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The Robert Wesley Branch Show is a round-table of wisdom, where people from all across the planet, from all walks of life, and from all religious and sacred traditions, convene for spiritual conversation. Featuring co-hosts Michele Wilson, Dante Bonner, and Mai Maiesha Rashad.  All-new live shows on Saturday mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon (eastern), on BlogTalkRadio. Regular uploads to our YouTube channel.

Feb 15, 2017
How to Fashion Your Own Brand of Success

A Woman’s Worth (The Divine Feminine). Using FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s October 13, 2016 speech in Manchester, NH as a backdrop, we deep-dive into the spiritual power and purpose of the divine feminine principle, exploring womb energy, the balancing of masculine and feminine innergies, and mastering the abilities of the left and right hemispheres of the human brain.

Michele’s “Thought of the Day.” (The “Brand” Called You). Michele breaks down how to create your personal brand from an authentic place of embodying that which you are becoming.

Dante’s “Word of the Week.” (Educate/Educated). Dante breaks down the word “educated” and offers a variety of traditional and non-traditional ways to “educate” oneself.

Mai’s “Golden Basket of Quotes.” Mai Maiesha reaches back to the song “Pick Yourself Up” (from the 1935 film “Swing Time”) for one quick feel-good method for counteracting the occasional down-in-the-dump emotional “blues.”

How to Fashion Your Own Brand of Success. Led by the writings of Howard Whitman (1915-1975), author of Success is Within You (1956), we are exploring his “Five Constant Factors of Success.”

[The Robert Wesley Branch Show #219: University of Success II: How to Fashion Your Own Brand of Success - originally broadcast on Saturday, October 15, 2016] #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow #RealRawRelevant #KeepItConscious #StayWoke

Jan 6, 2017
How to Look Back on Where You Have Been

Donald Trump and the Unapologetic Acting Out of Wealthy White Male Privilege. Sharing on how the Republican Party created Donald Trump: they birthed him and now they have to burp him.

Reading the “Energy” in Your Life. Life experience is a series of energetic happenings all around you, all the time. Your awareness of this energy, and your ability to “read” this energy, and make wise decisions from this energy, is a major spiritual key to manifesting a life you love.

Dante’s “Word of the Week.” (Destiny). Dante uses Jeremiah 29:11 to break down the word “destiny,” encouraging everyone to follow their God-ordained spiritual path in life.

Mai’s “Golden Basket of Quotes.” Mai Maiesha uses the wisdom of author-spiritual teacher Florence Scovel Shinn (1871-1940) to talk about seeing and feeling the manifestation you desire – before it shows up; visualizing what you want in your right brain and using your emotions to “feel it” before you see it and experience it in the natural realm.

How to Look Back on Where You Have Been. Journeying from playwright Ntozake Shange to author Og Mandino to preacher Charles Spurgeon to writer Jo Coudert, we are enrolling in the University of Success – Semester 1, Lesson: How to Look Back on Where You Have Been – exploring success strategies for reinterpreting your past in ways that empower you in the eternal now.

In this episode: Writer-podcaster-recovering television producer Robert Wesley Branch; civil rights investigations supervisor, singer-songwriter Dante Bonner; and jazz vocalist, recording artist, singer-songwriter Mai Maiesha. [The Robert Wesley Branch Show #218: University of Success I: How to Look Back on Where You Have Been - originally broadcast on Saturday, October 8, 2016] #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow #KeepItConscious #RealRawRelevant #StayWoke

Dec 31, 2016
Upleveling Your Mind

Tracing the ancient Kemetic wisdom of DHWTY-Djehuty-Tehuti-Thoth-Hermes-Mercury to the natural laws and spiritual principles found in the Kybalion, focusing on the concept of Mentalism. From ancient Egyptian “Thoth” to our English word “thought” – words, just like people, have a history. Taking a second look at the words we use every single day – that have a hidden history (and spiritual power) that is unfamiliar to many people.

Michele uses the Charlotte protests (arising from the Keith Lamont Scott shooting) as a backdrop to discuss bringing order to chaos energy: internally and externally.

Dante connects the dots – from city to city across America – between police-involved shootings and protesters in the streets, bringing forward the spirituality of facing hard times.

We experience life, not as linear, but as the Fibonacci sequence (The Golden Ratio) demonstrates: in circles, cycles and seasons. And each season brings new spiritual lessons at deeper levels of consciousness.

A crack cocaine-addicted brother reached out to me, via text, letting me know that he was going to “try hard to commit suicide today or tomorrow.” Sharing the soul food that brings you back from the edge (and the ledge) of despair: the end of self-hatred and a higher vision of yourself and your possibilities on this earth.

Using the Charlotte protests (arising from the Keith Lamont Scott shooting) as a backdrop for discussing the long-term goal of public protest and the short-term impact. Also, reflecting on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “letter from the Birmingham Jail,” as a teaching tool for channeling raw energy and emotion through the seasoned filter of wisdom.

[The Robert Wesley Branch Show #217: Upleveling Your Mind - originally broadcast on Saturday, September 24, 2016] #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow #RealRawRelevant #KeepItConscious #StayWoke

Dec 8, 2016
Third-Eye Consciousness

We are exploring the science and the spirit of the pineal gland, which gives vision of Divine things to those who have spiritually “awakened.” Dante teaches on the Mind of Christ. Mai Maiesha shares her “waking up” story. And I share with her how she influenced my spiritual awakening. Dante, Mai and I discuss spiritual “downloads” from Divine Mind, and how it takes time to integrate and normalize esoteric information so that you can live life with your feet on the ground in the real-world Matrix. Mai Maiesha interviews author, healing arts practitioner, poet, storyteller, jewelry designer, and dancer Paula Potts, author of Yesterday When I Was Crazy: A Sacred Contract with Healing, which chronicles her epic journey through fibromyalgia and panic disorder. A board-certified Polarity Therapist and a registered Crani0sacral Therapist (CST), Ms. Potts credits “energy medicine” with saving her from a life of chronic pain and emotional dis-ease. [The Robert Wesley Branch Show #215: Third-Eye Consciousness - originally broadcast on Saturday, September 10, 2016] #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow #RealRawRelevant #KeepItConscious

Nov 20, 2016
The Revolution is Televised. And Live-Streamed.

Recorded just a few days after the executions of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we are processing the pain, grief, anger and outrage at the deaths of those brothers at the hands of police. I begin by sharing the story of 1973 New Orleans sniper Mark James Robert Essex, comparing his killing spree to that of the 2016 Dallas sniper Micah Xavier Johnson, who executed five police officers in cold blood during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) peaceful protest. We shout-out the current leadership of the BLM movement and salute the contributions of Oprah and the 25-year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show as a contributing factor to the evolution of popular public discourse and the raising of white consciousness.

In Mai Maiesha’s Fabulous Basket of Quotes, we dig deep into four quotes (by Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Thomas Edison, and Nelson Mandela) – each extolling the virtues of either a violent or non-violent approach to advancing the civil rights movement and achieving social justice. That leads us into a discussion of the real root of racism: fear of Black men and fear of the growing numbers of Black and brown people all over the world, as well as the dwindling numbers of white folks on the planet. And from there we dive into how to consciously consume mass media – with a filter – so that you are being educated and not indoctrinated. We talk about the “agents” among us: the agents are the architects (the framers) of this modern-day Matrix: they control the levers of power in this current celebrity-obsessed, material-driven society. And one of their major tools of control is mass media. Without a “conscious” filter, without being “woke” – you are a chess piece on the game board of the architects. You are being played. This brings up the critical role of the citizen journalist in this data-driven, tech-driven modern-day society in which we live. And that leads me to sharing on this principle: spirit governs matter – and how you can master the natural elements around you by raising your vibration in the spirit realm, primarily through meditation.

Working our way through talk of the presidential election cycle, I share a lesson taught to me by Nelson Mandela: You can defeat your opponent without dishonoring him. And that brings us to five “conscious actions” you can take to evolve your life and mind: (1) living authentically; (2) shifting from either/or to and/both consciousness; (3) resisting fear and dwelling above the influence of it; (4) pursuing your higher life purpose; and (5) finding and following your personal vision. Also, sharing on the spiritual traps of comfort, pleasure, money and beauty.

Reminiscing on the soon-to-be-gone-from-the-public-stage Barack Obama, I share on what for me is the spiritual legacy of President Barack Obama: demonstrating for Black men how not to stoop to the stereotype of the angry Black man, even in the face of unprecedented pressurized opposition. And brings us to my gentle challenge forward: dig deeper within, evolve beyond the baby steps of mediocrity. In the wake of police shootings captured on video, I share how to emotionally feel the weight, burden and sadness of current events – and how to use spiritual tools to lift and clear toxic emotions.

[The Robert Wesley Branch Show #214: The Evolution of You I: The Revolution is Televised. And Live-Streamed. - originally broadcast on Saturday, July 16, 2016] #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow #KeepItConscious #RealRawRelevant

Oct 11, 2016

Each morning, we rise and grind. We are working hard for the money. And even harder and longer and stronger – for the dream! We feel the passion. We see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. We know that pot of gold – and the keys to “the good life” – are waiting for us on the other end of all this struggle and pain and lack and crisis and challenge. And sometimes, in a moment of complete weariness and absolute exasperation and utter disappointment, we ask ourselves: “Am I ready right now or do I need to percolate more?” And that’s exactly what this conversation is all about: Is now the appointed time or the anointed time? How do you know when to move and when to sit still? We’ve got some answers for you. [The Robert Wesley Branch Show #210: “Am I Ready Right Now or Do I Need to Percolate More?” - originally broadcast on Saturday, May 14, 2016] #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow #KeepItConscious #RealRawRelevant

Aug 30, 2016
Dream Again II

As children, we dream. And as adults, sometimes we see our dreams come true. And sometimes we don’t. The question is: do we continue dreaming? Or do we pack up our dreams and stuff them so far down into our soul that we never see, feel or experience their magic manifested in the reality of our lifetime? And by dreaming, we are not referring to the “fantasies” observed in the sleep state. Your dreams do include those night-time visions, but are not limited to them. There is a conscious dreaming that is not only possible, but useful to you in the waking state of your everyday life. It is the difference between dreams and fantasies. In this show, we are talking about how dreams evolve through the life cycle – how childhood visions grow into the deferred dreams of adulthood. We’ll detail out how you can halt that from happening. We are also exploring the process of resurrecting long-lost dreams. Where do you begin? We’ll show you. And, as always, we are connecting the dots of your dreams to your higher life purpose. In our second hour, we talk to author and life-stylist Harriette Cole, who shares with us her Dreamleaper program.  Harriette also dives deep into the art, style, and importance of crafting an effective “elevator pitch” – a confident statement that speaks to who you are in this world and how to engage and influence prospective clients. She’ll walk you through it. [The Robert Wesley Branch Show #209: Dream Again: Part Two - originally broadcast on Saturday, May 7, 2016] #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow

Aug 13, 2016
(Consciously) Creating a Year You Love

For a lack of vision, the people perish. So how, exactly, do you craft an empowering vision statement for the life you want while still experiencing the life you currently have? We’ll show you how. Many of us can commit our thoughts to paper, but are we using “words of power” that actually manifest the big dreams we desire? We’ll give you some examples. Have you been taught the sacred secrets of “I Am” statements? We’ll reveal them, as I coach one of my co-hosts, in real time, on how to turn passive words into active, energetic, mountain-moving prose that activates the soul codes and releases God’s creative power on your thinking and speaking and doing and being. The goal: to create a life – and a year – that you love! In this episode, you are in the front row as we dig deeper into an ongoing conversation about the importance of maintaining an active, imaginative vision statement for your life. It’s not just about how to write a mind-blowing vision statement, it’s also about how to use that vision statement to actually change your life. To make a shift: from the life you occupy to the life you love. In a very poignant moment – one that needs extreme care to gently navigate through – one of my co-hosts reveals why she’s never been able to “envision” her ideal man. By traveling back to a childhood scar that continues to leave an adult wound, I coach her through to a new awareness about possible next steps for healing the emotional pain she still carries. On top of all that, having recorded this show just days after my 50th birthday, I share the archaic Greek mythological and astrological story of Chiron, the wounded healer, whose planetary return occurs about every 50 years, bringing with it the energetic opportunity to (once and for all) heal old emotional, spiritual and psychological wounds. [The Robert Wesley Branch Show #208: (Consciously) Creating a Year You Love - originally broadcast on Saturday, April 30, 2016] #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow

Aug 5, 2016
(Consciously) Creating a Life You Love

I open our season seven premiere show with “I Am a Survivor: Part Two,” detailing some of the hardships I experienced over the past year, that caused me to take a year-long hiatus from producing the podcast. Joined by my co-hosts – Michele Wilson, Dante Bonner, Dwayne V. Wiggins, Jr. and Mai Maiesha Rashad – we then segue into the aftermath of the sudden passing of the musical genius Prince, who ascended two days earlier. We follow this up with Michele Wilson’s “Thought of the Day” (“It Takes Time and Preparation”). We are then joined by author of “Awesome Life Tips” and life coach Stephenie Zamora, who shares on how to live your passion and love your life. On the heels of that, Dwayne goes into his Inspired Moment (“Everything Happens for a Reason”). Dante Bonner’s “Word of the Week” (Season) follows. We wrap up our conversation by digging deep into the specifics, the mechanics, of exactly how you create a life you love. (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #207: (Consciously) Creating a Life You Love – originally broadcast on Saturday, April 23, 2016.) #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow

Jul 23, 2016
Passages II: The Turbulent Thirties

I open this show talking about my then 4-year sober anniversary: clean from drugs and sober from alcohol. We then move into “The Passage to the Turbulent Thirties,” a chapter from Gail Sheehy’s book, “Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life.” For my part, I read a few original song lyrics I wrote in my thirties, which point to my consciousness in that decade of my life. Michele remembers her “Two Germans and a Black Girl” tour across America. And Dante talks about breaking out of a sheltered and protected background to explore and discover different aspects of himself in the decade of his thirties, as well as how he evolved beyond his personal pain. We then move into Michele’s “Thought of the Day” (Evolving the Emotional Psyche of a Man). Michele relates the powerful and poignant story of her mother’s passing, and her grandfather’s inability to reciprocate an emotional response after hearing from his daughter, “I love you.” All of that leads us into a robust discussion of how men, in general, mask their emotions because of how they are socialized. All of that leads us into a passionate discussion of father absence, as the root cause of many of the current “conditions” plaguing the Black family and larger community. We then follow with Dante’s “Word of the Week” (Endurance). In our third hour, I share some lyrics from a song I wrote, back in 1999, called “Alone.” Dwayne V. Wiggins Jr. follows that up with his “Inspired Moment” (Remaining Faithful). Pulling from Gail Sheehy’s book, “Passages,” we then begin to discuss archetypal “Men’s Life Patterns” – with an extended conversation about “The Never-Married Men” category. (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #195: Passages II: The Turbulent Thirties – originally broadcast on September 27, 2014.) #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow

Jul 6, 2016
Passages III: The Flourishing Forties

We begin this conversation discussing Yom Kippur – the day of atonement in the Jewish spiritual tradition – where you fast all day and reflect upon your sins (errors, misdeeds, mistakes and missteps) of the past year. Atonement. At-one-ment: at one with the Divine, at one with Self, at one with who you were in days past. We then move into “Women’s Life Patterns,” as written about in Gail Sheehy’s book, “Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life.” These archetypes include: the Caregiver, the Either-Or (the Nurturer or the Achiever), the Integrators, the Never-Married Women (Para-Nurturers and Office Wives), and the Transient. After that hearty discussion, we once again – wait for it! – discuss the importance of personal vision: writing it all down and doing a vision board, as a way of charting your life path forward. And once again – wait for it! – I hear from someone on the team that they have lost focus on their personal vision. After moving through that discussion, I sum up the decade of my forties by ticking off a list of five things that I know for sure. We then move into Michele’s “Thought of the Day” (Three Things to Remember in Your Forties). We then follow with Dante’s “Word of the Week” (Peace). Amplifying Dante’s segment about the word “peace” – I launch into a commentary called “Men: Make Peace with Your Penis.” That leads to a quick sidebar on W.E.B. DuBois’ “Talented Tenth” essay, taken from the anthology “The Negro Problem,” published in September 1903. Dwayne V. Wiggins Jr. follows that up with his “Inspired Moment” (Self-Doubt). Piggybacking on Dwayne’s commentary, Michele reveals some self-doubts of her own. After Dwayne’s moment, we move into a discussion about betrayal: when someone you thought to be a friend unexpectedly says something that brings you to your knees. (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #196: Passages III: The Flourishing Forties – originally broadcast on October 4, 2014.)

Jul 1, 2016
Re-Membering Your Vision

I open this conversation reading “I Have a Vision” – a written statement of my personal vision for this lifetime. After that, I serve as an accountability partner for my co-hosts (Michele, Dante and Dwayne), questioning each of them about statements they made in the previous show regarding their personal visions for their lives. Their remarks in that earlier show, at times, conflicted with the visions they laid out for themselves on the show nearly one year before. So I asked each of them to harmonize their most recent statements with their earlier comments; to, in effect, re-member their visions. We then move into Michele’s “Thought of the Day” (Reaching the Age of Mastery). We then follow with Dante’s “Word of the Week” (Bridge). Dwayne V. Wiggins Jr. follows that up with his “Inspired Moment” (“Am I Too Loud?”). After Dwayne’s moment, we move into a discussion about this: Brothers need to master the art of fathering each other. Brother energy is one thing; father energy is another. And sometimes, your brother has to father you. We explore those details. And, then, we end the show by adding items to our collective vision board for the program. (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #197: Re-Membering Your Vision – originally broadcast on October 11, 2014.)

Jun 27, 2016
Men and Masturbation:

I open this conversation reading a letter to myself – dated Thursday, September 29, 2005 (at 10:38 a.m.) – outlining five things I wanted to change about my life. At that time, I was nine months into my post-Discovery Channel life, and I began to miss the work, the camaraderie, the global and domestic travel, the expense account, the chauffeur-driven rides in Lincoln Town Cars, and some of the other perks that came along with being a network television executive. Lying atop my bed that day, I was feeling a bit depressed. And I penned that letter. Nearly ten years later, I revisited that letter, and that head-space, at the top of this program. First line: “Dear Robert, you are not a bad person…” And it goes on from there. The letter ends with five commitments I made to myself – things I wanted to change in my life. And three of the five commitments I wrote in that letter, over a decade ago, have now come to pass in my life. I have manifested, kept and continued those commitments over the years. We, then, launch into our discussion of masturbation, with some statistics from the Kinsey Institute. I share how sex was never discussed in our two-parent-two-children home, and how I never really heard anything about masturbation preached from the pulpit at church. We then move into a discussion of the book “Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time” by Stephen Arterburn. We then move into Michele’s “Thought of the Day” (Taking a Moment to Teach and Taking a Moment to Learn). We then follow with Dante’s “Word of the Week” (Restore). Dwayne V. Wiggins Jr. follows that up with his “Inspired Moment” (“You are a blessing and you are blessed”). After Dwayne’s moment, I was inspired to read from Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (Blessings for Obedience). We round out our conversation talking about the virtues of “conscious masturbation” – practicing it when you want to, but not because you need to do it. (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #198: “Men and Masturbation: Are You Addicted?” – originally broadcast on October 18, 2014.)

Jun 23, 2016

A behind-the-scenes look back at "TV One Live: The DNC After Party," from 2008, in Denver, when Barack Obama was officially nominated by the Democratic Party to be its candidate for president of the United States. I was the executive in charge of production for this series of four live shows, which we broadcast each night of the convention. Produced in partnership with Citizen Pictures.

Jun 6, 2016
Dwayne Wiggins'

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of D. Wiggins Productions, with a conversation around the premiere of playwright-director Dwayne V. Wiggins Jr.’s latest stage play, “Passion Marks.” I begin my interview with Dwayne V. Wiggins Jr. by asking about how he came up with the title of the play, “Passion Marks.” We then launch into a discussion of his play’s tagline: “Some wounds are never truly healed and are reopened at the slightest touch or word.” And then, one-by-one, we meet the actors: Dejuan Dorchery, Laurie McClay, Keith McLeod, Nicole Yvette, and Sabrina Herrington-Speights. (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #211: Dwayne Wiggins’ “Passion Marks” – Behind the Curtain. Recorded on June 4, 2016.)

May 13, 2016
A Word About Harriette Cole

We’re debriefing on Harriette Cole’s interview, deconstructing her master keys to being a successful entrepreneur, and diving deeper into her tips for perfecting the art of the elevator pitch. (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #209: Dream Again II – originally broadcast on May 7, 2016.)

May 12, 2016
Harriette Cole: Dreamleaper!

Life-stylist Harriette Cole (www.harriettecole.com) shares her entrepreneurial keys to perfecting your elevator pitch, as well as her soul tips on how to bring your dreams to reality. (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #209: Dream Again II – originally broadcast on May 7, 2016.)

May 11, 2016

I begin this conversation outlining a trust issue I have with a family member. As the discussion deepens, I pull in some information from the book, “The Emotionally Unavailable Man: A Blueprint for Healing,” by Patti Henry. We are then joined, in our second hour, by conscious business coach and psychotherapist Keri Nola, who facilitates a number of “a-ha” moments for me, as it relates to some of the stories I have told myself in order to erect a defensive wall around my heart to keep out hurt and pain – walls, by the way, that sometimes do not allow love and intimacy inside of the tightly held inner circle of my soul space. This was one of those opportunities where I availed myself of the psychological expertise of my guest – and I took full advantage of unpacking my soul in her presence. And at times, it got a bit emotionally overwhelming for me, but I soldiered on in sharing my truth. (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #199: “Are you emotionally available?” – originally broadcast on October 25, 2014.)

May 6, 2016
Mastering Your Spiritual Gifts II

We are (in this show) celebrating 200 soul-satisfying conversations. About an hour before going on the air with this program, I received a call from my sister, informing me that a family member had fallen into a coma from a stroke, and was bleeding from the brain on life support. So I begin, reflecting on that reality, and how death teaches us about life. As we begin to unpack our topic – Mastering Your Spiritual Gifts – we first revisit comments made on December 24, 2011 (during show #100), when we first talked about discovering (and perfecting) our God-given abilities. After six years of doing this program, I often find it challenging to discuss spiritual gifts – mainly because the conversation seems to always stay at first base – and it has proven difficult for me to move the flow of the talk into deeper waters. I can never seem to get to the “mastering” part of the spiritual gifts conversation; instead, I always find myself at the “I don’t know what my spiritual gifts are” or “it is so hard to discover or realize what my spiritual gifts are” stage in the development of this topic. Every little bit helps, though. (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #200: Mastering Your Spiritual Gifts II – originally broadcast on November 1, 2014.)

May 2, 2016

I open with a piece called “A Delicate Balance,” about the tender relationship between loving someone and letting them be themselves. After that, Dwayne V. Wiggins Jr. kicks off our conversation – “what are you afraid of?” – by sharing what he is most afraid of in his life (not being good enough). Michele follows with her biggest fear (not being pretty enough). Then, Dante raises his fear of failure. After everyone lays their fears on the table, we then discuss how to conquer and control those fears – how to channel the fears we hold into the faith we possess, so that we can, then, manifest our deepest heart’s desires. Dante ends with his “Word of the Week” (dream). (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #201: “What are you afraid of?” – originally broadcast on Saturday, January 24, 2015.)

Apr 25, 2016
The Inner Desire and Craving for Fame and Your Authentic Self

In this social media-driven, celebrity-obsessed society – the reality TV age of the selfie-generation – I am digging deep on the modern-day phenomenon of people everywhere broadcasting their every move throughout cyberspace. Everyone seems to want to be seen, to be a “star” – by any means necessary, at any cost. Do you want to be a “star” – do you want to be famous? What is that all about? To get some answers, I’m going one-on-one with two of my brother friends: first, Mr. Thunder Kellie, who (as always) speaks passionately about being Black, openly gay and HIV-positive; and second, Mr. Jason Renville, who discusses his second book, “Embracing Your Mark of Authenticity.” (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #202: The Inner Desire and Craving for Fame and Your Authentic Self – originally broadcast on Saturday, February 7, 2015.)

Apr 6, 2016
The Spirituality of Love

Featuring the music of Gregory Porter, this conversation is all about the spirituality of love. I open the show with “God, what will make me happy?” – a question I asked the Creator in my meditation time. And the Creator answered me, saying: “Detach from the illusion of unhappiness and you will always be happy.” I am sharing on the Buddhist teachings “The Four Noble Truths” and “The Eightfold Path.” In our second hour, Michele interviews Dr. Cari Jackson, founding director of the Center for Spiritual Light and author of “Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt.” Dr. Jackson shares with us this profound teaching: when someone loves you, it’s primarily about them, not you; that feeling of love they have for you is their “inside job.” Conversely, when someone hates or dislikes you, that too is primarily about them, not you. Dr. Jackson then goes on to  teach about how to hold a healthy narrative for yourself while being caught up in the rapture of love with someone else. In our third hour, Dante Bonner leads a discussion about three aspects of love: love of self, love from others, and love from the Divine. After that, Dwayne V. Wiggins Jr. shares his “Inspired Moment” (Pausing at the Red Light). (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #203: The Spirituality of Love – originally broadcast on Saturday, February 14, 2015.)

Apr 5, 2016
Renew, Reimagine, and Reinvent Yourself

We are talking about life-shifting: losing the life you have to gain the life you want. I talk about unwillingly moving my life in Bethesda to the beach on the eastern shore of Maryland – and how painful that transition was for me. My co-host Michele Wilson talks about the resilience of the human spirit – the “bounce-back” as she calls it – that hoists you back on your feet after life knocks you on your ass. Before that, I open the show with “Right Livelihood: When Your Work Becomes Your Ministry.” In our second hour, Michele interviews Dionne Polite, associate state director of multicultural initiatives at AARP New York, who discusses that group’s “Life Reimagined” online program (lifereimagined.org) that guides participants through the process of renewing, reimagining and reinventing their lives. We end the show with Dante Bonner’s “Word of the Week” (Time). (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #204: Renew, Reimagine and Reinvent Yourself – originally broadcast on Saturday, February 28, 2015.)

Mar 26, 2016
Coming to and Commanding Your Self-Worth

I am asking my co-hosts – Michele Wilson, Dante Bonner and Dwayne Wiggins, Jr. – “who are the three most important people in your life?” Turns out, two of my co-hosts were not even on their own list, which leads to a very hearty conversation. Before that, I open the show with “Right Speech” and “I Have a Vision;” followed by Michele Wilson’s “Thought of the Day;” followed by Dante Bonner’s “Word of the Week” (Resurrect); followed by Dwayne V. Wiggins’ “Inspired Moment” (Healing Your Inner Critic). We also delve into this affirmation: “I am as God created me,” taken from A Course in Miracles. We move into a discussion about humility: what it is and what it is not. Humility is being clear about the source of your greatness, not denying your greatness altogether. (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #205: Coming to and Commanding Your Self-Worth – originally broadcast on Saturday, April 4, 2015.)

Mar 21, 2016

In our season six finale, we are asking the question: “Who do I think I am?” Featuring the music of Aretha Franklin as a soundtrack, my co-hosts and I are sharing from our lists: (1) the three most important things in my life; (2) the top three strengths of my character/personality; and (3) the top three weaknesses of my character/personality. Before that, I open the show with “I Am a Survivor;” followed by Michele Wilson’s “Thought of the Day” titled “I Am My Priority;” followed by Dante Bonner’s “Word of the Week” (Mirror); followed by Dwayne V. Wiggins’ “Inspired Moment” – a tribute to me on the anniversary of my birth (49 years). (The Robert Wesley Branch Show #206: “Who do I think I am?” – originally broadcast on Saturday, April 25, 2015.)

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