Relig*ish: Old Tapes, New Messages

I have been thinking lately, about this idea so many of us seem to have that we are at our core, damaged.

Many of the people I speak with are struggling, trying to get a grip on the idea that we are, just as humans, enough.

Last week in the podcast, I pointed out a few general places where we might have picked up the message that we are endlessly broken. Today, I’d like to point out a few more — this time focusing on some old tapes you might have picked up from a more narrow religious past, along with some suggestions of new tapes you might start playing in your new, relig-ish future.

What about you, my mapgie? What religous tapes are you carrying around, and what messages do you want to carry into your relig-ish future? Let us know some of the sticking points in your history and share how you’ve grown around them (or ask for help to figure it out!) The comments are open, because it’s like I always say, “There aint’ nowhere to go, but together.”


Ruthie March 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thanks Rachelle. Learning to rewrite those tapes :)
Learning that we are made in the image of Love! Love is our true identity, it is our true character. I also find doing Dr Kristin Neff’s self compassion & loving kindess meditations helpful, you can download them for free at her website
I appreciate you! :)

Rachelle March 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Thanks for the resource tip Ruthie. Off to check it out…:-)

Another Rachelle March 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Thanks for this Rachelle. This was right on for me and very timely.

Jeannie March 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Hi Rachelle, I just saw your Facebook post about not knowing who is watching these webcasts. I popped over and watched, because I had forgotten to do so when you announced it. Thank you. This is something I work on a great deal lately. I have always struggled with some of these questions, but we have recently joined a very liberal and diverse Unitarian Universalist congregation. In the past year, because I am now in a “safe” place to think through and discuss these issues with others, I have noticed so many of these tapes and assumptions playing in my head and in the world around me. I am at peace, now, to think them through without a penalty to my standing in a Christian organization. As for the tape about self denial, I am a master at that expectation, or have been. This year of freedom to think, and a physical illness ending in surgery, have helped me understand that self care, both spiritually and physically, are the only way that I can sustain care to others. Besides that, I truly believe in the notion of namaste, that we are all one, so denying myself is denying others as well. Thanks for all you do to facilitate the practices of others. You are a gift.

Rachelle March 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm

That is a really helpful way to think about the concept of Namaste and self-care. Thank you Jeannie.

I really resonated with what you were saying about how a safe place creates space for reflection and healing. You need the ease around your shoulders to help your thoughts and feeling come into alignment…

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