The One Who Loves Us
Centering Prayer and Evolving Consciousness
This far-ranging book presents God, the Ultimate Mystery of non-created Reality, as Christ—the One Who loves us. Spirituality beyond language and in general; the inner mystical meaning of the Cross of Christ; differing Christian windows found in the stages of evolving consciousness identified by Integral Theory; and Centering Prayer’s close relationship to all of this are core themes in this work. An important insight of Integral Theory reveals that when people are unaware of the stages of evolving consciousness, they tend to believe that the perspectives of their own stage(s) are the only true or realistic views—which is actually untrue and leads to needless confusion, conflict and misunderstandings among individuals in different stages of evolving consciousness.
Additionally: prayer; the allegorical sense of Scripture; Lectio Divina; grades of evolving love; duality/non-duality; and apophatic theology are also major topics discussed. The gift of non-conceptual contemplation, into which Centering Prayer leads us, is shown to be a key to Christian unity and harmony among all religious and spiritual traditions seeking to serve the One Who loves us. Non-conceptual Centering Prayer—as a movement into simplicity and silence—is readily available to people seeking a deeper spirituality in all denominations and in all stages of evolving consciousness.
C O N T E N T S:
Foreword by Fr. Carl J. Arico
1. What Is Spirituality?
2. Beyond Language
3. Through a Mystical Christian Window
4. Evolving Consciousness and Christian Windows, Part One:
• The Tribal, Warrior, and Traditional Stages
5. Evolving Consciousness and Christian Windows, Part Two:
• The Modern, Postmodern, and Integral Stages
6. Prayer Is Related to God
7. Three Grades of Love: Bronze, Silver, and Gold
8. Apophatic Theology: Duality and Non-duality
9. Christian Unity and Harmony of Religions