I have come to learn for myself that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but rather the opposite of faith is certainty! Having doubt is to be fundamentally human & asking questions is the first step to finding answers and clarity. Let’s shed the shadow of shame currently cast on doubt and instead seek and find clarity that can only come by asking questions! Who’s with me?
What about free will?
Have you ever heard the phrase encouraging you to "doubt your doubts?" Recently in a testimony meeting it was shared and it left me in a place of confusion, kind of a stupor of thought you could say. To say you should doubt your doubts is like saying it's not ok to change your mind. To me that begs the question, where does free will fit in? Have a listen and then I'd love to hear your take on this episode. (Link for Thomas Edison quote: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/greatest-inventor-thomas-alva-edisons-vision-failures-narayanan/)
Today's episode is a little longer because I get a little more personal (plus last week's was shorter)! If you've not ever heard of "Crash Theory" by Rabbi Benay Lappe, then buckle up as I share with you how I navigated when my "Master Story" crashed a few years ago. (sources referenced: BTB podcast episode “Crash and Learn” 11/23/2020 https://beyondtheblockpodcast.com/episodes/crash-and-learn-ether-1215-s1!f9e05; CRASH THEORY by Rabbi Benay Lappe: YouTube.com/watch?v=WTdeIFK7VSc) (quote by David Brooks from from Why I Stay, editors intro pg ix, Robert A. Rees, Editor (https://www.amazon.com/Why-Stay-Challenges-Discipleship-Contemporary/dp/1560852917)
Doubts, Mental Health, Suicide prevention
Having my own struggles with mental health since my teen years I’m grateful for a different world my children are growing up in. In this episode I address how doubts and either the allowing or denying of them can affect mental health. September is also suicide prevention month. As mentioned in the episode, here are the show links: FREE QPR (suicide prevention) training offered by Mama Dragons (https://www.mamadragons.org/suicide-prevention-training) and Lift & Love (https://www.liftandlove.org/qpr-training); Fight Like a Mother Podcast: https://www.fightlikeamotherpodcast.com/podcast-1/episode/19e4336b/044-in-the-trenches-ocd-and-religious-scrupulosity-with-jill-freestone; 7 common signs of denial: https://www.mentalhealthcenter.org/denial-what-you-need-to-know/
The Anatomy of a Belief
Join me as I attempt to dissect this concept of a belief. I think where we feel threatened as humans in challenging or questioning a belief is when we forget to come back to the basics of what a belief actually is. We forget that we got to choose it in the first place; we may not even realize that we did in fact chose it. Or we may not realize that it's a belief that we have borrowed and not yet made it our own. Grab your gloves and a scalpel and join me for "class."
Life coaching v. therapy-what's the difference?
I am a Life Coach certified through the Life Coach School. I was also trained as a School Counseling Psychologist in graduate school. I find it fascinating how closely related life coaching is to counseling and therapy, yet each serves a different part of the human experience and psyche. I’m often asked what the difference is between the two. Listen in as I share with you the primary differences.
Introduction to host, Meagan Skidmore
Intro to me & my podcast “Beyond the Shadow of Doubt.” Having doubts often carries with it unspoken message of shame. My goal here is to normalize conversations about having questions and doubts. Join me! find me on FB & Instagram @meaganskidmorecoaching. Also my website https://meaganskidmorecoaching.com
A fresh new podcast!
I love how Meagan describes a faith expansion versus faith crisis. I had never considered that and it was a truly life changing concept. I also love how these episodes are short but meaningful. That is helpful to my ADHD brain. One other thing I love is how Meagan explains complex concepts in a way that is easy to understand. 10/10 recommend this podcast.
Love her concept of a faith expansion not a faith crisis.
Lots of info packed into a short podcast.
Megan hits hard subjects that need to be talked about.