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Prolificate

Blurring the lines between sacred and secular. Explorations of hope, inspiration from all religions, without dogma, shame, or judgment.

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99.30 The One Thing to Remember When Life Gets Tough

Host Andrew Chirch is an Interfaith minister and spiritual coach for real people like you. The idea for 99 comes from the Islamic teaching that there are 99 names for the divine, and each one has its own meaning.   Each week, we meet up for 9-minutes to explore teachings from ALL the world’s religions to help us make sense of our lives.  *** This week's topic, based off the divine name Ya-Majid, is all about divine super-abundance. It's about both being blessed with a gift - AND - this full-body sense of awareness of that blessing. "...the kind of awareness that pervades your whole being. As if you're a sponge and you're drinking up this warm, sweet water that permeates you every. which. way." ** Prolificate.com is about people & ideas that illuminate the world. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com

9mins

12 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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99.35 Your Life is This Book

Host Andrew Chirch is an Interfaith minister and spiritual coach for real people like you. The idea for 99 comes from the Islamic teaching that there are 99 names for the divine, and each one has its own meaning.   Each week, we meet up for 9-minutes to explore teachings from ALL the world’s religions to help us make sense of our lives.  ************* What if instead of looking to someone or someTHING else to complete you, you started to assume that you were actually amazing? What if you just don't know it yet? What if you discover that everyone has some parts of themselves that aren't welcome? ... And what if you started to invite ALL of you to participate in life? ** Prolificate.com is about people & ideas that illuminate the world. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com

9mins

24 May 2019

Rank #2

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Ashes Dust Tears and Laughter

This week, I started an intense experience as a Chaplain Intern at a local hospital. Some observations based on this powerful, intense experience.  https://Prolificate.com or email me your thoughts at awchirch@prolificate.com

30mins

2 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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99.25 The Antidote for your inner critic

Host Andrew Chirch is an interfaith student, coach, and ministers to the Non-Religious, skeptics, and doubters. The idea for 99 comes from the Islamic teaching that there are 99 names for the divine, and each one has its own meaning. *** This week we're talking about the Forgiver.... From one of the Arabic names for the Divine - Ya Ghaffar. I'm told that this name shares linguistic roots with beeswax - a substance that gets used as a salve or like a soothing lotion for dried, cracked skin. If your internal critic is anything like mine, dried and cracked is a pretty good way to describe the effect it can have on me, so I love this notion of an antidote. My friend, I don't know what battles you face, or what lies ahead for you. I do know that you are not alone. I know that you are amazing and strong and kind in ways that no one may ever realize, but YOU realize it. ** Prolificate.com is about people & ideas that illuminate the world. One of those people – is you. – and 99 is a weekly 9-minute spiritual practice designed to challenge you, just the right amount, and remind you to take care of yourself. Illuminating the world is hard work, so we need you whole. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com

9mins

8 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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99.29 Wake Up to the Abundance All Around You!

Host Andrew Chirch is an interfaith minister and spiritual coach for folks just like you. The idea for 99 comes from the Islamic teaching that there are 99 names for the divine, and each one has its own meaning. *** The abundance of the harvest can be seen at the bottom of the well. Let's unpack this a little. What I think this bit of wisdom is saying is that there is hope for us... if we work to bring the water from the bottom of the well to the surface, and then we use it to water the soil in the garden we've prepared and planted, then eventually that garden - or those date palms - will grow and bear fruit. At the end of this little line of reasoning, we're able to pick the dates and enjoy their sweetness as our reward. ** Prolificate.com is about people & ideas that illuminate the world. One of those people – is you. – and 99 is a weekly 9-minute spiritual practice designed to challenge you, just the right amount, and remind you to take care of yourself. Illuminating the world is hard work, so we need you whole. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com

9mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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99.31- Donuts for Your Soul

Host Andrew Chirch is an Interfaith minister and spiritual coach for real people like you. The idea for 99 comes from the Islamic teaching that there are 99 names for the divine, and each one has its own meaning.   Each week, we meet up for 9-minutes to explore teachings from ALL the world’s religions to help us make sense of our lives.  ************* Do you have one of those people in your life who will sit you down when you need it? I didn't think I did until one day, he sat me down and said, "Andy, in Spanish, we have this saying called Cura da Alma.... care of the soul. How are you caring for your soul?" Physically, our bodies need nourishment with decent sustenance. Sure, a trip to the donut shop is tasty (and I'm a big fan of donut shops), but we both know that isn't sustenance. You eat like that regularly, you begin to live with a body that is perpetually unwell. What my mentor was saying was akin to that. If you live your life habitually feeding your soul with junk, you will get soul-sick. ** Prolificate.com is about people & ideas that illuminate the world. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com

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19 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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99.34 Forgive Yourself Before it's Too Late

Host Andrew Chirch is an Interfaith minister and spiritual coach for real people like you. The idea for 99 comes from the Islamic teaching that there are 99 names for the divine, and each one has its own meaning.   Each week, we meet up for 9-minutes to explore teachings from ALL the world’s religions to help us make sense of our lives.  *** A Sufi Holy man was asked what forgiveness is. He said, "It is the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed." This episode, our topic is forgiveness. Specifically, At Tawwab...the forgiveness that enables you to let go of grudges. The forgiveness that isn't about endorsing bad behavior of others, but rather, it's about releasing yourself from being bound up in those actions. I have worked with people who are dying and one of the things that comes up most is forgiveness. People wish they'd asked for it from those they hurt sooner. They wish they'd forgiven others sooner. What are you carrying that weighs you down? What if you released it right now? Let's explore... ** Prolificate.com is about people & ideas that illuminate the world. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com

9mins

17 May 2019

Rank #7

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99.33 The Advice you would give yourself

Host Andrew Chirch is an Interfaith minister and spiritual coach for real people like you. The idea for 99 comes from the Islamic teaching that there are 99 names for the divine, and each one has its own meaning.   Each week, we meet up for 9-minutes to explore teachings from ALL the world’s religions to help us make sense of our lives.  *** If "today you" would reassure "younger you" that (even though life would be hard, and things would hurt,) it’d be okay anyway…. THAT is Ya Latif. I bring you the words of the prophet Lionel. Why in the world would anybody put chains on me. I've paid my dues to make it. Everybody wants me to be what they want me to be I'm not happy when I try to fake it. That's why I'm easy...like Sunday morning. ** Prolificate.com is about people & ideas that illuminate the world. Please support us at Patreon.com/prolificate. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com

9mins

3 May 2019

Rank #8

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99.32 What Life Story Are You Writing?

Host Andrew Chirch is an Interfaith minister and spiritual coach for real people like you. The idea for 99 comes from the Islamic teaching that there are 99 names for the divine, and each one has its own meaning.   Each week, we meet up for 9-minutes to explore teachings from ALL the world’s religions to help us make sense of our lives.  *** This week, the name is one of the most famous ones – Ar Rahman. It means endless love. (I know… great song by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross). No matter what you’ve been through, no matter what the story that your life has written so far. Part of that story has always been love – and will always be love. ** What do you think? I'd love to hear from you with questions, or story ideas. You can find all my links at Prolificate.com/contact or just send me an email: awchirch@prolificate.com

9mins

26 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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99.27 - How to Never Run Out of Love

Host Andrew Chirch is an interfaith student, coach, and ministers to the Non-Religious, skeptics, and doubters. The idea for 99 comes from the Islamic teaching that there are 99 names for the divine, and each one has its own meaning. ************* This week's episode gets its start from the qualities behind the word, Al Mu'izz, and I'm using a translation of that word that means something like "giver of praise or self-esteem." It's one of the 99 names of the divine and it's talking about a quality of G-d that gives us self-esteem. If you're new to this series, you may not know that I never make assumptions about what you believe - or If a belief in a God plays any part in what keeps you going. Whatever you believe, where does your assurance and comfort and self-esteem come from? Are you a compulsive pleaser—needing to be liked at almost any cost? Are you defensive and guarded—just sure that people will hurt you if you let them? Think about where those parts of your personality come from—where they got their start. It's possible you were just born lonely, or confident, or whatever. And it's also possible that part of this is a sort of programming, from your earliest time in this life. ** Prolificate.com is about people & ideas that illuminate the world. One of those people – is you. – and 99 is a weekly 9-minute spiritual practice designed to challenge you, just the right amount, and remind you to take care of yourself. Illuminating the world is hard work, so we need you whole. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com

8mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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99.28 Rediscovering God through Your Desire

Host Andrew Chirch is an interfaith minister and coach to the Non-Religious, skeptics, and doubters. The idea for 99 comes from the Islamic teaching that there are 99 names for the divine, and each one has its own meaning. *** In Arabic there is this word, Ya Wadud, which translates as Divine love. To me, this kind of love is the most powerful, least disguised, and even a little scary. The kind of love this is talking about includes sexual intimacy. (I know, right?!). If you're like me, using the words sex and love and the divine in the same sentence feels a little off limits. I mean, growing up in European-centered culture, the divine is code for "God" and whether I believe this or not, the face of God is culturally programmed to be an old white guy with a beard. Eww! ** Prolificate.com is about people & ideas that illuminate the world. One of those people – is you. – and 99 is a weekly 9-minute spiritual practice designed to challenge you, just the right amount, and remind you to take care of yourself. Illuminating the world is hard work, so we need you whole. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com

9mins

29 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Notes from the Field - Elation and Disappointment

This was a rough day for me. One of my favorite patients was dying, which led me to realize that I have favorite patients, which I haven't given myself permission to have.  Also: Blood. Lots of it. Just another day as an Interfaith Chaplain.

16mins

31 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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99.23 - Tending the Garden of your Soul

Host Andrew Chirch is an interfaith student, coach, and ministers to the Non-Religious, skeptics, and doubters. The idea for 99 comes from the Islamic teaching that there are 99 names for the divine, and each one has its own meaning. *** Today's subject comes from a word that in the Arabic, I'm told, means inner knowledge - the kind that comes from cultivation. How long since you have been in the garden of your soul? How is it? Overworked and exhausted? Wild and overgrown with brambles? Lush and green with new life? All the little deaths and big ones you have suffered were not in vain. They're there in your garden—slowly decomposing into their component parts so something amazing can grow. ** Prolificate.com is about people & ideas that illuminate the world. One of those people – is you. – and 99 is a weekly 9-minute spiritual practice designed to challenge you, just the right amount, and remind you to take care of yourself. Illuminating the world is hard work, so we need you whole. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com.

8mins

22 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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99: #21 - Kindness like Dumbledore

If you’re faced with a big decision, one of those life’s questions that feels a little scary, or want to unpack your own spiritual path, I offer coaching and guidance at Prolificate.com/guide. * From this episode: I'm speaking to the part of you that is lonely. The part you don't let anyone see because it's just too painful. What would it be like if you could bring your whole self out of the darkness and into the light? What would it be like for ALL of you to be out in the open? What would it be like to be loved unconditionally? That's where we're going today on our journey. Holy WOW. What would that be like? How amazing? I'm getting chills just thinking about a love so big, so pervasive, that says, "You're human.... there is nothing a human can do, think, or say that diminishes you." The kind of love and kindness that Dumbledore brings when he shows up in Harry Potter. * Prolificate.com is about people & ideas that illuminate the world. One of those people – is you. – and 99 is a weekly 9-minute spiritual practice designed to challenge you, just the right amount, and remind you to take care of yourself. Illuminating the world is hard work, so we need you whole. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com.

9mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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99: #20 - Safety Trust Confidence and Security

If you’re faced with a big decision, one of those life’s questions that feels a little scary, or want to unpack your own spiritual path, I am offering a limited number of coaching sessions at Prolificate.com/guide. * Lately, I've been spending time trying to understand the difference between comfort and safety - which is the topic for our time together today. Safety, Trust,  Confidence, and Security. Where does it come from? What does it mean? Is anyone ever really safe? As an interfaith chaplain, part of my job is to accompany people from all faiths-  and no faith at all - in some scary situations... It's a reminder of just how UNsafe some people are - and of the comparative luxury I have most of the time. One thing that never fails to surprise me — some folks who seem the least safe... people who have seen hard things, lived through tough experiences... are sometimes the most serene, calm, patient people I've ever met. I hope we both remember that we're in this together... we can actually create a world with more safety, trust, confidence, and security just by reminding each other.  * Prolificate.com is where I write, podcast, and talk about people & ideas that illuminate the world. One of those people – is you. – and 99 is a weekly 9-minute spiritual practice designed to challenge you, just the right amount, and remind you to take care of yourself. Illuminating the world is hard work, so we need you whole. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com.

9mins

1 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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99: #19 Steps: Too Big, Too Small, Just Right

If you’re faced with a big decision, one of those life’s questions that feels a little scary, or want to unpack your own spiritual path, I am offering a limited number of coaching sessions at Prolificate.com/guide. * Are you impatient sometimes? Do you look to the future as the solution to your problems? (Like I sometimes do). The theme for our time together today is steps - as in the kind it takes to make progress.  Here's something Dr. King said on the subject: “If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Let's talk about what steps you're taking, what steps you're avoiding, and how to find the "just right" steps for you. * Prolificate.com is where I write, podcast, and talk about people & ideas that illuminate the world. One of those people – is you. – and 99 is a weekly 9-minute spiritual practice designed to challenge you, just the right amount, and remind you to take care of yourself. Illuminating the world is hard work, so we need you whole. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com.

9mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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99: #18 - What are you waiting to create?

If you’re faced with a big decision, one of those life’s questions that feels a little scary, or want to unpack your own spiritual path, I am offering a limited number of coaching sessions at Prolificate.com/guide. *  Do you want to know what Maya Angelou, the great poet, says about you? She said, "...we are all created creative and we can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed." Did you hear that? Maya Angelou, one of the greatest minds of all time, Poet Laureate of the United States, says that YOU are creative! * Prolificate.com is where I write, podcast, and talk about people & ideas that illuminate the world. One of those people – is you. – and 99 is a weekly 9-minute spiritual practice designed to challenge you, just the right amount, and remind you to take care of yourself. Illuminating the world is hard work, so we need you whole. Find me on Twitter or Instagram @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com.

9mins

18 Jan 2019

Rank #17

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99: #17 - Our Power and Our Privilege

Have you ever heard the saying, "there are no mistakes." Or put another way, "there's a reason for everything." I'm of two minds when it comes to this episode's theme, which is, the all-powerful force that puts you in a certain place at a certain time, and has you facing whatever it is that you're facing. I'll be honest. Sometimes these words have been comforting to me. As I face the loss of a job or an unexpected hardship, telling myself that "everything happens for a reason" takes me off the hook a little bit and allows me to relax. After all, I'm a big fan of Taoist and Hindu beliefs that (I think), encourage me to relax and not fight so much against what's happening, but to find a way to work WITH the flow of things. Maybe not give up, but to find some sense of harmony in what's going on - like swimming with a river instead of against it. *** Prolificate.com is where I write, podcast, and talk about people & ideas that illuminate the world. One of those people – is you. – and 99 is a weekly 9-minute spiritual practice designed to challenge you, just the right amount, and remind you to take care of yourself. Illuminating the world is hard work, so we need you whole. Find me on Twitter @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com.

9mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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99: #16 - The ONE Thing You Can Really Control

What is your biggest wish? Go ahead, think for a second. I'll wait. Now, if someone who knows you well wrote your obituary today, would anything about that wish be in there?  The kind of wishes we're talking about today are the kind that you'd probably want to show up there.  *** Prolificate.com is where I write, podcast, and talk about people & ideas that illuminate the world. One of those people – is you. – and 99 is a weekly 9-minute spiritual practice designed to challenge you, just the right amount, and remind you to take care of yourself. Illuminating the world is hard work, so we need you whole. Find me on Twitter @Prolificate or send me an email at awchirch@prolificate.com.

9mins

4 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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99: #15 - Joy amid Pain

The theme for this episode is ecstasy, joy and expansiveness... I love joy. And let's face it, ecstasy is in a league of its own... expansiveness, yes, please. Well, sometimes, things don't go the way we think they "should." As it turns out, I've missed a week of 99 because I've been sick and just couldn't record until now. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself - after all, I could barely stand for ten days. As it turns out, the kind of ecstasy and joy and expansiveness that is our theme IS actually there... all the time. What I found was, even though I was feeling miserable, joy wasn't gone.

8mins

28 Dec 2018

Rank #20