Here are a number of videos from various sources relating to Centering Prayer. The two important ones for learning the method are those showing the Guidelines Parts 1 and 2 by Fr Thomas Keating - see first row.
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In Centering Prayer, I centre in God by returning, when engaged in any thought, to my chosen
special word, or "sacred word" that, for me, is a sign of my consent to God's presence and action in me. Fr Thomas explains that this intention of openness and availability is essential to this method.
Reaching Out to the World: Contemplative Outreach and their work on Centering Prayer - new, recommended - from the Contemplative Outreach site
CENTERING PRAYER - Guidelines Part 1
- Fr Thomas Keating, Trappist monk
CENTERING PRAYER Guidelines Part 2
- Fr Thomas Keating ocso, Trappist monk
The two Guidelines videos above tell you what you need to know, if you are interested in practising Centering Prayer. For more information, go to Contemplative Outreach, and buy the book Open Mind, Open Heart- the contemplative dimension o fthe Gospel, by Fr Thomas Keating ocso on Alibris, Play.com, or Amazon or elsewhere.
Faith; the separate self; love; and the crucial importance of contemplative practice in human development - Fr Thomas Keating with philosopher Ken Wilber
Centering Prayer - a brief introduction by
Fr Jim Martin
An Introduction to Centering Prayer
by an Episcopal priest, Fr Matthew Moretz
Celtic Christianity Today #1 - Rev George Cairns
Celtic Christianity Today #12 - Rev George Cairns
Celtic Christianity Today #3 - Rev George Cairns
Baptist Rev Cairns,
a professor with the Chicago Theological Seminary,
is a teacher of Centering Prayer licensed by Contemplative Outreach, taught by Fr Thomas Keating. See his links here.
The videos were recorded on
recorded on November 9, 2007 in Munising Michigan. Thank you, Rev Cairns.
Centering Prayer - Fr Thomas Keating, at the Crossings
You and the Other (with a capital O) - a clip from One, the Movie
The Roman Catholic Church opening up to other religions - Fr Thomas Keating ocso
Fr Thomas Keating - the Garrison Institute Interview, Part 1
Fr Thomas Keating - the Garrison Institute Interview, Part 2
Fr Thomas Keating - the Garrison Institute Interview, Part 3
"Father Thomas Keating is the animator of Centering Prayer and of Contemplative Outreach. A Trappist monk for 65 years, he is a retired abbot, author of a dozen
books and a major voice in inter-religious dialogue. In the 1970s, he was one of three Trappist monks who studied ancient Christian contemplative practices which were largely lost after the Reformation, and distilled them into a simple, accessible method known as Centering Prayer. He is interviewed by Jonathan F.P. Rose, Chairman of the Garrison Institute." Thank you, Garrison Institute for the videos and for this description.
Oneness and the Heart of the World - Fr Thomas Keating
How do I practice CENTERING PRAYER? "CP is much espoused by the Carmelites..." Fr Joe McCloskey
Fr Thomas Keating seems at first to be simply speculating on theology, but he is really talking about contemplative experiences. Among other things
he talks about the senses, or their mystical analogues, in the context of contemplative prayer; the attraction to silence; faith or trust as the third eye; humans and the realisation of oneness; "not this, not that"; collective and individual human transformation; and other themes.