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Approaching Clergy about Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  What are the best means of getting your local priest involved in Centering Prayer?

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Centering Prayer
Life is Liturgy Unceasing
Theresa Clark
Voices of Community

LIFE is Liturgy Unceasing!

LECTIO DIVINA is Life;
Every Word an utterance of the Divine.

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Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality
Spiritual Direction and the Contemplative Path
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am new to contemplative prayer.   I have been meditating for 15 years, but have decided to take contemplative prayer as my spiritual path as it suits me better... My question is to do with a spiritual teacher or guide. While a person like this is needed in Eastern spiritual practices, is it also needed in contemplative prayer?

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Centering Prayer and Tinnitus
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I was meditating/doing Centering Prayer for many years. However, ... [I] now severe tinnitus or ringing in the ears. ... I find meditation and Centering Prayer to be very difficult, if not impossible. I feel a longing to return, but whenever I start I get discouraged and frustrated because of the noise in my head. Do you have any recommendations?

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Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer and Exercise
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I would like to know if you could back me up or not in the contemplative skills I have developed through the mixture between Centering Prayer and Tabata Training that I have taken from fitness. I mean backing it intellectually, to know if it is an honest practice or if I am deluding myself. I would like to know if I can add it to my FIT-Repetition project, an evangelization project through coaching, psychology and fitness.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
See With New Eyes
Rich Lewis
Voices of Community

Centering prayer is an exercise of letting go.

We let go so the Creator can create in us.

What God manifests within us is up to God alone...

 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Chapter 2: Renewing your Practice of Centering Prayer, Part I
David Frenette
David Frenette

Chapter 2:  Renewing Your Practice of Centering Prayer,  Part I

Let's look in this chapter at how valuable the Centering Prayer basic guidelines are, even for longtime practitioners.  Many of the difficulties encountered by longtime practitioners are helped by returning to the simple wealth of meaning that is contained in the four introductory guidelines.

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Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer, Unloading and the Nights
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have been practicing centering prayer off and on for about  18 years and more intensely during the past year and a half or so.  For many yearts I had little discipline, just "exuberant mysticism" with lots of consolation.   I am sure the "unloading" of the unconscious has either not happened at all or is at least not complete.

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
The Practice of Forgiveness
Fr. Carl J. Arico
David Frenette

Q:  Forgiveness is one of the highest expressions of love and love without forgiveness is no love at all. Jesus' emphasis on the absolute necessity to forgive repeatedly and from the heart is so very clear. But what is not clear is this: whether forgiveness comes unilaterally from the injured party or not. Jesus on the cross asked the Father to forgive those who were killing him and yet the perpetrators certainly did not ask for forgiveness. Were they forgiven?

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Contemplative Hospitality
Robin Gates, M.A.
Voices of Community

Hospitality

     In contemplative consciousness, one is equipoised, in balance, at the center of one’s house welcoming what arises in quiet hospitality, free of prejudice and attempts to change, possess or reject.  In the silent interior, guests gather, are witnessed, and given respect, acknowledgement and clarity, as they birth into consciousness for healing and transformation.

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Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Centering Prayer and Breathing
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I'm rather new to Centering Prayer. Perhaps the most common thought I have while practicing, which takes me away from my sacred word, is an awareness of my breathing. I've noticed that although I'm not mouthing my sacred word ...  Perhaps I'm so much of an audio learning that I can't help but link my thoughts to my breathing? Anyways, is this a concern?...

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Centering Prayer
Comparing Centering Prayer and Buddhist Meditation
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am curious about the difference in effects between a Buddhist meditation and Centering Prayer, given that in Centering Prayer there is a large emphasis on consenting to the Divine presence as we are being "worked on." In Buddhist meditation, since there is no such intention to an outside source, does the same kind of "divine therapy" take place regardless? Or are there different effects?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Fees for Spiritual Resources
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Why are there fees for spiritual teachings and offerings?

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Contemplative Spirituality
Awareness & Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Where does one initially place their awareness during Centering Prayer?  In other words, when introducing the sacred word does one let the awareness float up toward heaven someplace "outside" oneself, or...

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Centering Prayer
Divine Therapy through Centering & Welcoming Prayer
Anna Vu-Wallace, M.D.
Voices of Community

I experienced another person's energy when I first started my medical career. As a trauma team lead during my medical training, a motorcycle wreck victim was brought in. It was a female police officer who was riding with her husband.

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Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer
A Very Different Holy Week
Marge Rafftery
Voices of Community

How could we make Holy Week special?  My husband cannot make the 3 p.m. Good Friday service as feeding time is 3:30 p.m.  There was no way either of us could take in the beautiful Holy Thursday ceremony then stay for a holy hour or two afterwards as we had for so many years before. 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Retreats
My Experience with the Living Flame Program
Rita Sturgeon
Voices of Community

The Living Flame is a special program, with an inspired combination of silence, Centering Prayer, speakers, and personal sharing – all which contributed a major role in my path to transformation in Christ.

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The Living Flame, Contemplative Spirituality
The Dying Process
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Our Centering Prayer group has been watching the Gift of Life DVD and benefiting by it. We are hearing about persons who spend considerable time in the dying process. Can Contemplative Outreach say anything about those who die suddenly or in a short period of time.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
On Becoming Myself
Jean Mahan
Voices of Community

My True Self, are you there hiding behind the fear?
Are you there, my True Self; a shadow unknown, unseen,
But felt in sudden shudders and closed heart?
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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
The Consequences of “Sin”
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Father Thomas teaches with authority that God has forgiven our sins. But he also sometimes seems to say that we are stuck with "the consequences of our sins."  How does Father Thomas define "the consequences of sin"? ... Perhaps I am asking whether God intervenes, are there miracles that can free us from the "consequences of sin" or is this just my small self trying to control things?

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Contemplative Spirituality
Motivations and Service
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  In the past year I've have fully realized the Martha in me and my false-self motivations that permeated years of ministry.  By God's grace the Illuminative way is proceeding but I am challenged by Pope Francis’ call to move out and serve the marginalized.  ....  How do I discern if authentic or false-self stirrings are at work?

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Contemplative Spirituality
The Purification of the Nights
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am currently undergoing the dark night of the soul for the 2nd /3rd time. I have read a lot about John of the Cross and other authors. I am wondering who at CO has gone through the experience's. I know Fr Thomas must have had at some stage...

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Teaching Centering Prayer in Seminaries
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Father Arico, our Centering Prayer group is reading your book A Taste of Silence. After the introduction where you share your experience of Centering Prayer, our discussion led us to the thought of how amazing it would be if  Centering Prayer could be a part of seminary education. How feasible is this today?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Receptivity
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am a commissioned presenter of the Centering Prayer introductory workshop and when I am elaborating on the notion of being receptive I describe the proper disposition as one of passive receptivity.  I'm trying to convey the idea that God is doing what needs to be done and we just trust and let it happen.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
The Soul and the True Self
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am currently wrestling with various concepts and definitions and how they fit together. When it comes to the false self and the true self I find the glossary at the back of the Intimacy with God book helpful. However does the soul equate with the true self or not?

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Contemplative Spirituality, Father Thomas Keating

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