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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 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.
Cover image: Mark Tomalty / Masterfile.
©2016 Cynthia Bourgeault (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By John Thomson on 09-13-17

A gift for the centering prayer movement

This is a bold, provocative and challenging study by someone who obviously has genuine experience as well as brilliant insight. This book is a real gift to the centering prayer movement, which is currently at a critical crossroad. I very much appreciate the author's exploration of the Cloud of Unknowing, which I have struggled with for years. More of that, please. I'd like for her to write a study of the whole book. I was not happy with the reader, whom I found detached from the material, a little smug, and too rushed for this deep material. I regret that Cynthia didn't elect to read it herself.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JeffA on 04-15-17

Being present in the Heart of it all

She reconnected me to the 12th Cent book The Cloud of Unknowing What a Gift

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-16-17

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This book is quite difficult for me to understand.
Maybe I choose a book that is too advanced for my spiritual progress.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jacqui on 06-22-17

Difficult book to listen to

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I have read most of the books by Father Thomas Keating on centering prayer and thoroughly enjoyed them. This book has confused me and left me feeling slightly intimidated. Too many big words and over complicated. If I ever hear the word 'nondual' again it will be too soon.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, confusion.

Any additional comments?

Definitely not for beginners. Perhaps when I have been practicing centering prayer for a longer time I may re visit it.

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