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The Heart of Centering Prayer (audio teaching by Cynthia)

Cynthia Bourgeault The following audio teaching was recorded at an event presented by the Cathedral of St. Philip and Contemplative Outreach Atlanta, on March 17, 2018

Cynthia presented on her book The Heart of Centering Prayer.  This day-long conference included lectures, discussion and question & answer, and time for centering prayer itself.

 

The event was described this way:

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.

Part 1 [length: 1:04]

 

Part 2 [length 1:02]

 

Part 3 [length 1:32]

 

 

 

 

 

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