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Souls Wounded At UMC's New Age "spiritual" Retreat Handouts

Mount Sequoyah 1999 Singles Training Event October 8-10, 1999 Handouts

Bio furnished on flyer for ‘training event’:

Our keynote speaker will be Robert Keck, an author and lecturer living on a Colorado mountaintop. Dr. Keck has been a United Methodist Minister, served on the faculty of The Ohio State University Medical School, was one of the first and foremost corporate wellness consultants in North America, and was president of Boulder Graduate School. His own "miraculous healing" is the subject of a book and a film. Dr. Keck’s presentations at the retreat will be based on his widely recognized book, Sacred Eyes. He is best known for developing what became known as Deep Value Research: that the dramatic changes in health care are simply a microcosm of a much larger transformation of the human spirit and soul. He believes it is possible for each of us to go further beyond the restraints of science and religion that we could ever imagine, and to live a "new kind of existence" marked by God with exciting wholeness and spiritual maturity of mind, body, and spirit.

Handouts provided for event:

Mount Sequoyah

1999 Singles Training Event

October 8-10, 1999

Material that was in

Dr. L. Robert Keck’s presentation

Friday Evening:

Jesuit priest & paleontologist Teihard de Chardin:

"Nothing here below is profane for those who know how to see. On the contrary, everything is sacred."

"Hope for the Flowers" by Trina Paulis:

"How does one become a butterfly?" She asked pensively.

"You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."

You mean to die? Asked Yellow.

"Yes and no," he answered. "What looks like you will die but what’s really you will still live. Life is changed, not taken away. Isn’t that different from those who die without ever becoming butterflies?"

Edna St. Vincent Millay:

"Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,

Rains from the sky a meteoric shower

Of facts… They lie unquestioned, uncombined.

Wisdom enough to leach us of our ill

Is daily spun, but there exists no loom

To weave it into fabric."

Introducing a New Science of Soul – Deep-value Research:

Enlarges the historical and cultural context

Introduces an evolutionary paradigm into the realm of the sacred.

Has discovered periodic transformations of Soul.

Uses a maturational metaphor.

Definition of terms used throughout these presentations:

"Soul" and "souls"

"Soul" refers to the deepest part of the collective human psyche wherein Divine meaning and purpose for the species are embedded. Our personal "souls" refer to our depths wherein our own versions of Divine meaning and purpose are embedded.

Handouts provided for event:

Keck handouts – Page 2

"Deep-values" = The DNA of Soul

"Deep-values" are the most causal influences that shape and determine mainstream human cultures. If genetic DNA determines what we look like, the Soul’s DNA determines what we value, what we think, and how we act.


"Spirituality" is our individual awareness of a deep Divine meaning and purpose in life, and our response to those depths. A person’s spirituality may be totally unique and private, or it may be shared with others – inside or outside traditional religious institutions.


"Religions" are the institutional ways in which groups of people manifest, facilitate, and celebrate their sense of the spiritual – creating and maintaining meaningful community, as well as honoring, conserving, and preserving their particular history, traditions, rituals, and symbols.

An "Archaeological Dig" to discover the DNA of Soul

That which are amenable to empirical research:

Our daily lives, which are influenced by…

The cultures in which we live, which are influenced by…

Humanity’s Deep-values

That which are faithful assumptions:

Our individual soul’s purpose, which operates within the context of…

A species-wide Soul’s purpose, which is determined by…

The Creative Source of all Life.

Synopsis of Epoch 1

35,000 years ago to 10,000 years ago

Humanity’s childhood Soul

Evolutionary purpose = physical maturation

An epoch-specific deep-value system

Synopsis of Epoch II

10,000 years ago until the present

Humanity’s adolescent soul

Evolutionary purpose = ego and mental maturation

An epoch-specific deep-value system

Synopsis of Epoch III

The future

Humanity’s adult Soul

Evolutionary purpose = spiritual maturation

An epoch specific deep-value system

Handouts provided for event:

Keck handouts – Page 3

Saturday morning

Epoch I Deep-values (35,000 years ago to 10,000 years ago)

A unity with nature, which included a profound respect for the powers of the animal world.

An emphasis upon the feminine, which included matricentric and matrilineal societies, as well as worship of the Earth Goddess.


Epoch II Deep-values (10,000 years ago up to the present)

Reductionism – reducing the human-nature whole into separate pieces, humanity and the rest of nature.

Patriarchy and hierarchy.

Adolescent notions of power:

Projecting power externally.

Wielding power over others.

A need to control:

Insisting on conformity to rigid belief systems.

With violence.

Belief systems as to when God created the world:

Eastern Orthodox Christians = 5508 B.C.E.

Early Syrian Christians = 5490 B.C.E.

17th Century Bishop James Ussher = 4004 B.C.E.

The Hebrew calendar = 3760 B.C.E.

Modern science suggests that the universe was created about 15 billion years ago, the earth about 4 billion years ago.

The "Modern Age" (1350 to the present)

The completion and culmination of the Epoch II evolutionary purpose of ego and mental maturation, and the Epoch II deep-values – launched by the 14th century’s "Black Death" and brought into prominence by:

The Renaissance

The Reformation

The Scientific Revolution

The Enlightenment

The Industrial and Technological Revolutions


Handouts provided for event:

Keck handouts – Page 4

Saturday afternoon: metaphysics

Epoch III Deep-values (The emerging future)

Re-membering Human-nature

Discovering ubiquity of wholeness

The maturation of power

The spirituality of time

Re-membering Human-nature

Being saved from the "Original Sin" of Soul

Patriarchy is "history"

Growing up – from an ego-spirituality to an eco-spirituality.

Physicist David Bohm:

"The essential new quality implied by the quantum theory is… that a system cannot be analyzed into parts. This leads to the radically new notion of unbroken wholeness of the entire universe. You cannot take it apart. For if you do, what you end up with is not contained within the original whole. It is created by the act of analysis."

Theologian Paul Tillich:

"A fresh interpretation of love is needed that shows that love is basically not an emotional but an ontological power, that it is the essence of life itself, namely, the dynamic reunion of that which has been separated."


Towards a Holistic Theology:

Theism & Deism



Panentheism – the idea that God is in everything, and everything is in God.

Psalm 139

Gospel of John 14:10

Ephesians 4:6


Handouts provided for event:

Keck handouts – Page 5

Sunday morning:

The maturation of power:

Democracies world-wide: (source: Freedom House, Washington, DC)

(A country is defined as a democracy when "there are reasonably free and fair elections characterized by significant choices for voters in a context of free political organization, reasonable access to the media, and secret ballot elections.")

1776 - 1

1790 - 3

1900 - 13

1919 - 25

1940 - 13

1960 - 36

1970 - 30

1990 - 61

Today - 117

Pro-Active Empowerment

Become a virgin – by way of an heroic journey

Go to hell – by way of an heroic journey

Explore your soul’s purpose – by way of an heroic journey

The Heroic Journey

Separation from the world

Encounter with power

A return to the world to live and teach the new wisdom & power

The Gospel of Thomas 43:29-33

The Gospel of John 14:12

Re-Active Empowerment:

Make a decision – victim or victor?

Use illness, or any crisis, as a teacher – by way of an heroic journey

Handouts provided for event:

Keck handouts – Page 6

The Spirituality of Time:




Nobel laureate Ilya Prigogine:

"The idea of certainty is a denial of time and novelty. In accepting that the future is not determined, we come to the end of certainty."

William Blake:

"To see a world in a grain of sand

And heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour."

The Gospel of Thomas 51:1-2

"A Sleep of Prisoners" by Christopher Fry

The human heart can go to the lengths of God.

Dark and cold we may be, but this

Is no winter now. The frozen misery

Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move;

The thunder is the thunder of the floes,

The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.

Thank God our time is now when wrong

Comes up to face us everywhere,

Never to leave us ‘til we take

The longest stride of soul men ever took.

Affairs are now soul size.

The enterprise is exploration into God.

Where are you making for? It takes

So many thousand years to wake,

But will you wake for pity’s sake.

Revelation 21: 1, 4&5

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