The Heart of Centering Prayer PDF

The Heart of Centering Prayer

Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice


Author: Cynthia Bourgeault
Publisher: Shambhala, Release date: Dec 27, 2016


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The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice

Perceiving nondual awareness through the Christian contemplative method called Centering Prayer--an in-depth introduction to theory and practice by the best-selling author The Wisdom Jesus and The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.


Centering Prayer is the path to a wonderful and radical new way of seeing the world. It is not, as is sometimes thought, simply an act of devotional piety, nor is it simply a Christianized form of other meditation methods. Cynthia Bourgeault here cuts through the misconceptions to show that Centering Prayer is in fact a pioneering development within the Christian contemplative tradition.  She provides a practical, complete course in the practice and then goes deeper to analyze what actually happens in Centering Prayer:  the mind effectively switches to a new operating system that makes possible the perception of nonduality.  With this understanding in place, she then takes us on a journey through one of the sources of the practice, the Christian contemplative classic The Cloud of Unknowing, revealing it to be among the earliest Christian explorations of the phenomenology of consciousness.

Cynthia Bourgeault’s illumination of the Centering Prayer path provides compelling evidence of how important the practice has become in the half-century since it first arose among American Trappist monks, and of its maturation and refinement over the ensuing years of sincere study and practice. It will resonate with beginners on the Centering Prayer path as well as with seasoned practitioners.


Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening
The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind--A New Perspective on Christ and His Message
The Cloud of Unknowing: With the Book of Privy Counsel
The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity
Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness
The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity
The Cloud of Unknowing: A New Translation of the Classic 14th-Century Guide to the Spiritual Experience
Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God
The Wisdom of the Body: A Contemplative Journey to Wholeness for Women
Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation