Centering Prayer

 

Interested in joining a prayer and mediation group? We'll be  exploring "Centering Prayer" introduced by

Father Thomas Keating's "Contemplative Outreach", weekly on Tuesdays at 10 am.  For a brief explanation of the process view this 3 minute video: https://vimeo.com/129686185 

Our prayer group will be exploring "Developing Centering Prayer", which consists of a 3 Part series  exploring the following:

Part 1 [Developing Centering Prayer]

  • Introduction: Attitudes Toward God
  • Prayer as Relating to God
  • Four levels of Scriptural Experience
  • Toward Resting in God
  • Centering Prayer as Method
  • Progress in Centering Prayer

Part II [Model of the Human Condition]

  • The Human Condition: The evolutionary Model
  • Formation of the Homemade Self: The Existential Model
  • The Pre-Rational energy Centers
  • Frustrations caused by emotional programs
  • Dismantling the Emotional Programs
  • The False Self in Action

Part III [Paradigms of teh Spiritual Journey] 

  • The Four Consents
  • The Human Condition: The Philosophical Model
  • Anthony as a Paradigm of the Spiritual Journey
  • Liberation from the False Self System
  • Liberation from Cultural Conditioning
  • Spirituality in Everyday Life

 

 

 

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

To visit the main site www.contemplativeoutreach.org

Fr. Thomas Keating offers, "the Daily Reader for Contemplative Living", which is a wonderful guide to home practice.  View this site to get acquainted with the book and identify a source to purchase.  http://www.amazon.com/The-Daily-Reader-Contemplative-Living/dp/0826433545 


Fr. Thomas Keating
Fr. Thomas Keating is a founding member and the spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach, LTD.

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