The Personal Process of Global Transformation

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

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Summary for April 14, 2019

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Dear Folks -

As I am preparing this to post, I have discovered about the fire that has destroyed much of Notre-Dame Cathedral. For reasons inexplicable to me, even as a very small child I was drawn to gothic architecture. I have visited and worshipped in Notre-Dame numerous times over the years. This destructive fire is felt almost like a personal loss. One of the world’s iconic structures has been taken from us. Not to acknowledge this would be amiss.

I gave the talk I offered this week in Ordinary Life this title -

The Personal Process of Global Transformation

The talk begins with the information that in the past week we were informed about the first ever photograph of a black hole. This is important because it reveals to us more information about the nature of the energy field in which we live. This new knowledge is causing us to rethink everything we thought we “knew for sure” about religious matters. Similar discoveries have been taking place in the field of religious, biblical and theological studies. They seldom make headlines. But, they are, at least to some of us, of equal importance. In light of all of this knew knowledge and information, how are we to understand one of the basic teachings of all religions - don’t judge?

That is a very brief summary of the talk. In my opinion the audio version is better than the text.

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.

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.


The Sin of Certainty

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

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Summary for April 7, 2019

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Dear Folks -

In the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week I talked some about our experience at the most recent Richard Rohr Conference we attended in Albuquerque. The featured speakers were Richard Rohr, John Dominic Crossan and Jacqui Lewis. All three were outstanding. I called this talk -

The Sin of Certitude - Becoming an “Opti-Mystic”

I am using the questions Jesus asked, in as chronological order as possible, to guide me in creating the talks I offer in Ordinary Life. I am also referencing the events of our time - specifically right now the crisis in the Methodist church about full acceptance of all people at all levels in the church. One of the lines I got from John Dominic Crossan is that “if we practice distributive justice, peace will take care of itself.” What traps the ego, and institutions have egos, is the need to be certain about things. The question Jesus asked - “Why are you so afraid?” - was designed to expose how we create both God and our religious beliefs to fit our own thinking. Faith is not about beliefs. Faith is about trust.

That is a very brief summary of the talk.

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.


The Eye Through Which I See

Summary of Ordinary Life for Sunday, March 31, 2019

I’ve loved how Bill has framed a few of these lectures as questions. Going with that theme, I wanted to explore the question, “How do you see?” to get us thinking about what new ways we can evolve our sight. We’ve learned on a grand scale that nothing is fixed, thus there is no reason why we as humans should be fixed. We too are evolving and expanding. The cool thing is that we have conscious choice about how we do so. In an ever creating, ever evolving universe, what do you think the universe is trying to express through you? In what ways do you need to shift how you see?

The two guiding ideas I’ve been inspired by are:

“The eye through which I see God, is the same eye through which God sees me.” (Meister Eckhart)

“I live and move and have my being in God.” (Acts 17:28)

Both of these are true and also useful metaphors to help us understand how we might conceive of the divine unfolding in our lives, which is to say that we are dimensions of the universe unfolding as well.

However you join us in Ordinary Life, I’m grateful for your presence and your reflective questions! Thanks for joining me on this odyssey! Be well and much love - Holly

To listen to the audio of the presentation, use the player below.

Here is the link to the solar system video I played. Enjoy!

 

Where Do You Live?

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

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Summary for March 24, 2019

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Dear Folks -

In the talks I have been offering recently in Ordinary Life I have been constructing a crucible in which future talks can be placed to do what I hope will be their transforming work. The crucible is built out of three questions: Who do you say that I am? Who is the you who answers this question? And, where do you live?

The field of cosmology is teaching us that we do not live as fixed beings in a fixed cosmos. Everything is changing. One phrase that I am reading over and over in my effort to understand what cosmology is teaching us is, “We are the first generation in the history of the world to . . .” and then follows some startling new revelation. Authentic spiritual work involves being fully involved in this evolving process. One example of one of these insights is that we are the universe becoming aware of itself. Mystics have claimed this for ages. Now, science is confirming it. In this talk I try to enumerate some of the consequences of this.

That is a very brief summary of the talk offered in Ordinary Life this week. This is another one of those talks where I personally think the audio version is better than the written one.

I called the talk -

“Where Do You Live?”

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.