The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See

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For Christians seeking a way of thinking outside of strict dualities, this guide explores methods for letting go of division and living in the present. Drawn from the Gospels, Jesus, Paul, and the great Christian contemplatives, this examination reveals how many of the hidden truths of Christianity have been misunderstood or lost and how to read them with the eyes of the mystics rather than interpreting them through rational thought. Filled with sayings, stories, quotations, and appeals to the heart, ...

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Overview

For Christians seeking a way of thinking outside of strict dualities, this guide explores methods for letting go of division and living in the present. Drawn from the Gospels, Jesus, Paul, and the great Christian contemplatives, this examination reveals how many of the hidden truths of Christianity have been misunderstood or lost and how to read them with the eyes of the mystics rather than interpreting them through rational thought. Filled with sayings, stories, quotations, and appeals to the heart, specific methods for identifying dualistic thinking are presented with simple practices for stripping away ego and the fear of dwelling in the present.

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"Rohr is enriched by other world religious traditions, but clearly knows his own. Those interested in contemplative Christianity, and particularly Catholics interested in their own tradition, will benefit from this book."  —Publishers Weekly

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Franciscan priest and spirituality author Rohr (Everything Belongs) again brings his energy to the reclamation of the Christian mystical tradition. He has a lot of scripture on his side, with many citations from the gospels and epistles. He also offers a distinctive definition of prayer as “a nondualistic way of seeing the moment.” To see as a mystic sees is to pray continually, as scripture enjoins. Some of his criticisms of institutional forms of religiosity as a barrier to seeing with insight are familiar. Yet his understanding of prayer as a tool for contemplation and transformation is forcefully argued. The somewhat theoretical re-reading of Catholic Christian tradition is brought down to earth by a series of appendixes that contain practices for those who want to know what to do; attaining insight is not self-evident nor is it easy. Rohr is enriched by other world religious traditions, but clearly knows his own. Those interested in contemplative Christianity, and particularly Catholics interested in their own tradition, will benefit from this book. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824525439
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 79,521
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Rohr is a well known lecturer who founded the Center for Action and Contemplation. He has been a featured essayist on the NPR program This I Believe, a guest on the radio show Oprah and Friends, and he appeared in the documentary ONE, featuring spiritual teachers from around the world. He is a regular contributor to Sojourners and Tikkun magazines, and he is the author of numerous books, including Adam’s Return, The Enneagram, Everything Belongs, Simplicity, and Things Hidden. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Richard Rohr Challenges "religion"

    This book puts Eckhart Tolle's New Awakening into language traditionally religious people can understand and apply. It speaks to the heart of what it means to be living a full and meaningful spiritual life. Richard tackles many of the stumbling blocks for mainline religious groups in their search to find relevance for ordinary people. Intellectualizing scripture, setting up "us versus them" scenerios, failing to acknowledge the destructive power of dualistic thinking, "The Naked Now" combats the dying condition of many traditional churches. Richard explains what attracts people to faith in a way that made me want to be with other people who "get it". Acceptance of what is, seeking God in and through everyone, avoiding either/or thinking patterns and cultivating "This and that" thoughts will make me and everyone around me happier and more productive.
    I have been in a book discussion dealing with this book for two months now. It is interesting to see how it is transforming some people's thinking, assuring others, and completely irritating a person or two. It is challenging material that those who have a strong need for control and struggle to accept change will find difficult, and even trivial. They will be prone to dismiss the message as "new age' or too "self-help". I encourage these people to give it a chance, and give the ideas and exercises in the appendix some time. Sometimes the simplest answers are the best ones.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2010

    Slight of Hand

    This author appears to continue to use the lack of knowledge of his followers to misrepresent the message of Christ and the Catholic Church. He uses a kernal of truth surrounded by vague interpretations to recreate Christ into the image he wants. I have often heard Priests state "He is a genuis"! Do they not see this is just a modern version of the Tower of Babel? Have we not progressed past the point of believing we know more then God? The Devil is an angel of light and he also uses kernals of truth to deceive. Be wary of this authors writing and investigate his stance in areas such as homosexuality etc. This book is a very poor source for the wisdom God has given to us.

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