Father Thomas Keating on becoming God in 3 steps in his Centering Prayer…..And finally the realization that there is no Other ( God )
You and the Other are One, always have been, always will be.
You just think that you aren’t….
A reader of M #08 asked an excellent question: “There is obviously a very big gulf between "Jesus One Jesus All" and "Be still and know that you ( also)
are God ". If the latter is the end game of non dualism, how is this gulf going to be achieved? ”
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Firstly, we must understand the spiritualistic sentiments which spiritualism has embed into their use of Christian vocabulary
in their catchphrases like “ God is One. God is All” or lately, “ Jesus One. Jesus All.
On this page you will see a picture of Father Thomas Keating who founded Centering Prayer and who is a colleague of Father
Thomas Merton who founded Contemplative Prayer. The text below Keating's picture is his quote of how in the third step in Centering prayer, one becomes God. Ever year, Keating is teaching tens of thousands of Christians who believe in Jesus on how
to become God ! Jesus One, Jesus All.
Lighthousetrails tells us that emergent spiritualism is gathered at George Fox University. “ George Fox University is a hub of contemplative /emerging activity with a list of adjunct professors that
includes Dan Kimball and Leonard Sweet. In 2005, George Fox hired Todd Hunter, Leonard Sweet and Brian McLaren to teach certain classes; and chapel speakers at the university have included Richard
Foster and Brennan Manning. Recommended and required reading for classes at George Fox include a wide assortiment of staunch contemplatives/mystics like Thomas Keating, Henry Nouwen, and Thomas Merton.”
Now, what do these men share in common? Fundamentally, in Merton’s “Contemplative
Prayer” , man is predominated by his in-born personal Divinity which when he sins, yet remains “untouched by sin”. Merton “integrates” man, bodily and physically with Spirit-Divinity, but he does it so lightly
that he actually sets man dualistically apart, because he holds up only man’s Divinity ( not both body and spirit together ) as supremely dominant! Merton's spiritualism is dualistic and non-dualistic at the very same moment.
Richard Foster states : "[I]n your imagination allow your spiritual body, shining with light, to rise out of your physical body. Look back so that you can see yourself lying in the grass and reassure your body that you will return momentarily ...
Go deeper and deeper into outer space until there is nothing except the warm presence of the eternal Creator. Rest in His presence."1978 edition of Celebration of Discipline, pp. 26-27.” For Foster, what predominates ? Body alone ? Spirit
alone? Or body and spirit together ? That which he alludes to that deserves the warm presence of God is only the spirit, when it should be the body in total Again, Foster is dualistic and non dualistic at the same time.
Pan ( meaning
All ) -Holyisms ( pantheism and panentheism ) means God is One, God is All, not in the sense as the Bible would have it be understood. Their all inclusive ( pan ) “ God” is in everything and in everyman and hence the Person of God is completely
spiritualized to the point that God is so pervasive as to be All-Essence. When these “ spiritualization experts” should use a catchphrase like Jesus One, Jesus All, they use it in the context of their spiritualized realm. Hence close allies
and associates of Foster like Father Richard Rohr can promote a form of non dual fully spiritualized Christianity which uses eastern meditation as their practice. Foster who recommends Merton as essential reading time and
again, has no aversion that Merton “ sees no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity, and that Merton intends to be as good a Buddhist as he can “. Spiritualization is powerfully all-pervasive and can spill effortlessly
from one religion into another !
Dear reader, is there a gulf between “Divinity" and " humanity” in Hinduism in their spiritualized meaning of “ God is One. God is All” ? There is no such gulf in Hinduism since its beginning
nearly 4000 years ago, nor does a gulf exist in its derivative known as Buddhism ! The gulf in the west was bridged by Greek philosophy ( Plato ) as far as 2500 years ago. Please read http://www.carstenjohnsen.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/CJOmega.pdf
And also http://www.temcat.com/L-4-Topical-Library/Sermons/AgapeEros.pdf
Now the Emerging Church is merely extending and crossing the last small connecting “ bridge-let” to spiritualize unsuspecting Christians through its theology and use of catchphrases like “ Jesus One. Jesus All ”. Once this is accomplished,
the east and west will be completely and homogeneously spiritualized. There is no need for the emergent church's false-gospel to evangelize the east as the east is already deeply predisposed to spiritualism both in their culture and in their various religion.
In fact what appears to be actually happening is that the "Emerging Church" is evangelizing Christianity and then the end shall come.