Friday, July 29

Centering Prayer... Continued

I apologise for the short posts lately, the longer posts will pick up again next week. In the meantime, I tried 'centering prayer' again today, and I feel it went alot better this time.

"Imagine if all the tumult of the body were to quiet down, along with all our busy thoughts about earth, sea, and air; if the very world should stop and the mind cease thinking about itself, go beyond itself, and be quite still; if all the fantasies that appear in dreams and imagination should cease, and there be no speech, no sign: Imagine if all things that are perishable grew still -- for if we listen they are saying, "We did not make ourselves; he made us who abides forever" -- imagine, then that they should say this and fall silent, listening to the very voice of him who made them and not to that of his creation; so that we should hear not His word through the tongues of men, nor the voice of angels, nor the clouds' thunder; nor any symbol, but the very Self which in these things we love, and go beyond ourselves to attain a flash of that eternal wisdom that abides above all things:

And imagine if that moment were to go on and on, leaving behind all other sights and sounds, but this one vision that ravishes and absorbs and fixes the beholder in joy; so that the rest of eternal life were like that moment of illumination, that leaves us breathless:

Would this not be what is bidden in scripture, Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

St. Augustine


Blogger SteveJ said...

I can relate to what you're saying about how conservative evangelicalism can produce a fear of spiritual experience. The constant worry about "counterfeits" is so pervasive in some quarters that people tend to play it safe and seek nothing outside their own comfortable borders.

I have to admit that these scare tactics still have left an emotional imprint on me, despite my having been out of that tradition for many years.

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