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EPISODE 22: ECOFEMINISM: SPIRITUAL LIBERATION FROM THE PATRIARCHY
The sistaz are talking about storms both outside and within: spiritual lessons learned during the week of Hurricane Irma as well as the complexities of living in alignment with ecofeminist values in a patriarchal world. Ecofeminism is a spiritual philosophy that parallels the patriarchy’s dominance over women, non-human animals, and the environment, which trickles into intersectional identities of all oppressed groups. Juan and Charise discuss the principles of ecofeminism and the spiritual implications of living a life of connectedness with all beings. The patriarchy lives within all of us; what will you contribute to liberation? Feminists, environmentalists, social justice advocates, vegans, and other compassionate souls–let’d do this!
EPISODE 21: MAKING MEANING OF OUR DREAMS
Get out those dream journals, y’all! For this episode, Juan and Charise are chatting about the ever-mystical concept of dreams. At one time or another, we all have certain dreams that stay with us, haunt us, enlighten us, or flat out confuse us. Luckily, the sistuhs are here to help decode some of the meanings behind what happens during your time in Dreamland. Do you struggle to make meaning out of your dreams? Are you always dreaming of your ex-boyfriend? Do you claim that you “never dream”, but you’re eager to remember some messages sent from your spirit guides? Well, honeybunz, this might be the episode for you. Come by, come by!
EPISODE 20: FRIENDIVERSARY SPECIAL: OUR TOP 7 SPIRITUAL LESSONS FROM 7 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP
The number 7 is a powerful spiritual number, so we’re celebrating our 7-year friendiversary by recapping the top 7 spiritual lessons we’ve learned both together and separately. Grab a drink and join us for a rapid-fire kiki about our top 7:
1. Zip code ain’t gonna change your issues.
2. Listen and follow the signs when the universe says pause, stop, or go.
3. Your body always tells you the answer.
4. Tribe life is real; choose wisely.
5. Soulmates aren’t what you think they are.
6. Go to counseling.
7. The law of attraction is real; use it.
EPISODE 19: DECLUTTER YOUR CRAP & REPLENISH YOUR SOUL
Hiya, Hot Cakes! The Spiritual Sistuhs are chattin’ about chuckin’ away your trash! The concept of minimalism has been making its way into the mainstream as of late, but funny enough, this concept is not a revolutionary idea in the spiritual community. The sisters are discussing how narrowing down “not-so-necessary” items has helped replenish the soul and realign values. (Think we’re cray? We are, but we promise that this makes total sense.) Physical unnecessary items can clog one’s precious mental space, and deciding what to get rid of can be just as soul-cleansing as the actual cleansing itself. Decluttering is a constant process, and you are not expected to embark on this journey alone!
EPISODE 18: OWNING YOUR SH!T, SELF-WORK, & RECLAIMING SECURITY
On this here episode, Charise and Juan discuss what it means to lack feelings of safety, security, and grounding and how that stunts self-growth and spiritual connection. Whether it’s with money, self-acceptance, physical safety, or emotional vulnerability, we all experience insecurity in one way or another, and we need to understand where that insecurity comes from. How does our attempt to strive for perfection only amplify our insecurities? What does it mean to take ownership of our behaviors and our ability to stay grounded and fully present? Self-work is challenging yet essential and eventually helps us love who and what we are. Root chakra meditation and journaling can help jumpstart this process.
EPISODE 17: WERQ, WERQ, WERQ: FINDING PURPOSE IN MILLENNIAL CAREERS
Hear ye, hear ye, millennials! Today we’re having some real talk about our jobs, careers, and generational needs for finding purpose in whatever work we do. Juan-Juan guides us through some researched generational differences between Baby Boomers and Millennials, and Sister Charise talks about internal and external job commitment based on an online assessment tool. To all our 20-something friends who want to start their own businesses and travel the world to escape the infamous “9-5,” this one is for you! (Older generations: don’t eye roll just yet; you could learn a lot about your younger colleagues’ work experience if you give this a listen!)
EPISODE 16: REFRAMING DEATH & LOSS
The sisters are here to shed some light on a dark topic: death. One of the most feared constructs across all humanity, death is a sociological underpinning of our ways of being. What will we do to prevent it? What will we do to embrace it? How does a spiritual detachment between body and soul help relieve this anxiety? How does our acceptance of the inevitability of death inform how we choose to live? Charise and Juan discuss these questions and more; ya don’t wanna miss it.
EPISODE 15: FRIENDSHIPS OF A SPIRITUAL NATURE
Today we have a good-ole’-fashioned wine & beer kiki for ya! Juan and Charise do a lot of drinking and cackling as they tell some of the most significant spiritual stories of their friendship by recalling the cast of characters who have been part of the journey (and we use names, henny!) Buckle up for a wild game of spiritual connect-the-dots and for some education about the friends and family who might be in your own soul cloud.
(SPOILER ALERT: We discuss the final scenes of the show LOST.)
EPISODE 14: IDENTITY INTERSECTIONS: GENDER & WORLDVIEW IN CONTEXT
Today we have our social justice educator hats on, and we ain’t sorry about it, henny! Inspired by the love we have for RuPaul’s Drag Race’s ability to highlight identity development, we’re chatting about intersectional identities as they relate to gender, spirituality, and organized religion, as well as how we connect with one another in spite of internalized oppression. You won’t want to miss this feminist chat!
EPISODE 13: SPIRITUAL RELAPSE
Today the RTU gals are talking relapse and rehab–spirituality style. Many of us spend days, months, or years working on spiritual growth, often finding success in areas that bring us great challenge. But what happens when a person, situation, or circumstance throws us into a tailspin so much that we revert back to our old ways, just to re-learn the same lesson we thought we mastered? Well, henny, if this happens to you, you are not alone; we all relapse in different ways, but more important than the relapse is the way we rehab–how we take ownership of our choices, learn to be patient and forgiving with ourselves, and take proactive, healthy steps to become more sustainable in overcoming these spiritual challenges. (Level of vulnerability: high af).
EPISODE 12: PAST LIVES
Finally! Juan & Charise are talkin’ about reincarnation! The RTU gals are reliving lives they’ve already lived for y’all in this podcast episode. Here are some questions that will be answered in this episode:
-What is reincarnation?
-Where do our souls go when we “die”?
-How do we choose a new life?
-Why are we constantly experiencing similar themes/levels of pain and anguish in this life?
-How do our dreams reflect our past lives?
-Are some souls more superior than others?
-Why are CVS Oreo-style cookies so terrible?
Come along for the ride with us!
EPISODE 11: TRUST THE PROCESS
On this special episode, the RTU gals have guest speaker, Angela Rodi, joining them to chat about trusting the process. Angela talks about waiting for her residency location and how she is able to navigate through the stresses of the unknown. While Charise reflects on her string of dates with needy “Ted Mosbys” in 2013, Juan talks about his singledom and how these situations force them to trust that the universe has a plan.
EPISODE 10: UNLOCKING CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
Oh yes. We are going iiiiiiin, y’all! In this episode, Sisters Juan and Charisey are getting all sugared up to channel their inner child. Using an activity from the book, “Unlocking The Secrets Of Your Childhood Memories” by Dr. Kevin Leman and Randy Carlson, Juan conducts an experiment on Charise to see how some hidden & suppressed childhood memories have actually revealed key indicators of current personality, fears, hopes, dreams, all of it. As adults, we think that we have changed so much from our childhood selves, but actually, that is not the case. Come along for the ride as Charise uncovers some deep-seated shit, laughs about it, pretends it’s all okay, and then Juan analyzes it. What else is new?
EPISODE 9: SOULMATES [VALENTINE’S DAY EPISODE]
Happy Valentine’s Week, Friends! Charise and Juan are diving into the depths of ~*L0v3*~ with this Valentine’s Day Special episode. The RTU gals are answering some important questions: What is a ‘soulmate’? Can you have more than one soulmate? Are valued friendships considered soulmate connections too? What happens when you *don’t end up with a soulmate? Join us for a chat about soulmate connections (and other types of intense relationships)!
EPISODE 8: WHAT ARE THE ODDS?
Howdy, Spiritual Frans! Juan and Charise are back with a truly unbelievable podcast episode that’ll make you ask, “but what are the odds?!” The soul sistuhs are discussing the lessons learned from experiences that were clearly and creepily divinely ordered. Have a listen while the gals revisit three hilarious stories that left Juan speechless (for the first time in his life) and Charise in actual existential tears. Here is an episode that you do not want to miss. #coincidenceornaw
EPISODE 7: WHAT ARE OUR BODIES FOR?
When our souls leave this earth, our bodies still remain in one form or another. Juan-Juan and I are talking about the purpose of our bodies in this life and how we choose to honor our physical selves. We mull over our physical identities, dieting, body image/perception, and our close relationship with our tattoos. Come chat with us!
EPISODE 6: RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY
The RTU gals are talking about some juicy stuff, y’all! Juan & Charise recap on their Catholic upbringings and how the role of that religious framework assisted in shaping their current spiritual beliefs. Because the sistuhs no longer subscribe to a specific organized religion, the convo revolves around both childhood nostalgia and the process of moving forward in their own belief system. Have a listen, and we’re glad you’re here! #hellornaw #texasexorcism #holidayseason
EPISODE 5: ANGEL CARD READING [NEW YEARS SPECIAL]
Happy 2017, Spiritual friends! Juan-Juan and I have welcomed in the new year with our annual New Year’s angel card reading. In this episode, we are doing work, y’all. After chatting about the difference between tarot and angel cards, we walk you through the process of successfully completing an angel card reading! We never get tired of facilitating a fun reading like this one! Come ‘n see what the future has in store for the spiritual sistuhs!
EPISODE 4: CHANGE & TRANSITIONS
Juan & Charise talk about the fear, excitement, and anticipation of dealing with all kinds of life changes and transitions. With the holiday season’s arrival, these spiritual fraaans define the difference between ‘change’ and ‘transition’, while concurrently exploring why some of us like to A) hold on to the past for dear life or B) romanticize the potential for the unknown future. So! In preparation for the holidaze, join in this convo with the gals as they reflect on key moments of change and how it’s cool that the transitional phase still lingers within.
EPISODE 3: LESSONS LEARNED FROM PSYCHICS
This one is a doozie, folks! Charisey and Juan-Juan have a grand ol’ time sippin’ on some wine and reminiscing on their marginally f’ed up psychic experiences. Acknowledging the balance between validation and bullshit, these two gals speak of the most impactful moments they have experienced with psychics, i.e. intuitives who tow the line between divinely-ordered and scam-artist central. Regardless of the extremes, one thing is for sure: trust in oneself is vital for surviving and thriving through the reading of a spiritual being. Pour yourself a glass, and join us for story time!
EPISODE 2: FINDING ANSWERS IN OUR PAST: SANKOFA
Juan-Juan & Sister Charise (raspy-voice edition) are at it again with Podcast Episode #2. The topic? Sankofa, baaaay baaaay! The gals are chatting about their introduction to the word Sankofa (translation: san – to return; ko – to go; fa – to fetch, to seek and take). In other words: Looking to the past in order to make choices in the now. Does that idea kind of terrify ya? We get it. We know that reflection is necessary for spiritual growth, regardless of how painful those trips down memory lane can be. Easier said than done. So! Take a deep breath, hold on tight, and take that trip with us.
EPISODE 1: MANIFESTING ENERGY: YOU DESERVE THE CHEESECAKE
Helllllllo, Spiritual Frans! Welcome to our podcasting debut! In this episode, Juan and I are having a chat about the beauty of manifesting energy and how we all have the power to ask the universe for assistance and abundance. By jumping on the nostalgia train, we are traveling through our past energy revelations, or as we refer to it: The Octobers of Our Lives. Come along with us as we sip on our week-old wine and giggle about how wonderful life can be if we let it!