Contemplative Outreach of Colorado’s 16th Annual Conference featured speakers Fr. Thomas Keating and Mr. Bob Mischke. Fr. Keating is currently in residence at St. Benedict Monastery in Snowmass, CO. Bob Mischke is a retired surgeon who runs a Christian spiritual retreat center with his wife, Genca, near Idaho Springs, CO and is a Contemplative Outreach instructor.
In his presentation, Fr. Keating discussed the human condition and Oneness in the world, with particular emphasis on the Lenten season. The human condition, he explained, must be viewed in the broader context of 13.7 billion years of an evolutionary plan that continues to unfold and has shifted from the biological to the spiritual level. He described Lent as an invitation for us to grow beyond our childish limitations and experience an “inner resurrection” in which we become more fully integrated human beings. Through this process, we can fully participate in the Divine plan, transforming ourselves and the whole human family.
In his talk, Mr. Mischke drew parallels between Fr. Keating’s description of the false self and Tolle’s use of the term “pain body.” Both teach that the greatest obstacle on our spiritual journey is “the tyranny of the mind,” or the over-identification with our thoughts. Centering Prayer teaches letting go of the continual stream of thoughts through the practice of interior silence while Tollé emphasizes being in the “present moment.” Mischke outlined a series of simple techniques suggested by Tollé that can help us return to the present moment in the midst of daily living.
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and Bob Mischke
|The Human Condition and Oneness
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and Bob Mischke
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