Strung Along, Strung Out, Strung Up

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

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Summary for October 13, 2019

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Dear Folks -

I called the talk offered in Ordinary Life this week -

“Strung Along, Strung Out, Strung Up”

I have this very unrealistic wish that all of us could easily and thoroughly retain the information we have covered in the past two years or so. I also wish that we be clear that our work in spiritual growth means being faithful to a particular path over being loyal to some political position. As a song from the sixties has it, “what the world needs now is love” not more divisiveness.

Our culture, however, can both string us along with false hopes and we can get strung out trying to “make things happen” that are out of our control and beyond our ability. In order to live hopefully into the future we will likely have to die to some of illusions we have. I am thinking specifically of the things that separate us from each other. We are not called to be successful but to be faithful.

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

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video 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

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



The Light We See By

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

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Summary for October 6, 2019

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Dear Folks -

I called the talk offered in Ordinary Life this week -

“The Light We See By”

It begins with the quote from Alan Watts that is at the top of this e-mail and includes my telling of Watts’ version of the origin and meaning of the cosmos. Even though he died in 1973, much of what he taught accurately foreshadowed what we are now learning about the nature of the cosmos. He describes all that “is” as a cosmic game that God plays with himself. Some people get the nature of the game - we call them “saints.” If we don’t take control of what goes into our “thought system,” the culture will do it for us. This is why having a daily practice is so essential. The whole evolutionary process has been shaping us to stop and see just what it is we have been seeing.

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

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, or listen to the audio 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 or download the presentation slides, click here.

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




Myth and Meaning

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

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Summary for September 29, 2019

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Dear Folks -

This talk is a continuation of the talk begun last week - “Walking in Bigger Shoes.” Carl Jung said that we all have a tendency to walk in shoes that are too small for us. He was referring to our living with beliefs that we received early in life and carry with us, usually unconsciously, into adulthood. It is somewhat like wearing the clothes we wore in the 8th grade.

I have, last week and this, attempted to talk about four things in a succinct manner - tradition, ritual, myth and meaning. The focus, especially this week, is somewhat narrow because I have attempted to respond to questions that have arisen out of this time and place. For example, one question I’ve gotten in a variety of forms is: How can we know what we know about the cosmos and still recite a creed that was written in the middle of the fourth century?

In doing the work that is required for us to grow we will find what has been true and with us all the time. But, it does take patience and persistence in the practice to experience and express this.

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

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video 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 or download the presentation slides, click here.

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



Walking in Bigger Shoes - Part One

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

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Summary for September 22, 2019

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Dear Folks -

For several years now l have gotten questions about the relationship between the liturgy we use at St. Paul’s, and in other places as well, and its connection to or relationship with the insights we have been gaining from the new insights in science, cosmology, evolution, etc. These questions and statements range all the way from “You have ruined ‘big church’ for me” to “How can you teach what you do and still be involved in that liturgy that uses a creed from the fourth century?" This talk, and the one next week, is an attempt to respond to this. I called the talk -

“Walking in Bigger Shoes”

I got that phrase from the works of Carl Jung. We don’t still wear the clothes we wore in the eighth grade. We shouldn’t be wearing the religious or spiritual beliefs and values from then either.

It is my intention to speak, in summary fashion, about tradition, ritual, myth and meaning. The talk this week is about tradition and ritual. How do religions get created and what makes them viable or not? Tradition is not merely holding on to the past but continuing the identity of the past with the language and symbols of the present. I try to show that there are resources of and for transformation in religious tradition and ritual.

That is a very brief summary of the talk I offered this week in Ordinary Life. As is often the case, I think the audio version is different and, I think, better than the text.

You can read or download the text from which I spoke and view the presentation slides 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 or download the presentation slides, click here.

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