Centering Prayer Course

A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God

Centering Prayer Course

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Prayer as a Path to Deepen Your Relationship with God

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Course objectives:

  • Define the history and nature of Centering prayer with roots in the Contemplative Christian tradition through online video, audio and written presentations.
  • Practice the formal method of Centering Prayer utilizing online practice sessions, inspirational poetry, and music.
  • Utilize, reflect upon, and answer online questions pertaining to the relevance of Centering Prayer as it relates to one's own life.
  • Discuss and outline the psychology of Centering Prayer, including the "seven moments" of Centering Prayer along with the four levels of awareness.

Centering Prayer is a silent prayer practice that can move you toward a profound relationship with the Spirit of God within. It is a way of praying that opens the door to the Divine Indwelling—the ground of our being. With Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating and his colleagues Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico present the first online course in this method for deepening your intimacy with God and ultimately consenting to the presence and action of the Divine in all aspects of your life.

A Prayer Practice Inspired by the Christian Mystics

Father Thomas Keating, answering a life calling, sought to renew a prayer practice that goes beyond asking for aid or offering praise—one that invites you to enter into a deeper relationship with God. Based on the wisdom sayings of Jesus and inspired by teachings from the classic 14th-century text The Cloud of Unknowing, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, and others, Centering Prayer is a method of four guidelines that has sparked the modern renewal of contemplative Christianity. “Centering Prayer does not replace other types of prayer,” teaches Keating. “Rather, the practice gives a new depth of meaning to all forms of prayer.”

Training from a Respected Voice in the Revival of Contemplative Christianity

This eight-part intensive learning program features invaluable teaching sessions with Father Thomas Keating and his colleagues from Contemplative Outreach, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico. The course also includes private journaling. You will receive over nine hours of downloadable audio and video instruction, plus a rich selection of written exercises and information that you can fill out on your computer or print at home.

Centering Prayer provides precise, direct training in contemplative practice—as well as a treasury of wisdom from Father Keating himself. His teachings, stories, and insights reveal the fruits of fully engaging in this path of complete consent to God’s presence and action within. Join him as you learn this simple yet transformative method for taking prayer to its deepest level—and inviting the grace of the Divine to live through you.

Centering Prayer Highlights

  • Eight sessions of personal training in the path of Centering Prayer
  • Guided video teaching sessions with Contemplative Outreach instructors Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico
  • A private journal to track your progress and deepen your practice
  • Downloadable audio, video, and printable written lessons
  • Personal reminders and notifications to keep your practice on track

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Review for Centering Prayer Course Review by John T

I am just beginning my practice of Centering Prayer. This course is wonderfully done, and inspires me to "keep on keepin on". The one criticsism is that some of the videos won't play on my computer. I don't know why, as I have never had that problem with any other program.
All in all this is just what I was hoping it would be, a structured course to tell me how to get started as a beginner, and what I could hope for by continuing my practice.

(Posted on 3/9/2013)

Review for Centering Prayer Course Review by william mitchell

The prayer cards were almost impossible to read. The resolution on them was extremely disappointing. Everything else was fabulous!

(Posted on 8/1/2012)

Review for Centering Prayer Course Review by Janis Hopper

This course is wonderful. I knew it would be good. I just didn't know it would be GREAT!!! Plenty of detail and explanation. Wonderful videos and audios to download. Very well organized. The quality is fantastic.

(Posted on 5/16/2012)

Review for Centering Prayer Course Review by Anne Sajdera

This is a fantastic course that I recommend to anybody who is serious about deepening their understanding and practice of contemplative prayer. Father Keating, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Arico give all give highly practical instruction and there's the one particular talk that Father Keating gives in the middle of the course that is worth the price of the entire thing and more. After decades of studying yoga and yoga philosophy in India and here in the US, I finally find in my own cultural and spiritual tradition what I've been looking for all along. I can't recommend this course enough.

(Posted on 5/16/2012)

Review for Centering Prayer Course Review by Armando Velasquez

Immersed myself on the course the other week. The course materials (video and audio guided meditation) are very helpful as abstract concepts and the actual practice (of centering prayer) were wisely intertwined and staged.

(Posted on 4/20/2012)

Review for Centering Prayer Course Review by Fr. Tom Shaughnessy O.F.M

Although I have not yet finished taking the course, I am very pleased with the product. However, I think you could have sent it sooner or let me know when it was coming on my internet.

(Posted on 9/3/2011)

Review for Centering Prayer Course Review by Elwia Beaudette

love the content of this course....don't like the fact that each time i enter my couse, i have to start from the beginning and 'find my place'.....there is no bookmarking system
havent heard back yet from the authors with my questions (asked 3 weeks ago?)

(Posted on 8/26/2011)

Review for Centering Prayer Course Review by Kristen Wack

So glad I can have access to such a spiritually rewarding course from the convenience of my home.

(Posted on 8/5/2011)

Review for Centering Prayer Course Review by Maruj Carr

Praise God

(Posted on 4/19/2011)


Self-Guided Video Course

Contents 17 Video downloads (9.5 hours); Set of written course materials
Date Published October 13, 2011
Product Code WC02511N

CE Credits

Contents 9.5 CE credits
Date Published February 01, 2012
Product Code CE02837