No matter your journey, there will always be seasons of darkness. Sometimes we find ourselves in these dark places, as with dark nights of the soul. At other times we choose to enter the unknown on our search for the Sacred. Either way, though unexpected, one thing is certain—hidden treasures can often be found in our places of darkness if we engage them with openness and curiosity. In today's episode, I explore this topic and more with depth psychologist Vanya Stier-Van Essen. Find episode notes and subscribe to receive updates at asacredjourney.net/podcast.

This episode is brought to you by Journey Shop, where I sell handmade and designed resources to inspire your journeys at home and abroad. The Journey Shop is filled with tools for spiritual practice, including my popular liturgical wall calendar, compass cues reflection cards, wearable prayer beads, and more. Visit the Journey Shop at asacredjourney.net/shop.

In biblical times, dreams proclaimed truths and altered paths. What insight do our dreams have to offer our journeys today? Spiritual director Kasey Hitt and I talk about the messages of dreams and how they are considered "unopened letters from God," making dreamwork a valuable and often underutilized spiritual practice. Find episode notes and subscribe to receive updates at asacredjourney.net/podcast.

This episode is brought to you by Journey Shop, where I sell handmade and designed resources to inspire your journeys at home and abroad. The Journey Shop is filled with tools for spiritual practice, including my popular liturgical wall calendar, compass cues reflection cards, wearable prayer beads, and more. Visit the Journey Shop at asacredjourney.net/shop.

The 13th Century Christian mystic Meister Eckhart declared, "I pray God to rid me of God." Eckhart, however, wasn't throwing in the towel on his spiritual journey. Instead, his desire was to be rid of his own limited notions of God to make room for the true Mystery that is the Divine. This is the beginning of the mystical journey, and today author and minister Amos Smith shares with us his insights on the mystical path and how it is an everyday journey that can lead to both inner and outer transformation. Find episode notes and subscribe to receive updates and download a free pilgrim guide at asacredjourney.net/podcast.

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Much of our journeys in everyday life are slow seasons of unfolding and awakening, and often these journeys require great courage in order to reach the other side. This is true for many in the LGBTQ community, and to mark Pride month I'm excited to have my friend and fellow spiritual director Daniel Tidwell share with you his own coming out journey. This episode is a bit longer than most, but the best stories take time, and Daniel leaves us in the end with wisdom we can each apply to our own journeys, no matter our orientation. Find episode notes and subscribe to receive updates at asacredjourney.net/podcast.

This episode is brought to you by Journey Shop, where I sell handmade and designed resources to inspire your journeys at home and abroad. The Journey Shop is filled with tools for spiritual practice, including my popular liturgical wall calendar, compass cues reflection cards, wearable prayer beads, and more. Visit the Journey Shop at asacredjourney.net/shop.

Silence, solitude, stillness—these postures are tools for the pilgrim and markers of the Contemplative Path. Rich Lewis of silenceteaches.com has been entering silence daily for years through the practice of Centering Prayer and believes that silence can teach us both more of ourselves and of God. In today's conversation, we talk about contemplation and the Contemplative Path and explore how the silence experienced in Centering Prayer can make the practice so transformative. Find episode notes and subscribe to receive updates at asacredjourney.net/podcast.

This episode is brought to you by Journey Shop, where I sell handmade and designed resources to inspire your journeys at home and abroad. The Journey Shop is filled with tools for spiritual practice, including my popular liturgical wall calendar, wearable prayer beads, and more. Visit the Journey Shop at asacredjourney.net/shop.

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