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Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening Paperback – November 28, 2004
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This book will be inspiring, clear, and helpful to those who look well into it. (Philip C. Fischer Review For Religious)
Every page of this book contains profound but accessible spiritual teaching and wisdom for living. (The Anglican Journal)
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is a superb book, a wonderfully accessible introduction to Centering Prayer and the role it can play in your own ‘salvation unto eternity.' Highly recommended for all who are on a spiritual path of any sort. (Ken Wilber, author of The Eye of Spirit)
Bourgeault's prophetic voice points the way to restore harmony, dignity, and depth to our lived Christian community. (The Anglican Journal)
Cynthia Bourgeault's book is a must-read. . . . Her simple and clear explanations of the contemplative process so apparently based in her own experience re-ignited my own yearning to live a deeply God-centered life and renewed my commitment to the practice. (Anne Simpkinson, co-author, Soul Work: A Field Guide for Spiritual Seekers)
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There are numerous "de-constructionists" in the Christian market-place -- Bishop John Spong, Marcus Borg amoung them, and I argue that they perform an essential service. But for spiritual growth, these writers are a little more likely to give a stone than a drink of water. Cynthia's book is a refreshing answer to the vacuum that I feel after reading one of those books.
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is thoroughly grounded in Christian tradition -- this is a Christian text by an Anglican (Episcopal) priest -- but it draws from a larger context than the 21st century North American one. In doing so, she challenges some perspectives that are unquestioned. The first and perhaps the most important is the question of "where God is". In the long tradition of contemplatives, Cynthia suggests that attempts to look for God "out there" is going to lead to a religion that is fractured and a faith that is out-of-touch with what we know in our hearts to be true. No, God is to be found within -- which must be carefully contrasted with the notion that we are in any way "god".
So the way to discover God? Cynthia gently takes us through the approaches that have been used over the millennia, but lands on a relatively modern approach (about 30 years old) usually called "centering prayer". It would be a disservice here to describe this, except perhaps to say a couple of things about what it isn't.Read more ›
Bourgeault expands this practice with additional chapters on the practice of the Welcoming Prayer - a means of extending the practice of Centering Prayer to the rest of the day.
Bourgeault begins at the most basic level of explaining the practice of Centering Prayer and then builds upon the profound insight which this practice offers to the world in the 21st century.
Very interesting and accessible!
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Have not had time to read much of it yet, it appears it will be very helpful to make much better use of the Centering Prayer method of praying. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Janet A.
This is the most comprehensive introduction to Centering Prayer that is available.
In Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Cynthia Bourgeault covers the standard topics... Read more
I wore out this book. I need to get another copy. Don't buy this book unless you want to change from the inside out. It's an awakening journey.Published 1 month ago by T. Miller
I found this book to be most helpful in explaining the spiritual as well as the psychological transformation available for the practitioner of Centering Prayer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jtoops54
Coming from the school of concentrative methods (esoteric meditation), meditation usually proceeds from the cataphatic stage, using a seed thought or mantra, then into the climax,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vin