EPISODE 014: Jesus Chakra & Porn: Seth Taylor

This may very well be the most transparent and meaningful episode we've recorded yet. (At least in regards to my own experience of losing my religion.)

A journey into the depths of my own past hurts, current fears, and repressed anger that I am still endeavoring to be free from. Owning my own shit and slowly learning how to cast off the net of religion. By which I grow continually free of anger I've held against the ones that introduced me to the religion.

Growing to love all people equally is not a task as a human I may ever reach. Certainly not one I can reach alone.

Seth, a self-proclaimed Christian Mystic shows me a path. But it's not a new one. I've been shown it before. Many times before. But I am finally getting to a point of suffering to take the deeper journey onto this path.

This episode you have the opportunity to be a fly on the wall to some of my own revelations and desires. Imagine you're the fly over looking our conversation from my therapists bookcase. But instead of crying, we're are drinking!


Seth and I had a volatile first meeting.  Our mutual friend Steve introduced us and thought Seth would be a great edition to the Losing Our Religion guest roster.  A Christian Mystic on the podcast!  Hell Yeah!  That's a great idea!

Then we swapped emails.  Seth sent me his book.  I saw names like Rob Bell and Craig Gross on it and decided to run for the emotional hills.  I suddenly felt like this was somehow a name dropping promotional load of crap.

So I told Seth,  "I’m not interested in promoting ministries or books.  I’m interested in voiceless people telling their stories and having fun.  If you have a book and ministry you want promoted, or you want me to promote I'm not interested and this isn’t the podcast for you...I don't give a shit about your ministry, your book, or your connections or people you know..."

Basically, I was an asshole.  Seth gracefully passed on the offer to do the show, and for about 10 minutes I thought, "What did I just do?  I'm an ass!  Steve would never connect me with a dick."

I quickly text Steve my apologies and that I was hopeful that I could remedy this and have drinks with Seth to clear up my doucheness.  In short...we did...and it was an amazing time of two humans coming together to reconcile misunderstandings and help each other heal.  We turned that connection into more drinks with a recording here to share with all of you.

Seth categorizes himself as a thinker, speaker, and writer - a father and husband - a doubter and mystic. For a religious label? A Christian Mystic?

I still don't understand it all, but what I do understand is that when a person finds and feels freedom that should be noted, documented and shared. That freedom is found not in repressing our emotion and experiences but embracing them.

Seth is a graduate from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, where he earned a Masters in Theology and Culture.  Much of our time together has felt like therapy to me. It's been hard, but refreshing and in many ways healing. So hop on the couch with me, and join us on this mystic ride.

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