CENTERING PRAYER PRACTICE
Centering Prayer Plus Practice and charka opening practice. We are a meditation practice group, aiming our hearts at Heaven, sharing our light together, that meets live via my YouTube channel. We are mystics and seekers in pursuit of the One who Pursues us. These videos can also be viewed live on this website's YouTube Channel Feed. The group meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 AM ET live on my YouTube Channel. Subscribe to my email to receive one weekly mediation practice on video. You can also view past "episodes" on my YouTube Channel. Please like and subscribe to my channel. Thanks.
I've been a practitioner of Centering Prayer meditation ever since high school before I had my first Near Death Experience in 1980. This includes practicing Zazen/Centering Prayer and a mash-up of Kundalini/Kriya/Bakti/Vispasina/Hatha Yoga for forty years. In 1977, Fr. Thomas Keating, founder of Centering Prayer, and Abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey, taught my Catholic-High-School's religion teacher, who instructed me.
“…when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Progenitor in secret. And your Progenitor, who sees in secret, will repay you.” Matthew 6:6
Centering Prayer is a method of meditation used by Christians placing a strong emphasis on interior silence. It was developed by Trappist monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts in the 1970s, Fr. William Menninger, Fr. Basil Pennington, and Abbot Thomas Keating. It draws on the ancient monastic practice of contemplation, Lectio Divina, and the practices described in the writings of The Cloud of Unknowing, John Cassian, Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, Thomas Merton, Zen, and Thich Nhat Hanh. Jack Kornfield, a teacher of the Vipassana movement in American Theravada Buddhism was a strong influencer. Guest Master Theophane Boyd was my spiritual advisor until his death. Cynthia Bourgeault, an internationally acclaimed retreat leader, mystic, writer, and Episcopal priest, and I have co-taught Centering Prayer.
I began my Kryia practice in 1980, after reading The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, and The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. During my studies with students of Marcel Marceau, who taught Hatha Yoga as a warm-up for pantomime, I found that my first NDE had awakened my chakras which set me on an interior practice to enliven my sutle body, link my chakras, and by grace, experience a kundalini awakening.
“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”
― Meister Eckhart
“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti