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Host Andrew Chirch is an Interfaith minister and spiritual guide 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.  ************* From this episode: "...even in the midst of despair, with this key, we can awaken to love and ecstasy. What's that about? Love and ecstasy? I gotta admit that those aren't words I use very often... and in the midst of despair? Come on. But what if that really is what it's all about? Being able to expand ourselves - to stretch our own beings enough to be able to hold those two extremes at the same time. Love - even the ecstasy kind of love, right their with despair. At.The.Same.Time." ************** 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
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.  ************* I’m a minister and - One of the things I hate most about religions is how they get used to justify hurtful actions and words. An example: “Why did this bad thing happen to me?” or “why is this innocent person suffering so much?” You might hear “oh they didn’t lead a good enough life – or they’re being punished for this or that.” I think that’s just plain wrongheaded. Even more, I think it’s a lazy or cowardly way to hide from the difficult truths that find us – all of us – at one time or another as human beings. Let's explore this a little, shall we? ************** 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
"Never forget that to forgive yourself is to release trapped energy that could be doing good work in the world." How amazing would it be if we could learn to love ourselves just as we are? This week, I received a deck of conversation cards from the Fetzer institute. I excitedly opened the package, pulled out the deck of cards, and drew a card. That quote above was printed on the face of the card, and I knew I had to stop and record an episode based on the imagery that was exploding from the creative corners of my brain.  I hope you enjoy. In the meanwhile, I'll ask you:  What are you carrying that it's time to lay down?  
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
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
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.
Hello friend. This is Andrew Chirch, host of Prolificate and the podcast series called 99: a Journey. 99 normally comes out each week on Friday, but I’m currently under the weather and not yet able to get an episode out. In the meantime, I want you to know that I’m thinking about you as I record this on the shortest day of the year while laid out flat on the sofa.  While I’m looking forward to the next steps on my journey, I’m also reminded by this illness to find meaning in the current place I’m in. It’s funny how things work, because the upcoming episode is all about things like ecstasy, expansiveness, and transcendent joy. As you might guess, the word “joy” isn’t exactly top of mind right, now….  but… part of me knows that just because I can’t find it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. I promise I’ll get the next episode published as soon as I can. Until then, maybe you can help me with some examples. What are some hard-to-find blessings or bits of joy in your own life? Be well, my friend.    
What would forgiving yourself look like? What would it mean to forgive yourself for the worst thing you've ever done - or that happened to you? Would it mean that it didn't happen? Would it mean that it was ok? Would it mean I'm weak? I deserved it? I'm unworthy of trust? of love? of another chance? My friend... I have news for you: With all the love and respect in the world, you're not that important. ;-) !!!
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.
Many spend their lives striving for something, not knowing exactly what or why. Today, let's explore both of those things: the what and the why. Do you ever find yourself longing for something, but you don't know what? Or how about your motivation to keep going when things get difficult? Where does that come from? If you don't know what causes that longing - or even if there is a longing. If you don't know why you strive,  I'm right there with you too. We're looking for hidden treasure today. Full show notes at Prolificate.com/99/12
Today's inspiration is The Majestic and Supreme within everything. What happens when we come face to face with majesty? Majesty is kind of a museum-piece of word, isn’t it? I mean, when was the last time you used it at lunch with a friend or at the water cooler? 
Today’s topic is The Way, or The Path. The path to what? You might ask? Over the ages, people (like you) have thought of this in lots of different ways. Maybe it’s the path to God, or to Truth with a capital T. Enlightenment. Universal Love or Peace or Divine Mother. Whatever your destination, the thing about paths is that they involve a journey. To me, a universal truth is that this kind of path always leads to something that transcends little me.
This summer, I had the privilege of meeting a visionary.  Ebony Janice is self-described Womanist, Scholar, Activist, Teacher, Author, Student, Artist, Preacher, Transformational Speaker, Content Creator, Healer.  More than self-described, I can attest that those labels don't begin to capture the energy, conviction, and what I would describe as a fierce joyradiating from this woman. Also mentioned in this interview is another visionary Akilah S. Richards of Fare of the Free Child podcast and Raising Free People.  At ~ 29:00 EbonyJanice and I go right to the heart of the matter — though the whole conversation was amazing and full of so much learning.
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 this and ALL the world’s traditions to help us make sense of our lives. ************* This week, we explore what it would be like if we each had a guardian to keep us safe through life's bumps and bruises - and then we discover that we actually DO have access to this kind of protection. Learn how to say WTF? (Wasn't That Fascinating?) as a tool to tap in to this inner guidance. ************** 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
Welcome to another special Interview Episode of Prolificate where we get to hear from Ann Marie Coletta, the fierce and authentic founder of Raising Sparks Interfaith Ministry in one of San Francisco’s toughest neighborhoods, The Tenderloin.  Ann Marie is one of the most moving interviews I’ve done, and for good reason. She has a way of sharing her experiences – which are incredible and can be a little scary – with a gentleness and care that’s unlike anyone you’ll ever meet.  If you want to connect with Raising Sparks, you can find their website (coming soon at the time I’m writing this) at raisingsparksinthestreets.com. Their phone number is (415) 933 5955 or email raisingsparksinthestreets@gmail.com
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.
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. ************* From this episode: What if we're always striving for change and setting goals - all the while, we're missing the point? What if all this scurrying about like ants is at the root of our suffering? Henry David Thoreau said, "It's not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?" What are YOU busy about? ************** 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.
Have you ever had a moment when you were just "in the zone?" You were unstoppable.  These are moments of what I call greatness.... little glimpses because at least for me, they never last. But what if they did?
Think of how much has changed. In your whole life, just over the last few days, or whatever comes to mind. I've heard so many quotes and pieces of wisdom about change... about how we are always in the process of becoming, and never really "complete" (whatever that means,) and how the secret to success (whatever THAT means) is through continual small changes - improvements. Today's theme isn't Change, though. It's the other. Do you get so wrapped up in tuning in to what things need to change... that you lose touch with the thing that doesn't. You.
Invest in yourself with 9 minutes to think, refresh, and get clear 99 is a podcast series: 99 episodes in 9-minute installments, each of which serves as a refuge, a challenge, or a little of both. Think of it like individual steps on a quest. Each step is an opportunity to spend time thinking...feeling. Each step is a little journey of its own, and each step is one part of a larger pilgrimage. In Islam, there is a teaching that there are at least 99 names for the divine – for Allah – and each one of those names has a special quality. Full disclosure, this isn’t about Islam…. Rather, that’s where the journey begins. Each episode, we’ll take a brief moment to center ourselves – away from the distractions of the world, then we’ll explore the day’s theme and invite you to check in with whatever guides you. Complete one or all 99 – either way, this is 9 minutes just for you. More at prolificate.com/99
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
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 message is just for you if you've ever wondered why bad things happen to good people. It's inspired by the Arabic Ya-Adl, meaning something like just mercy, but in a meta sense that also is about balance, and flow, and a sort of cosmic or divine evening out of things that are way beyond our ability to grasp. Here's a quote by Paulo Coelho from his book, By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept: “Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment helps us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments — but all of this is transitory it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.” Those words are comforting to me. Are they to you? ************** 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
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. ************* Think of a moment when you were confident, kind, poised and you were in the zone. Have you located that feeling? Ok. Hold on to it. Now if you can, I invite you to bring back a painful moment - maybe the worst thing that has ever happened to you... but be gentle with yourself. Only what you feel you can handle. Now almost like these two feelings are two separate people, or two versions of you.... I invite you to introduce them to each other. ************** 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
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.
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
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Started
Aug 10th, 2018
Latest Episode
Mar 17th, 2020
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No. of Episodes
50
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15 minutes
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