Absolute Living

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Absolute Living

Program Overview

Absolute Living: Putting Principles Into Action with Rev. Ellen Debenport and co-host Laura Shepard is a spiritual jam session that needs your voice! Most of us know some spiritual basics, but how are we living them in the real world? How do they show up in relationships, work or health? Can we really make practical decisions from a higher consciousness? Absolute Living is about those daily choices that create the lives we want to lead … and create the kingdom of heaven on earth.

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The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity. Unity respects a wide range of spiritual thoughts and beliefs, as reflected in the diverse range of subjects presented on Unity Online Radio.

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  • Original air date: Monday, September 12, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Ellen and Laura wrap up more than three years of Absolute Living, reminiscing about their spiritual journeys and setting intentions for the future. This is their final episode. However, all previous episodes will be available through the archives.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 29, 2011
    Episode Description:
    How do you know when to stay focused on what you want or just go ahead and feel unhappy? Where’s the line between positive thoughts and stuffing feelings? (An update on “Feeeelings” from June 23, 2008, in the archives.)
  • Original air date: Monday, August 22, 2011
    Episode Description:
    If we’re the creators of our experience, why would we create anything unpleasant, much less evil? (This is an update on “Good and Evil” from June 15, 2008, in the archives.)
  • Original air date: Monday, August 15, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Practicing principles in relationships of all kinds may be just as tricky as it was three years ago when Ellen and Laura first addressed it. Have they learned anything since then? (This program is an update on “Relation-Shifts” from June 9, 2008, in the archives.)
  • Original air date: Monday, August 01, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Three years ago, Ellen and Laura were preaching prosperity just before a historic recession that hasn’t ended. Are the principles applied differently in bad times? (This episode is an update on “Money, Money, Money” from June 2, 2008, in the archives.)
  • Original air date: Monday, July 25, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Laura is famous for her “hands off” parenting style. What’s her advice now that her kids are nearly grown? Join us for this update from “Parenting in Principle” from the Unity Online Radio archives!
  • Original air date: Monday, July 18, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Three years ago, Ellen and Laura insisted everyone created his or her own illness. How do they feel now that their creaky bodies are falling apart? (This episode is an update on “Don’t Tell Me I Created THIS,” which originally aired on May 12, 2008. Listen in!)
  • Episode: Begin Again
    Original air date: Monday, July 11, 2011
    Episode Description:
    For the rest of the summer, Laura and Ellen revisit some of their earliest shows to see whether they’ve expanded or changed any of their beliefs, insights or understandings. First up is the original “Are You an Absolutist?” from May 2008 (available in the archives).
  • Episode: Hodge Podge
    Original air date: Monday, June 27, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Ellen and Laura with special guest host Denise Blake for a lively discussion about the many topics on their minds!
  • Original air date: Monday, June 13, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Laura Shepard is joined by special guest host Denise Blake (our boss at Unity Online Radio!) to talk about the power of the Law of Attraction. Years ago, Laura cured her phobia for spiders and says the power of the mind can be used to change absolutely anything about our lives.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 06, 2011
    Episode Description:
    It's easy to become confused about Unity's teachings, depending on who is talking. Ellen and Laura consider whether "It's All God" is really true and discuss contradictory views of the Law of Attraction.
  • Original air date: Monday, May 16, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Laura and Ellen talk a lot about cleaning up your vibration or raising your consciousness in order to create your experience from a higher level. But HOW exactly can we make that shift? Mindy Audlin has written a book, What If It All Goes Right?, that is a wonderful primer about how to shift from negative to positive thinking. Mindy will be a guest on the program, and the three of them will demonstrate her increasingly famous "What If Up" process. 
  • Original air date: Monday, May 09, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Laura and Ellen can't help but ruminate about how spiritual principle showed up (or didn't) as America hunted, killed and celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden. Join us for this discussion.
  • Episode: Spot It, Got It
    Original air date: Monday, April 25, 2011
    Episode Description:
    We've all heard, "If you spot it, you got it." But there's an upside: You've got the good stuff too. Join us for this discussion!
  • Original air date: Monday, April 18, 2011
    Episode Description:
    At a listener’s request, Laura and Ellen talk about the spiritual books that have made the biggest difference on their journeys.
  • Original air date: Monday, April 04, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Ellen and Laura are just back from the God for Grown-ups retreat at Unity Village and have all sorts of ideas about changing concepts of God as we grow spiritually.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 14, 2011
    Episode Description:
    How can we live in spiritual principle when we're with family who have a different worldview? Or Christians who want to convert us? Is there a way to stick to our guns without getting angry? Join us for “You Life Your Life, I’ll Live Mine.”
  • Original air date: Monday, March 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Ernest D. Chu has advised thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners during his 35-year career. He is the author of the book Soul Currency, which has transformed thousands of lives, and he was recently featured on Oprah. Be sure to join this rich and insightful conversation with Ernie and Rev. Temple Hayes as he shares how he has moved “From Good to Amazing.”
  • Original air date: Monday, February 28, 2011
    Episode Description:
    A beautiful and familiar passage from the Bible, Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, tells us there is a time for everything under heaven. We call it divine timing, especially when we’re not getting what we want. If we’re the creators of our own experience, why should we have to wait for anything?
  • Original air date: Monday, February 14, 2011
    Episode Description:
    It’s Valentine’s Day, so we’re full of love or at least compassion for others. Right? Is there ever a time when compassion is the wrong way to go? Join us for this “heartfelt” discussion.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Seems every time we turn around, we’re being asked to give to one good cause or another, including our churches and even Unity Online Radio. How do we decide? How much is enough? And is tithing worthwhile or an outdated biblical concept? Laura and Ellen have never quite agreed on this topic!
  • Original air date: Monday, January 24, 2011
    Episode Description:
    When do we stay and when do we go—in relationships, jobs, projects, dreams? Are obstacles something to be worked through, or do they signify we're on the wrong path? Laura and Ellen talk about how to apply principle in times of discouragement.
  • Episode: No Loopholes
    Original air date: Monday, January 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Encore presentation.
  • Original air date: Monday, January 10, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Until recently, Laura and Ellen got nearly all their material from Unity or Abraham-Hicks. But lately they’ve been open to some new channels of information. They’re just afraid you will think they are weird. Even weirder than usual! Join them for “Angels and Mediums and Guides, Oh My!”
  • Episode: I Am Important
    Original air date: Monday, December 13, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Where do we get self-esteem after a lifetime of beating up ourselves? Listen in as Laura and Ellen read you a story about the beginnings of self-love.
  • Original air date: Monday, December 06, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join Ellen and Laura as they share what they've learned about Islam and talk about how to deal in principle with people who are different or even against you.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 29, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today Laura and Ellen look at the bullying epidemic and promise “that life gets better” in all areas of life. The universe is biased in our favor!
  • Episode: The Onlies
    Original air date: Monday, November 22, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Ever catch yourself in lack language? “I ONLY have a little in the bank.” “I ONLY have a short amount of time.” “I’m ONLY a stay-at-home mom.” Every word counts! Join us as we discuss how to dispel “The Onlies.”
  • Original air date: Monday, November 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    For the first time ever, Absolute Living joins with the men of Unity Happy Hour for two hours of blockbuster online radio! Join Ellen, Laura and the guys as they talk about living in principle in the first hour, then in the second hour, we’ll all engage in some fun Happy Hour banter. Call it the "Absolute Happy Living Hour" Monday!

    This episode is part 1 of 2. The fun continues at Unity Happy Hour.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 25, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Laura and Ellen are quick to suggest that people mind their own business when they're worried about others' creations. But what IS our business? What about children, elderly parents, mistreatment, injustice? Do we just shrug and say they're creating their own reality? Or do we do something? Join us for “What Is Our Business?”
  • Original air date: Monday, October 18, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today we celebrate Ellen's birthday with a discussion about aging, illness and death! Really, is it possible to get older without aging? Does living in principle make a difference in how we age? How could we "youthen" instead?
  • Original air date: Monday, October 04, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Happiness is downright trendy the past few years. Studies have tried to show what makes people happy, brain scans have added some information, and corporate speakers have carried the message. Of course, the Buddhists have cornered the market on happiness. What can we learn about it via spiritual principle? Is happiness even a worthy goal?
  • Original air date: Monday, September 27, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today we will explore more absolutism from Rev. Paul Hasselbeck’s books about New Thought clichés and examine how some of our spiritual slogans are just throwbacks to traditional views of God.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 20, 2010
    Episode Description:
    It seems like the more decades we live, the more convinced we are about what to expect based on past experience. He’s always been cheap; she’s always been a gossip; the government always messes things up; the weather never cooperates with our plans; we can expect to gain weight with a baby and slow down as we age. The principle is: We get what we expect. But how can we expect something different when we have all the evidence of the past?
  • Episode: Lazy Thinking
    Original air date: Monday, September 13, 2010
    Episode Description:
    We know our lives are reflections of our thoughts, but how much of the little stuff do we let slide? How often do we go ahead and complain or vent about something we don’t want in our lives? And what’s the result of using that creative power carelessly? Join us today for “Lazy Thinking.”
  • Original air date: Monday, August 30, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Ellen and Laura can't believe they have already talked their way through 100 programs on Unity.FM! Join the celebration as they tell the story of how the program came into being, the reaction they've gotten to being absolutists, and what it means to live in principle.
  • Episode: Voice of Doom
    Original air date: Monday, August 23, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Ever hear an inner voice that lists all your aches and pains, says your health is all downhill from here, and convinces you that death is encroaching every day? How can we shut up that voice and choose life?
  • Original air date: Monday, August 16, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The events that crop up in life, whether we label them good or bad, are simply the result of past thoughts and reactions. That means our choices now are creating our future.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 02, 2010
    Episode Description:
    We still have a long list of New Thought clichés and platitudes to debunk, thanks to Paul Hasselbeck’s Get Over It series.
  • Original air date: Monday, July 26, 2010
    Episode Description:
    We say that life is consciousness and nothing is impossible. We can create, have, be, do whatever we want. But is that really true? Aren’t some things out of our control?
  • Original air date: Monday, July 19, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Is everything really in Divine Order? Is everything really All God and All Good? Larua and Ellen investigate New Thought clichés using the books of Paul Hasselbeck, Get Over It and Get Over These, Too!
  • Episode: Rev. J
    Original air date: Monday, July 12, 2010
    Episode Description:
    How do you create what you want when someone else is actively against you? He wants a beach house; she wants a mountain cabin. Republicans want one candidate; Democrats another. Protesters shout at each other; armies fight each other. How can everyone possibly create the highest and best at the same time?
  • Original air date: Monday, June 28, 2010
    Episode Description:
    In a very special episode, Ellen and Laura interview futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard about the conscious evolution of the human species. Where are we going in the next stage of humanity's existence? What does 2012 mean to us? How can we be more conscious of our role in the evolutionary impulse of our species? We'll ask Hubbard to unlock some of these mysteries and talk about the next turn of the spiral in the human journey.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 21, 2010
    Episode Description:
    We commit malpractice any time we judge or try to change someone else’s creation. It might be perfect for them.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 14, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Laura’s got a great story about seeing one of her dreams come true after years of worrying. How hard is creating our experience supposed to be anyway?
  • Original air date: Monday, June 07, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Have your thoughts about death changed since you started down your current spiritual path? Laura and Ellen say theirs have! Maybe death isn’t as sad as we think.
  • Original air date: Monday, May 24, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Our society still believes in victims and perpetrators, and the news is full of people who've done bad things. How do we keep from judging? And do we forgive?
  • Original air date: Monday, May 17, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Host Rev. Carla McClellan is joined by special guest Mark David Gerson to discuss how you're renewing your creativity.
  • Episode: Unfilled Desire
    Original air date: Monday, May 10, 2010
    Episode Description:
    No matter how many times we affirm that we can have anything we want, some seem to remain out of reach. How do we address what's not working in our lives without giving energy to lack?
  • Original air date: Monday, May 03, 2010
    Episode Description:
    One of our listeners says he wants to be positive all the time. Is that even possible? How do you handle negative people around you?
  • Episode: Born Again!
    Original air date: Monday, April 26, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Weeks after Easter, according to the Book of Acts, the disciples were sitting in a room one day when they finally got it. They finally understood what Jesus had been trying to tell them. They finally owned their divinity and went out to change the world. How does that show up for us?
  • Original air date: Monday, April 19, 2010
    Episode Description:
    There are four stages to realizing the divine within us. Jesus went through them, and so do we. Unless we get stuck in the stage called Resistance.
  • Original air date: Monday, April 12, 2010
    Episode Description:
    God-concepts wear out and religions disappear. Christianity seems to be waning in the West. Does your idea of God still nourish and serve you? Or would moving past a need for God be a good thing?
  • Episode: Break Free
    Original air date: Monday, March 29, 2010
    Episode Description:
    It's the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Jesus' life, and it is rich with lessons for us. Based on Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 22, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Continuing the series on Keep A True Lent, Ellen and Laura talk about people's aversion to being judgmental, as well as the topics of Sandra Bullock and the cancellation of a prom in Mississippi over a lesbian student's request to attend with her girlfriend.
  • Episode: Executive Power
    Original air date: Monday, March 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Charles Fillmore said, "Man is the executive power in Being." In other words, we are God's hands and feet. But only if we stay in conscious contact with Spirit, living from the Christ. (Join us as we continue our book study of Charles Fillmore's Keep A True Lent.)
  • Episode: Points of Light
    Original air date: Monday, March 08, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Charles Fillmore believed the ascended Jesus is always available to us. Is this a mystical power we can use? What, if any, relationship can we have with Jesus today? Join in for our contiuing book series on Keep A True Lent.
  • Episode: God's Toolbox
    Original air date: Monday, March 01, 2010
    Episode Description:
    No point in having a drawerful of spiritual tools unless we take them out and use them. Laura and Ellen talk about Fillmore's Twelve Powers of humankind, especially as they relate to living in principle. (This segment is part of our book series on Keep A True Lent.)
  • Original air date: Monday, February 22, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Ellen and Laura begin a book series on Charles Fillmore's Keep A True Lent. How do we use an ancient Christian ritual in a metaphysical way?
  • Original air date: Monday, February 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Laura and Ellen are joined by Karyn Buxman, a nationally acclaimed humorist, to talk about how we can lighten up!
  • Episode: Creating Amiss
    Original air date: Monday, February 01, 2010
    Episode Description:
    We are creators of our experience, but too often we create from a flawed premise, some old belief, something we learned from our parents or society that's not based in Truth. But it will show up, reinforcing our belief in the flawed premise. How do we break this cycle?
  • Episode: No Injustice
    Original air date: Monday, January 25, 2010
    Episode Description:
    If everything is happening according to the Law of Attraction, and if God is all there is, there can be no injustice anywhere.
  • Episode: I Have a Dream
    Original air date: Monday, January 18, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Ellen and Laura look back at the inspiring teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as the nation celebrates his birthday, and speculate about how the Law of Attraction was at work during the Civil Rights movement.
  • Original air date: Monday, January 11, 2010
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  • Original air date: Monday, December 07, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The second of Unity’s Five Principles is the divinity of human beings. We are expressions of God on earth and inherently good. Then why do so many humans behave badly?
  • Episode: Only One Prayer
    Original air date: Monday, November 23, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Meister Eckhart said if the only prayer you ever utter is “Thank you,” it will be enough. Gratitude is the most powerful spiritual tool we have.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 16, 2009
    Episode Description:
    A big, scary movie about the destruction of the world in 2012 is being released this month. We know 2012 is the year the Mayan calendar ends. What does Unity say about all this?
  • Original air date: Monday, November 02, 2009
    Episode Description:
    We pray, we affirm, we visualize, we set intentions, and sometimes we outright beg. So why aren’t our lives exactly what we want?
  • Original air date: Monday, October 26, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Some of us were taught that we are miserable sinners who need forgiveness but will be lucky to get it. In fact, forgiveness is something we do for ourselves. And there's nothing really to forgive.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 12, 2009
    Episode Description:
    We may no longer think of ourselves as sinners who should seek salvation, but we choose sin or salvation throughout every day—just not the way you might think.
  • Episode: Wholeness
    Original air date: Monday, October 05, 2009
    Episode Description:
    We know that every human being carries the masculine and feminine qualities of God, but what does it really take to make us whole? Ellen and Laura invite your ideas!
  • Original air date: Monday, September 28, 2009
    Episode Description:
    You are the creator of your every experience. You get to make it up as you go. Therefore there is never a right or wrong decision. You just have to stay in alignment with the choice you have made and it will work out—making it seem to have been the right decision. If you go out of alignment with your choice, it will look as if you made a wrong decision. You get to choose.
  • Episode: Excuses Begone
    Original air date: Monday, September 21, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Wayne Dyer has been saying for decades that you can change your life by changing your thinking. But it’s not easy to break old habits of thought. In his latest book, Excuses Begone!, using the inspiration of Lao Tzu, he suggests ways to finally make the changes you’ve always wanted.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 14, 2009
    Episode Description:
    This is the secret to living a happy life. And what it really means is to mind by own consciousness. If I don't like something, I can change my consciousness and feel better about it, and ultimately, that will change my experience with what I am seeing. It's all up to me.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 31, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Willie Nelson wrote a little book that is hilarious AND full of truth principles!
  • Original air date: Monday, August 24, 2009
    Episode Description:
    We say we’re on a spiritual path, but where are we going and how will we know when we get there? Ellen and Laura discuss the qualities of spiritual maturity.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 17, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Every person is entirely responsible for what shows up in his or her life. We might as well take the responsibility, because it’s the only way to own the power. No victims here!
  • Original air date: Monday, August 03, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Most of us have stories we tell to explain why we are the way we are, and why we can’t change. Those attitudes are running our lives. What have you been focusing on? Your drama story? The beliefs of mass consciousness? Or what is real and true?
  • Original air date: Monday, July 27, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Improvement, healing and overcoming are the natural state of the universe. It’s natural for things to get better. Could we just relax in the meantime?
  • Original air date: Monday, July 13, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Face it: Jesus set the bar pretty high. No divorce; love your enemies; turn the other cheek; blessed are the poor in spirit. He was teaching absolute principle, but isn’t there a loophole somewhere?
  • Original air date: Monday, July 06, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The Declaration of Independence is one long affirmation that set an unequivocal intention long before America was free.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 29, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The pain-body is Eckhart Tolle’s term for all the wounds and baggage we carry around with us, some of it individual and some based on gender, ethnicity or family history. We’ve all got our "stuff," but we are not required to live with it forever.
  • Episode: All Grown Up
    Original air date: Monday, June 22, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In honor of Father’s Day, Ellen and Laura talk about how to practice principle in parent-child relationships once the kids are all grown up!
  • Original air date: Monday, June 15, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Principle Five moves us into action, taking what we know about spiritual principle and using it in our lives. But notice that action is the last move we make, after a lot of effort to line up our energy with our good. And even then, we wait for inspiration.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 08, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The fourth of Unity’s Five Principles is about prayer and meditation. It’s one of the ways we remain aware of our oneness with Source or Spirit. But what most people consider prayer is just elaborate worrying.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 01, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Now that we know we’re divine beings living on earth, we explore how to handle all that power! We get to create our experience with our thoughts and feelings, knowing that whatever we focus on will expand. It’s a big responsibility!
  • Original air date: Monday, May 25, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The second of Unity’s Five Principles is the divinity of human beings. We are expressions of God on earth and inherently good. Then why do so many humans behave badly?
  • Original air date: Monday, May 18, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Ellen and Laura begin a series on Unity’s Five Basic Principles, based on Ellen’s new book, The Five Principles: A Guide to Practical Spirituality. The first is that God is all there is, One Presence and One Power. But does that mean even the bad stuff is God?
  • Episode: Un-Mothering
    Original air date: Monday, May 11, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In honor of Mother’s Day, co-host Laura Shepard lets loose with more of her amazing advice about parenting. She’s not just a cool mom, she’s the un-mom. Find out how freeing it could be for you and your children if you learned how to un-mother.
  • Episode: Drop the Role
    Original air date: Monday, May 04, 2009
    Episode Description:
    One of the reasons it’s hard to live from the higher Self is that we are so attached to our human roles, personal and professional. What would happen if we dropped the roles we play? Would our lives fall apart?
  • Original air date: Monday, April 27, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Most of us have heard the term “God’s will” described as something we are supposed to discover and carry out. But what if God’s will is actually our will? How do we know when it’s Spirit speaking and not our own egos?
  • Episode: What Now?
    Original air date: Monday, April 20, 2009
    Episode Description:
    We’ve celebrated Easter with the knowledge that each of us is the Christ in expression, but exactly what do we do with that information? How do we live it? What would a life look like if lived from the Christ Mind all or even most of the time? We’ll talk about living in principle, moving from ego to Soul-mind, forgiveness, nonjudgment and nonresistance.
  • Episode: Living Again
    Original air date: Monday, April 13, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The whole Christian world has celebrated Jesus’ dramatic teaching that we are eternal beings. Great news! Now, exactly what do we do with that information? How does it change our lives?
  • Episode: Set Your Face
    Original air date: Monday, April 06, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Palm Sunday is not only about Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, when the crowds waved palm fronds and sang hosannas, but about his deliberate decision to enter unsafe territory. We’ll talk about moving through fear and setting intentions to create the experience you want, even when times may be tough.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 30, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Let’s talk again about what we mean by "absolute living." Our show is about living in principle, even though very few people have achieved it. What would your life be like if lived within spiritual law? Hint: You might not fit into our society.
  • Episode: CharlesGod
    Original air date: Monday, March 23, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Is there ever a reason to cut someone out of your life? Are there spiritual principles to support it? And where does the Law of Attraction come in, if someone is behaving badly or mistreating you?
  • Original air date: Monday, March 16, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Okay, so we’re spiritual beings having a human experience. We are divine expressions of God. It makes a great affirmation, but what does it look like in our lives? How can we get acquainted with the Christ that dwells within and learn to trust it in dealing with our human world?
  • Original air date: Monday, March 09, 2009
    Episode Description:
    How can we avoid being swept up in mass consciousness and instead live from our divine core? We’ll talk about how we can show up as expressions of God and the influence we have on other people. If everyone were like you, what kind of world would it be?
  • Original air date: Monday, March 02, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Do you focus on your assets or your deficits most of the time? Just as a positive view of the world makes life better, a positive view of yourself matters even more. We’ll talk about how to make the most of what you’ve got and carry out your soul’s purpose for this lifetime.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 23, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In this episode, Ellen and Laura talk about whining. Is it helpful? Is it productive?
  • Episode: Backtalk
    Original air date: Monday, February 16, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Ellen Debenport and Laura Shepard argue with some of the recent writings of people who believe in a random universe and an arbitrary God. These writers are not fundamentalists—they’re Unity people, for heaven’s sake! What exactly do we believe about principle anyway?
  • Original air date: Monday, February 09, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The holidays are a frenzy of activity, then most people make New Year’s resolutions vowing to take still more action. Stop! Breathe. Get your energy lined up first. Or nothing will ever change.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 02, 2009
    Episode Description:
    We wrap up this four-part book series with a look at practicing principle for prosperity and in every area of life. This last segment of the book study covers chapters 25-36 of Key to Yourself by Venice Bloodworth.
  • Original air date: Monday, January 26, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In the third segment based on the book Key to Yourself by Venice Bloodworth (chapters 14-24), we talk about how to create the life you want, including the body you want!
  • Original air date: Monday, January 19, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In Part 2 (Chapters 8-13) of our series based on the book Key to Yourself by Venice Bloodworth, we talk about the influence of thought on everything that shows up in our lives.
  • Original air date: Monday, January 12, 2009
    Episode Description:
    We begin a four-week study of a classic book, Key to Yourself (chapters 1-7), about practicing principle. Venice Bloodworth was an Atlanta psychologist who in 1952 wrote the teachings we still use today. This short, to-the-point book covers all the angles about practicing principle in health, wealth, and relationships.
  • Original air date: Monday, December 15, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Ram Dass said if you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your parents. What better time to be sure we know how to practice principle than when we’re home for the holidays? Many of us will be getting our buttons pushed this Christmas by the people who installed them. Laura and Ellen offer a refresher course in principle and family relationships.
  • Episode: Self-Centering
    Original air date: Monday, December 08, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Perhaps the most important relationship we’ll ever have is with ourselves, both at the level of personality and of soul. But self-love is difficult for many of us, and simply knowing that our essence is divine may not be enough. Ellen and Laura talk about how to shift into self-love and the difference it makes.
  • Episode: She Ain't Heavy
    Original air date: Monday, December 01, 2008
    Episode Description:
    By popular demand! Ellen and Laura talk about how to apply spiritual principles to issues of food and weight. Our listeners say they want to know, even if Ellen and Laura have not yet perfected the process.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 24, 2008
    Episode Description:
    You’ve heard that giving leads to receiving and is the key to your prosperity. How’s that working for you? How’s it working for your church? What are we missing when those of us who claim to know all about prosperity principles still struggle to make ends meet?
  • Original air date: Monday, November 17, 2008
    Episode Description:
    What’s wrong with these kids today? Us! Kids don’t get any respect, at home or at school! Laura Shepard offers another dose of her "Back Off" philosophy of dealing with kids. It’s an important idea for any parent, teacher, or those willing to consider a contrarian view.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 10, 2008
    Episode Description:
    We hear it said often: Organized religion is responsible for most of the evils throughout history. Is that really true? After all, it has been around for thousands of years. Could those of us who claim to be “spiritual but not religious” be missing something important?
  • Original air date: Monday, October 27, 2008
    Episode Description:
    In this campaign season, people choose sides and decide what they’re for and against. But what you resist persists! How can we change the world without being against anything?
  • Original air date: Monday, October 20, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Aging is moving through time, but decline is resistance. How can we use principle to keep from declining as years go by? Laura and Ellen will both weigh in, if they can find their reading glasses.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 13, 2008
    Episode Description:
    What if people said they were truly sorry for their harmful actions? Would we be a more peaceful society? Would we have fewer lawsuits? Our special guest is Lee Taft, who practiced law in Dallas for 20 years before he went to Harvard Divinity School and found his niche exploring the power of apology, repentance and reconciliation.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 06, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Most of us know some spiritual basics, but how are we living them in the real world? How do they show up in relationships, work, or health? Can we really make practical decisions from a higher consciousness? Absolute Living is about those daily choices that create the lives we want to lead … and create the kingdom of heaven on earth.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 29, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Change is the buzzword of the day, in political campaigns and in our lives. Everybody claims to want change, but they often resist it when it occurs. What are the principles we can use to deal with the surprising changes in our lives and also to bring about the changes we want?
  • Original air date: Monday, September 22, 2008
    Episode Description:
    We say in Unity that “living from the Christ within” is our goal. But what does it really mean? Jesus said we could do anything he could do, but how? We talk with energy coach Mark Youngblood about the possibilities for human beings when they are living from their higher selves.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 15, 2008
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  • Episode: Being Peace
    Original air date: Monday, September 08, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Unity’s World Day of Prayer again this year coincides with the anniversary of 9/11 and reminds us of our intention for a peaceful world. Unity is also joining the 11 Days of Global Unity campaign. But how do we be peace? What are the principles involved in handling conflict in our lives?
  • Original air date: Monday, August 25, 2008
    Episode Description:
    People seem to need spiritual nourishment more than ever, but fewer are attending church. What are other possible sources of spiritual guidance and community? What role models do we have for living spiritual lives? Rev. Ed Townley of the Bible Alive program on Unity.FM talks with Ellen and Laura about his new non-church adventure and how the Bible still illustrates principles for the modern age.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 18, 2008
    Episode Description:
    This is your day on Absolute Living. Listeners who have successfully used spiritual principles in their lives share stories of healing, prosperity and guidance.
  • Episode: Choices
    Original air date: Monday, August 11, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Living in principle requires making dozens of choices each day. How do we make them, and how can we tell if we’re on the right track? Rev. Ellen Debenport and Laura Shepard discuss how duality, the pain body and the emotional guidance system all play a role.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 04, 2008
    Episode Description:
    In this program, we'll be talking to special guest Lisa Williams, the president of Williams Research in San Diego and one of the most accomplished women in her field. Lisa has been involved in New Thought for years and manages to integrate spiritual principles into her corporate consulting. She will talk about how universal laws are used by successful leaders and workers.
  • Episode: Allowing
    Original air date: Monday, July 28, 2008
    Episode Description:
    There’s a trick to being the creator of your own experience. At some point, you have to stop focusing on what you want and allow it to happen! And that’s when you’ll discover where your blocks are. Join Rev. Ellen Debenport and absolutist Laura Shepard to talk about using spiritual principles to allow your good to flow.
  • Original air date: Monday, July 21, 2008
    Episode Description:
    When one door closes, another one opens—but it can be hell in the hallway. Change in our lives may be inevitable, but spiritual principle remains constant and works even when we don’t know what’s coming next.
  • Episode: Helping Others
    Original air date: Monday, July 14, 2008
    Episode Description:
    If each person creates his or her own experience, how can we help each other? Why pray for someone whose life is simply a reflection of consciousness? What about people living in regions of starvation or war—can’t we do something? Ellen and Laura talk about practicing principle on behalf of other people.
  • Episode: Where Is God?
    Original air date: Monday, July 07, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Perhaps the most common question from people who are new to the idea of creating their own experience is: Where is God in all this? But the Law of Attraction wouldn’t work without God. It is co-creation, and the spiritual principle is a divine gift to human beings.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 30, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Most adults spend the majority of their time on the job, where it sometimes seems hardest to practice spiritual principles. Rev. Ellen Debenport and her sidekick Laura Shepard talk about how to live from The Christ in a dog-eat-dog world.
  • Episode: Feeeeeelings
    Original air date: Monday, June 23, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Sure, we try to live in principle, but can’t we just have a bad day? Sometimes people in Unity get the impression they’re never supposed to feel angry, negative or fearful. In fact, feelings are a divine gift. They’re our built-in guidance system, and they are the key to creating the lives we want.
  • Episode: Good and Evil
    Original air date: Monday, June 16, 2008
    Episode Description:
    For weeks, Rev. Ellen Debenport and absolutist Laura Shepard have been insisting that anything in our lives can be good. But what about evil? Does it exist? Do we create it? Does that mean evil is a part of God? These are some of the most difficult questions we face in New Thought.
  • Episode: Relation-shifts
    Original air date: Monday, June 09, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Living in principle would be easy if we lived alone on an island. But we live with other people—at work, at school, sometimes at home and certainly every time we go out in public. Our days are filled with relationships of all kinds. Life’s greatest joys and sorrows usually involve relationships. How do we live in principle where other people are concerned? Rev. Ellen Debenport and guest Laura Shepard talk about shifting our consciousness in relationships.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 02, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Everyone seems to want more money. Many of us were first attracted to Unity by its prosperity teachings, the idea that we can attract more money or manifest abundance in our lives. We can. But it’s often an area where fear and worry seem to dominate. Join Rev. Ellen Debenport and absolutist Laura Shepard to talk about living in principle with money. And be sure to join our community forum for more from Ellen and Laura.
  • Original air date: Monday, May 19, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Every human being is creating his or her own experience, and that includes your children. Kids have their own consciousness and their own spiritual paths. Rev. Ellen Debenport and her guest, absolutist Laura Shepard, talk about how to stay in absolute principle with your kids. It’s a whole new approach to interacting with them. And you might be surprised how much easier it can be! Your questions and comments about your own kids are welcome.
  • Original air date: Monday, May 12, 2008
    Episode Description:
    A lot of people believe they create their own experience, until they get sick. Then you’ll hear, “The flu is going around,” or “I didn’t create this cancer!” Rev. Ellen Debenport and her guest, absolutist Laura Shepard, won’t back down on the idea that all sickness begins in consciousness. But they’ll also talk about how to stay well. Share your experience with them!
  • Original air date: Monday, May 05, 2008
    Episode Description:
    The people who pioneered the New Thought movement a century ago were absolutists. They believed absolutely in spiritual principle, and they put it to work in their lives. How does spiritual law show up in your life? Are you making decisions from higher consciousness, or do you get bogged down in the old, negative ways of thinking? Ellen is joined by absolutist Laura Shepard to talk about living in principle.