Centering Prayer 23 February 2021 5PM ZOOM LINK
More inspirational words this week from The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr on the theme of the relentless drive of the Spirit and Prayer in Meditation. Take what you need of them into your silence as your centering prayer as you seek the divine in-dwelling.
First, let’s hear from Scripture: Matthew: 7:7-8. Ask, Seek, Knock, is surely what Jesus means when he says that all true prayers are already assured of their answer.
Richard Rohr tells us:
It is the Spirit in history that seems to be driving us forward and not giving up on us – God within, and in the spaces between. The spirit is like a homing device put inside of you and all of creation too…there’s in everything this deep, internal dignity, convinced of its own value. This divine in-dwelling keeps insisting, “I am what I am seeking!” that all true prayers are already assured of their answer.
- As long as we keep the power in our own pocket, prayer has become a one-way attempt to influence, the ‘Other’ we call God, and the whole thing falls apart. It is first of all God’s prayer, and only secondarily yours. You rest in God, not in outcomes. What prayer becomes, in this divine rest, is experiential knowledge of the flow…Richard quotes 14th century Sufi mystic Hafiz: “I am a hole in a flute that Christ’s breath moves through – listen to this music.”
As you begin to relax now in body and mind, slow your breathing, and enter your meditation, centering your prayer, your in-most being, call to mind the words of the prayer, ‘Into your hands Lord, I commend my spirit.’ And know that it is God in you that loves God.
Love and every blessing
Richard Rohr: The Divine Dance, p 151-154.
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Peace and health at this time
Irene & Damien