Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand

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

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Summary for December 9, 2018

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Dear Folks -

The world is filled with wonders and miracles but we take our little hand and cover our eyes and see nothing. This is a paraphrase of a teaching by Israel ben Eliezer, the person who is considered the founder of Hasidic Judaism. Being able to see is both the heart and content of spiritual practice. As we continue to leave behind a model of both religion and spirituality that is no longer either useful or credible, we must develop both a willingness and an ability “to see.” This is easier said than done.

In the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week I dealt with not only how miracles were eventually wrapped around the Jesus story but also Jesus’ frequent and insistent emphasis on people having their blindness “healed.” I believe that we have “liberation in the palm of our hands” and that we often aren’t aware of this. We don’t “see” this.

One of the true things about us and our world is that we are evolving and live in an evolving cosmos. Being able “to see” this is a very liberating thing.

This is a very brief summary of the talk I called -

Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand

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.


What Is Your Quest-I-On?

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

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Summary for December 2, 2018

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Dear Folks -

What is or are the questions that shape your life’s journey?

In this time and in our culture we need a new core narrative that provides us with true security and guidance for the living of our lives. The narrative our culture is following is self-destructive. We need one that will offer healing for our many wounds. As a way to introduce the talks I will be offering in the future, I offered a retelling of the story of Perceval and the Grail. Years of research had been put into this story by Emma Jung, Carl Jung’s wife. I first heard it told and interpreted by Robert Johnson. If you read no further in this summary, I highly recommend his book “He: Understanding Masculine Psychology” as a tool for spiritual growth. We will, in the weeks ahead, be looking at the questions Jesus asked people. They are meant to reposition us, to put us down in new territory. I believe that currently the Sacred is crying out to us through the earth and its inhabitants, “Do you love me?” Our well-being depends on hearing that question and being able to answer is with a story that heals rather than divides. That is a very brief summary of the talk I offered. I called it -

What is Your Quest-I-On?

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 the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

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Every Single Second A Miracle

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

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Summary for November 25, 2018

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Dear Folks -

This week in Ordinary Life I gave the third in a series of three talks designed to lay the foundation for our going further out and deeper into the territory I’m calling “living between the ‘no-longer’ and the ‘not-yet.’” I have been talking about how magic and miracles got introduced into human constructed religions and, more specifically, into the Jewish and Christian stories. This week’s talk focused on the stories surrounding the prophetic tradition in Judaism.

Miracles were never meant to be taken literally. They were metaphors created to make “larger than life” the heroes in a particular tradition.

The relevance of this for our time is that in an increasingly illiterate culture and one where “entertainment” trumps truth, we end up being addicted to the finite with the illusion that this is enough for us. It isn’t. We have a choice about which path we will follow. An old one constructed out of a medieval paradigm and mechanistic culture. Or, one that calls us to awaken and walk the evolutionary path toward an integral wholeness.

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

Every Single Second Is a Miracle


You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk using the player 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

In order to read or download the text of the talk, click here.

In order to view or download the presentation slides, click here.

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The Death and Resurrection of Religion

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Summary for November 18, 2018

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Dear Folks -

“Michael Dowd hit one home run after another.” That was just one of the comments I heard after Michael Dowd’s Saturday time with those who gathered to hear him speak. His overall theme was “the future is calling us to greatness.” At one point even he acknowledged that taking in all of the information he was offering was like “trying to drink from a fire hose.” It was an enormously intense time.

For me, the talk he did on Sunday was his best. He gave it the title -

The Death and Resurrection of Religion

There is no text of the talk available but the audio of the talk and the presentation slides are available using the links before. His ability to reinterpret traditional religious language into understandable and relevant terms focused on creating a viable future is most helpful and encouraging. I am grateful we were able to have this experience.

Thank you to all of the people who worked so hard and gave so generously of their time and energy to make this event happen.

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

You can listen to or download the audio version of the talk and view of download the presentation slides by using the links below.