129 episodes

Mindful monologues to awaken your consciousness and nourish your soul.

In this introspective podcast, I aim offer you heartfelt rumination to inspire your own growth and self-discovery.

Are you seeking deeper meaning, truth, purpose or peace in your life? Join me as I unfold observations and awareness along the spiritual path - what I have learned, struggled with, found insight into.

Let these moving soliloquies gently prompt self-inquiry as you contemplate the deeper questions we all face: why do you suffer? How can you cultivate more inner calm and wisdom?

There is no dogma here, only my pondering as I illuminate and ponder our shared experiences living.

My hope is that by modeling raw exploration rooted in courageously questioning “why?”, these thoughtful meanderings awaken self-understanding and nourish your soul.

Consider these unconventional audio journal entries as a way to inspire and awaken your own internal wise teacher, taking your hand to guide you in looking within your own mysterious inner landscape in a new way. Feel less alone. Find inspiration to expand your self-awareness and consciousness with me each week.

The Union Path John Coleman

    • Religion & Spirituality

Mindful monologues to awaken your consciousness and nourish your soul.

In this introspective podcast, I aim offer you heartfelt rumination to inspire your own growth and self-discovery.

Are you seeking deeper meaning, truth, purpose or peace in your life? Join me as I unfold observations and awareness along the spiritual path - what I have learned, struggled with, found insight into.

Let these moving soliloquies gently prompt self-inquiry as you contemplate the deeper questions we all face: why do you suffer? How can you cultivate more inner calm and wisdom?

There is no dogma here, only my pondering as I illuminate and ponder our shared experiences living.

My hope is that by modeling raw exploration rooted in courageously questioning “why?”, these thoughtful meanderings awaken self-understanding and nourish your soul.

Consider these unconventional audio journal entries as a way to inspire and awaken your own internal wise teacher, taking your hand to guide you in looking within your own mysterious inner landscape in a new way. Feel less alone. Find inspiration to expand your self-awareness and consciousness with me each week.

    Coping vs Changing

    Coping vs Changing

    From Discontent to Growth A Journey of Self-DiscoveryHave you ever felt that sinking realization that your career isn't what you dreamt it would be? This episode peels back the curtain on the harsh truths about the post-graduation journey, as I share my own stories of navigating through the disillusionment of unfulfilling jobs. Starting from the stark awakening on the first day of my first job, across two decades of the working world, I lay bare the internal battles and the desire for a job that feeds the soul. We tackle the fleeting comfort of coping strategies and the pressing need for substantial, lasting change in our professional lives. It's a candid look at the all-too-common struggle for job satisfaction and the profound impact of realizations that dawn on us when we're knee-deep in dissatisfaction.
    Then, we pivot to the transformative power of suffering and its role as a catalyst for change. I delve into the dual nature of pain as both a signal for immediate relief and a push towards a more meaningful life. Through my reflections, we uncover the importance of listening closely to our own truths, honoring our authentic desires, and making the brave leaps necessary to live the life we envision. This conversation isn't just about coping with life's hurdles—it's an inspirational guide to harnessing your experiences to propel you towards growth and fulfillment. Join me on this intimate journey as we explore how aligning with our deepest desires can lead us to a profoundly better existence.
    Chapters:(00:20) Struggling With Unfulfilling JobsThis chapter takes a look at the often jarring transition from the optimism of graduation to the stark reality of the working world, as I recount my own experience of feeling trapped in a cycle of unfulfilling jobs, starting with my first day at work 25 years ago. I share the profound realization that despite having a prestigious job on a government contract, I was deeply unhappy, and how I embarked on a journey of self-improvement and mental reframing to cope with the dissatisfaction. The conversation then reflects on the fleeting nature of these coping mechanisms and the gradual understanding that no amount of internal work could counteract the downward trend of my job satisfaction.
    (15:13) Balancing Coping and Changing in LifeThis chapter addresses the crucial balance between seeking immediate relief and striving for long-term change. We examine the necessity of temporary solace in alleviating the symptoms of stress and discomfort in our lives, while emphasizing that such relief should be seen as the first step toward more profound, sustainable transformations. Recognizing the potential dangers of merely coping with life's challenges without pursuing actual change, we discuss how this approach can lead to settling for less and missing out on a more fulfilling existence. Additionally, we consider the importance of being honest with ourselves about our life situations, acknowledging when change is imperative, and having the courage to honor those realizations. Through personal insights and reflections, we explore the theme of navigating life's pressures with a dual focus on immediate relief and long-term betterment.
    (28:01) Harnessing Suffering for Growth and ChangeThis chapter addresses the transformative power of suffering and the necessity of change. We acknowledge that discomfort and pain can serve as catalysts for personal growth and explore the idea that deep within us, we know the truth of what changes are needed in our lives. I emphasize the importance of listening to our inner voice, honoring our authentic selves, and actively pursuing the life we desire. By reframing suffering as an opportunity for growth rather than an obstacle, we encourage embracing change and not merely coping with challenges. The conversation culminates in the affirmation that by aligning with our deepest desires and expressing our true selves, we can significantly improve our lives.
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    • 31 min
    Are You Just Waiting To Escape?

    Are You Just Waiting To Escape?

    Transformative Power of Aligning Desire and ActionEver wondered how the shadows of a turbulent childhood could shape the adult you become? Today, I'm opening up like never before about the enduring impact of growing up in the clutches of alcoholism and the journey toward reclaiming my own life. It's a path that took me from the chaos of Al-Anon meetings to a profound realization about personal responsibility and the power we all possess to rewrite our stories. As we navigate through these poignant reflections, we uncover the delicate dance between childhood survival mechanisms and adult transformation—a tale of both surrender and empowerment.
    This discussion is more than just a recounting of past struggles; it's a beacon for anyone feeling trapped in the cycle of passivity, illustrating that the first step towards change is acknowledging our deepest desires and aligning our actions with them. The risks? They're real, but so is the promise of a life reshaped on our own terms. Whether you're seeking solidarity, guidance, or a spark of motivation to break free, this episode offers an intimate look at the triumphs and trials on the road to self-discovery and the active pursuit of a life lived with intention. Join me as we embrace the uncertainty that comes with change and step into the role of architects of our own destiny.
    Chapters:(00:00) Taking Responsibility for Our Life Experience
    This chapter examines the profound impact of growing up in a family affected by alcoholism and the long-lasting effects of the coping strategies developed during childhood. I share my journey of attending Al-Anon meetings to seek clarity and learn how to cope with the chaos brought about by alcoholic family members. We explore the concept of personal responsibility in the dynamics of a dysfunctional family, recognizing that even as children we had a role, which isn't entirely passive. Acknowledging that, as adults, we have the power and agency to change our responses and not merely rely on childhood survival tactics, I discuss the importance of finding a balance between passivity and action. This realization is framed as a liberating experience, providing insight into how we can take charge of our lives rather than waiting for circumstances to change. The chapter emphasizes the potential to lead a more proactive life, avoiding the despair that comes from prolonged passivity and the destructive consequences of unchecked action.
    (15:58) Take Action, Create Change
    This chapter emphasizes the transformative power of making a conscious decision to change and taking action to escape passivity. I discuss the significance of honoring our deepest desires as a catalyst for personal growth and the symmetry between the intensity of our wants and the right timing for action. Recognizing that change involves risk, I explore the necessity of embracing uncertainty and the personal nature of the journey toward change. By sharing my own experiences, I highlight the importance of finding a balance between activity and passivity, and the role of both surrender and power in crafting a fulfilling life. Ultimately, this chapter is about reclaiming agency and crafting a life not defined by waiting for escape, but by actively engaging with our aspirations and taking responsibility for our own paths.
    If you have a question that you would like answered in a future episode, please visit: https://theunionpath.com/ask-a-question
    Now available on kindle: The Union Path Anthology, Book One: Pain. Navigating Pain, Embracing Growth, and Achieving Spiritual Transformation: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CT6JBHJS
    Full episode transcript available at: https://theunionpath.com/episodes
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    • 26 min
    You, Yes You Are a Creative Channel: Unleashing the Power of Creativity and Spirituality Within

    You, Yes You Are a Creative Channel: Unleashing the Power of Creativity and Spirituality Within

    Embracing Your Inner Creative Genius and Spiritual ConnectionCould the spark of inspiration that sets your soul ablaze come from a realm beyond our own? We're setting the stage to untangle the profound link between the wellspring of creativity and the ethereal world of spirituality, positing that you, too, may be a vessel for transcendental energies. As your host, I invite you into a riveting conversation that sails across the sea of creative flow states and the enigma of external influences that may steer our inner muses. We scrutinize the allure of those deemed 'creative channels' in our digital era, examining our collective enthrallment with figures wielding authority and the limelight. Together, we'll navigate the crucial practice of discernment in sifting through spiritual messages, underscoring the necessity of critical thinking while embracing wisdom that may arise from the most unexpected quarters.
    Ever contemplated the notion that the answers you're searching for are nestled within the recesses of your being, patiently waiting for acknowledgment? This episode is a clarion call to trust in the resonant truths that echo in your own heart, empowering you to become the custodian of your inner wisdom rather than seeking illumination from outside sources. I'll share insights on the personal quest for authenticity, and how our unique experiences and perspectives carve our moral compass. Here's an opportunity to honor the innate gifts of creativity and intention that reside in us all, sparking a dialogue about how these facets shape our personal ethos. Embark on this journey to rekindle your intrinsic guidance system, as we explore the art of listening to the whispers of your soul on the quest for enlightenment and personal evolution.
    Chapters:
    (00:00) Exploring Creative Channels and SpiritualityThis chapter examines the intersection of creativity and spirituality, proposing that everyone has the potential to be a creative channel. I discuss the idea that creative flow states may not solely originate from within us but could be influenced by external sources or 'channeled.' The conversation also addresses why certain 'creative channels' gain popularity, considering the human attraction to authority and celebrity. Furthermore, I reflect on the importance of discernment in evaluating messages from any source, stressing the need to maintain critical thinking while remaining open to wisdom that may come from unexpected places. Lastly, the concept of channeled entities is deconstructed, questioning why a supposedly eternal spirit would consistently identify with a single historical persona, like Alexander the Great, rather than any of its other incarnations.
    (11:13) Exploring Creative Channeling and Personal TruthsThis chapter explores the concept that the guidance and truth we seek is often already within us, and the recognition of truth may come from an internal resonance with the knowledge we already possess. I discuss the importance of tuning into our own intuition and discernment, becoming our own source of wisdom rather than relying solely on external authorities. I emphasize the idea that seeking truth is an evolving, personal journey requiring self-awareness and a willingness to question and expand our beliefs. I also touch upon the human capacity for creativity and intention, highlighting that these are innate abilities that everyone possesses, and that our personal experiences and perceptions shape our understanding of what is good or bad. Throughout, I encourage listeners to consider their own internal guidance as a valuable tool in navigating their life's path.
    If you have a question that you would like answered in a future episode, please visit: https://theunionpath.com/ask-a-question
    Now available on kindle: The Union Path Anthology, Book One: Pain. Navigating Pain, Embracing Growth, and Achieving Spiritual Transformation: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CT6JBHJS
    Full episode transcript available at: https://theunionp

    • 22 min
    Selective Use of Will: Mastering Self-Determination for a Meaningful Existence

    Selective Use of Will: Mastering Self-Determination for a Meaningful Existence

    Harnessing Your Willpower: Crafting a Life of Purpose and IntentionHave you ever felt like you're making choices but not really choosing? Ever wonder how much control you actually wield over the direction of your life? Our latest episode unravels the intricacies of willpower and its pivotal role in shaping our existence.
    Unlock the power of your inherent willpower and steer your life with purposeful intention as we unravel the mysteries of manifesting desires into reality. Learn how to synchronize your intuition, emotions, and intellect to guide your choices, ensuring no aspect overpowers another. We tackle the fallacy that will is a scarce attribute, pointing out how it's a constant presence—even when we opt for inaction. By recognizing the elements that shape our will and acknowledging the sometimes hidden motives that keep us anchored in our current circumstances, this episode offers a framework to reshape our actions to mirror our true ambitions.
    We confront the delicate balance of intuition, emotion, and intellect in harnessing our will, scrutinizing the repercussions of their imbalance and the subtle forces that influence our desires. We ponder past decisions and their hidden messages about our unfulfilled potential, contemplating the steps to unearth and honor these latent callings. This episode is your guide to rethinking autonomy, understanding the finite nature of will, and aligning your actions with what truly resonates within. Join us on a journey to master the conscious application of will and craft a life rich with intention and purpose.
    Chapters:
    (00:00) Nature of Willpower and Intention ExplorationsThis chapter examines the concept of willpower and its intrinsic link to the human capacity for creation through intention. I discuss the universal nature of will, challenging the notion that it is a specialized trait, and suggest that will is present even in perceived laziness, as choosing inaction is also an act of intention. We explore the integration of various aspects of the self—intuition, emotion, and intellect—in directing our will and the potential consequences of allowing one to dominate. By bringing awareness to the influences shaping our will, we can assess whether they align with our desires and effectively employ our will towards fulfilling intentions. Additionally, I touch on the idea that sometimes our will may perpetuate unwanted situations, prompting reflection on the underlying benefits or trade-offs that may be maintaining the status quo.
    (14:27) Living a Life of IntentThis chapter explores the importance of living with intention and the thoughtful application of our will. I reflect on the idea that hindsight might suggest different choices in our lives, questioning whether these thoughts are mere fantasies or true callings that need to be pursued. I emphasize the value of exploring these callings gently rather than making rash decisions. We discuss the concept of living on purpose and the notion that every action, including inaction, is a choice driven by our will. I encourage listeners to consider whether they are using their time and energy wisely, in alignment with a purpose that serves them. I suggest that by becoming more intentional about our choices and recognizing the finite nature of our will, we can align our actions with our heart, mind, and intuition to live a more integrated and fulfilling life.
    (18:34) Taking Charge of Our LifeThis chapter emphasizes the power of personal agency and the ability to use our will to shape our lives. We explore the concept of being our own self-help guru by recognizing our capacity to make choices that align with our desires and goals. I discuss the significance of embracing our freedom, understanding that we are not as constrained as we may perceive, and that we have more control over our life's direction than is often acknowledged. The conversation highlights the importance of integrating our will with our purpose, meaning, and what genuinel

    • 21 min
    Pursuing Enough: The Key to Contentment and Living a Good Life

    Pursuing Enough: The Key to Contentment and Living a Good Life

    Discovering the Serene Clarity of Life's Enough
    Join me on a journey of self-discovery as we explore the profound simplicity of 'enough' in our lives. We've all experienced moments of uncertainty, particularly as we transition through life's milestones, but what if I told you that what you're truly seeking might just be a sense of enough? Listen in as I share insights on finding balance between scarcity and excess, and the clarity that comes with understanding our true priorities. It's an introspective conversation that will leave you contemplating the essence of a fulfilling life and how to align your actions with your deepest desires.
    Tune in for a heartfelt discussion on defining 'enough' for yourself, and the importance of this personal equilibrium in crafting a life of contentment. Whether you're on a solitary walk or in the thick of daily hustle, the concept of 'enough' is a guiding star to a more satisfied existence. We also examine the societal pressures that often push us away from our individual 'enough.' With reflection and honesty, we consider how to honor our unique path towards happiness, shedding light on the power of presence in the life we choose to lead.
    Chapters:
    (00:00) Finding Meaning in "Enough" in Life
    This chapter examines the concept of identifying what we truly want in life, especially as we reach mid-age or encounter significant life experiences. I share the realization that the essence of what we desire is often encapsulated in the notion of 'enough.' We explore the journey to discover this equilibrium through phases of having too little or too much, and how these experiences help us define our personal enough. The discussion also touches on societal pressures that can lead us to settle for less than enough or to overindulge in pursuit of it. Ultimately, I reflect on the importance of an inward journey to find clarity on our true priorities and the simplicity in understanding that what we often seek is a life where we genuinely want to be present.
    (09:51) Discovering and Prioritizing "Enough" in Life
    This chapter we explore the concept of 'enough' and its role in achieving a balanced, fulfilling life. I discuss the importance of understanding our personal definitions of enough in various aspects of life, including work, relationships, and personal well-being. We examine the detrimental effects of both scarcity and excess, acknowledging that a life of too little or too much can lead to dissatisfaction. I encourage listeners to reflect on their own lives, to identify areas where they might be accepting less than enough or indulging in too much, and to consider the underlying fears that drive these behaviors. By recognizing what truly makes us happy and content, we can align our choices and prioritize a life that feels complete and abundant in the most personal sense.
    (19:11) Pursuing a Life of Enough
    This chapter emphasizes the importance of understanding and defining what 'enough' means on a personal level. I discuss the significance of taking the time to contemplate and identify one's own version of a fulfilling life, which is not influenced by external expectations but is a private understanding between oneself and one's desires. Through reflection, whether in solitude or during a walk, we explore the idea of integrating this concept of 'enough' into our lives and making decisions that align with it. I conclude by reinforcing the notion that a good, full, and complete life is one that resonates with our individual sense of enough, encouraging listeners to honor that in their pursuit of happiness.
    If you have a question that you would like answered in a future episode, please visit: https://theunionpath.com/ask-a-question
    Now available on kindle: The Union Path Anthology, Book One: Pain. Navigating Pain, Embracing Growth, and Achieving Spiritual Transformation: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CT6JBHJS
    Full episode transcript available at: https://theunionpath.com/episodes
    All episodes are given freel

    • 21 min
    When Feelings Take the Wheel: Regaining Control from Extreme Emotions

    When Feelings Take the Wheel: Regaining Control from Extreme Emotions

    The Intertwining Paths of Emotional Growth and Spiritual RealizationHave you ever noticed how moments of clarity often arrive exactly when we need them most? Our latest episode is a deep exploration of spiritual growth as an essential practice in everyday life. Through personal reflections and insights, we chart the parallels between spiritual and creative processes, revealing how emotional awareness can lead to a life of intention and fulfillment. We discuss the timely nature of epiphanies and their power to push us toward self-realization. Our emotions hold profound messages about our inner worlds, and by becoming curious about what triggers us, we can unlock new avenues for personal discovery and joy.
    Navigating the rough seas of internal conflict is a voyage all spiritual seekers undertake. This episode takes you through the importance of recognizing and integrating our emotional reactions, shedding light on the disproportionate responses to seemingly minor events. We uncover the tools needed to manage these reactions and bring our true selves into alignment. As we foster self-awareness, we also tap into a broader understanding of the world around us. Join us on this journey as we strive for emotional resolution, personal growth, and the impact it has on forging a more joyous and secure existence.
    Chapters:(00:00) Spiritual Growth and Awareness in PracticeThis chapter examines the notion that spiritual knowledge and wisdom are only truly valuable when applied in our daily lives, asserting that the timing of our awareness often aligns with opportunities to use it. I reflect on the parallels between the spiritual journey and the creative process, emphasizing that creativity thrives within a container—a purpose or intent that calls it forth. I also explore the importance of emotional awareness as part of our spiritual practice, encouraging listeners to maintain a focus within and become curious about their emotional triggers. By doing so, we can potentially uncover reflections of our inner selves and messages that our emotions are trying to convey, leading to a deeper understanding and more intentional living.
    (14:45) Understanding and Integrating Inner Emotional ReactionsThis chapter addresses the internal conflicts and incongruences that arise on our spiritual journeys, emphasizing the importance of aligning our beliefs with our true selves. I discuss the value of examining strong emotional responses, as these can signal parts of ourselves that are out of sync and need integration. By reflecting on why minor events trigger disproportionate reactions, we learn that these responses are self-created, and therefore within our power to manage and transform. Exploring these aspects of our inner world is essential, as self-awareness leads to greater overall awareness, and ultimately, it is the only knowledge we have direct access to. The chapter encourages listeners to claim their calm and not be swayed by minor external events, highlighting the attainability of knowing and unifying our entire selves for spiritual growth.
    (20:45) Choosing Growth and Emotional ResolutionThis chapter we explore the concept of self-awareness and the continuous journey of personal growth. I discuss the notion that our understanding of ourselves is the most certain knowledge we can have, yet there is always more to discover. Emphasizing the endless potential for learning and self-improvement, I highlight the importance of addressing and managing strong emotional reactions to minor situations. This practice not only enhances our interactions with others but also contributes to a more fulfilling and serene life experience. By choosing to grow and seeking stability and peace, we can live more joyously and with a greater sense of security.
    If you have a question that you would like answered in a future episode, please visit: https://theunionpath.com/ask-a-questionNow available on kindle: The Union Path Anthology, Book One: Pain. Navigating Pain, Embra

    • 23 min

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