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
this post may contain affiliate links
Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks – This is a great way to listen to books with your cell phone while you drive, walk or relax at home. I frequently listen in my car during my commute to and from work. I’m a proud affiliate.
Centering Prayer Course: A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God – 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.)
For over 2000 years men and women have set out for the hills, fields and mountains to become Monks – searching for happiness, freedom, peace, joy, balance, fulfillment, confidence, stability, passion and God.