Keating Talks on the Human Condition



I wanted to share with you the information that Contemplative Outreach has relented about previously taking away the Fr. Thomas Keating videos from his Spiritual Journey series of talks. They previously pulled them out of YouTube to sell them at a cost.

As of last April, they have restored a number of the videos on their YouTube channel, reportedly at the request of Keating, himself. (You can read that in the notes below the newly uploaded videos.) I believe that to be true, knowing Fr. Keating personally and knowing him to be a most gracious and giving person with a large heart.

Keating has been ill lately, and I shudder at the prospect of him passing away, not only because he is someone who was a direct teacher of mine whom I had the blessing to interact with, but also because I highly suspect the greed of his Contemplative Outreach organization will likely contaminate and permeate their operations fully once Keating is gone. Such is the way of all human spiritual organizations once the founder is gone, you know.

Catch those restored videos (series 6 to 11, each in 2 parts) in the YouTube playlist links I have provided below. The quality seems to be exceptionally good considering that the original masters were VCR tapes circa the late 1970s. They were probably remastered which is why the quality is remarkably good. I recommend that you download them from YouTube if you can while they are still posted, and collect them for your spiritual library. His Spiritual Journey lectures are timeless and priceless.



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Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO

“The true self is a more spiritual level of awareness. We begin to be willing to accept ourselves just as we are. God is as God is and all reality as it is …This is really what humility is, which is a basic disposition in the spiritual journey: the capacity to accept all reality — God, ourselves, other people, all creation — as they are and as they manifest in … the present moment and it’s content.”
Thomas Keating, OCSO,
Invitation from God (video program)



I’ll see you in the Silence. 😑




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