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Welcome to Spiritual AF Sundays, the podcast that explores the spiritual side of everything!

Join your host, Jessica Karels (aka The Mystic Geek), a witch with 20+ years of experience in both the corporate and magical worlds, as we dive into a wide range of topics that go beyond the surface-level talking discussed by pundits and on social media. Queer, polyamorous, and neurodivergent - Jessica is no stranger to challenging the status quo.

Designed for the slightly geeky and curious souls who seek a deeper understanding, Spiritual AF Sundays invites you to join our exploration of spirituality, religion, and politics. We go beyond the shallow back-and-forth on social media and provide thought-provoking insights that inspire personal growth and transformation.

In each episode, we challenge societal norms and assumptions, tackle hot-button topics like politics and artificial intelligence, and delve into subjects like magic and witchcraft, self-improvement, and more. We believe that spirituality and real-world issues are intertwined, and are not afraid to ask the difficult questions about how one affects the other.

With weekly episodes, each around 30 minutes, we bring you engaging discussions and interviews with guests from diverse backgrounds. Whether you’re a seasoned spiritual seeker or just starting your journey, this podcast offers a fresh perspective and invites you to expand your horizons.

Join us on this transformative journey, and don’t forget to leave a review to let us know your thoughts. Let’s dive deep into the spiritual realms and challenge the status quo.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
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Welcome to Spiritual AF Sundays, the podcast that explores the spiritual side of everything!

Join your host, Jessica Karels (aka The Mystic Geek), a witch with 20+ years of experience in both the corporate and magical worlds, as we dive into a wide range of topics that go beyond the surface-level talking discussed by pundits and on social media. Queer, polyamorous, and neurodivergent - Jessica is no stranger to challenging the status quo.

Designed for the slightly geeky and curious souls who seek a deeper understanding, Spiritual AF Sundays invites you to join our exploration of spirituality, religion, and politics. We go beyond the shallow back-and-forth on social media and provide thought-provoking insights that inspire personal growth and transformation.

In each episode, we challenge societal norms and assumptions, tackle hot-button topics like politics and artificial intelligence, and delve into subjects like magic and witchcraft, self-improvement, and more. We believe that spirituality and real-world issues are intertwined, and are not afraid to ask the difficult questions about how one affects the other.

With weekly episodes, each around 30 minutes, we bring you engaging discussions and interviews with guests from diverse backgrounds. Whether you’re a seasoned spiritual seeker or just starting your journey, this podcast offers a fresh perspective and invites you to expand your horizons.

Join us on this transformative journey, and don’t forget to leave a review to let us know your thoughts. Let’s dive deep into the spiritual realms and challenge the status quo.

    Spiritual AF Sundays #47: Unmasking Manipulation: Power Dynamics in Religion with guest Paula Swindle

    Spiritual AF Sundays #47: Unmasking Manipulation: Power Dynamics in Religion with guest Paula Swindle

    This week, we talk about the darker side of religious practices, exploring emotional, psychological, and even financial abuses that can occur in religious contexts. Join us as we discuss the process of deconstruction, the path to recovery, and the importance of a safe healing space. Whether you've faced religious trauma or are keen on understanding this uncharted area, this episode is a key resource.
    This week, we invite counselor, teacher, researcher, and podcaster Paula Swindle to discuss the sensitive subject of religious trauma or when spirituality is weaponized instead of used as a healing tool. Swindle, who works at the Center for Healing Religious Harm, dives deep into the aspects of religious abuse and explains three broad categories of such trauma. She further highlights the importance of self-examination and transparency in her roles as a counselor, teacher, and podcaster.
     
    00:00 Guest Quote
    00:24 Opening Music
    01:19 This Week's Topic
    03:25 Introduction and Guest Background
    04:07 Studying Religious Trauma
    08:36 Understanding Religious Trauma
    15:22 Counselor, Teacher, Podcaster - Navigating Power and Transparency
    22:25 Final Thoughts
    25:41 Recap
    27:44 Closing Music
     
    About our guest:
    Paula Swindle is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in North Carolina who maintains a private practice called the Center for Healing Religious Harm. She is also an associate professor of counseling at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, where she trains new counselors. Last but not least, she and her pastor co-host Sacred Intersections, a podcast about navigating the twisty roads of harmful theology, mental health, and religious abuse.
     
    Find Paula Online
    https://www.sacredintersectionspodcast.com
    https://instagram.com/drpaulaswindle
    Support our show:Subscribe to this channel to receive notifications of upcoming episodesShare this episode with your friendsPlease leave a review on Apple Podcasts so that more people find us: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spiritual-af-sundays/id1660473504More about the host (The Mystic Geek)Connect with me on social - themysticgeek.com/socialCheck out my gemstone bracelets at crafted.themysticgeek.comBook an online session with me at bookings.themysticgeek.com

    • 28 min
    Spiritual AF Sundays #46: Essential Revolution: Unveiling Spirituality with guest Michael McGinnis

    Spiritual AF Sundays #46: Essential Revolution: Unveiling Spirituality with guest Michael McGinnis

    Dive into an enlightening journey of self-discovery with our special guest, Michael McGinnis. Embark on a captivating exploration of spirituality and personal development as Michael narrates his authentic journey that culminated in the creation of his transformative trilogy, "The Essential Revolution." Experience how this profound journey transcends the individual, sparking a global awakening.
    In an age of division and chaos, McGinnis addresses the integral role of personal awakening in navigating our world. He unveils the potent impact of perspective and the liberating power of forgiveness in breaking the chains of victimhood. Whether you're seeking inner peace amidst the turbulence, longing for purpose, or thirsty for personal growth and spiritual evolution, this episode holds valuable insights for you.
    00:00 Guest Quote 
    00:21 Opening Music 
    03:40 Introduction and Guest Background 
    04:39 The Essential Revolution: A Spiritual Allegorical Fiction 
    06:39 Impact of the Book Series 
    09:31 The Connection Between the Book and Current World Events 
    11:19 Understanding the Victim Mindset 
    18:58 The Essential Revolution: A Global Awakening 
    25:42 Conclusion and Final Thoughts 
    26:37 Recap 
    29:10 Closing Music
     
    About our guest:
    Michael "Mike" McGinnis, Jr., also known as The Jungle Writer, is an author dedicated to the global awakening of humanity. He is best known for his Essential Revolution series. A spiritual powerhouse, he is also an entrepreneur, big wave surfer, and race car driver, using his transformational experiences to inspire others. Currently involved in a reforestation-backed crypto project, Mike's work serves as a beacon of introspection and self-realization.
     
    Find Michael online:
    www.michaelmcginnis.com
     
    Support our show:Subscribe to this channel to receive notifications of upcoming episodesShare this episode with your friendsPlease leave a review on Apple Podcasts so that more people find us: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spiritual-af-sundays/id1660473504More about the host (The Mystic Geek)Connect with me on social - themysticgeek.com/socialCheck out my gemstone bracelets at crafted.themysticgeek.comBook an online session with me at bookings.themysticgeek.com

    • 29 min
    Spiritual AF Sundays #45: The Psychedelic Renaissance: Therapy for the Modern Mind with guest Anne Metz

    Spiritual AF Sundays #45: The Psychedelic Renaissance: Therapy for the Modern Mind with guest Anne Metz

    Journey into the intriguing realm of psychedelic therapy. This week, we welcome Anne Metz, a groundbreaking psychedelic therapist, as we delve into the unexplored depths of mind-altering substances and their potential in treating mental health conditions.
    Discover the journey that led Anne to this revolutionary field, influenced by the insightful work of author Michael Pollan. Together, Jessica and Anne explore the nuances of psychedelics and how they stand apart from conventional drugs, shedding light on their resurgence as a novel solution to mental health problems.
    Addressing pressing issues like responsible regulation of psychedelic substances, Anne draws interesting parallels between the current scenario and past challenges like the opioid crisis. Not one to shy away from future prospects, the conversation also navigates the promising research landscape and potential benefits, particularly for veterans struggling with PTSD.
    Tune in to understand the strides taken by states like Oregon and Colorado in developing accessible community-based treatments and decriminalizing plant-based psychedelics. Gain insight into the necessity of ethical practice, rigorous training, and the spirit of inquisitiveness in this emerging field. Listen, learn, question, and grow with us on this mind-bending journey.
    00:00 Guest Quote00:35 Opening Music01:30 Greeting, Episode Summary, & Guest Intro04:39 Meeting Our Guest, Anne Metz04:53 Anne Metz's Journey to Psychedelic Therapy06:46 Understanding Psychedelics08:57 The Resurgence of Interest in Psychedelics10:27 Regulation and Control of Psychedelic Substances14:06 The Future of Psychedelics in Mental Health16:04 Psychedelic Therapy in Different States18:44 Training for Community-Based Treatment22:51 Final Thoughts and Contact Information24:05 Recap25:53 Closing Music
     
    About Our Guest: 
    Anne is a psychedelic therapist who came into the profession after working as a community-based mental health care provider. She found that a lot of her clients were struggling to get the results they wanted from traditional therapy and wanted to find new ways to support them. She found out about psychedelics from Michael Pollan's book, How to Change Your Mind, which led her to seek out training on plant-medicine-based treatments. She is a Southern New Hampshire University faculty member and holds licenses to practice counseling in multiple states.
    Anne's passion for therapeutic uses of psychedelics and her commitment to social reform have led to groundbreaking research and significant policy changes. When not working, she’s exploring the great outdoors in her current home of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
     
    Find Anne online:
    www.annemetz.com
    https://www.instagram.com/doctormetz
     
     
    Support our show:Subscribe to this channel to receive notifications of upcoming episodesShare this episode with your friendsPlease leave a review on Apple Podcasts so that more people find us: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spiritual-af-sundays/id1660473504More about the host (The Mystic Geek)Connect with me on social - themysticgeek.com/socialCheck out my gemstone bracelets at crafted.themysticgeek.comBook an online session with me at bookings.themysticgeek.com

    • 26 min
    Spiritual AF Sundays #44: Discovering a New Way to Understand The Five Love Languages with Paul Zolman

    Spiritual AF Sundays #44: Discovering a New Way to Understand The Five Love Languages with Paul Zolman

    In this episode of Spiritual AF Sundays, we discuss The Five Love Languages and how our guest made a new tool to make this framework accessible to everyone - all ages and all backgrounds.00:00 Guest Quote00:22 Opening Music01:18 Greeting, Episode Summary, & Guest Intro03:57 Meeting Our Guest, Paul Zolman04:11 Paul's Personal Journey and Challenges08:38 Creating a Game to Learn the Five Love Languages11:09 The Role of Love Dice: A New Approach14:11 Impact and Success Stories18:14 The Potential for Societal Change21:40 Recap24:28 Closing MusicAbout our guest:Paul Zolman is the international bestselling author of the Role of Love, but the true author of love is God. In His wisdom, He placed us in a variety of circumstances that require us to find our way back to His pure love.Where to find Paul online:www.roleoflove.comwww.facebook.com/roleoflovedicewww.twitter.com/roleoflovedicewww.youtube.com/@roleoflovedicewww.tiktok.com/@roleoflovedicewww.instagram.com/roleflovedicewww.pinterest.com/RoleOfLoveDiceSupport our show:Subscribe to this channel to receive notifications of upcoming episodesShare this episode with your friendsPlease leave a review on Apple Podcasts so that more people find us: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spiritual-af-sundays/id1660473504More about the host (The Mystic Geek)Connect with me on social - themysticgeek.com/socialCheck out my gemstone bracelets at crafted.themysticgeek.comBook an online session with me at bookings.themysticgeek.com

    • 25 min
    Spiritual AF Sundays #43 - Reimagining Manifestation Beyond Materialism with Laura Hartley

    Spiritual AF Sundays #43 - Reimagining Manifestation Beyond Materialism with Laura Hartley

    If you've been following me for a while, you know that I'm a bit of a skeptic when it comes to all the talk about manifestation, vibration, Law of Attraction, and all that jazz. I'm aware of what I do and what I focus on, and I see where I'm at in life. I'll admit I'm very fortunate. I also see the amount of work others are doing and how they struggle, and I have a hard time believing that their struggles are because they aren't trying hard enough or because they aren't thinking the right thoughts. It's hard to reconcile the simplistic messages around manifestation with the systems and structures in the world that make life easier for some and harder for others based on things outside of their immediate control. Plus, whenever I hear people talk about manifesting - it's typically something material and extravagant. Like, manifestation coaches who live in luxury homes or destination locations. We follow them because we think that if we have what they have, we'll be happier, and that's not the case.
    It turns out I'm not alone in thinking critically about this.
     
    About Our Guest:
    Laura Hartley is an activist & coach helping changemaker deepen their impact while living their most thriving life. Fascinated by the relationship between inner and outer change, Laura bridges system change with self-work to empower changemakers with the skills of Getting Free: dismantling capitalism and patriarchy from the inside out. She offers coaching & courses in healing burnout cycles & culture, inner leadership, & finding purpose in a climate-changed world.
     
    Where to find Laura online:
    laurahartley.com
    facebook.com/laurahartleycoaching
    instagram.com/laura.h.hartley
     
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    Subscribe to this channel to receive notifications of upcoming episodes
    Share this episode with your friends Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts so that more people find us: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spiritual-af-sundays/id1660473504
     
    More about the host (The Mystic Geek)
    Connect with me on social - themysticgeek.com/social
    Check out my gemstone bracelets at crafted.themysticgeek.com
    Book an online session with me at bookings.themysticgeek.com

    • 37 min
    Spiritual AF Sundays #42 - Exploring Reiki and Spirituality: An Interview with Rajeshwari Rai

    Spiritual AF Sundays #42 - Exploring Reiki and Spirituality: An Interview with Rajeshwari Rai

    In this enlightening conversation, we chat with Rajeshwari Rai, a certified Reiki Master Teacher. Rajeshwari shares her journey of seeking spiritual practices and her move towards self-reliance in connecting to Divine Source. She discusses the importance of embodiment, focusing on the physical world, and our senses. Rajeshwari also talks about the different types of Reiki, including Usui Reiki, Karuna Ki Reiki, Money Reiki, Dragon Reiki, and Soulmate Reiki, highlighting how they can help people process old patterns, and challenges such as grief and pain. The conversation explores the concept of 'spirituality shopping' - adopting parts of different cultural traditions - and the resurgence of focusing on embodiment in spiritual practice. Rai concludes by emphasizing the importance of community and tuning into our own bodies for spiritual guidance.
    00:00 Guest Quote00:26 Opening Music01:23 Greetings, Episode Summary, & Guest Intro03:33 Meeting Our Guest, Rajeshwari Rai04:22 Exploring Different Forms of Reiki05:35 Reiki Practice in Different Geographical Locations06:21 Personal Experiences with Reiki09:11 The Intersection of Different Spiritual Practices10:48 The Energetics of Cultural Borrowing in Spirituality12:58 The Resurgence of Embodiment in Spirituality15:09 Exploring the Globalization of Spirituality19:30 Guidance for Navigating the Global Spiritual Landscape22:38 Closing Thoughts and Contact Information23:26 Recap26:43 Closing Music
    About our guest:Rajeshwari Rai is a certified Reiki Master Teacher. She is trained in several forms of Reiki, including Usui Reiki, Karuna Ki Reiki, Money Reiki, Dragon Reiki, and Soulmate Reiki. Through her business, Reiki Energetix, she supports her clients as they process old patterns and work through challenges such as grief and pain management. In addition to remote healing sessions, Rajeshwari also teaches classes and offers coaching services. You can learn more at reiki-energetix.com or follow Rahesh at reikienergetix on Instagram.
    Where to find Rajeshwari online:Reiki Energetix: https://www.reiki-energetix.com/Follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reikienergetix
    Support our show:Subscribe to this channel to receive notifications of upcoming episodesShare this episode with your friendsPlease leave a review on Apple Podcasts so that more people find us: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spiritual-af-sundays/id1660473504
    More about the host (The Mystic Geek)Connect with me on social - themysticgeek.com/socialCheck out my gemstone bracelets at crafted.themysticgeek.comBook an online session with me at bookings.themysticgeek.com

    • 27 min

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