Do You Want To Be Well?

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

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Summary of November 17, 2013

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Dear Folks -

We found out, after the fact, that we did not get an audio of this week's talk in Ordinary Life. The full text of the talk is below and you can find the presentation slides on the Ordinary Life website.

I began by asking a question I got years ago from Ira Progoff, the Jungian analyst. The question is: What had to happen for you to be here? It is not an easy or simple question to answer.

Then I gave a general overview of what I think, at the present time, it means to do psychological and spiritual work. We are to be involved in the process of becoming centers of freedom and love.

I did this kind of introduction because, other than dealing with the death of Jesus, we have reached the end of the version of the story I have been dealing with for months now.

The question the story raises is, "Do you want to be well?"

More often than not our response to this question is, "Yes, if I don't have to be different."

Below are links to the full text of the talk as well as to the presentation slides.

Much love,

Bill Kerley

To download the complete text click here  Download 11:17:13 - Complete text

To download the presentation slides click here  Download 11:17:13 - Do You Want to Be Well?

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In Whose Image?

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

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Summary of November 10, 2013

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Dear Folks -

The title I gave the "life talk" I offered in Ordinary Life this week is

In Whose Image?

The talk has two parts -

One is dedicated to increasing religious and spiritual literacy by talking about the particular incident in the Jesus story this talk is based on. It is about the time people asked Jesus whether they should pay taxes or not. He asked to see a coin and then asked whose image is on it. The answer was, "Caesar's." He then replied, "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's."

The second part is an effort to share the results of my own contemplation on this incident and the application and relevance it has for the living of our lives. Being clear about who and whose we are contributes significantly to our being able to live lives that contribute to the well-being of the world.

The full text of the talk, the presentation slides and the audio of the talk can be accessed by using the links below.

Much love,

Bill Kerley

To access the complete text click here Download 11:10:13 - Complete Text

To access the presentation slides click here  Download 11:10:13 - In Whose Image

To listen to the talk click here Download 11:10:2013 - Mp3

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Sacred Space

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Summary of November 3, 2013

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Dear Folks -

The title I gave the "life talk" I offered in Ordinary Life this week is

Sacred Space

When we lose the sense of where we are, we also lose an understanding of what the meaning and purpose of our lives are.

Doing wise and useful spiritual work is like getting an upgrade to our "operating system." We are constantly being lulled into a way of seeing, believing and behaving that our culture seduces us into. I call this the "ego-ic" operating system.

What we have to work at constantly is getting back on a path that honors the Self/Sacred operating system.

I end the talk by describing specifically how to undertake a daily spiritual practice.

Below are links to the complete text of the talk, the presentation slides and the audio.

Much love,

Bill Kerley

To download the complete text click here Download 11:3:13 Complete text

To see the presentation slides click here  Download 11:3:13 - Sacred Space.key

To download the audio click here Download 11032013 - Mp3

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Recipe for Religion: Season to Taste

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Summary of October 20, 2013

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Dear Folks -

All of the handouts and audio version of the talks given by Dr. Paul Jones during the recent lectureship are available on the Ordinary Life website. He is author of the book "The Seven Deadly Secrets of the Church."

The title of the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week is

Recipe for Religion:

Season to Taste

All religions are human constructs. The overwhelming tendency through history is for religions to be constructed to reflect and revere the values of the culture rather than attempting to mold the culture into a place of nurture and respect. The great spiritual teachers, like Jesus, said such religions were worthless.

If we are going to create a wise and useful religion it must reflect values like love, compassion, justice, peace-making, forgiveness and inclusiveness.

The complete text can be found, along with the presentation slides and audio version using the links below.

Much love,

Bill Kerley

To download the complete text click here  Download 10:20:13 - Complete Text

To download the presentation slides click here  Download 10:20:13 - Recipe for Religion

To download the audio of the talk click here Download 10202013

 

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