If during centering prayer there are no distractions, no thoughts, words, images, smells, sounds, sights, tastes, then what’s left? Is anything left? Or is there just a great void?
During Centering Prayer we let go of all thoughts, emotions and physical sensations.
We open to the presence and actions of God within.
Yes, God is actually within us.
We are not God but we are the eyes and hands and feet of God.
We are the emanations of God.
God’s actions are beyond our thoughts, emotions and physical sensations.
It may seem like a void but it is the gift of God’s pure presence.
We let God pray in us.
I believe God prays in us the actions we are to take during our everyday lives.
These actions are unique to each person.
Other times I believe we sit to simply be loved and refreshed by God.
God loves us and is delighted we have chosen to sit with him.
We come to our silent sits to refill our reservoir.
They run dry during the course of the day.
I need my sits!
Centering Prayer is a place we come from.
We seem to arise from our sits a new and refreshed person.
That is why it is so exciting.
I encourage you to enter the silent void of God’s presence.
And see what happens……..
Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation by Phileena Heuertz
An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation by Martin Laird
Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See by Richard Rohr
The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within by Christine Valters Paintner
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