Basic Profile

Name:

Di Shearer

Organizational Title:

Spiritual Director

Organization:

Retired Educator

City:

Strathalbyn

State/Province:

South Australia

Zip/Postal Code:

5255

Country:

Australia

Extended Profile

What do you (or organization) hope for in connection with a deep time perspective?

In almost two decades of retirement years, I have engaged in research around ‘personhood’ whether in the sense of ‘intercultural’ or in the sense of spiritual vocation (inter-being).  The findings impact traditional religious beliefs and life practices.  A deep time perspective is foundational to my ongoing search.  Our findings whether through science or spirituality, micro or macro understandings of life, keep ‘faith-ing’ and hoping alive.I am motivated by the network of relationships being established across disciplines, across life practices and across faith (and no faith) traditions

Short description of your (or organization's) current interest/work in an deep time perspective:

As a free-lance and interfaith spiritual director, I enjoy deep time community across a number of fields, but chiefly through contexts where spirituality and sustainability/resilience are foremost.   Without the constraints of organisational responsibility, I enjoy the flexibility which retirement brings.

Background: Your bio if an individual, or description if an organization (Let us know who you are!):

I began my working life in the 1960s as a teacher of Maths and I still love this discipline.  Then I spent a decade (1970s) in the jungles of Borneo working with indigenous groups who had turned to Christianity through the influence of their Indonesian neighbours.  I trained teachers for their village schools and headed up theological education programs there (a work I am still involved with in a consultancy role).  In the 1980s, I was employed in the South Australian College of Advanced Education, training vocational educators from and in Malaysia and moving into Technical and Further Eudcation contexts here in Australia.  As the College merged into the University of South Australia (1990s), I specialised in Intercultural Communication and the Psychology of Learning.  On retirement, I undertook formation as a spiritual director and have a freelance practice which is open to interfaith application.  In retirement I completed a Ph D entitled: “Intercultural Personhood: a mainstream Australian biographical case study”, a Master of Arts (Theology – Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry) and a Doctor of Ministry with thesis entitled:  “Finding my Way, Minding my Call”.  The latter involved in depth reading of the writing so Teilhard de Cardin.  Each of these has led me closer to a deep time cosmological perspective so that as the work of Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme and others in the Integral Spirituality community emerged, I fed my soul deeply in this perspective.  I am an earthling whose life journey has extended from cultivation of the universe within in my childhood years to the amazing discoveries of science and cosmology in our times.

What are you (or organization) looking for from the Network?

I seek friendship and inspiration through contact with other members.  I seek resources for my work in spiritual direction and an ‘Everyday Philosophy’ group which I teach in a local University of the Third Age (retirees learning together where facilitation and participation is voluntary).  I look for further personal growth.    I would be pleased to engage in conversation through Skype (or other media) with anyone who has the time and interest to work with me on current topics of interest.  It would be good to link with other spiritual directors with interests in this field.

What do you (or organization) bring to the Network?

I bring a life reflected on, a range of educational experiences and qualifications, and an active interest in the work of others.

Originally inspired to do this work by:

My current inspiration is mainly through reading Teilhard de Chardin and applying his life journey to my own.  It is also inspired by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Brian Swimme and less directly by Thomas Berry (but I’m working with his Twelve Principles for Understanding the Universe and the Role of the Human in the Universe Process at the moment).  I am new to Montessori Education and keenly undertaking the current Professional Development series available through the Network.

Also inspired to do this work by:

Most recently I read with an internet Litgeeks group, Jean Gebser’s ‘The Ever Present Origin’.  Exploring a fourth dimension, diaphony, of timelessness and spacelessness, is I believe part of the great work needed ‘between stories’ of Thomas Berry fame.

Call this work:

Big History, Universe Story/New Story/Journey of the Universe, Cosmic Evolution, Montessori Cosmic Education, Other

If you call it something else, what do you call it?

Evolution of Consciousness

Organizations involved with that have a Deep Time evolutionary perspective:

Spiritual Directors International – http://www.sdiworld.org.

Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction – http://www.spiritualdirection.org.au

Australian Network for Spiritual Direction – http://www.ansd.org.au.

Conference of Spiritual Directors – http://www.csdaust.com.

Transition Network – http://www.transitionnetwork.org.

Sustainable Communities South Australia – http://sustainablecommunitiessa.org.au

Applying a Deep Time evolutionary perspective to what fields/issues:

Art, Education, Religion/Spirituality, Ecology, Social Justice

Favorite Quote Having to do With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Teilhard de Chardin:  “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”together with  “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/p/pierreteil114239.html

Are you a teacher/professor?

Yes

If yes, what institution?

retired from University of South Australia

Offer programs with a deep time evolutionary perspective:

Yes

If Yes, Programs Offered With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Workshops/Seminars, Retreats, Other

Educational Products/Services:

Yes

One line bio for display on the map and on your profile:

Spiritual Director in Greater Adelaide, South Australia