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Using Empathy and Collaboration to Navigate a World of Shadows.

Under the Umbra Electra Allenton

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Using Empathy and Collaboration to Navigate a World of Shadows.

    Under The Umbra Ep 15 - Umbra Barbie Part 2

    Under The Umbra Ep 15 - Umbra Barbie Part 2

    In this Part 2 of 2 episode, Jenna from The Way Witch and I discuss Umbra Barbie: How Barbieworld forces Empathy-Challenged Non-Collaborative Behavior.
    Sections:
    0:00    Intro Credits
    1:06    Thanking Patrons
    1:54    Content Warnings: Swearing (check your audience!); Mention of the supremacist cis hetero capitalist patriarchal empire we all live in a.k.a. the kyriarchy; the weirdness of “owning” small people as a white woman; Arts and Craft to make anatomically accurate dolls; play therapy to catalyze intimate partner violence and “drama” (a la real housewives?); Implicit and explicit systemic oppression of divergent people and Madness/Serious Mental Illness (Major Depression, BPD, SUD and ED, specifically); and mention of the movie’s cartoonish depictions of infanticide of babydolls in the first scenes.
    2:34    Co-host intro: Jenna, The Way Witch
    2:56    Grounding Prayer
    3:40    Elec-Ture
    6:08    The Human Being / Human Winner Masc(uline) Monomyth... so unsatisfying.
    11:52    Human Giver Syndrome and The Mad (wo)Man in the Beach
    21:52    Mad Kenough is not enough!
    28:09:00    The Umbra perpetuates itself: How Barbieworld won't let St Barbie be loving to Ken or acknowledge group effort
    35:09:00    Side Note: How much does RH hate being a mother, and some Surprise! DARVO b******t at the end of the movie
    37:26:00    Thesis: Mad Ken is an avatar for the experience of women within patriarchy, but he is judged by the diegetic co-residents of Barbieworld and the Real World, and by the non-diegetic audience and critics, according to masc/ableist standards for behavior, and he is abandoned according to ECNC behaviors, required to heal himself without support, and told this is a triumph and exciting, in order to maintain Hollywood’s access to Mattel’s brand material.
    Audio quality note: I added the addendum about music and fantasy of retribution when I was scanning the audio at 1.5 speed, so I accidentally recorded my aside at 1.5 speed and didn't catch that it was then slowed down when I rendered the MP3. When I get my mental ducks in a row, I will re-record that and re-upload it.
    45:38:00    bonus critiques of white feminism
    54:20:00    Unplanned Extra Thesis: The power of Decoding - we are hungry for revolution and we will find in emergent revelations. Long Live Fan Fiction!
    1:05:03    Outro Credits
    Please see the show notes at UnderTheUmbra.info for the slide show, (a transcript in the future) and the large number of references and links.
    This is Under the Umbra: Using Empathy and Collaboration to Navigate a World of Shadows. In each episode, Electra and the co-hosts explore ways to think about and plan for difficult relationships with people and systems in a way that stays grounded in values and centers community.  I invite you to try out focusing on Empathy and Collaboration as a realistic and compassionate model for interpersonal interactions. If you find yourself Under the Umbra, let’s find our way back to the light.
    Find the show's home at Under The Umbra . Info
    Support the show via Patreon.com
    This show is brought to you by Bridge to Becoming, LLC. 
    Music is by SoulProdMusic and used with permission. 
    Under the Umbra Podcast logo is by Lo Carter.
    Subtitle was crafted by Vera Alcorn.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Under The Umbra Ep 14 - Umbra Barbie Part 1

    Under The Umbra Ep 14 - Umbra Barbie Part 1

    In this episode, Jenna from The Way Witch and I discuss Umbra Barbie: How Barbieworld forces Empathy-Challenged Non-Collaborative Behavior.
    Sections:
    0:00.000    Intro / Credits
    1:06.264    Thanking Patrons
    1:54.734    Introduction Chat
    2:53.174    Co-host intros with some dogs
    3:38.284    Grounding Prayer (with dogs and roommates)
    5:28.563    Getting Started - Umbra Barbie is chaotic because the movie is chaotic
    10:45.451    Can't talk about Barbie without talking about our relationship to Barbie
    21:46.801    In this essay I will...  (the agenda)
    30:53.977    Capitalism as played by Mattel and The Patriarchy as played by Hollywood with the shadowy Kyriarchy looming behind
    32:36.375    Ruth Handler's ECNC signs
    39:34.734    Waves of Feminism, as conceptualized by me, are in development not in time
    45:53.519    How (not) To Criticize Your Funders and Handlers (ha ha)
    57:30.133    End Transition and review of Agenda
    Please see the show notes at UnderTheUmbra.info for the slide show, (a transcript in the future) and the large number of references and links.
    This is Under the Umbra: Using Empathy and Collaboration to Navigate a World of Shadows. In each episode, Electra and the co-hosts explore ways to think about and plan for difficult relationships with people and systems in a way that stays grounded in values and centers community.  I invite you to try out focusing on Empathy and Collaboration as a realistic and compassionate model for interpersonal interactions. If you find yourself Under the Umbra, let’s find our way back to the light.
    Find the show's home at Under The Umbra . Info
    Support the show via Patreon.com
    This show is brought to you by Bridge to Becoming, LLC. 
    Music is by SoulProdMusic and used with permission. 
    Under the Umbra Podcast logo is by Lo Carter.
    Subtitle was crafted by Vera Alcorn.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Under The Umbra Ep 13 - Heart-Centered Business

    Under The Umbra Ep 13 - Heart-Centered Business

    In this episode, I talk with Mark Silver, M.Div. (he/him) about his new book Heart-Centered Business, which is released as a hardback on October 3, 2023. Audiobook and e-book formats are coming soon.  You can learn more about the book at Heart Centered Business Book dot com
    Sections:
    0:00:00 Intro Credits 0:01:07 Thanking Patrons and Supporters! 0:01:49 Introduction Chat: My history with this guest! 0:07:02 Introduction Chat: Heart-Centered Business book summary and Mark Silver's Bios 0:11:18 Grounding Prayer and Invocation 0:13:25 Quick Summary to catch Mark up with what this podcast is all about... into a very suave and subtle segue! 0:15:47 Introduction to Mark's model of Toxic Business Culture: We want to heal from toxic business culture; so what is it, and how can we heal from it and create thriving business and cultivate a community of heart-centered businesses? 0:20:47 American Capitalism and the values that fostered it became a default paradigm for belief and values; how do we notice that and then choose a different way? By Leaning In (instead of turning away or disavowing) the discomfort of the current paradigm, finding love even here, and then finding the core human interactions which can be performed wtih love and safety instead of self-focus and exploitation. 0:26:58 When we have the urge to disavow or turn away from, or just hold your nose and push through to use, the exploitative or self-focused (empathy-challenged non-collaborative) Toxic Business Culture, how do we learn to stand strongly in what we do without replicating the self-aggrandizing status quo? 0:37:23 One tool for finding the core of human interaction at the heart of business is to stay grounded in an invitation to find Divine Love in all interactions, to focus on creating safety and respecting sovereignity, a.k.a. appreciating people with warm empathy and engaging in collaboration. 0:44:07 Exploration of terms, lest our brains explode from talking past each other: collaboration and coming to consensus, making agreements (which, in editing, within this podcast's content I might call Setting Boundaries) 0:48:51 Last question: How to discern useful business coaching tools and programs from scammy, inexperienced exploitative systems that replicate the status quo for the enrichment of the person selling it to you (even if they have honest intentions)? 0:57:53 Remember! You can exercise Power and Influence and support your author and creator folks by pre-ordering or buying their books on the day they drop! Learning about the back-stage levers that make things work might seem squicky at first, but then you realize what LEVERage you have to create influence in your life and in others! 1:00:01 Outro Credits
    References:
    If Books Could Kill episode The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss on Apple Podcasts  and Spotify as they don’t seem to have a main webpage. Episode blurb: Have you ever wanted to escape the grind and follow your dreams? This week we're discussing "The 4-Hour Workweek," which reveals that all you need is a plan, a willingness to take risks and a modestly sized fraud operation built on Third World labor.
    Heart of Business Book, link above
    And some samples of the Heart of Business content and vibe, to see if this book would be right for you!
    [Don’t] Buy Now! Don’t get taken in by the scammers 
    You can learn get a sample of the vibe by visiting Heart of Business  for their free articles, 
    TikTok
    Facebook for oldsters like me
    Medium

    This is Under the Umbra: Using Empathy and Collaboration to Navigate a World of Shadows. In each episode, Electra and the co-hosts explore ways to think about and plan for difficult relationships with people and systems in a way that stays grounded in values and centers community.  I invite you to try out focusing on Empathy and Collaboration as a realistic and compassionate model for interpersonal interactions. If you find yourself Under the Umbra, let’s find our way back to the light

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Under The Umbra Ep 12 - Summary and Check-In

    Under The Umbra Ep 12 - Summary and Check-In

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    In this episode, I'm reviewing some of my values for the show and how they might show up differently than you think, and offering a summary of my key take-aways of Empathy, Collaboration, Boundaries and Power.
     
    No co-host this week. Just me talking into a microphone at yoOoooOooouuUuuu, my listeners! If you like conversations more than reading a script, you can skip this one because it's just a summary of episodes 2-11! But if those looked a bit long when you think about what to play, you can start here and then go back to the episode where you want to learn more!
    Sections:
    00:00    Intro Credits 01:00    Thanking Patrons 01:49    Introduction Chat and Content Warnings 03:18    Grounding Prayer 04:13    Discussion about Values (at the start of all shows) 07:40    Summary of thoughts about Empathy (Episodes 2-3) 10:55    Summary of thoughts about Collaboration (Episodes 4-5-6) 17:53    Summary and a bit of extra context about Boundaries (Episodes 7-8) 24:33    Summary about Power (Episodes 9-10-11) 30:14    Wrap-up 30:49    Outro Credits If any of these summaries are a bit too short, feel free to return to the corresponding episode for 2-11 for more in-depth discussion, or join me on Patron and ask a question for more clarification!
    Since this is just me talking into a microphone, there is a whole transcript, already! 
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    Please see the show notes (link updated once it's ready) for the transcript and the small handful of references.
    This is Under the Umbra: Using Empathy and Collaboration to Navigate a World of Shadows. In each episode, Electra and the co-hosts explore ways to think about and plan for difficult relationships with people and systems in a way that stays grounded in values and centers community. I invite you to try out focusing on Empathy and Collaboration as a realistic and compassionate model for interpersonal interactions. If you find yourself Under the Umbra, let’s find our way back to the light.
    Find the show's home at Under the Umbra .info!
    Support the show via Patreon.com The show is supported by “Responsive” Patrons: Ellery and KC, as well as several more on the Structured and Unscripted levels! Thank you so much for your support!
    This podcast was created, recorded, edited and produced by me, Electra, and brought to you by Bridge to Becoming LLC. Music is by SoulProdMusic on Pixabay and used with permission. Show art is by Lo Carter, 2023. Subtitle crafted by Vera!

    • 33 min
    Under The Umbra Ep 11 - Power Part 3 of 3

    Under The Umbra Ep 11 - Power Part 3 of 3

    In this episode, we’re discussing Power! This is part 3 of 3, finally! The Co-Host is Ian, not currently findable!

    The next episode will be a summary of the last five topics.

    Sections

    0:00:00    Intro Credits 0:01:06    Thanking Benefactors! 0:02:14    Introduction Chat,
    Content Warnings: Swearing! Please consider your audience and surroundings while listening! Brief referral to the holocaust. Quick descriptions of how abuses of power are often interpersonal violence, without detail. Mention of the 45th president and January 6th events, vaguely. Quick mention of JK Rowling and transphobia. Supreme Court corruption. Union strikes and government-corporate strike-breaking. 0:04:25    Ian's Intro section 0:05:34    Grounding Prayer 0:06:28    strike review - striking is a lateral move to set boundaries in the face of non-collaboration because people who face non-collaboration continually escalate until they are acknowledged 0:09:28    Treatment for learned helplessness is small actions of empowerment, and noticing responsibilities 0:09:59    Power called "agency" (which I reject) versus Sense of Coherence 0:10:41    Sense of coherence by Aaron antonovsky 0:15:07    interjection: salutogenic, generating health aka the Latin word root Salus like the Spanish sneeze-response "!Salud!" 0:16:04    Finish explaining Sense of Coherence as a method of auditing one's Power, and how you've been rejecting learned helplessness, in a way that promotes health 0:22:00    Connecting Power To vs Power Over, Power Paradox of how true power is power to help others but a sense of powerlessness and lack of control makes us switch to power over others, and how to audit power by tallying your sense of coherence. 0:25:36    Elec-ture at the end! 0:45:45    Outro Credits References mentioned in the show can be found in the show notes! I also have a transcript to the Elec-ture.

    This is Under the Umbra: Using Empathy and Collaboration to Navigate a World of Shadows. In each episode, Electra and the co-hosts explore ways to think about and plan for difficult relationships with people and systems in a way that stays grounded in values and centers community.  I invite you to try out focusing on Empathy and Collaboration as a realistic and compassionate model for interpersonal interactions. If you find yourself Under the Umbra, let’s find our way back to the light!

    Support the show via Patreon.com Thanks to my Patrons KC and Ellery, and many others, for supporting the show!

    This podcast was created, recorded, edited and produced by me, Electra, and brought to you by Bridge to Becoming LLC. Music is by SoulProdMusic on Pixabay and used with permission. Show art is by Lo Carter, 2023. Subtitle crafted by Vera!

     

    • 48 min
    Under The Umbra Ep 10 - Power Part 2 of 3

    Under The Umbra Ep 10 - Power Part 2 of 3

    In this episode, we’re discussing Power!

    This is part 2 of 3.

    The Co-Host is my longtime friend Ian, and he and his girlfriend have an upcoming project of artisan soap. I’ll share more info once they get it set up. If you’d like to help out or mentor them on soap distribution, let me (Electra) know and I’ll get you in contact!

    Sections

    0:00:00    Intro Credits 0:01:06    Thanking my Patrons 0:02:14    Introduction Chat Content Warnings... I am a bit unfocused and probably missed some. If you let me know via Patreon, I'll update the show notes here. 0:06:40    Ian's Intro section and our relationship - Japan 0:07:54    Grounding Prayer 0:08:48    Return to Dacher Keltner's book The Power Paradox... and the Paradox revealed by his team's research. But the paradox IS NOT INEVITABLE. There IS another way! 0:13:59    Examples in Public View (speculative): Elon Musk in 2023 as an example of erratic awareness of the power one holds based on how powerless he feels internally. 0:19:12    Interjection about Elon Musk, fact-checking (links in show notes!) 0:24:06    Also a feeling of powerlessness while actually holding power is something that plays out in the small scale, like in family, small business, religious communities... 0:25:37    Intentional or negligent/carelessness keeping a large populace too powerless individually: reflecting on WGA (and now SAG-AFTRA) strike and Glacier NW Supreme Court Case ruling that undermines the workers' collective power and enhances the corporations' collective power 0:34:37    Unions are collective power, and by collaboratively funding them, it creates security for all members and all industry colleagues 0:37:01    Interjection: 1980s? Oops, actually 1947 and then 2018. 0:38:20   Back to WGA strike and Glacier NW v Teamsters 0:41:37    These were decisions. There are alternatives. It seems overwhelming, too many threads to tangle. But if we focus on the values of empathy and collaboration that we want, it's easier to recognize which threads to pull... and I think we're not alone in feeling the current values of self-focus and zero-sum competition are untenable. 0:43:56    Interjection of self-disclosure and why the episode is out so many weeks delayed! Skip forward 4 min 30ish sec to ending credits if you want. 0:48:25    Outro Credits
    References to the show (and there are a lot, a lot, a lot) can be found in the show notes! As well as a transcript of the Elec-ture.

    This is Under the Umbra: Using Empathy and Collaboration to Navigate a World of Shadows. In each episode, Electra and the co-hosts explore ways to think about and plan for difficult relationships with people and systems in a way that stays grounded in values and centers community.  I invite you to try out focusing on Empathy and Collaboration as a realistic and compassionate model for interpersonal interactions. If you find yourself Under the Umbra, let’s find our way back to the light.

    Find the show's home at Under the Umbra .info!

    Support the show via Patreon.com The show is supported by “Responsive” Patrons: Ellery and KC, as well as several more on the Structured and Unscripted levels! Thank you so much for your support!

    This podcast was created, recorded, edited and produced by me, Electra, and brought to you by Bridge to Becoming LLC. Music is by SoulProdMusic on Pixabay and used with permission. Show art is by Lo Carter, 2023. Subtitle crafted by Vera!

    • 50 min

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