Katsushika Hokusai, The waterfall of Amida behind the Kiso Road, 1827

“Effortless total receptivity is the best way to be open to God’s guidance. It is like being a container for God. So, for a container to be filled, what is the best response? Emptiness. Openness. It is very simple, but very hard to do. All you have to do is nothing. Try it! But it does not mean you actually do nothing. It means that you are empty of all will proposals but open to God’s actions, so that you do what God wants to do. Emptiness is not total nothingness, but emptiness with an openness to becoming more – by God’s will. “

Thomas Keating
“Christian Non-Duality and Unity Consciousness,”
That We May One: Christian Non-Duality

 

 

 

Q: I’m a practitioner of Centering Prayer for about 15 years. I started after reading Cynthia Bourgeault’s and Thomas Keatings introductions to Centering Prayer. Their later works have me a bit confused because they describe what sounds like a loss of identification between us and God once we let go of our false self. The descriptions sound very similar to non-dualistic monism or modalism, and I’d like confirmation that this is what they are teaching or a clarification that they are not. I do not judge either way, but I just want to avoid any misinterpretations about their teachings. 

 

A: Read Cynthia’s response.

 

 

 

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