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The Naked Now: Learning To See As the Mystics See Paperback – September, 2009
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Franciscan priest and spirituality author Rohr (Everything Belongs) again brings his energy to the reclamation of the Christian mystical tradition. He has a lot of scripture on his side, with many citations from the gospels and epistles. He also offers a distinctive definition of prayer as a nondualistic way of seeing the moment. To see as a mystic sees is to pray continually, as scripture enjoins. Some of his criticisms of institutional forms of religiosity as a barrier to seeing with insight are familiar. Yet his understanding of prayer as a tool for contemplation and transformation is forcefully argued. The somewhat theoretical re-reading of Catholic Christian tradition is brought down to earth by a series of appendixes that contain practices for those who want to know what to do; attaining insight is not self-evident nor is it easy. Rohr is enriched by other world religious traditions, but clearly knows his own. Those interested in contemplative Christianity, and particularly Catholics interested in their own tradition, will benefit from this book. (Sept.)
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"Rohr is enriched by other world religious traditions, but clearly knows his own. Those interested in contemplative Christianity, and particularly Catholics interested in their own tradition, will benefit from this book." Publishers Weekly
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If they annoy you, too, stick with it. This turned out to be a really luscious companion into wisdom. You are led through the first half of life discussion in a very first half of life way, which, if you read the book & understand what the author means by that, is necessarily somewhat irritating.
The second half is like getting to your steak after picking through your salad. Now you are being filled & satisfied (or jackfruit, for our vegan friends). I was spontaneously reminded of an elderly couple I befriended as a little girl, & suddenly ached for them. These are people I may not have thought of in a decade. This is how evocative the second half of this book is.
This is very much a book for These Times, where people detest each other over social media in holier-than-thou tribal stances, & it is a book for All Times, because people have forever been kinda stupid. Get this, prepare for some Deep Time, & enjoy.
This is one of the only Christian writers I have seen who seems to understand the role Ken Wilber has had on clarifying what, for goodness sake, all true religious teachings are trying to get human beings to realize. He also calls our attention to contemporary non-dual realized beings and teachers, such as Byron Katie and Eckhart Tolle.
Perhaps that is what feels so unique about this book. It feels to me like this is the first time I have read a Christian writer who has really gone out an read, assimilated, and then integrated the current non-dual awakening process happening all over the world right now with the actual message and teaching of Christ: Jesus. It is as if some sort of mental wall that has been separating Christianity from the the vital and enormously powerful work of the Holy Spirit that is going on right now in the non-dual spiritual world gets conceptually and actually torn down in this book.
I feel on some level like I have been waiting all my life for this book to show up. I thank Rohr and God, Christ and The Holy Spirit for bringing it out. Since Christ: Jesus is my spiritual Teacher and model, I have had little choice but to wait for this kind of book to make sense of how he fits in with the larger non-dual teachings of the world both past and present. In-other-words, I feel, at last that someone has explained very well why I experience Christ: Jesus as I do, as a non-dual master, fully divine and fully human. Rohr does not hold back or pull any punches. To me, he actually steps up and explains the radical path that Jesus exemplified.
This is a great book to help open the Christian world to the deeper truth-teachings of the West's great Teacher and Initiator.
Below are links to the two books mentioned above.
Putting on the Mind of Christ: The Inner Work of Christian Spirituality
The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind--A New Perspective on Christ and His Message
I reccommned this book (and other Rohr books) if you are trying to move into a productive second half of life.