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Thomas Keating Quote: “God’s first language is Silence. Everything else is a translation.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “God will bring people and events into our lives, and whatever we may think about them, they are designed for the evolution of His life in us.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “The root of prayer is interior silence.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Centering prayer is a training in letting go.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Silence is God’s language, and it’s a very difficult language to learn.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “In centering prayer, the sacred word is not the object of the attention but rather the expression of the intention of the will.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “The chief thing that separates us from God is the thought that we are separated from God.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “In human relationships, as mutual love deepens, there comes a time when two friends convey their exchanges without words. They can sit in silence sharing an experience or simply enjoying each other’s presence without saying anything.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “If you accept the belief that baptism incorporates us in the mystical body of Christ, into the divine DNA, then you might say that the Holy Spirit is present in each of us, and thus we have the capacity for the fullness of redemption, of transformation.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “If one completes the journey to one’s own heart, one will find oneself in the heart of everyone else.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Lent is a time to renew wherever we are in that process that I call the divine therapy. It’s a time to look what our instinctual needs are, look at what the dynamics of our unconscious are.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “While doing centering prayer, the practice is to let go of any thought or perception. The priority is to be as silent as possible and when that is not possible to let the noise of the thoughts be the sacred symbol for a while, without analyzing them.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “For human beings, the most daunting challenge is to become fully human. For to become fully human is to become fully divine.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “It is essential for world peace that the world religions make peace with each other. If they don’t, we can hardly expect the nations of the world to lay down their arms.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Humility is the forgetfulness of self.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “By deepening the spiritual dialogue between the spiritual traditions of the various religions in a spirit of friendship, one begins to understand just what the classical terms of the various spiritual traditions really mean.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “The capacity for emotional sobriety belongs to everybody in the human family and leads to a fully human response to the adventure and goodness of the gift of human life.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “The word “emptiness” for example, is a very important word both in Christianity and in Buddhism. It has shades of meaning however, that are different in the respective traditions.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “To see everything in God and to see God in everything normally takes a lifetime of practice.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Psychotherapy is what God has been secretly doing for centuries by other names; that is, he searches through our personal history and heals what needs to be healed – the wounds of childhood or our own self-inflicted wounds.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “The complementary movement towards divine love is growth in humility which is the acceptence of the reality about ourselves, our own weakness and limitations.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Divine life is basically the inner freedom to choose the right and the good spontaneously.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “One of the great purposes of religion itself is being hindered by an exclusive-ism that doesn’t take into account the common elements and values that we actually share.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion, the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “In the Christian perspective, the love of God and of all other human beings invites us to share and enjoy not just the best of the human potential as it evolves, but participation in the divine life itself.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “We may experience moments of profound inner peace, a sense of oneness with nature, or a sense of something that is more important that we’re not reaching by the usual goals of human society. Perhaps we could say there’s a common heart to all the religions.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Perhaps the shortest and most powerful prayer in human language is help.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “The best way to understand another person’s religion is to listen to the story of what particular practices helped them to deepen and to embody their religion, especially its spirituality.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “The acceptance of all that God has given us and the willingness to let it go – to give it back to him at a moment’s notice – that’s true human freedom.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Union with God is really possible. Unity with God I presume, is what is meant by Heaven, but that too is available in this life for the humble of heart.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “What I really wanted was to fall in love with God. It’s amazing what obstacles there are within us, or at least in me, that seem to slow this process.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Finding out what particular insights mean to people in other traditions enables us not only to respect but to love the wisdom of other religions.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “As the years go by, I find myself experiencing God’s extraordinary concern, consideration, healing, and what I call in my books, the divine therapy.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Science and technology have been embarrassed by two world wars, many smaller ones, and the spread of weapons that could destroy humanity. As a result, there is some loss of confidence in the great achievements of technology.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Technology isn’t fulfilling its promise of unlimited progress and solving every problem through technology. With the Enlightenment and its aftermath, there already was a general loss of confidence in the Western religions.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Science and technology has tried to offer an alternative to religion by making a god out of human reason, but that didn’t work out too well.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “The wisdom of all religions has to be respected. The discoveries of science are also essential for our time and the future.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Your relationship with God, others, yourself, and all creation keeps changing for the better. Most of the world’s religions have developed maps to describe this process.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Gifts of the Holy Spirit grow in direct proportion to the depth and sincerity of our love.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Every time you have a major breakthrough in self-knowledge, and see the way the divine works within your own psyche, external events, and interior experiences of the divine, you are transformed in some degree.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “The divine therapy helps us integrate our animal nature with the new possibilities of rational consciousness.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “God is a tremendous supporter of creation, especially of all living beings.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Just by the very nature of our birth, we are on the spiritual journey.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “For us to remain in this world, our animal brain has to be there to support us.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Over time we are able to undermine habitual modes of thinking formed by our self-made self in early childhood, which tries to squeeze happiness from the gratification of our desires for the symbols in our culture of survival and security, power and control, and affection and esteem.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “God seems willing to act as the most sublime psychologist, psychotherapist, or even psychiatrist if we are willing.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Religions have a special responsibility to encourage and inspire people to love planet earth, which as far as we know, is the only place in the cosmos that works in such a harmonious way that it can support intelligent life.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “Becoming fully rational is not enough anymore; evidently it can lead to distortions of all the great human possibilities.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “The fact that we experience anxiety and annoyance is the certain sign that, in the unconscious, there is an emotional program for happiness that has just been frustrated.”
Thomas Keating Quote: “I venture to say that it’s not enough to respect and tolerate religions other than our own.”
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