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Illuminated Soul with Craig West
Illuminated Soul with Craig West

Illuminated Soul with Craig West

Bite sized teaching, encouragement, and practical tools that help you respond to the negative thoughts, emotions, and occasional darkness life circumstances can sometimes bring. Together we're partnering with the Holy Spirit to live life with excellence of Soul!

Latest Episode

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A Chief Source of Unhappiness

1/20/2021
A chief source of unhappiness and the powerful remedy that you and I already have to overcome it! While you're listening to what it is, subscribe so you never miss a Wednesday episode!

Previous Episodes

Exposing Self Hatred for What It Really Is

1/13/2021
00:10:56

What is self hatred, really? What are some of the factors involved and how can we begin to break free from it?

Let's Talk About You!

1/6/2021
00:14:07

The naming of who you are will set the course of your life. Let's talk about you today.

4 Beautiful Words For the New Year

12/30/2020
00:10:49

4 beautiful words to help us see each moment, no matter how challenging it may be, in a new and life giving way!

This Christmas Be Rebellious

12/23/2020
00:07:00

A special Christmas episode.

Bitterness and the Toll it Takes

12/16/2020
00:15:21

Bitterness takes such a toll on our emotional and even physical well-being! Here's a simple, but challenging Biblical remedy.

Shut Down Debilitating Self-Criticism

12/8/2020
00:13:15
When our hearts make us feel guilty and remind us of our failures, here's one way to shut down that debilitating self-criticism!

Break Free from Unconscious Slavery

12/2/2020
00:09:42

We become slaves to what we obey. Often times we are unaware of this. Let's become aware and avoid unnecessary emotional angst.

3 Powerful Ways to View Thanksgiving & Gratitude

11/25/2020
00:10:27

Thanksgiving and gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions. Listen to Craig share 3 powerful ways to view these incredible virtues.

The Unexamined Life and the Harm it Does

11/18/2020
00:11:04

An invitation of how to avoid the fundamental harm we inflict upon ourselves due to living an unexamined life. 

Our Great Capacity For Self-Deception

11/11/2020
00:13:29

Let's realize and admit our capacity for self-deception. It's a helpful step towards emotional health and well-being.

Let Nothing Disturb You

11/4/2020
00:10:23
A short, centering prayer we can practice to calm our nerves.

Holding a Grudge and the Damage It Does

10/28/2020
00:12:06
What does it really mean to bear or hold a grudge? When you find out, you won't want to hold one again!

Ask The Dangerous Questions!

10/21/2020
00:11:44
Maybe some of the depression, anxiety and emotional battles we face in life can be the by-product of having questions about God, life and self that we believe we can never ask. In order to believe in a new way and become free, the questions must be asked.

It Can Be Painful, But SO Healing!

10/7/2020
00:16:14
In this episode I share one of my most embarrassing and humiliating experiences that reintroduced me to the healing power of confession.

The "I Am Not" Investigation

9/30/2020
00:10:23
A simple tool to help you remember who you are when emotions and circumstance attempt to define you.

Why Affirmations Usually Don't Work

9/23/2020
00:14:23
Self-hatred. Low self-esteem. Feelin' like a loser. If we're honest, often times positive affirmations don't work as well as we wish they would. Why? And is there a better way?

3 Powerful Grounding Words!

9/16/2020
00:10:25
Overwhelmed? Freakin' out? Here are 3 simple, yet powerful words to help ground us in the present moment when we don't like the moment we find ourselves in.

Emotional Reasoning Equals Trouble

9/9/2020
00:15:33
When we reason from how we feel, we can quickly make a mess of things and cause ourselves undue emotional turmoil. Let's learn a better way.

Fear and Trust

9/2/2020
00:14:06
Instead of pretending it's not there, what if we admit it when we are afraid? And if we do, is that a contradiction to trusting God? Can we be afraid AND trust God?

The Layers of Forgiveness

8/26/2020
00:17:15
Forgiveness is a powerful weapon and a healing agent. But, let's do it well and not discount our emotions!

The Arrival Fallacy

8/19/2020
00:12:10
Some of our anxiety, depression, feelings of failure and more might be the result of buying into this particular illusion.

Trouble letting go? Try this!

8/12/2020
00:13:23
A helpful tool to aid us in surrendering, letting go, and embracing the present moment with God.

Two Thieves Teach Us Surrendering

8/5/2020
00:13:25
Two thieves have much to teach us about how to approach suffering, mental anguish and pain. Let's learn how to surrender well.

A Secret Weapon Against Anxiety

7/29/2020
00:12:12
There is a secret weapon you can use in the fight against anxiety and worry, but...it's not in our nature to use this weapon.

When Am I Breathing?

7/22/2020
00:15:25
Overwhelmed? Freakin' out? Before thinking your way out of what ever stressful moment you find yourself in, first ask yourself this profound question.

What If We See People Like This?

7/15/2020
00:14:22
A beautiful and beneficial way of how to see people that will open our eyes to wonder and awe instead of judgment.

The Havoc of Misguided Hope

7/8/2020
00:13:47
What if some of the emotional turmoil we experience as sons and daughters of God is simply due to a misapplied or misguided hope?

Meeting Unmet Expectations, Embracing Hope

7/1/2020
00:15:26
In this episode we look at some of the differences between expectation and hope. Understanding expectations properly can help us avoid lots of emotional roller coaster rides!

The Silence That Equals Healing

6/24/2020
00:11:33
Maybe you've seen the signs: Silence = Violence. But, there is also a silence that brings healing. An inward and outward healing. There is a silence that helps us see God and makes room for His presence and His words

Opinions & Chaos. Why Share?

6/17/2020
00:10:11
So many opinions flying around, right? Opinions we will have, but when we mistake our opinions for THIS...it becomes an open doorway to frustration, irritation and more.

The Questions Suffering Asks of Us

6/17/2020
00:12:43
Why me? Why now? Unfortunately, these questions are unanswerable. Maybe there are better questions to ask in the midst of pain. If you haven't already, subscribe now so you never miss a Wednesday episode!

The Pain of Emotional Resistance

6/10/2020
00:12:32
In the midst of tumultuous times we often deal with tumultuous emotions. And whatever negative emotion we resist, only persists. Instead of being victims to what we feel, what if we become investigators?

Riots, Rage, Raw Emotions. How do we pray?

6/3/2020
11:47:00
A lot going on in our country right now regarding racial injustice. Here's one sometimes forgotten, but constructive way to deal with tough emotions in the midst of tough times. And to pray when words fail.

How Human Are You Allowed To Be?

5/27/2020
00:12:48
A simple question that began my healing journey out of clinical depression and chronic anxiety. How human are you allowed to be? If you haven't already, subscribe now so you never miss a Wednesday episode!

Where Is God and What Is He Doing In The Chaos?

5/20/2020
00:14:29
Where is God and what is He up to in the midst of our moments of chaos, confusion and darkness? In this raw and authentic Podcast Craig West will give you tools, and encouragement you need to respond to the darkness life can bring. If you haven't already, subscribe now so you never miss a Wednesday episode!

Ep 0: Introduction to Illuminated Soul

5/7/2020
00:01:00
Where is God and what is He up to in the midst of our moments of chaos, confusion and darkness? In this raw and authentic podcast Craig West will give you tools and encouragement you need to respond to the darkness life can bring. New episodes every Wednesday starting May 20. Subscribe now so you never miss an episode!