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The Contemplative Journey: Volume 2

Contemplation and Transformation from Christianity's Mystical Tradition
Narrated by: Thomas Keating
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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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. Yet during the 500 years after this great monastic flowering, this precious tradition - and the direct path to union with God it described - was virtually lost.

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

From infancy, Father Keating teaches, we accumulate emotional layers, or programs, as a result of traumatic experiences. The practice of Centering Prayer engages directly with the unconscious and loosens old traumas that hinder your spiritual development. This form of divine therapy draws from a contemplative method that has brought profound inner transformation into the lives of thousands of practitioners. 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.

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  • Bernard Remacle
  • 03-12-2016

The Lord is Amazing

This Spiritual Journey was for me particularly intense.
The background given by Father Keating on the various models: evolutionary, existential, philosophical and developmental psychology is fundamental to preparing oneself for the Journey.
The Holy Spirit has worked wonders, is working wonders and accompanies the willing souls on ever higher levels of consciousness.
Father Keating's knowledge of the Contemplative Journey is evidently deep and his voice and the way he presents the talks are very pleasing.
An outstanding audiobook highly recommended for people seeking a much deeper relationship with God.

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  • Loreley
  • 20-12-2018

Masterpiece

Absolutely extraordinary, life changing , I simply can’t stop listening to it again and again . If one wants to start the spiritual journey this book will be of immense help.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-2019

A Passport to Heaven

Fr. Thomas Keating spent a large part of his adult life helping the English speaking world to know and love God intimately through Contemplation and Contemplative Prayer in the form he calls (from Thomas Merton's term) Centering Prayer. This audio course gets far more detailed than I can likely ever appreciate, Fr. Thomas delves into the foundations and purposes and goals of the Contemplative journey and the Contemplative life. This course can serve as a roadmap, a guide to help us on that narrow road to true intimacy with God.

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  • ArmadilloFan
  • 29-01-2019

Book was better

I hadn't realized when I picked this up that it covers the same material as Keating's book Invitation to Love which I read more or less at the same time as going through this audio presentation. The book was more polished and eloquent but if you essentially want an audiobook version of Invitation to Love this is still an excellent resource.

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  • Paula Ehrmann
  • 13-01-2018

Outstanding series!

What a blessing to hear The Contemplative Journey outlined so clearly and lovingly! Father Keating is a fabulous story teller!

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  • Lynn Smith
  • 26-06-2017

Will Intensify & advance your journey!

As a continuation to Volume I, this is a must for all on their journey!

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  • J. Murray
  • 06-03-2017

Father Thomas awesome

Powerful, thoughtful and easy to follow. Why contemplative prayer? Read Both And by John Murray in the Kindle store!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-05-2017

wonderful insight to Christian contemplation.

Fr. Kea ting provides great insight into the mysteries of engaging in centring prayer and contemplation. His lessons in how to approach God the history and lessons learned from the greatest Christian exponents were expertly and concisely exposed.

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  • markj
  • 19-07-2019

Far too long

The basic problem here is twofold: 1) It is just too long - What Keating usefully says in 24 sessions, each almost an hour long, could be said in six or eight, with more clarity; 2) Keating chooses to interpret mystical and psychological sources in his own particular language, often (particularly on the psychological side) enthusiastically failing to grasp the ideas he is dealing with: too many words; too little deep understanding. Undoubtedly he has real knowledge and insight, but it is all rather lost in this overly long exposition. A disappointment.