Brennan Manning and Contemplative Prayer
Does Brennan Manning promote Eastern mysticism and contemplative spirituality
Read for yourself:
"Herein lies the secret, I believe, of the inner life of Jesus. Christ's communion with Abba in the inner sanctuary of His soul transformed His vision of reality, enabling Him to perceive God's love and care behind the complexities of life. Practicing the presence helps us to discern the providence of God at work especially in those dark hours when the signature of Jesus is being traced in our flesh. (You may wish to try it right now. Lower the book, center down, and offer yourself to the indwelling God.)" From Signature of Jesus - Brennan Manning
In Abba's Child, Brennan Manning says that Dr. Beatrice Bruteau is a"trustworthy guide to contemplative consciousness."
Who is Beatrice Bruteau and what does she believe?
She is the founder of The School for Contemplation, and she believes God is within every human being. She wrote the book, What We Can Learn from the East
"We have realized ourselves as the Self that says only I AM, with no predicate following, not "I am a this" or "I have that quality." Only unlimited, absolute I AM" [A Song That Goes On Singing - Interview with B.B.].
When Brennan Manning says she is trustworthy, does he mean we can trust her when
she says we are all I AM?
From "An interview with Dr. Beatrice Bruteau"
Does Brennan Manning believe that God is in every human being?Read these Quotes from Signature of Jesus
"Contemplative prayer is nothing other than coming into consciousness of what is already there."
"During a conference on contemplative prayer, the question was put to Thomas Merton: 'How can we best help people to attain union with God?' His answer was very clear: 'We must tell them that they are already united with God.' Contemplative prayer is nothing other than coming into consciousness of what is already there." (Signature of Jesus - quote by William Shannon)
Abba's Child by Brennan Manning; page 125 - "[I]f I find Christ, I will find my true self and if I find my true self, I will find Christ."