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I highly recommend that both new and experienced practitioners read Carl J. Arico’s book, “A Taste Of Silence: Centering Prayer And The Contemplative Journey. Let me share a few key points from this book that I think you will enjoy.
Consent and Action
“I became aware of how powerful Centering Prayer was because it was a container for my consenting to not only God’s presence in my life, but also God’s action in my life.” Centering prayer is a practice that helps us open to God. It teaches us how to let go, open and consent to the presence of God. When we are present to God, we give God the best chance to act in us!
“God is within us and we don’t fully appreciate the divine presence in us right now.” Centering prayer helps us reconnect to the divine within. We are both divine and human beings. When we let the two meet and act together, we get God inspired actions.
“Now I would like to suggest, if we are unable to let thoughts go at times, how is God going to put another thought in our minds?” Centering prayer teaches us how to let go. When we let go, we let God act in us at a deep level beyond thoughts, emotions and physical sensations. Each time we let go during centering prayer, we give God another opportunity to give us what God knows is best for us just right now.
Fruits of Centering Prayer
“When we consent, we are giving the Spirit permission to do whatever needs to be done.” This is the exciting part! During centering prayer, God acts in us. God’s inner actions are later revealed during our everyday lives. The fruits of centering prayer are a wonderful gift from God.
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David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer reenergized the Centering Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings. Centering Prayer Meditations: Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God is a wonderful companion audio program created to be equally rewarding as a stand-alone guide – gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners, and then guides us experientially through core prayers and meditations.
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Enjoy a wonderful course on Christian Prayer Methods by Dr. Philip St. Romain. Discover and appreciate a variety of methods of prayer that have been used for centuries in Christianity. These prayer methods include: Prayer of Jesus, Paul and the Early Christians, Praying With Scripture (Lectio Divina), Centering Prayer, Christian Meditation, Breathing Prayer, Praying Psalms, Praying with Icons and Art (Visio Divina).
Listen to Simply Good News by New Testament scholar and author N. T. Wright. It is based upon his book Simply Good News. You will instantly get into the heart of the idea of ‘good news’ as it was understood by the 1st Century writers of the New Testament. It will also work well at Adult Forum sessions at church groups.