Interior freedom is a primary goal of this prayer. Not freedom to do what you like, but freedom to do what God likes–freedom to be your true Self and be transformed in Christ.
– Thomas Keating
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This is why we show up each day for our centering prayer sit. We thirst and hunger for interior freedom. We think we have interior freedom but we are merely actors on a stage giving our families, friends, communities and employers what they want. We play roles they expect us to play. We play roles we think we should play. None of these roles are who we are. They are not our true self.
When we sit with God in silent prayer we ever so gently remove all obstacles that obstruct our connection to the Divine. We let Divine love shine directly upon us.
All the Divine wants to do is love us. The Divine wants us to feel whole. The Divine wants us to connect to our true self. The Divine wants our true self to shine for all the world to see.
Each time we sit in silence, the Divine rays slowly and gently penetrate the false self barriers that seem to surround our true self. The Divine rays gently and lovingly dissolve these false self barriers until all that remains is our true self.
This is who we are. Our true self simply wants to shine. It wants to act. It wants to share itself. It is finally free to reveal itself to our families, friends, communities and employers. It only knows compassionate and loving actions.
This is what happens when we show up each day for our silent sit with God. We are transformed in Christ. Silent prayer teaches us how to live. We learn how to live from our deepest core: our true self.
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