The Early Mystics knew the Gospels are an excellent start on the road to integration and wholeness. They are an excellent start to fill in trenches and to dismantle self-serving cultural paradigms. Yet, in order to call a permanent cease fire between dualistic factions within, we need as many tools as possible.
A combination of The Gospels, the theology of The Jesus Paradox, and spiritual practice, keeps our minds and hearts open and supple. This combination has the greatest potential to vanquish the trenches for good and to slowly pry the implements of war from our hands one finger at a time.
The Gospels are an antidote to individualism and prejudice. Centering prayer is an antidote to relentless activity and the addictive process. The Jesus Paradox is an antidote to dualistic thought and absolutism. Combined they spawn synthetic genius, which can dig through even the most divisive calcified cells in our bodies, in our churches, and in society.
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David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer reenergized the Centering Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings. Centering Prayer Meditations: Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God is a wonderful companion audio program created to be equally rewarding as a stand-alone guide – gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners, and then guides us experientially through core prayers and meditations.
Prayer is a core Christian practice, but for many, this means “saying prayers” or asking God for various favors. In this course, we will review a variety of methods of prayer that have been used for centuries in Christianity. Whether you’re a beginner who is just learning how to pray, or a more mature Christian who has been at it awhile, this course will offer specific guidance, encouragement and support for practicing several time-tested methods of prayer. Enjoy a review of this course by Rich.
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