Allowing Things To Fall Into Place

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for August 13, 2017

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Dear Folks -

The most frequent use of religion and religious practices, regardless of the religion, is to provide comfort when things fall apart and guidance for enduring the places that scare us. There is certainly nothing wrong with this. I do want people to find comfort and guidance in the “ordinary life” teachings I offer.

However, a more mature or more mystical approach to religion and spirituality encourages us to take a stance that allows for things to “fall together". This is not so much something we do as we allow to happen. If and when we do this, we experience the incredible power that comes from abiding in Sacred Mystery.

That is a brief summary of the talk I offered this week in Ordinary Life. I called it -

Allowing Things To Fall Together

The audio version of  the talk is somewhat different from the text from which I spoke.

You can read the text from which I spoke,find the presentation slides and the audio version of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To download or read the text of the talk, click here.

To view the presentation slides, click here.

To download or listen to the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

 

 

 

Stopping Slamming Doors

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for August 6, 2017

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Dear Folks -

The title I gave to the talk I offered this week was:

Stopping Slamming Doors

I took the phrase from a conversation that took place between Thich Nhat Hanh and Thomas Merton. Merton had asked the Buddhist monk about how they taught meditation practices to the young monks in their care, Thich Nhat Hanh said, “We don’t teach meditation practices to the young monks until they stop slamming doors."

Not slamming doors is a good metaphor for how we are growing in our ability to be non-reactive. If we live our lives, especially our “religious” lives, at a dualistic level, slamming doors can be almost automatic. The teaching from the Gospel of Thomas this talk is based on is easy to slam the door on.

Consequently, I spent time in this talk amplifying on the various definitions and meanings of the word “faith” and, also, of the work of Stephen Mitchell in helping us understand what shaped the message of Jesus to be one of inclusion and forgiveness.

The audio version of  the talk is significantly different from the text from which I spoke.

You can read the text from which I spoke, find the presentation slides and the audio version of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To read or download the text of the talk, click here.

To view the presentation slides, click here.

To listen to or download the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

 

 

 

Disturbed By Joy - An Evolutionary Perspective on Prayer

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for July 30, 2017

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Dear Folks -

In light of the relatively new insights we are getting from science - both from astrophysics and quantum mechanics - how are we to think of prayer? It is a legitimate question and concern. All religions as far as I know stress the importance of prayer. But, to whom are these prayers addressed if there is no “sky god”?

One of the things that can be said with certainty about the historical Jesus is that he prayed. He was also very critical of what prayer had become in his own Jewish religion. I called the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week -

Disturbed By Joy

It is my effort to offer an evolutionary perspective on the matter of prayer. The recorded talk is quite different from the text of the talk. Also, the talk is enhanced, I think, by the cartoons and photographs that were shown.

You can read the text from which I spoke, find the presentation slides and the audio version of the talk using the links below..

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To read or download the text of the talk, click here.

To view the presentation slides, click here.

To download or listen to the audio of the talk, use the link below.

 

 

 

Alert! But, Not Anxious

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for July 23, 2017

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Dear Folks -

It is not “what” but “how” we see that matters. If we live in denial of “what is,” we deny ourselves the fullness of life that is available to us. The temptation to live in denial is powerful for life as “it is,” contains places that scare us and times when things fall apart. It is to this that I spoke this week in Ordinary Life. The title I gave the talk is

Alert! But, Not Anxious

In the talk I tried to clarify and elaborate on what is meant by the non-dual concept of living on both the horizontal and vertical planes at the same time.

You can read the text from which I spoke, find the presentation slides and the audio version of the talk by using the links below. The audio version is more expansive than the print version.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To read or download the text of the talk, click here.

To view the presentation slides, click here.

To download or listen to the audio version of the talk, use the link below.