Contemplation and Transformation from Christianity's Mystical Tradition

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Let one of Christianity’s greatest modern contemplative teachers guide you on a powerful journey.

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”—a direct path to union with God. Yet in the 500 years that followed, this precious tradition was virtually lost.

For decades, Father Thomas Keating examined this great question: Could anyone enter the cloud of unknowing through a prayer practice specifically created to attain it? Fr. 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.

The practice of Centering Prayer draws from a contemplative method that has brough

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Let one of Christianity’s greatest modern contemplative teachers guide you on a powerful journey.

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”—a direct path to union with God. Yet in the 500 years that followed, this precious tradition was virtually lost.

For decades, Father Thomas Keating examined this great question: Could anyone enter the cloud of unknowing through a prayer practice specifically created to attain it? Fr. 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.

The practice of Centering Prayer draws from a contemplative method that has brought profound inner transformation into the lives of thousands of practitioners. Under Fr. Keating’s guidance, you will explore what the medieval saints knew about resting in God, the sacred word that revitalizes your prayers, how to heal the forces that can hinder your spiritual growth, and much more.

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. Embark on the path towards God today.

*These lectures were recorded live at St. Benedict’s Monastery, CO. Thus, the audio, though clear, does not match studio-recording quality levels.

*This course was originally titled The Contemplative Journey, Volume 1: Contemplation and Transformation from Christianity’s Mystical Tradition 

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Father Thomas Keating (1923–2018) was a principal architect of centering prayer and a widely recognized pioneer of both Christian contemplative prayer and interreligious dialogue.The internationally acclaimed author of more than 30 books, Fr. Keating is best known for Open Mind, Open Heart; Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit; St. Thérèse of Lisieux: A Transformation in Christ; Manifesting God; Divine Therapy and Addiction: Centering Prayer and the Twelve Steps; and Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer. He was also the subject of the 2014 documentary Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence and the director of the nine-hour multimedia project Centering Prayer: A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God.Educated at Yale and Fordham, Fr. Keating entered the Order of Cistercians of Strict Observance in 1944 and served at Trappist monasteries in Colorado and Massachusetts. He co-founded the Snowmass Interreligious Conference and Contemplative Outreach, and also presided over the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue and the Temple of Understanding. The latter gave him the Juliet Hollister Award for integrating interfaith values into places of worship.Fr. Keating passed away on October 25th, 2018, at the age of 95.
 ***“Photograph of Thomas Keating by WT Bryant.

  • Attitudes toward God
  • Relating to God
  • Levels of Scriptural Experience
  • Resting in God
  • Centering Prayer as Method
  • Progress in Centering Prayer
  • The Human Condition: The Evolutionary Model
  • The Existential Model
  • The Pre-Rational Energy Center
  • Emotional Frustrations
  • Dismantling the Emotional Programs
  • The False Self in Action

1 review for Contemplation and Transformation from Christianity’s Mystical Tradition

  1. GE, MDiv

    An exceptional presentation of contemplative practice

    Fr. Keating’s 12 talks, recorded before a live audience of retreatants, provide a remarkable and engaging introduction to contemplative practice, drawing on many sources, including Scripture, Christian contemplative tradition, psychology and even physiology. This program is not only informative but also serves well as a private retreat that could be spiritually transformational.

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