Centering Prayer: Its Origins, Practice, and Contribution to an Integral Spirituality.


Father Thomas Keating and Ken Wilber

In this series of videosFather Thomas Keating and Ken Wilberdiscuss the history of Fr. Keating’s spiritual path. As abbot of St Joseph's, Fr. Keating invited Eastern meditation teachers to instruct Christian monks in meditation. As the Eastern teachers presented their practices, their means to an end, Fr. Keating realized, “We had no such methods, no practices.” His longing for contemplative practices, a means to experience communion with the Divine Presence, inspired the revival of Contemplative Christianity and the creation of the practice of Centering Prayer.


Fr. Keating also discusses the scriptural and historical roots of contemplation within the Christian tradition, as if he were giving a heartfelt sermon. He concludes that Jesus has always encouraged us to go into our “inner room.” Centering Prayer is one means to enter that room, and consent to receive God’s love. These conversations are truly a blessing….



1.
 A Prayer, A Presence, A Secret ( 12:21 )
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2.
 Jesus: Faith, Formula, Trikaya ( 14:58 )
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3.
 A Prayer, A Process, A Kiss ( 11:43 )
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4.
 The Church. Part 1. Fundamentalists, Heretics, Lovers. ( 13:11 )
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5.
 Love: Eden, Sex, Evolution ( 07:07 )
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6.
 Intention, Attraction, Penetration ( 11:41 )
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7.
 Lectio Divina. Listening, Levels, Practice ( 14:54 )
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8.
 The Church. Part 2. Myths, Meditation, Means ( 15:14 )
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