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3-A Continuing Practice

In addition to the items listed in previous sections, you may find the following items on Centering Prayer and the spiritual journey helpful as continuing support for an established Centering Prayer practice.

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Title and  Description Media Ideas for Using in a Group

 Spiritual Journey Part 2:  Model of the Human Condition

Set of Six DVDs:
6. The Human Condition:  The Evolutionary Model
7. Formation of the Homemade Self: The Existential Model
8. The Pre-rational Energy Centers*
9. Frustrations Caused by the Emotional Programs*
10. Dismantling the Emotional Programs*
11. The False Self in Action*

Each session is about 60 minutes with an intermission at about 30 minutes.
 DVD & Transcripts
 Transcripts of the Spiritual Journey sessions are available.  The transcripts include the timings, session previews and reviews, discussion questions and related scripture.  These talks can be viewed at a prayer group.  Each talk is about an hour long so you may need to extend the meeting time to accommodate a complete talk in one meeting.  If you decide to view half of the talk (30 min) at a time then you may need to provide a review of the first part at the next meeting before continuing with the remaining 30 minutes of the talk..

* = talks are shown at our Hawaii 8-Day Intensive Centering Prayer Retreats.  Retreats are a good way to see the Spiritual Journey Videos because you hear the entire talk in context with the other talks and the information can be digested in the silence and solitude of the retreat..

 
 Spiritual Journey Part 3: Paradigms of the Spiritual Journey

Set of six DVDs:
12. The Four Consents*
13. The Human Condition:  The Philosophical Model
14. Anthony as a Paradigm of the Spiritual Journey*
15. Liberation from the False Self System*
16. Liberation from Cultural Conditioning*
17 Spirituality in Everyday Life*

Each session is about 60 minutes with an intermission at about 30 minutes.
 DVD &
Transcripts
 Transcripts of the Spiritual Journey sessions are available.  The transcripts include the timings, session previews and reviews, discussion questions and related scripture.  These talks can be viewed at a prayer group.  Each talk is about an hour long so you may need to extend the meeting time to accommodate a complete talk in one meeting.  If you decide to view half of the talk (30 min) at a time then you may need to provide a review of the first part at the next meeting before continuing with the remaining 30 minutes of the talk..

* = talks are shown at our Hawaii 8-Day Intensive Centering Prayer Retreats.  Retreats are a good way to see the Spiritual Journey Videos because you hear the entire talk in context with the other talks and the information can be digested in the silence and solitude of the retreat.

 
 Invitation to Love The Way of Christian Contemplation by Thomas Keating

"This is an attempt to provide a road map, as it were, for the journey that begins when Centering Prayer is seriously undertaken, and to point to some of the recognizable landmarks on the journey as well as to its ultimate destination...The regular practice of contemplative prayer initiates a healing process that might be called "the divine therapy"... The gift of contemplative prayer is a practical and essential tool for confronting the heart of Christian discipline... while at the same time establishing the climate and necessary disposition for a deepening relationship to God and leading, if we persevere, to divine union.

This book covers information presented in the Spiritual Journey video tapes.

 Book 
 
 Journey to the Center A Lenton Passage by Thomas Keating

This is a perfect companion for the 40 days of Lent.  Each day's reading includes a portion of Scripture from the liturgical cycle.

  Journey to the Center is the perfect companion for the 40 days of Lent.  This can be done together as a group. 
 
 Awakenings

Fr. Thomas’ homilies on 30 events in Jesus’ ministry, his teachings and liturgical celebrations, taken from a contemplative perspective. Includes a discussion of the classical monastic practice of Lectio Divina.
  
 
 St. Theresa of Lisieux, Transformation in Christ

Commentaries on the spiritual life as seen through six parables of Jesus and insights from the life of St. Thérèse. St. Thérèse has had a profound impact on the spiritual life of Fr. Thomas … In his own words: "[This book] was written in honor of Thérèse’s becoming the third woman Doctor of the Church and as a token of my immense gratitude for her inspiration in starting and sustaining me on the path of Christian contemplation … St. Thérèse in my view is the key figure in the recovery of the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in our time – a process that is desperately needed … and is only just beginning to take root."

  
  The Divine Indwelling
  
  Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit
  
  Heartfulness - Transformation in Christ
  
 
 A Daily Reader for Contemplative Living Excerpts from the Works of Father Thomas Keating, Sacred Scripture, and other Spiritual Writings. Compiled by S. Stephanie Iachetta.

From the forward by George W. Hunt, S.J.:

The book's structure is both simple and elegant. Each day's text begins with a line of prayer, a 'prayer sentence' that acts as both a theme and an invitation. Each closes with an appropriate, longer citation from Scripture that is a biblically based recapitulation of the theme. In between lies a brief reflection to inspire meditation, each an excerpt from the writings of the Cistercian monk, Father Thomas Keating . . .


  A daily selection can be read as a lead in to a Centering  Prayer sit or quietly and slowly at the end of a sit.