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David Teachout
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When we engage in any form of communication, there is not simply one person tossing the proverbial ball to another and vice versa. Rather, the relationship is a holistic entity unto itself, an emergent space that through communication allows for the expression of a new world. We are not separate entities across a gulf of space, but relational beings playing within the emergent structure of communal-creation. 
A sense of belonging is both a constant desire and a powerful impetus to act. “The creation of ourself in the image of awakening is not a subjective but an intersubjective process. We cannot choose whether to engage with the ...
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Who we are is both philosophical question and life-long journey, the result of which is based on where we start and what idea we have on how the ending should look. Considering ourselves directors of our lives, the great "I" selecting and choosing among potential outcomes, is both societally responsible and demonstrably false. The very context that we often believe we are selecting among is the experiential soup the narrative of "I" emerges out of. This makes us less powerful than we would like to think and more interconnected than we often think we are.  
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Thankfully there are multiple correct paths and many mountain tops one can climb. 
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Day by day, moment to moment, we look upon our interactions as if they existed in neat packages called experiences, the effects of which we can selectively choose to "let in." What if these walls are more like sponges? What if the boundary we think exists is in fact false? Knowing our lives are permeable, that the differentiation between where "I" end and "you" begin is not at all clear-cut, allows for a greater appreciation of our inter-woven lives. 
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The amount of awareness needed to curtail negative effect is small, but often still requires training. A lack in modern society that is truly unfortunate.
 
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+Daniel Hulse, I can with grinning face thank you for your comment, however ignorant of my background, condescending and full of fear-mongering it is. I've been where you're at. I, too, sought to distance myself from humanity by aligning with an imaginary deity (one you without a hint of questioning assume must of course be your particular deity) and dwelling in a place of solitary judgment, secure in being untouchable. It is precisely this kind of commentary that resulted in me leaving christianity and I thank you for reminding me yet again of how destructive it is to feelings of brotherhood with all people. Thankfully there are other answers to life's bigger questions, one's that do not result in declarations of eternal torture upon anyone. That is not the path of peace.
Since the question of my deconversion almost always comes up eventually, I figured that as a first blog, I'd go into the story and answer it before it comes up. I have lost count the number of times I have heard your question...
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Relationships are not simply something we selectively engage in, like participating in a sport or going to a movie. Relationships are fundamental to our existence, both socially and in the creation of our internal narratives. Recognizing and actively engaging in an appreciation for our relational lives pushes us towards greater compassion for others and ourselves. In a world all too often focused on the individual, remembering that every "I" is a "we" helps keep our choices in the realm of the interrelated, rather than that of control by ego.
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There is seemingly no greater certainty than in the notion that a great "I" deliberately interacts with a so-called external or separate world of objects and people. Yet this notion in no way helps us truly understand our existence and adds to the confusion, mental anguish and poor judgment of ourselves and others. Shifting the idea to one of a relational reference, a pinprick of a reference gazing upon a shared reality can help us give up the shame of self-recrimination and help us understand one another better.
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relational facilitator, teacher, writer and speaker
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behavioral, psychological and ideological analysis, writing, group facilitation, teaching
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  • Life Weavings, LLC
    Relational Facilitator, 2014 - present
    I help people in their personal and professional lives shift their perspective, allowing space for imagination to flow and new opportunities to be acknowledged and explored.
  • Sound Mental Health
    WER County Liaison, 2012 - 2013
  • Benson Heights Rehab Center
    case manager, 2010 - 2012
  • Comprehensive Mental Health
    skills coach, 2008 - 2010
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Persistent, passionate pursuer of truth within a love for humanity.
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A naturalist, I find within nature as interconnected reality, the beauty, power and derived ethical life that is fully meaningful and transcendent to any single life I may live. For over two decades I dwelled in fundamentalism and found that while there was meaning to be had, to do so required giving up on the best that humanity intrinsically possesses. I gained an understanding of theology and psychology from Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI and later went on to get a master's in forensic psychology from Walden University, though my studies have also included philosophy, counseling psychology and interpersonal dynamics. 

I am of the mindset that truth will know truth no matter how deeply or how far you look. The philosophic spirit of skeptical uncertainty pushes me to always broaden my understanding of the unknown. The principles of science give me a means of analyzing my experience. The queries of humanism and the foundation of relational dynamics give me the impetus to ever expand my awareness.

My defining quote is from Bertrand Russell: "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life; the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind."

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Published "Journeys Of A Spiritual Atheist"Published "Further Journeys of A Spiritual Atheist"
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  • Walden University
    Forensic Psychology, 2009 - 2011
  • Grace Bible College
    Psychology, Theology, 1998 - 2004
  • Argosy University
    counseling psychology, 2006 - 2009
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