Attentive readers will have noticed that a new menu item— Prayers —has recently been added to the Yeshua21 Blog. In that same vein, a new booklet has also been uploaded:
This small collection of prayers, from a variety of Christian sources, is for sincere skeptics and honest critics whose hearts remain open. The idea is to hit the ground running—to begin participating in the Christian tradition in a meaningful way, here and now, with a view to authentic awakening. We are multidimensional beings— body, soul, and Spirit —and contemplative prayer can facilitate the realization and integration of all these dimensions of our being. Such realization is prerequisite to: 1) the possibility of authentic self-knowledge, 2) the experience of meaningful, abundant life, and 3) the possibility of political healing and cultural renewal.
Christian believers don’t always appreciate how lame— how phony and how inauthentic —prayer can seem to the skeptical mind. But even dyed in the wool skeptics can change if and when they grok the possibility of awakening to the deeper and higher aspects of their essential humanity. As multidimensional beings, ignorant of our true nature, what we long for is the realization and integration of all these dimensions in Christ. When this is understood, the sincere skeptic and honest critic may, in fact, be open to a variety of spiritual exercises, including contemplative prayer and meditation. See, for example, the section on The Jesus Prayer (pages 7-9). See also the extended excerpts from Narcissus and Goldmund (page 11) and from The Illuminatus Trilogy (page 13).