of a faith practice that honors every member's contribution, irrespective of gender.Finally, we venture into the progressive church landscape, seeking sanctuaries that resonate with our deepest values, especially in the realm of LGBTQ affirmation. Liz underscores the significance of fostering spaces that permit independent belief formation, free from the heavy hand of indoctrination. We touch upon the wisdom gleaned from "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer and contemplate how embracing diverse perspectives and lessons from nature can lead to a more holistic and equitable spiritual journey. It's a call to explore the intersection of faith, nature, and diversity, and to embrace the beauty of a truly inclusive religious experience.You can find Liz on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lizcoolj and https://www.instagram.com/postevangelicalprayersYou can find more about Liz and her book Nice Churchy Patriarchy at https://www.lizcooledgejenkins.com Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Embracing Your Truth: Mike Maeshiro's Courageous Journey from Religious Conflict to LGBTQ+ Affirmation
Apr 4 2024
Embracing Your Truth: Mike Maeshiro's Courageous Journey from Religious Conflict to LGBTQ+ Affirmation
Have you ever found yourself at a crossroads between the identity you were raised to believe in and the one that resonates with who you truly are? Mike Maeshiro knows that tension all too well, and in our latest episode, he invites us into his courageous journey of self-discovery and the reclamation of his faith. As a guiding light for the LGBTQ+ community and those healing from the wounds of religious toxicity, Mike's story is not just one of struggle, but of profound liberation and authenticity.Navigating the waters of evangelical beliefs while embracing one's true self can be treacherous, but Mike has charted that course with grace. We discuss the emotional upheaval of leaving behind a community that feels like home, the complexity of family dynamics when worldviews clash, and the ultimate quest for self-acceptance. Mike's candid reflections offer solace and understanding for anyone facing the isolation that often accompanies such a transformative journey.Our conversation culminates with a reminder that even in the face of loss, there's a community and a spiritual home for everyone. Mike shares his experiences with Grace Point Church in Nashville, where inclusivity isn't just preached—it's practiced. His role in fostering a safe space for all, especially within the online campus, echoes a powerful call to action for embracing one's identity with pride. Tune in and be inspired by the resilience and hope that shine through Mike’s story—a beacon for anyone seeking to align their truth with their life.Find Mike and His work at www.mikemaeshiro.comand on Instagram at @mikemaeshiro Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Is God Actually a Black Woman? Dr. Christena Cleveland on Faith, Shame, and Embracing Liberation
Mar 28 2024
Is God Actually a Black Woman? Dr. Christena Cleveland on Faith, Shame, and Embracing Liberation
Dr. Christena Cleveland, a beacon of insight in the realms of social psychology, theology, and activism joins us in this episode. Our heartfelt conversation traverses the complex intersections of faith, gender, and justice, unraveling the tapestry of institutional Christianity and the exclusive 'white Jesus' narrative. Dr. Cleveland shares her raw experiences of alienation and sexism within the church and lays bare the systemic issues that have been magnified by movements like #MeToo and #ChurchToo. As we dissect the rise of Trump and the exposure of racism in Christian America, this episode is a testament to the urgency of Dr. Cleveland's mission to dismantle oppressive structures.Have you ever felt the magnetic pull of liminal spaces, those thresholds where the known gives way to the unknown? In this episode, I recount my spiritual evolution, the courage it took to step away from the evangelical church, and how embracing the enigmatic Black Madonna led to a profound reimagining of the sacred within Black womanhood. As I deconstruct the 'white male God' image that pervades our society, I invite you to join me in reflecting on how this symbol upholds systemic inequalities and shapes our perceptions. The journey toward embracing the vibrant cultural lessons and leadership narratives that Black women offer is both a path of self-affirmation and a celebration of inherent sacredness.Together with Dr. Cleveland, we delve into the power of confronting shame and the liberating journey towards self-healing and growth. We explore the nuances of identity, privilege, and the resilience embedded in cultural practices, spotlighting the audacious spirit of Black women. Through anecdotes and personal revelations, this conversation illuminates the importance of continually seeking out spaces that affirm our worth and the North Star that guides us toward sacredness and liberation. As you listen, may you find connection, inspiration, and encouragement on your own path of discovery and transformation.Books and Resources mentioned in this episode are:www.christenacleveland.comwww.theblacktransprayerbook.org Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
A Really Honest Conversation about Deconstructing Perfectionism and Breaking My Own Heart
Mar 21 2024
A Really Honest Conversation about Deconstructing Perfectionism and Breaking My Own Heart
Remember that art project you worked so hard on, only to deem it unworthy and hide it away? I too have felt the crushing weight of perfectionism, especially within the realm of faith. Our latest episode tackles this silent struggle, opening with a story from my high school days—a sculpture, a symbol of the perfection we often chase, and its unexpected demise.Journey with me as we question the notion of flawlessness that's deeply embedded in religious teachings. We bring to light the often misconstrued interpretation of being "like Jesus," suggesting that perhaps his message was not about achieving perfection but about embodying love and acceptance. As we peel away the layers of societal and religious expectations, we discover the transformative power of self-compassion. This candid exploration isn't just about faith; it extends to our everyday lives, challenging us to embrace our imperfections and find beauty in our authentic selves.We close our heartfelt conversation by daring to question the traditional religious beliefs that may have confined us. Through my personal reflections, we ponder a God of love and acceptance, rather than a divine judge marking our every flaw. This episode is an open invitation to listeners to break free from the chains of perfectionism, and instead, create a life filled with freedom, growth, and genuine love. Whether you're questioning your faith or simply seeking a more compassionate way of living, you'll find an ally in this discussion, as we support one another in our shared journey toward understanding and acceptance.Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Bridging Earth and Spirit: Derek Jensen's Evolution from Faith to Environmental Activism
Mar 7 2024
Bridging Earth and Spirit: Derek Jensen's Evolution from Faith to Environmental Activism
When I sat down with environmental activist Derek Jensen, it felt like we were perched on the precipice of a new understanding, one that bridges the gap between the spiritual and the ecological. This episode takes you through Derek's personal metamorphosis from a faithful Seventh Day Adventist to a tenacious defender of our Earth. Our conversation is a journey through the landscapes of conviction and contradiction, exploring how the values of community and a deep moral compass can coexist with legalism and hypocrisy within religious structures. We peel back the layers of how these experiences have shaped his environmental advocacy, recognizing the sacredness in all forms of life.As we meander through the ideological wilds, Derek and I confront the historical shift in perspectives toward our planet—from a living, breathing entity to a mere exploitable resource. This shift is profound, touching on the dichotomy of religion's role in both fostering a moral framework and yet often contributing to environmental degradation. We unpack the stories of how indigenous cultures embody a symbiotic relationship with nature, a stark contrast to the narratives that have driven modern society's detachment. It's a call to reforge a connection to the earth, one that respects its agency and intrinsic value.The crescendo of our dialogue bridges the personal to the collective, the individual to the ecosystem. We discuss finding one’s own path within the grander narrative of activism, harnessing personal talents, and committing to causes that ignite passion. The episode is a homage to the mutual relationships we can cultivate with the natural world, understanding its rhythms and respecting its needs. By the end, we're not just contemplating environmental stewardship: we're envisioning a future where our actions and spirituality are intertwined, where we stand up for the world that sustains us, and where every voice, human or otherwise, is heard and honored. Join us for a conversation that is as much an introspective quest as it is a call to arms for the planet we call home.Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
From Doctrine to Liberation: Redefining Spiritual Identity with Britney Winland
Feb 29 2024
From Doctrine to Liberation: Redefining Spiritual Identity with Britney Winland
Growing up as a pastor's kid, Britney Winland has danced along the delicate edge where faith meets personal identity, often finding herself entangled in the expectations wrought by rigid religious doctrine. Her journey, mirrored by the narratives shared in this episode, weaves through the tapestry of spiritual discovery, challenging the boundaries of traditional worship and the courage it takes to step beyond them. Together, we unravel the threads of gender roles, the arts, and how my mother's audacious pursuit of her career despite ecclesial resistance shaped my perspective on divinity and self-expression.Venturing further into the labyrinth of belief, we confront the specters of indoctrination and the quest for an unshackled connection with the sacred. From dissecting the cultural influences of shows like Ted Lasso to discussing the psychological aftermath of conditional acceptance within religious communities, our dialogue traverses the terrain of emotional intelligence, personal autonomy, and the rediscovery of our inner divinity. At the heart of this episode lies a narrative of liberation—a call to break free from the confines of oppressive doctrines and to cultivate a spirituality that honors our unique paths and purposes.As the conversation unfolds, we cast light upon the systemic shadows within religious institutions, questioning the morality that allows for abuse and power misappropriation, while also celebrating the resilience of those who seek spirituality beyond the pulpit. The episode becomes a compass for navigating the complex relationship between established beliefs and the untamed wilderness of our spiritual selves. We invite you to join us on this enlightening voyage, as we redefine what it means to be spiritual in a world where the only constant is change.Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Part 2- Rich Ralston on Embracing Spirituality and the Power of Energy Work
Feb 22 2024
Part 2- Rich Ralston on Embracing Spirituality and the Power of Energy Work
Embark on a spiritual odyssey with our inspiring guest, Rich Rolston, as we defy the traditional boundaries of the church and delve into the rejuvenating practices of chakra balancing and past life clearing. Discover how to harness your inner energy and confront the ego's quest for validation, finding solace in your inherent worth that transcends the need for external affirmation. Through Rich's personal narrative, we reveal the transformative power of breaking free from fear-based beliefs and fully embracing the liberty that comes with genuine self-acceptance.Navigate the complexities of modern identity and the cultural biases that challenge the acceptance of psychic abilities with us. Rich guides us through the transition from organized religion to a spirituality that resonates on a deeply personal level, while acknowledging the diverse threads that make up our social fabric—from our political beliefs to our dietary choices. Our conversation celebrates the significance of communal respect and the myriad perspectives that enrich our collective experience, all while sharing the wisdom of community and the respect for various life paths.Concluding our journey, we venture into the fascinating realm where intuition meets quantum physics, examining the work of a Chinese physicist in quantum computing and its parallels to the elusive nature of human thought. Rich offers compelling insights into the collective power of intention, the heart chakra's influence, and the law of attraction. Through captivating stories, we illustrate the profound implications of understanding and directing energy and how this knowledge can redefine our reality. Join us as we explore the profound influence of subtle energies and recognize our potential to shape the world around us through the power of belief and intention.Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Part 1- Rich Ralston's Journey from Evangelist to Medium, and the Power of Unconditional Love
Feb 22 2024
Part 1- Rich Ralston's Journey from Evangelist to Medium, and the Power of Unconditional Love
You can contact Rich Ralston at www.subtleenergyhealing.com.Have you ever witnessed the metamorphosis of belief, where deep-seated convictions are shed in the light of new truths? Our latest episode features Rich Rostin, an individual who traversed from the role of a Pentecostal evangelist to that of a spiritual medium and healer. His narrative takes us through the alleyways of human experience—from the streets where he aided the homeless to the sacred spaces of India—unraveling a tale of divine love and spiritual awakening. Rich's encounters with angelic presences and his challenge to evangelical doctrines pave the way for a discussion that dares to question the boundaries of conventional faith and opens the door to a realm where energy and intuition intertwine with the divine.As we peer further into the mysterious, we turn our gaze inward, examining the psychic abilities inherent in each of us—abilities often dimmed by the societal norms we're steeped in. Rich and I reflect on the transformative effects of energy work, the soul's multilayered existence, and the afterlife, setting the stage for an understanding that transcends physicality. Throughout this chapter, we recognize the significance of shedding old skins of dogma, allowing for a rebirth of perception and a more profound connection to our spiritual core.Yet, what anchors this episode's voyage is the compelling topic of self-love and its immeasurable impact on spiritual evolution. We explore the cathartic practices of meditation, breathwork, and past life healing as tools to foster self-acceptance and to cultivate unconditional love for others. Rich imparts his insight on recognizing the divine in each person, echoing the compassionate gaze with which Jesus viewed humanity. Join us on this heartfelt expedition as we unravel the threads of unconditional love, the power of energy work, and the community that awaits those ready to embrace the essence of life's greater mysteries.Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.
Melissa shares her WHY
Feb 15 2024
Melissa shares her WHY
Embarking on a journey beyond the stained glass windows and pews, I, Catherine Melissa Whittington, share the intimate tale of "Leaving the Church to Find God." It's an exploration that surges past the traditional borders of organized religion, spiraling into the heart of self-discovery and the harmony of inner peace. Reflecting on the momentous occasion of my 41st birthday, I realized that the truest form of growth and self-love lies in the unchaining of one's spirit from the fetters of indoctrination. This episode is not just my narrative; it's an open invitation for you to unravel the cords of doctrine that may have bound your own journey and to seek a purpose that resonates with your soul.  Navigating through the layers of childhood teachings that mingled the warmth of faith with the chill of eternal consequences, I recount how these early beliefs cast long shadows over my path. The clash between my spiritual gifts and the church's stern disapproval often left me feeling both uniquely chosen and unjustly cursed. As we wade through these waters together, I extend a hand to those of you who grapple with similar experiences, offering this podcast as a sanctuary where we can share our stories and support each other's spiritual quests. Let's embrace this opportunity to foster a community where understanding and connection illuminate our individual roads to the divine.Support the Show.If you would like to be a guest on this podcast or would like to support this work, visit www.leavingthechurchtofindgod.com where you can contact Melissa and or make a donation. Follow along my journey on IG at @authenticallymeli and find more in depth content on YouTube at Diary of an Authentic Life.