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Centering Prayer Online: "We welcome you as Christ"
There are four online contemplative communities for those interested in learning Centering Prayer or already practicing it as taught by Fr. Thomas Keating OCSO and Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Those interested may apply at any time.
CENTERING PRAYER ONE
This online community begins every four months, in January, May and September, with the teaching of the Introductory Program for the practice of Centering Prayer. The program is followed by the reading and discussion of Fr. Thomas Keating's Centering Prayer primer, Open Mind, Open Heart, 2006 Edition. This book explains in detail the conceptual background of Centering Prayer and the Christian Contemplative Heritage. Daily guidance, direction and support in establishing this prayer as a twice daily practice is also provided. Admission can take place at any time during the year. To request subscription to the Centering Prayer One list write to the List Owners at Centering Prayer One Online
CENTERING PRAYER TWO
This online community consists of those practitioners who already have practiced Centering Prayer twice daily for a year. It consists of a one year cycle and is the next step after the Centering Prayer One list. In this group the student will continue to receive teachings and support for the daily practice of Centering Prayer. The reading and discussion of Fr. Thomas Keating's book, Invitation to Love, explores the core material of "The Spiritual Journey," examining the process of healing the human condition through the "Divine Therapy" of contemplation that may occur with a sustained practice of Centering Prayer. This is followed by the reading and reflecting on Intimacy with God, Fr. Keating's more advanced book on Centering Prayer. There will also be an introduction to Lectio Divina (praying Scripture) and The Welcoming Prayer, which complements Centering Prayer, and a time to spend with this practice. Questions, commentaries, and sharings are encouraged throughout the year. After a year or more, the participants with a continued established practice of centering prayer are invited to move to the Spiritus List. To request subscription to the Centering Prayer Two list write to the List Owners at Centering Prayer Two Online