Thank you for subscribing to Silence Teaches! Let me highlight a brief history of my incredible journey.
When Amos Smith’s book, Healing the Divide was published in March of 2013, I came across it while I browsed on Amazon. I tried a sample. I could not get into it. I was just not ready for it. I put it aside but knew that perhaps in the future I will give it another try.
In the meantime, I began to dabble in silent prayer. I had heard that silence was transforming. I wanted to experience this transformation too. I would force myself to sit in silence. It was difficult! I began to test how long I could sit in silence. I started with one minute and increased it to three and even four minutes. (I had been introduced to silence as I read two books by Carl McColman: The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality and Answering the Contemplative Call: First Steps on the Mystical Path.)
In the beginning of 2014, I came back to Amos’s book. Maybe I was ready for it now. I started to read it. I was ready! As I read it, I began to jot down questions. What is this Jesus Paradox that Amos refers to and why should I care? Amos has been a long term practitioner of centering prayer. I wanted to learn more about centering prayer. Am I really a divine being with a little d and a human being?
I emailed Amos these questions. To my surprise, Amos quickly responded. I began an email dialogue with Amos. This email dialogue continued. Amos asked me to help him with the RCMR social media. In June of 2014, Amos asked me if I wanted to co author a book with him. He suggested we write a book about the Jesus Paradox. I agreed. Over the last three years I have been working on my upcoming book titled, Centering Prayer Journey: Discovering and Mirroring the Dynamic Christ and the Human Jesus. As we have collaborated on this book, Amos and I have become good friends.
In August of 2016, Silence Teaches was launched. Silence Teaches is devoted to centering prayer. My weekly meditation off the RCMR site continues and is now also featured on Silence Teaches. Over the last year Silence Teaches has evolved from a weekly meditation to include contemplative author interviews, book reviews, centering prayer workshops in the community and centering prayer one on one coaching.
I have taught centering prayer at numerous churches and college/universities in my local community. I am happy to visit with your community. I now offer centering prayer one on one coaching for those who wish to go deeper in the practice and integrate it with their everyday life. (Feel free to contact me if you wish to obtain more information.)
This has been an exciting and wonderful journey. It is amazing to think that it all started because I decided to take a second look at Amos’ book, “Healing the Divide“.
I have been a daily practitioner since June 1, 2014. Centering prayer has changed my life. Centering prayer continues to change my life! The most important advice we can take is what Thomas Keating mentions, “The primary teaching of centering prayer is basically very simple and can be expressed in two words: “Do it!” It will then do you. But it requires doing it every day.”
Thank you for joining me on my journey! I look forward to 2018 and where the Spirit moves us!
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault
The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God by David Frenette
Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action by Nicholas Amato
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I am currently taking on clients for Centering Prayer One on One Coaching sessions. I am happy to setup weekly, bi-weekly or monthly sessions with you over the phone or skype to help you go deeper into your centering prayer practice and integrate it into your daily life. Contact me for more information. The first session is 1/2 off.
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Contemplative Perspectives: Frameworks for the Divine: With the historic practice of The Jesus Prayer as a jumping off point, we explore the experiential aspects of the Purgation/Illumination/Union path of Christian Mysticism.
I am currently reading The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind – a New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault and The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is by N. T. Wright.
The Way of the Wisdom Jesus: Going Beyond the Mind to the Heart of His Teaching – If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. In this online course, Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat and conference leader Cynthia Bourgeault serves as a masterful guide to Jesus’s vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teaching for yourself. It is based upon her book, The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind – a New Perspective on Christ and His Message .
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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.
Centering Prayer is a silent prayer practice that can move you toward a profound relationship with the Spirit of God within. It is a way of praying that opens the door to the Divine Indwelling—the ground of our being. With Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating and his colleagues Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico present the first online course in this method for deepening your intimacy with God and ultimately consenting to the presence and action of the Divine in all aspects of your life.
Since the time of the Desert Fathers in the third century, Finley begins, Christian mystics have practiced meditation as a way of opening to the direct presence of God in daily life. Legendary seekers such as Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Meister Eckhart explored how meditation can lead us beyond the closed horizon of the ego, to an interior and holy refuge that is always available to us. On Christian Meditation, James Finley offers a gentle introduction to this all-transforming way of life, and the ever-deepening realization of oneness with Christ it leads us to. (Based upon his book, Christian Meditation.)