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  • Published: 3 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9781611803143
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $27.99

The Heart Of Centering Prayer



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.

An in-depth introduction to the theory and practice of Centering Prayer—the Christian contemplative method for perceiving nondual awareness—by the best-selling author of 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.

  • Published: 3 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9781611803143
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $27.99

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Praise for The Heart Of Centering Prayer

"A masterpiece of spiritual wisdom firmly rooted in the Christian mystical tradition. A brilliant analysis of non-dual Christianity in theory and in practice and a major contribution to the Centering Prayer movement and to interspiritual dialogue." --Thomas Keating, author of INTIMACY WITH GOD: AN INTRODUCTION TO CENTERING PRAYER

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