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Overview

This book is designed to initiate the reader into a deep, living relationship with God. Written by an acknowledged spiritual master, the book moves beyond "discursive meditation and particular acts to the intuitive level of contemplation." Keating gives an overview of the history of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, and step-by-step guidance in the method of centering prayer. Special attention is paid to the role of the Sacred Word, Christian growth and transformation, and active prayer. The book ends with an explicit treatment of the contemplative dimension of the gospel. Open Mind, Open Heart will take readers into a world where God can do anything, into a realm of the greatest adventure—"Where one is open to the Infinite and hence to infinite possibilities."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826406965
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Father Thomas Keating is known throughout the world as an exponent, teacher, and writer on contemplative prayer. A Cistercian (Trappist) monk of St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado, he is a founder of the Centering Prayer Movement and of Contemplative Outreach. He is the author of numerous books, particularly of the trilogy Open Mind, Open Heart; Invitation to Love; and The Mystery of Christ. Among his most recent books is The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living, compiled by S. Stephanie Iachetta.

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Table of Contents

Prayer to the Holy Spirit 1
Introduction 3
1 What Contemplation Is Not 5
2 Dimensions of Contemplative Prayer 13
3 The History of Contemplative Prayer in the Christian Tradition 19
4 First steps in Centering Prayer 33
5 The Sacred Word as Symbol 43
6 The Ordinary Kinds of Thoughts 53
7 The Birth of Spiritual Attentiveness 71
8 The More Subtle Kinds of Thoughts 81
9 The Unloading of the Unconscious 93
10 Summary of the Centering Prayer Method 109
11 The Intensive Centering Prayer Experience 117
12 Methods of Extending the Effects of Contemplative Prayer into Daily Life 123
13 Guidelines for Christian Life, Growth and Transformation 127
App The Active Prayer 133
App The Weekly Support Group 135
App A Meditation 136
App The Essentials 138
App A Brief History 143
Glossary 145
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2003

    Back to the future

    Excellent book of something old and yet so new. This is for anyone who desires a deeper union with God beyond reason and sense. A step into the Great Unknown, the Ultimate Reality.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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