49 episodes

These mystical and practical discussions are explorations of spirituality and its relation to religion and psychology, with questions always. Beyond a specific religion or spiritual practice; what do we share, what do we have in common? These talks are a work in progress evolving our rich inner life, including reflections on religious texts, poems, art, and what is common in our human experience enhancing understanding of our relationships: with ourselves, with one another, and with the world we share.

Unraveling Religion has developed a cross-collaboration with both Lisa Carley's The Labyrinth podcast and Henry Cretella's Alchemical Dialogues podcast, cross-posting episodes both 'Selected, Best of The Labyrinth' podcast and 'Selected, Best of Alchemical Dialogues' podcast episodes, periodically.

Unraveling Religion Joel Lesses

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

These mystical and practical discussions are explorations of spirituality and its relation to religion and psychology, with questions always. Beyond a specific religion or spiritual practice; what do we share, what do we have in common? These talks are a work in progress evolving our rich inner life, including reflections on religious texts, poems, art, and what is common in our human experience enhancing understanding of our relationships: with ourselves, with one another, and with the world we share.

Unraveling Religion has developed a cross-collaboration with both Lisa Carley's The Labyrinth podcast and Henry Cretella's Alchemical Dialogues podcast, cross-posting episodes both 'Selected, Best of The Labyrinth' podcast and 'Selected, Best of Alchemical Dialogues' podcast episodes, periodically.

    The Labyrinth, A Trailer

    The Labyrinth, A Trailer

    In this trailer of The Labyrinth Podcast, Lisa Carley introduces the podcast's orgins, philosophy, topics, and terrain covered in curiosity of life and existence with these conversations, an invitation to join. 
     
     
     
    2015; 'The Sound of Silence' (Instrumental); Immortalized; Reprise Records

    • 3 min
    Seeds Toward A Future, Now: A Talk About 'The Labyrinth' Podcast with Lisa Carley

    Seeds Toward A Future, Now: A Talk About 'The Labyrinth' Podcast with Lisa Carley

    This conversation with Lisa and Joel explores Lisa Carley's new podcast 'The Labyrinth' and its slogan 'Destination Unknown' and its relationship to the 'Unraveling Religion' podcast, whose own slogan 'What You Are Is More Than What You Want.' These two old friends share deep vision of hope and work toward a brighter future as they deconstruct meaning, mission, and purpose, and the mechanisms of what comprises the most vital aspects of life and relationship. In this brief discussion, Lisa and Joel outline the parallel journey of spirituality and curiousty that forms the basis of their timeless bond.

    • 6 min
    Part 3 As A Fly On The Wall: Eavesdropping On Human Musings, Existence, and 'Coming Home'

    Part 3 As A Fly On The Wall: Eavesdropping On Human Musings, Existence, and 'Coming Home'

    In Part 3 Lisa, Rich, and Joel examine the secret to the existential delimma and how to resolve it.
    The answer, 'service.'
    Also, surfing and meditation and the story of Reb Zusha, a Hasidic Master.
    A Jewish Kabbalistic look at death, judgment, and Heavenly Decrees, ultimately who judges us?
    Does human life have spiritual veils and what do they hide?
    Also discussed is American Zen Buddhism and the two most influential books in American Zen, 'Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind' and 'The Three Pillars of Zen.'
    From Zen Mind, Beginner Mind, 'The basic teaching of Buddhism is the teaching of transcency or change.' and 'That everything changes is the basic truth for each existence.'
    What actually determines the quality of our life: is it what we receive from others, or what we give to others? 
    What is our relationship to Death?
    What are we forced to let go of in life and what returns to us in the future? 
    These explorations build into a final poem Lisa wrote and reads.

    • 19 min
    Part 2 As A Fly On The Wall: Eavesdropping On Human Musings, Existence, and 'Coming Home'

    Part 2 As A Fly On The Wall: Eavesdropping On Human Musings, Existence, and 'Coming Home'

    In Part 2, Lisa, Rich, and Joel explore knowing the 'why' and knowing the 'big picture' versus being in the flow of life.
    The talk continues in the examination of life asking 'What is being asked of me? What do I need to learn about this situation? What do I need to perceive in this situation?'

    • 34 min
    Part 1 As A Fly On The Wall: Eavesdropping On Human Musings, Existence, and 'Coming Home'

    Part 1 As A Fly On The Wall: Eavesdropping On Human Musings, Existence, and 'Coming Home'

    In Part 1 of this three part episode, Joel lassoed Rich Grego and Lisa Carley into a conversation recorded weaving threads through time and space and love, itself.
    This conversation meanders among these three old, dear friends, and touches on nihilism, dissolution and romanticism, Dharma decay and Dharma renewal, changes and

    • 34 min
    'Spirituality In Everyday Life': Amber Light, Int. and Education Training Center, Inc., A Collaboration

    'Spirituality In Everyday Life': Amber Light, Int. and Education Training Center, Inc., A Collaboration

    Henry Cretella and Joel discuss collaboration to present a series of four workshops in 2024 from Amber Light, Int. and Education Training Center, Inc.'s Ground and Sky Poetry Series entitled 'Spirituality In Everyday Life.' The topics of the four workshops are: 1. Spirituality And Service 2. Spirituality And Relationship 3. Spirituality And Mental Health and 4. Spirituality And The Arts.
    Also, Henry discusses some of the aspects of Amber Light, Int. and its podcast Alchemical Dialogues and Joel explores the Programs and Services of Education Training Center, Inc. and the ways it seeks to address mental health and marginalization.
    In this brief talk, the foundation of Amber Light, Int.'s relationship to Sufism and the threads found in all world's traditions are discussed as well as Education Training Center's podcast Unraveling Religion's relationship to build and support mental health through a strong spiritual or existential foundation, and other programs and services of Education Training Center, Inc. that address mental health without distinction to cause.
    Listen to this collaboration to build healthy community with two old friends who share a common vision and passion to improve the quality of life for others.

    • 5 min

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