FOSTER AND CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER
Richard Foster Promote A Mantra Meditation Style
Richard Foster endorse, promote and adhere to Eastern mystics, New
Age gurus, universalists and false teachers?
We Believe He Does
must be willing to go down into the recreating silences, into
the inner world of contemplation. In their writings, all of
the masters of meditation strive to awaken us to the fact that
the universe is much larger than we know, that there are vast
unexplored inner regions that are just as real as the physical
world we know so well. They tell us of exciting possibilities
for new life and freedom. They call us to the adventure, to
be pioneers in this frontier of the Spirit." (Celebration
of Discipline, 1980, p. 13.)
Foster advocates a prayer movement that indeed can be proven to
have strong links to Eastern mysticism. And incidentally, this
prayer method does not have its origins with the Desert Fathers,
as some believe, but rather dates back much further, probably
as far back as the early days of mankind."Ray Yungen
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Renovare's Perspective Newsletter:
"Spend some time this week listening to contemplative music
designed to quiet you, settle you, deepen you. (Compact discs
and tapes from the Taize Community, John Michael Talbot, and
the Monks of Weston Priory are especially helpful.)"
Foster Speaks Out About Those
Who Are Contemplative
had the privilege of being in Agnes Sanford's home and hearing her
speak on numerous occasions, and I was always instructed by her
good sense ... more than once I saw Agnes Sanford praying with great
intensity and power one moment and laughing at a homespun joke the
next ... such experiences freed me to be at home with God. I believe
it will do the same for you." (Spiritual classics)
"Thomas Merton tried to awaken God's people."
(Conversation with Ray Yungen)
"Thomas Merton has 'priceless wisdom' for the
spiritual life of the Christian."
"Thomas Merton has perhaps done more than any other twentieth-century
figure to make the life of prayer widely known and understood ...
his interest in contemplation led him to investigate prayer forms
in Eastern religion ...[he is] a gifted teacher ..." (Spiritual
Classics - p.17)
(founder of Shalem Prayer Institute)
On Edward's book, Spiritual Friend, Foster says "an excellent
book on spirituality."
In this book, Edwards says, "This
mystical stream [contemplative prayer] is the Western bridge to Far
Cloud of Unknowing
(Caution! Not a Christian
"Why does this little prayer of one syllable pierce the heavens?" (Spiritual Classics -p.45)
(Caution! Not a Christian
"Dom John Main understood well the value of both
silence and solitude ...Main rediscovered meditation while living
in the Far East." (Spiritual Classics - p.155)
"Today Eckhart is widely read and appreciated,
not so much for his theological opinions as for his vision of God." (Spiritual Classics - p. 206)
"Apprehend God in all things for God is in all things. Every
single creature is full of God and is a book about God." Meister
and Out of Body Experiences?
Read His Own Words
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."
Richard Foster in the 1978 edition of Celebration of Discipline, pp. 26-27
Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that
uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness
(the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped
in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality
is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). Common
terms used for this movement are "spiritual formation," "the
silence," "the stillness," "ancient-wisdom,"
"spiritual disciplines," and many others.
Spiritual Formation: A movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual formation movement.