The Contemplative Journey: Volume 1

  • by Thomas Keating
  • Narrated by Thomas Keating
  • 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

In the darkest hour of the darkest age, Christian monks developed a meditation tradition unique in the Western world. A 14th-century author described their profound mystical experience as entering the cloud of unknowing. Yet during the 500 years after this great monastic flowering, this precious tradition and the direct path to union with God it described was virtually lost.
For decades Father Thomas Keating, together with other monks, examined this great question: Could anyone enter the cloud of unknowing through a prayer practice specifically created to attain it? Keating reached back in time for clues about the prayer forms of the Christian mystics. He synthesized his work into a Centering Prayer method that has helped thousands of seekers travel the contemplative path to divine union.
From infancy, Father Keating teaches, we accumulate emotional layers, or programs, as a result of traumatic experiences. The practice of Centering Prayer engages directly with the unconscious and loosens old traumas that hinder your spiritual development. This form of divine therapy draws from a contemplative method that has brought profound inner transformation into the lives of thousands of practitioners.
The Contemplative Journey is Father Thomas Keating's great masterwork: a complete curriculum devoted to a Christian path for achieving the still point of resting in God.

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Very engrossing

Excellent. I bought volume 1 as a taster and bought volume 2 before I had finished volume 1. Highly recommended.
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Thoughts on the contemplative journey

When I saw the title of this book and how long it was and how many volumes, I felt rather daunted as it sounded rather heavy going. The reality, however, was that I loved listening to Father Thomas and found his whole approach to the subject to be light and humorous which made it easily digestible. He has the gift of making very complex things sound simple and profound at the same time. It is authentic too as there is a deep understanding of having lived through all that he speaks of.
I would recommend this book to everyone, almost as a must read. I am looking forward to the next volume!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2015
  • Publisher: Sounds True