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Why Do We Do Dumb Things?

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Why Do We Do Dumb Things?

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Why do we do dumb things? On this morning’s InsideOut Forum Discussion call, we became aware that we do so many dumb things, not just a few. We saw that we all do many of the same dumb things. We all want to avoid seeing and feeling the pain of others, because we might be challenged to DO something, whether helping them or leaving them. We find our alternatives daunting or frightening, so we avoid reality. Of course, the consequences are brutal. Take global warming as an example. We want to avoid taking action of a very painful situation, but as one woman pointed out on the call, it sets us up to feel the pain for longer! What are the dumb things YOU do? Can you relate to the examples shared on today’s call? Read our blog and share your thoughts and experiences in a venue that welcomes you to be real!

Are You In Roles or Relationships? And Why It Matters

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Are You In Roles or Relationships? And Why It Matters

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On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call we explored the rich and rewarding topic of whether we are in roles or relationships and why that matters. The discussion revealed so many important and helpful realities about this topic. We saw how we hold onto roles that no longer serve us, if they ever really did. We explored how we are hurt by playing roles that prevent us from doing our real jobs…like playing the role of the ever-loving father rather than providing leadership and teaching accountability to our children. Everyone plays roles! What are yours? How are they preventing really relating and connecting? How are your roles preventing your ability to be guided by higher consciousness? Join our online discussion!

Rage, Religion & Righteousness: How We Rationalize Violence!

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Rage, Religion & Righteousness: How We Rationalize Violence!

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On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call we took on the controversial topic or how we use our religious beliefs to rationalize violence. What a timely and painful subject! People on the call recounted how their own childhood religious training taught them to believe they were right and everyone else was wrong and that that justified violence, as in Israel and Palestine. Others shared how Catholicism was taught to be the one and only true religion and the prejudice and judgments that came from believing that or the criticism that came from NOT believing that. Our callers related on so many levels, personally and collectively to the notion of using religious beliefs as a way of feeling righteous and acting that out in violent ways. How did your childhood training relate to this topic? Or were you raised atheist, a belief system that research shows leading to less violence? Can one have spiritual beliefs that lead to oneness consciousness and peace on earth? Join our conversation online, where it is safe to be real and you are welcome!

Is It True That God Never Gives Us More Than We Can Handle?

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Is It True That God Never Gives Us More Than We Can Handle?

God never gives us more than we can handle

On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call we took on the age-old platitude that God never gives us more than we can handle. We could all acknowledge that we have known many people, including ourselves for whom this platitude is not true. We could relate to the reality that we all know people who have died or been irreparably damaged by traumas or loss. Why do we say this then? One reason we could see was that saying to ourselves such things as “Only good can come of this,” might help us relax in the moment, but that pretending to be able to handle something that we can’t only sends us into denial. This denial, in turn, causes us to pretend we are okay and NOT to get the help or support that might, in fact, help us to heal and move beyond the pain. Join our online blog conversation and share your perspective!

Delusional Thinking and the Magic of Reality

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Delusional Thinking and the Magic of Reality

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On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call, we continued the conversation about Delusional Thinking and the Magic of Reality. What a fascinating discussion and topic! Beth Green is taking on delusional and magical thinking this year, starting with how the New Age and New Thought movements actually TEACH magical thinking…that you can create what your ego desires. Is that what we need? More ways to fulfill our egos’ desires? Or do we need to learn to find the magic in facing reality as it is. I am NOT going to be a ballerina if I am disabled, no matter how much positive thinking I engage in. And I don’t need to feel any shame that I have not manifested something that I am not capable of manifesting! On the call this morning, we shared our deeply held delusions and their painful consequences. One example is that I can save my mentally ill daughter or husband with my special love for them. Another is that domination and intimidation will lead to a happy and healthy relationship with my children and that it will teach them to listen.  Join our discussion and share your delusions in a community where it is safe to be real. We welcome your comments.

InsideOut Forum Discussion Call: Do You Want Delicious Food, a Healthier Body, Mind, Spirit AND a Healthier Planet? No Problem!

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InsideOut Forum Discussion Call: Do You Want Delicious Food, a Healthier Body, Mind, Spirit AND a Healthier Planet? No Problem!

On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call we continued the conversation brought to the show by Laura Stec, advocate for educating us about how we can eat great food and have a positive impact on the environment and global warming. Who knew it could be so easy to make SUCH a difference! Some great ideas were shared and discussed and we all felt inspired by her. Join us on our online blog to share your feelings, thoughts and ideas about this topic. We welcome your participating.

Racism: Is It In You or In Your World?

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Racism: Is It In You or In Your World?

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On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call we took on the painful topic of racism and all the multitude of ways that we are ALL racist, even if we think we are not. We saw the ways it shows up, even judging the sushi chef’s authenticity if he is not Japanese. We saw how we judge Blacks as better singers. We saw how we tried so hard not to be prejudice openly like our parents or grandparents, but saw how this just sent our judgments and prejudices  underground. Join our discussion and let us know your perspective!

What Secrets Are You Keeping…From Others or Even From Yourself?

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What Secrets Are You Keeping…From Others or Even From Yourself?

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On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion call we explored the topic of what secrets we are keeping from others and even from ourselves. It was painful and sometimes entertaining to see how much we have in common, one more time! Many of us could relate to keeping the secret that we feel entitled to indulge ourselves if we work hard. Another secret some kept is that we are stronger  or less overwhelmed than we want you to think, so you won’t ask more of me. Or, some of us are keeping our passion hidden, the passion for consciousness, the passion our work or for relationships or our own lives. Join us in the conversation and share your secrets!

Is Humanity Worth Saving? Are We a Blessing or a Curse?

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Is Humanity Worth Saving? Are We a Blessing or a Curse?

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On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call we explored this provocative issue about whether humanity is worth saving. What do you believe? Are you of the mind that we should “Save the planet! Kill yourself!” or do you believe that God made us as a blessing and we deserve another chance? Let us know on our blog at http://bethgreen.org/insideout-forum-discussion-call-humanity-worth-saving-blessing-curse/

 

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Climate Opportunity: Help the Planet While Improving Your Life!

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Climate Opportunity: Help the Planet While Improving Your Life!

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On today’s InsideOut Forum Discussion Call, @6am Pacific Time, every Thursday morning on 1-832-551-5100, extension 173936, we explored our responses and thoughts and feelings about Tuesday’s two-hour climate opportunity panel discussion. What a great panel of experts, all leaving the listener with tons of ideas about how to make a difference in your daily life. Join us on our blog and share your feelings and thoughts about this special show and how it impacted you to hear what they had to say. Click on this link to join the conversation:

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