Monday, November 20, 2017

Comparative Religion Audio Books You Won't Want to Miss!

Here are the links to my comparative religion titles, ranging from deep inquires into the Gospel of Thomas to the perfect beginner books from my Easing Into Collection of work.  Soon to be released: Easing into the Gospel of Thomas, Easing into the Dhammapada, Easing into the Mahabharata and Easing into Patanjali's Yoga Sutras! 

The audio books feature narrators Jack Nolan, Rosemary Watson and Collene Curran

The Hidden Message of the Lost Gospel of Thomas: Exploring the Ancient Practice of Unitive Christianity | Kim Beyer

The Hidden Message of the Lost Gospel of Thomas


Easing into the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras | Kimberly Beyer-Nelson

Easing into the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras



Easing into the Bhagavad Gita | Kim Beyer

Easing into the Bhagavad Gita



Easing into Lao Tzu's Tao te Ching: The Easing Into Collection, Volume 6 |  MA,Kim Beyer

Easing into the Tao te Ching



Links to Lovely Poetry Audio Books

I invite you to explore these professionally read and produced audio-book versions of my poetry collections.  From finding the sacred in the daily to flights of mystical theology, you're sure to find a voice and a poem that touches your soul.

Read by Jack Nolan and Pegge Ashcroft


An Invitation to Openness: Poems for Individuals and Communities Seeking the Sacred in the Present Moment (with Rev. Sue Sutherland-Hanson)

An Invitation to Openness: Poems for Individuals and Communities Seeking the Sacred in the Present Moment | Sue Sutherland-Hanson,Kimberly Beyer-Nelson



At Matthew's Knee: a poetic commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, Volume 1

At Matthew's Knee: A Poetic Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 1 | Kimberly Beyer-Nelson



This Nurturing Awe:  Poems inspired by the 99 Beautiful Names of God

This Nurturing Awe: Poems Inspired by the 99 Beautiful Names of God | Kimberly Beyer





Sunday, November 19, 2017

Radio Interview with Audio Book Producer Collene Curran

http://www.artistfirst2.com/ArtistFirst_Kim_Beyer_2017-11-15.mp3


Take an hour to hear about the life and work of an audio book producer, the spirit of collaborative art and where the future of literature and non-fiction may be headed!  Collene was my guest on Deep Communion, my monthly radio show hosted by artistfirst.com.  You can pay that site a visit to explore past shows.  Here is a little bit about Collene.

Collene Curran
is a Colorado native and voice actor.  Upon completing a degree in journalism at Colorado State University she spent several years in Taiwan where she lent her voice to numerous projects from teaching materials to cartoons and corporate videos. She is also an experienced public speaker who has presenting stop-smoking seminars across the country since 2008. She has narrated a number of fiction and nonfiction audio books. Collene currently lives in Denver with her husband Vince and their two canine children.

Let's Get Beyond "Levels" of Faith Maturity

You are not finished yet. You are “in the making.” You have the capacity to learn, mature, think, change, and grow. You also have the freedom to stagnate, regress, constrict, and lose your way. Which road will you take?

—  Noah Levine

Why do human beings tend to gravitate toward restriction, tribe, legalism and exclusivism?  I suspect because, in our wonky-world, such movements of "constriction"  tend to feel safe, protected, and help folks truly believe they are in control and cherished within those strict boundaries. And let's face it--that means less stress, less fear and less "aloneness", all of which are pretty compelling reasons to support what some may think of as "immature" or "stagnated".

Some of the forms of Christianity (and other world religions) that preach exclusivism and literalism certainly fall into this camp. To me, such theology  has its place because when people are scared by life experiences and the milleu they live in, when they need a place to be held, when they require answers or to "know" they are on the right path and others are walking with them, these kinds of theologies deliver. For some, this will be the place where the encounter with God happens, in a bowl that has high and thick sides and the sense they are not alone in their society. And that is where they will stay, which is right and beautiful for them. Within that bowl, their particular faith will mature, grow and deepen. Their experiences add to what we collectively mean by referring to "God". 

For others, though, the call of a different kind of knowing begins to chip windows in the walls of those bowls.  They hear the spiritual call to explore, to question, to wrestle.  I'm not sure saying "mature" or "grow" is quite right, though--perhaps, it's not about levels at all.  It's about responding honestly to impulses of the heart. For some, they need more space to create a new kind of bowl to hold them in community, in safety and protection.  

The "maturity" and "growth" aspects come when people from two "kinds" of safety, freedom and support are asked to coexists as brothers and sisters of their parent faith.  It requires of folks an ability to understand that diversity of faith opens windows and doors into the heart of the Mystery that are welcoming for different kinds of people. And it is an invitation to appreciate a wider sense of the divine, even if it is a "view" that does not feel like "home" to the viewer! Daily, I am working my way around to an important scriptural injunction: the very heartbeat of diversity of religious expression.  It goes: "judge not lest ye be judged" (Matthew 7:1-3), to me, one of the fundamental and shared aspects of the Christian journey, and one of the surest ways to get past stages, levels and intimations of maturity.

Ameyn!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Autumn Flower Consciousness: a poem

Where the driveway gravel hatches
into charcoal-sketched weeds
let us sit for a time
and watch Buddha, Jesus and Rumi
trying on autumn flower consciousness.

No talking here.
Intimations of whirling,
some breeze that raced Himalayas
and slumbered, rolling, on a Pacific wave,
now flirting with browning, withering stems—
even its language sometimes fails.

Roots suspicious of the taste of sunshine,
petals shuddering about shadows,
the leaves already hunched in a shrug,
“I don’t know,” inscribed
on the breathing seed heads
as they stare at the clouded and always moving
sky-scape.

They can’t find the scent of the stars.

The boys finally sigh, letting wind tear them a little,
apologizing by unraveling yet again,
teaching over and over the great sin
of
trying to cram God into
one
or even endless

words.

KN

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PVC Tapestry Loom and Home-Made Lamps


My favorite fall-winter activity is weaving.  There's an amazing quiet spot that builds up like layers of yarn, over-under, over-under, over-under, the rhythm rocking me, the textures of the fiber running through fingers soothing summer-dried nerves.  If the day is rainy and windy, like today, so much the better! This piece is nearly three feet wide, and about four feet tall and is being created on a PVC pipe loom that I made for under $15.00.  You're already looking at over 14 hours of work.  One thing is true, you'll never get rich being a fiber artist unless you are a self-promoting genius.  HA! 

All the fiber has been donated to me--just pieces and ends of yarn other knitters and weavers and cross stitch folks didn't want to bother with.  I have about four containers of such pickings, and it's fun to watch it come alive on the warp threads.  This is a great project for a small group as well--warp the loom, have folks bring yarn scraps and even strips of cloth and each time you meet, have each person add a bit of weave to the tapestry.  It's an exercise sure to get you over any control-freak inclinations you might have! HA!

In a later blog, I'll break down the steps to create your own floor or table-top loom.  I will tell you I am getting some flex in the pipe with this loom, and will have to add some wooden dowling inside the pipes to help make it more rigid.  


The other interesting project I am doing is gathering fresh herbs, a cinnamon stick, a shake of dry herbs and then some interesting pine cones or stones and making globe lamps.  I have ceramic wine bottle inserts that I will be using rather than just the open wick you see here--don't want to blow up the house.  :-)  But it gives you a sense of the finished product.  I used lamp oil but you can also use olive oil. The unusual shaped container you see here used to contain rum.  No, I don't drink but have friends who can "donate" their empties!  It's the same way I get beautiful blue wine bottles which also make stunning lamps and delightful re-purposed Christmas presents for the Season of Light.

Also, look for an upcoming blog about building a deer blind from pallets and Restore materials--a 6 x 6 blind can be made for under $50.00 and I have the pictures to prove it!  Until next time, happy St. Antler's Day and blessings.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Today, i Am Content

Today, i am content
to let wind become chime
chime to ignite chickadee song,
song to twine, colors on white
into an improv tapestry.

I am at my best,
my best not scaled or evaluated,
evaluations saved for fiber fingers
fingers finding ways
to weave impressions.

How can you tell I'm happy?
Happiness does not compete-
competition teases apart like
raw unspun wool
in greens, in blues, in reds,

nestling together,
wind-driven sleet
and the pure black-white of
a momentary winter bird.

KN