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The Human Condition: Contemplation and Transformation (Wit Lectures.) [Paperback]

By Thomas Keating (Author)
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The spiritual journey, says Thomas Keating, is a journey of self-discovery, since the encounter with God is also an encounter with one's deepest self. As we come closer to God, we encounter the wellsprings of our own makeup, the hidden chambers of our personality and behavior. God calls us to live in a real world as mature people. And so, growing in God's grace is a gradual process of stepping into the light, of owning up to ourselves and becoming fully human. These reflections on contemplative life were delivered at Harvard University in 1998 in a lecture series endowed by Harold W. Wit.

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The psychological roots of authentic spiritual life, by one of the great teachers of contemplative prayer.

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Studio: Paulist Press
Pages   45
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.99" Width: 4.96" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1999
Publisher   Paulist Press
Series  Harold M Wit Lecture  
ISBN  0809138824  
ISBN13  9780809138821  

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More About Thomas Keating

Thomas Keating Thomas Keating is the founder of the Centering Prayer movement, an author, a teacher, and a monk who has worked for many years to foster understanding among the world's religions. A member of the Cistercian Order in the Benedictine tradition, he has served at monasteries in Colorado and Massachusetts and currently directs retreats in the practice of Centering Prayer, a cornerstone of contemporary Christian contemplative practice. He is the author of numerous books, including Awakenings, The Heart of the World, Intimacy with God, and Journey to the Center. He lives at St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado.


Thomas Keating currently resides in Snowmass Aspen Snowmas, in the state of Colorado.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Human Condition: Contemplation and Transformation (Wit Lectures.)?

absolutely great book   Jan 23, 2008
As a professional therapist I thought some of the insights involving divine therapy were profound and as someone who meditates daily using Keating's concept of centering prayer has been a deeply enriching addition to my practice.
True self versus false self  Mar 25, 2007
This was my first introduction to Thomas Keating. The book was recommended by a friend. The book will be relished by those who see our culture as too focused on appearances and not enough on self. Those who are wanting to "look at the log in their own eye versus the speck in their neighbor's" will find this book helpful. Short and easy to read but much fruit for reflection.
Spirituality and Psychology  Mar 23, 2007
Very engaging and readable discussion of deepening one's awareness of and response to God that combines spiritual tradition with psychological insights. I've given several as gifts.
the human condition  Jan 9, 2007
the book came in great time and was in excellent condition. thanks
A Short, Worthwhile Read  Sep 30, 2002
Here are two lectures delivered by the author at Harvard in 1997 (The foreword by Pagels is as long as this review). The first lecture's theme is '_where_ are you?', whereas the second lecture's is '_who_ are you?' Keating sees these two questions as accurately dividing the contemplative life, specifically the Christian contemplative life. His writing reminds me of Anthony DeMello.

He defines the 'where' question by beginning with the garden story as a revelation of where _we_ are. "At every moment of our lives, God is asking 'Where are you? Why are you hiding?' All the questions that are fundamental to human happiness arise when we ask ourselves this excruciating question: _Where_ am I? Where am I in relation to God, to myself, and to others? These are the basic questions of human life."

Then he goes on further, "happiness is intimacy with God, the experience of Gods' loving presence. Without that experience, nothing else quite works; with it, almost anything works."

"This is the human condition - to be without the true source of happiness, which is the experience of the presence of God, and to have lost the key to happiness, which is the contemplative dimension to life, the path to the increasing assimilation and enjoyment of God's presence." I think that summarizes in Keating's own words what he set out to accomplish in this book.

From a spiritual perspective, Keating's ideas of 'the divine therapy', our poor emotional programs for happiness, and the false self are quite good, and his descriptions are excellent. My experience with the Divine Hours confirms a good amount of what he says. With the exception of a stray comment here or there that seem to be unwarranted imports from eastern thinking at odds with Hebraic thought, much of this is solid. But the theological framework that he's housed them in is shaky at best and needs to be rethought, in my humble and transitory opinion. For a fairly good, simple correction to that problem, read 'Mysteries of Faith' by Mark McIntosh. I think both 'liberal' and 'conservative' will appreciate that work, as well as the main thrust of this one.


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