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Frequently Asked Questions

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life.  The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day. The Welcoming Prayer helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored — in the body. It contributes to the process of transformation in Christ initiated in Centering Prayer.  Practicing the Welcoming Prayer offers the opportunity to make choices free of the false-self system — responding instead of reacting to the present moment.  Read more about the Welcoming Prayer here.

The Welcoming Prayer can be learned in several ways.  One way is by attending a local Welcoming Prayer day or weekend retreat/workshop.  There are also Welcoming Prayer immersion retreats.  You can search our online calendar to see if there is a workshop or retreat near you.

You can also learn the method through an online course.  Contemplative Outreach and Spirituality and Practice have developed an online, on-demand course that you can take anywhere, anytime you have internet access.  You can find more information here.

You may also wish to learn the practice through this 40-day praxis booklet, which is part of the The Contemplative Life Program.