Gift of Life

During four days of filming in December 2010, Fr. Thomas Keating sat with Fr. Carl Arico, his long-time friend, colleague, and founding member of Contemplative Outreach in an intimate conversation focused on the transformative process of death and dying as part of, rather than the end of, life’s journey. The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. The new DVD series will be released later this year. Over six hours of footage from the interview was not used in the series. Each week during 2013, bits of this unused footage will be posted to the website. We call these tidbits Gifts for Living …. May it be so.

Transcending Programs for Happiness

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The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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Part of the process of transformation involves the transcending of our over-identification with those programs for happiness in which we seek or demand from society the respect for our outrageous – sometimes – expectations for security symbols that the culture provides or the symbols of affection that are popular in the culture, or the kind of goals that our control and power needs have prompted us.

So that instead of seeking the security of belonging to groups that we consider not responsible, we may have to leave, whether these, as Gospel says, are family, or nation, or city, state, or whatever.


 

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Trascendiendo los Programas para la Felicidad

Parte del proceso de transformación implica trascender nuestra identificación excesiva con los programas para la felicidad en los que buscamos o exigimos de la sociedad el respeto a nuestras excesivas expectativas de los símbolos de seguridad que proporciona la cultura o los símbolos de afecto que son populares en la misma, o el tipo de objetivos a los que nuestras necesidades de control y poder nos han impulsado.

Así es que, en lugar de buscar la seguridad de pertenecer a grupos que consideramos irresponsables, es posible que  tengamos que dejarlos, no importa si, como dice el Evangelio, se trata de la familia, la nación, la ciudad, el estado, o cualquier otra cosa.

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Death Liberates the Gifts of Grace

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The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution.  These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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Death is understood as the continuation of the process of purification and the liberating of the gifts of grace rooted in the Divine Indwelling that are constantly available to us but not used because we are in a kind of straight jacket under the influence of our homemade self whose idea of happiness is still highly influenced and stuck in the three emotional programs for happiness that develop as soon as we are born – and perhaps before – namely, the desperate need for survival and security that enables the infant to get through the difficulties of infancy, and the need for affection and respect and esteem, and a certain permission or freedom to experiment and to explore that later develops into issues of power and control.


 

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La Muerte Libera los Dones de la Gracia

Entendemos la muerte como la continuación del proceso de purificación y la liberación de los dones de la gracia arraigados en la divina morada interior, que están constantemente disponibles, pero que no utilizamos porque estamos en una especie de camisa de fuerza bajo la influencia del yo que nos hemos construido y cuya idea de la felicidad aún se halla muy influida e incluso aprisionada por los tres programas emocionales para la felicidad, que se desarrollan tan pronto nacemos – y tal vez antes- a saber, la necesidad desesperada por la supervivencia y la seguridad que le permite al niño superar las dificultades de la infancia, así como la necesidad de afecto, respeto y estima, y un cierto permiso o libertad para experimentar y explorar lo que más tarde se convertirá en problemas de poder y control.

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The Source of Our Problem

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The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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Death is an enormous conundrum and the process of dying can be horrendous because all that we hoped to find, or that we depended on, for our security, affection and power/control needs in the course of an extended period of dying are gradually removed. As we enter life with those three desperate needs for security, affection and some degree of control, is there something even more fundamental that is the source of our problem?  I said in other places that the problem is that we have never known existentially in our earliest childhood when the false self and the ego are beginning to be developed what true happiness is and this seems to me to be the key to the human problem.


 

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El Origen de Nuestro Problema

La muerte es un enigma enorme y el proceso de morir puede ser horrendo porque todo lo que esperábamos encontrar, o todo de lo que dependíamos, para satisfacer nuestras necesidades de seguridad, afecto y poder/control, gradualmente desaparecen  en el transcurso de un extenso periodo de morir. Cuando entramos en la vida con esas tres necesidades apremiantes de seguridad, afecto y un cierto grado de control ¿hay algo aún más fundamental que es la fuente de nuestro problema? He dicho en otros lugares que el problema es que nunca hemos conocido existencialmente en nuestra primera infancia, cuando el falso yo y el ego están comenzando a desarrollarse, lo que es la verdadera felicidad, y esto me parece ser la clave del problema humano.

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Our Ego Gets in the Way

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During four days of filming in December 2010, Fr. Thomas Keating sat with Fr. Carl Arico, his long-time friend, colleague, and founding member of Contemplative Outreach in an intimate conversation focused on the transformative process of death and dying as part of, rather than the end of, life’s journey. The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution.

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Freedom is what makes us perhaps most like God and we find ourselves becoming more and more perplexed by just who we are and we don’t know true happiness is. We don’t know God in a relational way. We have this immense ego that really prevents us from manifesting the beauty of the human spirit and its capacity to integrate itself first body, soul and spirit;  and then out of that unity, to unify with all of reality, of course,  beginning with the Ultimate Reality of God.


 

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Nuestro Ego se interpone en El Camino

La libertad es lo que quizá nos hace más semejantes a Dios y nos encontramos cada vez más perplejos por tratar de saber quiénes somos y no conocemos la verdadera felicidad. No conocemos a Dios de una manera relacional. Tenemos este ego inmenso que realmente nos impide manifestar la belleza del espíritu humano y su capacidad para integrarse, primero como cuerpo, alma y espíritu, para luego, desde esa unidad, unirse con toda la realidad, por supuesto, comenzando con la  Realidad Máxima de Dios.

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Gifts for Living Introduction

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Introduction by Fr. Carl Arico

During four days of filming in December 2010, Fr. Thomas Keating sat with Fr. Carl Arico, his long-time friend, colleague, and founding member of Contemplative Outreach in an intimate conversation focused on the transformative process of death and dying as part of, rather than the end of, life’s journey. The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution.

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These last two years I hope you’ve been enjoying the series The Habit of Heartfulness which were selected pieces that were not used in the creation of Heartfulness, the series itself.

Well, we have another wonderful gift for you – Gifts for Living, taken from materials that were not used in our new series called: The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living. Gifts for Living will begin next week and it’s our gift to you for all your support and all your prayers. Blessings.


 

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Regalos para Vivir

Durante los últimos dos años, espero que ustedes hayan estado disfrutando de la serie El Hábito de Vivir con todo el Corazón, que fueron selecciones que no se usaron en la creación de la serie Con Todo el Corazón.

Bueno, ahora les ofrecemos otro regalo maravilloso – Regalos para Vivir, tomado del material que no se usó en nuestra nueva serie llamada El Don de la Vida: Muerte & Morir,Vida & y Vivir,  comenzará la próxima semana y es nuestro regalo en agradecimiento por todo su apoyo y oraciones. Bendiciones