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Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. (March 7, 1923 October 25, 2018) was an American Catholic monk and priest of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (also known as Trappists). Keating was known as one of the principal developers of Centering Prayer, a contemporary method of contemplative prayer that emerged from St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts.

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1:Humility is the forgetfulness of self. ~ Thomas Keating,
2:The root of prayer is interior silence. ~ Thomas Keating,
3:Perhaps the shortest and most powerful prayer in human language is help. ~ Thomas Keating,
4:To see everything in God and to see God in everything normally takes a lifetime of practice. ~ Thomas Keating, [T5],
5:If one completes the journey to one's own heart, one will find oneself in the heart of everyone else. ~ Thomas Keating,
6:God seems willing to act as the most sublime psychologist, psychotherapist, or even psychiatrist if we are willing. ~ Thomas Keating,
7:In centering prayer, the sacred word is not the object of the attention but rather the expression of the intention of the will. ~ Thomas Keating,
8:God will bring people and events into our lives, and whatever we may think about them, they are designed for the evolution of His life in us. ~ Thomas Keating,
9:Nothing is more helpful to reduce pride than the actual experience of self-knowledge. If we are discouraged by it, we have misunderstood its meaning. ~ Thomas Keating,
10:What I really wanted was to fall in love with God. It's amazing what obstacles there are within us, or at least in me, that seem to slow this process. ~ Thomas Keating, [T5],
11:We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion, the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us. ~ Thomas Keating,
12:To live in the presence of God on a continuous basis can become a kind of fourth dimension to our three-dimensional world, forming an invisible but real background to everything that we do or that happens in our lives. ~ Thomas Keating,
13:Psychotherapy is what God has been secretly doing for centuries by other names; that is, he searches through our personal history and heals what needs to be healed - the wounds of childhood or our own self-inflicted wounds. ~ Thomas Keating,
14:The fact that we experience anxiety and annoyance is the certain sign that, in the unconscious, there is an emotional program for happiness that has just been frustrated. ~ Thomas Keating, The Human Condition: Contemplation and Transformation,
15:To live in the presence of God on a continuous basis can become a kind of fourth dimension to our three-dimensional world, forming an invisible but real background to everything that we do or that happens in our lives. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer,
16:When the presence of God emerges from our inmost being into our faculties, whether we walk down the street or drink a cup of soup, divine life is pouring into the world. ~ Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel,
17:Gregory the Great (sixth century), summarizing the Christian contemplative tradition, expressed it as "resting in God." This was the classical meaning of Contemplative Prayer in the Christian tradition for the first sixteen centuries. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer,
18:As St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) taught, whatever we say about God is more unlike God than saying nothing. If we do say something, it can only be a pointer toward the Mystery that can never be articulated in words. All that words can do is point in the direction of the Mystery. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer,
19:The striking discoveries of contemporary science are continually telling us new things about how material creation came to be and how it continues to evolve. Although we do not have all the answers, we are clearly going in a direction that transcends the cosmology in which the great world religions came into existence. Our vision, understanding, and our attitudes about God inevitably must change. ~ Thomas Keating,
20:St. Teresa of Avila wrote: 'All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent.' This is the conviction that we bring with us from early childhood and apply to everyday life and to our lives in general. It gets stronger as we grow up, unless we are touched by the Gospel and begin the spiritual journey. This journey is a process of dismantling the monumental illusion that God is distant or absent. ~ Thomas Keating, Fruits & Gifts of the Spirit,
21:The Kingdom is most powerful where we least expect to find it. God does not take away our problems and trials but rather joins us in them. Such is the profound meaning of the incarnation: God becoming a human being. The Kingdom will manifest itself, not because of our efforts to keep trying, even when all effort seems hopeless, but because God loves us so much that God won't be able to stand seeing us struggle and always failing. God will do the impossible. He will give us a new attitude toward suffering. Such is the heart of the Christian ascesis, or self-discipline, and the mystery of transformation. It is the meaning of the Gospel as Therese perceived it. ~ Thomas Keating, St. Therese of Lisieux: A Transformation in Christ,
22:Hence, it's obvious to see why in AA the community is so important; we are powerless over ourselves. Since we don't have immediate awareness of the Higher Power and how it works, we need to be constantly reminded of our commitment to freedom and liberation. The old patterns are so seductive that as they go off, they set off the association of ideas and the desire to give in to our addiction with an enormous force that we can't handle. The renewal of defeat often leads to despair. At the same time, it's a source of hope for those who have a spiritual view of the process. Because it reminds us that we have to renew once again our total dependence on the Higher Power. This is not just a notional acknowledgment of our need. We feel it from the very depths of our being. Something in us causes our whole being to cry out, "Help!" That's when the steps begin to work. And that, I might add, is when the spiritual journey begins to work. A lot of activities that people in that category regard as spiritual are not communicating to them experientially their profound dependence on the grace of God to go anywhere with their spiritual practices or observances. That's why religious practice can be so ineffective. The real spiritual journey depends on our acknowledging the unmanageability of our lives. The love of God or the Higher Power is what heals us. Nobody becomes a full human being without love. It brings to life people who are most damaged. The steps are really an engagement in an ever-deepening relationship with God. Divine love picks us up when we sincerely believe nobody else will. We then begin to experience freedom, peace, calm, equanimity, and liberation from cravings for what we have come to know are damaging-cravings that cannot bring happiness, but at best only momentary relief that makes the real problem worse. ~ Thomas Keating, Divine Therapy and Addiction,

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1:Humility is the forgetfulness of self. ~ Thomas Keating
2:Humility is the forgetfulness of self. ~ Thomas Keating,
3:The root of prayer is interior silence. ~ Thomas Keating
4:The root of prayer is interior silence. ~ Thomas Keating,
5:Centering prayer is a training in letting go. ~ Thomas Keating
6:life, you will fill me with joy in your presence. ~ Thomas Keating
7:God's first language is Silence. Everything else is a translation. ~ Thomas Keating
8:It's obvious that humanity continues to be torn by religious violence. ~ Thomas Keating
9:Just by the very nature of our birth, we are on the spiritual journey. ~ Thomas Keating
10:Silence is God's first language; everything else is a poor translation. ~ Thomas Keating
11:Silence is God's language, and it's a very difficult language to learn. ~ Thomas Keating
12:Perhaps the shortest and most powerful prayer in human language is help. ~ Thomas Keating
13:Perhaps the shortest and most powerful prayer in human language is help. ~ Thomas Keating,
14:God is a tremendous supporter of creation, especially of all living beings. ~ Thomas Keating
15:For us to remain in this world, our animal brain has to be there to support us. ~ Thomas Keating
16:The chief thing that separates us from God is the thought that we are separated from God. ~ Thomas Keating
17:Divine life is basically the inner freedom to choose the right and the good spontaneously. ~ Thomas Keating
18:I venture to say that it's not enough to respect and tolerate religions other than our own. ~ Thomas Keating
19:To see everything in God and to see God in everything normally takes a lifetime of practice. ~ Thomas Keating
20:To see everything in God and to see God in everything normally takes a lifetime of practice. ~ Thomas Keating, [T5],
21:If one completes the journey to one's own heart, one will find oneself in the heart of everyone else. ~ Thomas Keating
22:If one completes the journey to one's own heart, one will find oneself in the heart of everyone else. ~ Thomas Keating,
23:Only when we can accept God as he is can we give up the desire for spiritual experiences that we can feel. ~ Thomas Keating
24:The divine therapy helps us integrate our animal nature with the new possibilities of rational consciousness. ~ Thomas Keating
25:God seems willing to act as the most sublime psychologist, psychotherapist, or even psychiatrist if we are willing. ~ Thomas Keating
26:God seems willing to act as the most sublime psychologist, psychotherapist, or even psychiatrist if we are willing. ~ Thomas Keating,
27:Becoming fully rational is not enough anymore; evidently it can lead to distortions of all the great human possibilities. ~ Thomas Keating
28:In a crisis of choice when you are perplexed and do not know which way to go, it might be good to consult several persons. ~ Thomas Keating
29:The wisdom of all religions has to be respected. The discoveries of science are also essential for our time and the future. ~ Thomas Keating
30:For human beings, the most daunting challenge is to become fully human. For to become fully human is to become fully divine. ~ Thomas Keating
31:We need to develop the intuitive capacities of the brain that some geniuses have manifested over humanity's lengthy history. ~ Thomas Keating
32:All religions proclaim the advantages of peace, loving one another, and "doing to others what we would like them to do to us." ~ Thomas Keating
33:In centering prayer, the sacred word is not the object of the attention but rather the expression of the intention of the will. ~ Thomas Keating
34:In centering prayer, the sacred word is not the object of the attention but rather the expression of the intention of the will. ~ Thomas Keating,
35:Science and technology has tried to offer an alternative to religion by making a god out of human reason, but that didn't work out too well. ~ Thomas Keating
36:God will bring people and events into our lives, and whatever we may think about them, they are designed for the evolution of His life in us. ~ Thomas Keating
37:God will bring people and events into our lives, and whatever we may think about them, they are designed for the evolution of His life in us. ~ Thomas Keating,
38:Finding out what particular insights mean to people in other traditions enables us not only to respect but to love the wisdom of other religions. ~ Thomas Keating
39:As the years go by, I find myself experiencing God's extraordinary concern, consideration, healing, and what I call in my books, the divine therapy. ~ Thomas Keating
40:Nothing is more helpful to reduce pride than the actual experience of self-knowledge. If we are discouraged by it, we have misunderstood its meaning. ~ Thomas Keating,
41:What I really wanted was to fall in love with God. It's amazing what obstacles there are within us, or at least in me, that seem to slow this process. ~ Thomas Keating
42:‎"Nothing is more helpful to reduce pride than the actual experience of self-knowledge. If we are discouraged by it, we have misunderstood its meaning. ~ Thomas Keating
43:The acceptance of all that God has given us and the willingness to let it go - to give it back to him at a moment's notice - that's true human freedom. ~ Thomas Keating
44:Union with God is really possible. Unity with God I presume, is what is meant by Heaven, but that too is available in this life for the humble of heart. ~ Thomas Keating
45:What I really wanted was to fall in love with God. It's amazing what obstacles there are within us, or at least in me, that seem to slow this process. ~ Thomas Keating, [T5],
46:The complementary movement towards divine love is growth in humility which is the acceptence of the reality about ourselves, our own weakness and limitations. ~ Thomas Keating
47:One of the great purposes of religion itself is being hindered by an exclusive-ism that doesn't take into account the common elements and values that we actually share. ~ Thomas Keating
48:It is essential for world peace that the world religions make peace with each other. If they don't, we can hardly expect the nations of the world to lay down their arms. ~ Thomas Keating
49:The capacity for emotional sobriety belongs to everybody in the human family and leads to a fully human response to the adventure and goodness of the gift of human life. ~ Thomas Keating
50:When the presence of God emerges from our inmost being into our faculties, whether we walk down the street or drink a cup of soup, divine life is pouring into the world. ~ Thomas Keating
51:Your relationship with God, others, yourself, and all creation keeps changing for the better. Most of the world's religions have developed maps to describe this process. ~ Thomas Keating
52:Difficulties arise whenever a committed relationship is succeeding. Love makes you vulnerable. . . . Your defenses relax and the dark side of your personality arises. . . ~ Thomas Keating
53:The fact that we experience anxiety and annoyance is the certain sign that, in the unconscious, there is an emotional program for happiness that has just been frustrated. ~ Thomas Keating
54:You should not take prayer too seriously. There is something playful about God. You only have to look at a penguin ... to realize that He likes to play little jokes on creatures. ~ Thomas Keating
55:The word "emptiness" for example, is a very important word both in Christianity and in Buddhism. It has shades of meaning however, that are different in the respective traditions. ~ Thomas Keating
56:We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion, the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us. ~ Thomas Keating
57:We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion, the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us. ~ Thomas Keating,
58:Trappist monk Thomas Keating once said, “The cross Jesus asked you to carry is yourself. It’s all the pain inflicted on you in your past and all the pain you’ve inflicted on others. ~ Brennan Manning
59:The great treasure that interreligious dialogue among the world religions could unlock is to enable people to get to know and love other religions and the people who practice them. The ~ Thomas Keating
60:The Trappist monk Thomas Keating once said, “The cross Jesus asked you to carry is yourself. It’s all the pain inflicted on you in your past and all the pain you’ve inflicted on others. ~ Brennan Manning
61:The best way to understand another person's religion is to listen to the story of what particular practices helped them to deepen and to embody their religion, especially its spirituality. ~ Thomas Keating
62:Lent is a time to renew wherever we are in that process that I call the divine therapy. It's a time to look what our instinctual needs are, look at what the dynamics of our unconscious are. ~ Thomas Keating
63:In the Christian perspective, the love of God and of all other human beings invites us to share and enjoy not just the best of the human potential as it evolves, but participation in the divine life itself. ~ Thomas Keating
64:Every time you have a major breakthrough in self-knowledge, and see the way the divine works within your own psyche, external events, and interior experiences of the divine, you are transformed in some degree. ~ Thomas Keating
65:We are kept from the experience of Spirit because our inner world is cluttered with past traumas . . . As we begin to clear away this clutter, the energy of divine light and love begins to flow through our being. ~ Thomas Keating
66:To live in the presence of God on a continuous basis can become a kind of fourth dimension to our three-dimensional world, forming an invisible but real background to everything that we do or that happens in our lives. ~ Thomas Keating
67:To live in the presence of God on a continuous basis can become a kind of fourth dimension to our three-dimensional world, forming an invisible but real background to everything that we do or that happens in our lives. ~ Thomas Keating,
68:Technology isn't fulfilling its promise of unlimited progress and solving every problem through technology. With the Enlightenment and its aftermath, there already was a general loss of confidence in the Western religions. ~ Thomas Keating
69:Psychotherapy is what God has been secretly doing for centuries by other names; that is, he searches through our personal history and heals what needs to be healed - the wounds of childhood or our own self-inflicted wounds. ~ Thomas Keating
70:By deepening the spiritual dialogue between the spiritual traditions of the various religions in a spirit of friendship, one begins to understand just what the classical terms of the various spiritual traditions really mean. ~ Thomas Keating
71:Psychotherapy is what God has been secretly doing for centuries by other names; that is, he searches through our personal history and heals what needs to be healed - the wounds of childhood or our own self-inflicted wounds. ~ Thomas Keating,
72:Religions have a special responsibility to encourage and inspire people to love planet earth, which as far as we know, is the only place in the cosmos that works in such a harmonious way that it can support intelligent life. ~ Thomas Keating
73:Science and technology have been embarrassed by two world wars, many smaller ones, and the spread of weapons that could destroy humanity. As a result, there is some loss of confidence in the great achievements of technology. ~ Thomas Keating
74:The fact that we experience anxiety and annoyance is the certain sign that, in the unconscious, there is an emotional program for happiness that has just been frustrated. ~ Thomas Keating, The Human Condition: Contemplation and Transformation,
75:The Trappist monk Thomas Keating once said, “The cross Jesus asked you to carry is yourself. It’s all the pain inflicted on you in your past and all the pain you’ve inflicted on others.” I believe that’s true. My cross suddenly ~ Brennan Manning
76:To live in the presence of God on a continuous basis can become a kind of fourth dimension to our three-dimensional world, forming an invisible but real background to everything that we do or that happens in our lives. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer,
77:In human relationships, as mutual love deepens, there comes a time when two friends convey their exchanges without words. They can sit in silence sharing an experience or simply enjoying each other's presence without saying anything. ~ Thomas Keating
78:Gregory the Great (sixth century), summarizing the Christian contemplative tradition, expressed it as “resting in God.” This was the classical meaning of Contemplative Prayer in the Christian tradition for the first sixteen centuries. ~ Thomas Keating
79:When the presence of God emerges from our inmost being into our faculties, whether we walk down the street or drink a cup of soup, divine life is pouring into the world. ~ Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel,
80:Perhaps 90 percent of its desires, psychologists say, are unconscious; in other words, many of our deepest commitments to symbols of security, power, and affection in the culture are rooted in desires that are absolutely impossible to achieve. ~ Thomas Keating
81:Gregory the Great (sixth century), summarizing the Christian contemplative tradition, expressed it as "resting in God." This was the classical meaning of Contemplative Prayer in the Christian tradition for the first sixteen centuries. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer,
82:While doing centering prayer, the practice is to let go of any thought or perception. The priority is to be as silent as possible and when that is not possible to let the noise of the thoughts be the sacred symbol for a while, without analyzing them. ~ Thomas Keating
83:If you accept the belief that baptism incorporates us in the mystical body of Christ, into the divine DNA, then you might say that the Holy Spirit is present in each of us, and thus we have the capacity for the fullness of redemption, of transformation. ~ Thomas Keating
84:We may experience moments of profound inner peace, a sense of oneness with nature, or a sense of something that is more important that we're not reaching by the usual goals of human society. Perhaps we could say there's a common heart to all the religions. ~ Thomas Keating
85:As St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) taught, whatever we say about God is more unlike God than saying nothing. If we do say something, it can only be a pointer toward the Mystery that can never be articulated in words. All that words can do is point in the direction of the Mystery. ~ Thomas Keating
86:Over time we are able to undermine habitual modes of thinking formed by our self-made self in early childhood, which tries to squeeze happiness from the gratification of our desires for the symbols in our culture of survival and security, power and control, and affection and esteem. ~ Thomas Keating
87:As St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) taught, whatever we say about God is more unlike God than saying nothing. If we do say something, it can only be a pointer toward the Mystery that can never be articulated in words. All that words can do is point in the direction of the Mystery. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer,
88:The whole immigration issue suggests the inevitability of people in our time seeking economic security that they can't find at home, which usually involves bringing their religion with them. One's children are going to be married to people outside their religious traditions as well as inside. ~ Thomas Keating
89:To become who we are as creatures made in the image and likeness of God, we have to be nothing and everything at once, since this is what God is. ... If we accept who we are, we are manifesting God and radiating Christ. The latter unfolding of the divine life within us does not need to go anywhere ~ Thomas Keating
90:they introduced me to extended communities of faith through writers I had never heard of before . . . Along with the writings of Gerald May and Thomas Keating, whom I had not known before, I was encouraged to explore or revisit a few other writers, including Richard Rohr (Adam’s Return and The Naked Now), Thomas Merton (Thoughts ~ Peter Enns
91:One of the values of centering prayer is that you are not thinking about God during the time of centering prayer so you are giving God a chance to manifest. In centering prayer there are moments of peace that give the psyche a chance to realize that God may not be so bad after all. God has a chance to be himself for a change. ~ Thomas Keating
92:The spiritual traditions of all the religions have certain similarities that are unmistakable. They share many of the same basic practices like sacred reading, spiritual guidance, moderation in eating, drinking and sexual expression, and above all, trying to be aware of the presence of God in other people and in everyday life. ~ Thomas Keating
93:is a process of inner transformation, a conversation initiated by God and leading, if we consent, to divine union. One's way of seeing reality changes in the process. A restructuring of consciousness takes place which empowers one to perceive, relate and respond with increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in, through, and beyond everything that exists. ~ Thomas Keating
94:The modern world lies under a pervasive sense of anguish, of being abandoned, or at least experiencing God as absent. Yet events that seem to turn our lives upside down and inside out are part of God's redemptive plan, not only for us, but for the world in which we live. God may be preparing a great awakening for the world, if God can find enough people to cooperate in this mysterious plan. ~ Thomas Keating
95:The striking discoveries of contemporary science are continually telling us new things about how material creation came to be and how it continues to evolve. Although we do not have all the answers, we are clearly going in a direction that transcends the cosmology in which the great world religions came into existence. Our vision, understanding, and our attitudes about God inevitably must change. ~ Thomas Keating
96:The striking discoveries of contemporary science are continually telling us new things about how material creation came to be and how it continues to evolve. Although we do not have all the answers, we are clearly going in a direction that transcends the cosmology in which the great world religions came into existence. Our vision, understanding, and our attitudes about God inevitably must change. ~ Thomas Keating,
97:Don’t judge centering prayer on the basis of how many thoughts come or how much peace you enjoy. The only way to judge this prayer is by its long-range fruits: whether in daily life you enjoy greater peace, humility and charity. Having come to deep interior silence, you begin to relate to others beyond the superficial aspects of social status, race, nationality, religion, and personal characteristics. (OM, 114) ~ Thomas Keating
98:We're obviously at the edge of something quite new in humanity's experience. That is this globalization process which isn't just economic or social, but involves the interpenetration of cultures, people moving to different places several times in their lifetime, traveling for business or pleasure, and marrying people of very different cultural backgrounds, all of which was almost impossible a hundred years ago. ~ Thomas Keating
99:The false self is deeply entrenched. You can change your name and address, religion, country, and clothes. But as long as you don’t ask it to change, the false self simply adjusts to the new environment. For example, instead of drinking your friends under the table as a significant sign of self-worth and esteem, if you enter a monastery, as I did, fasting the other monks under the table could become your new path to glory. ~ Thomas Keating
100:St. Teresa of Avila wrote: 'All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent.' This is the conviction that we bring with us from early childhood and apply to everyday life and to our lives in general. It gets stronger as we grow up, unless we are touched by the Gospel and begin the spiritual journey. This journey is a process of dismantling the monumental illusion that God is distant or absent. ~ Thomas Keating
101:St. Teresa of Avila wrote: 'All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent.' This is the conviction that we bring with us from early childhood and apply to everyday life and to our lives in general. It gets stronger as we grow up, unless we are touched by the Gospel and begin the spiritual journey. This journey is a process of dismantling the monumental illusion that God is distant or absent. ~ Thomas Keating, Fruits & Gifts of the Spirit,
102:If our value system doesn't allow us to enjoy anything without putting a price on it, we miss a great part of the beauty of life. When we bring this value system into the domain of prayer, we can never enjoy God. As soon as we start enjoying Him, we have to reflect, "Oh boy, I'm enjoying God!" And as soon as we do that, we are taking a photograph of the experience. Every reflection is like a photograph of reality. It isn't our original experience; it is a commentary on it. ~ Thomas Keating
103:the deeper one's awareness of one's powerlessness and the more desperate, the more willing one is to reach out for help. This help is offered in the next two steps. You turn yourself over to a Higher Power who you believe can heal you and work with you in the long journey of dismantling the emotional programs for happiness. They are the root causes of all our problems. We try to squeeze gratification or satisfaction out of the symbols of those three emotional programs in the culture to which we belong. ~ Thomas Keating
104:The Kingdom is most powerful where we least expect to find it. God does not take away our problems and trials but rather joins us in them. Such is the profound meaning of the incarnation: God becoming a human being. The Kingdom will manifest itself, not because of our efforts to keep trying, even when all effort seems hopeless, but because God loves us so much that God won't be able to stand seeing us struggle and always failing. God will do the impossible. He will give us a new attitude toward suffering. Such is the heart of the Christian ascesis, or self-discipline, and the mystery of transformation. It is the meaning of the Gospel as Therese perceived it. ~ Thomas Keating
105:The Kingdom is most powerful where we least expect to find it. God does not take away our problems and trials but rather joins us in them. Such is the profound meaning of the incarnation: God becoming a human being. The Kingdom will manifest itself, not because of our efforts to keep trying, even when all effort seems hopeless, but because God loves us so much that God won't be able to stand seeing us struggle and always failing. God will do the impossible. He will give us a new attitude toward suffering. Such is the heart of the Christian ascesis, or self-discipline, and the mystery of transformation. It is the meaning of the Gospel as Therese perceived it. ~ Thomas Keating, St. Therese of Lisieux: A Transformation in Christ,
106:Perhaps the shortest and most powerful prayer in human language is help. —FATHER THOMAS KEATING A hardness we can't see, cold and rigid, begins to form between us and the world, the longer we stay silent about what we need. It is not even about getting what we need, but about admitting, mostly to ourselves, that we do have needs. Asking for help, whether we get it or not, breaks the hardness that builds in the world. Paradoxically, asking even for the things that no one can give, we are relieved and blessed for the asking. For admitting our humanness lets the soul break surface, the way a dolphin leaps for the sun. One of the most painful barriers we can experience is the sense of isolation the modern world fosters, which can only be broken by our willingness to be held, by the quiet courage to allow our vulnerabilities to be seen. For as water fills a hole and as light fills the dark, kindness wraps around what is soft, if what is soft can be seen. So admitting what we need, asking for help, letting our softness show—these are prayers without words that friends, strangers, wind, and time all wrap themselves around. Allowing ourselves to be held is like returning to the womb. As you breathe, try to relax and soften your guard for these brief moments. Breathe slowly, and feel your pores open more fully to the world. Inhale deeply, and let the air and silence get closer. Inhale cleanly, and allow yourself to be held by what is. ~ Mark Nepo
107:Hence, it's obvious to see why in AA the community is so important; we are powerless over ourselves. Since we don't have immediate awareness of the Higher Power and how it works, we need to be constantly reminded of our commitment to freedom and liberation. The old patterns are so seductive that as they go off, they set off the association of ideas and the desire to give in to our addiction with an enormous force that we can't handle. The renewal of defeat often leads to despair. At the same time, it's a source of hope for those who have a spiritual view of the process. Because it reminds us that we have to renew once again our total dependence on the Higher Power. This is not just a notional acknowledgment of our need. We feel it from the very depths of our being. Something in us causes our whole being to cry out, “Help!” That's when the steps begin to work. And that, I might add, is when the spiritual journey begins to work. A lot of activities that people in that category regard as spiritual are not communicating to them experientially their profound dependence on the grace of God to go anywhere with their spiritual practices or observances. That's why religious practice can be so ineffective. The real spiritual journey depends on our acknowledging the unmanageability of our lives. The love of God or the Higher Power is what heals us. Nobody becomes a full human being without love. It brings to life people who are most damaged. The steps are really an engagement in an ever-deepening relationship with God. Divine love picks us up when we sincerely believe nobody else will. We then begin to experience freedom, peace, calm, equanimity, and liberation from cravings for what we have come to know are damaging—cravings that cannot bring happiness, but at best only momentary relief that makes the real problem worse. ~ Thomas Keating
108:Hence, it's obvious to see why in AA the community is so important; we are powerless over ourselves. Since we don't have immediate awareness of the Higher Power and how it works, we need to be constantly reminded of our commitment to freedom and liberation. The old patterns are so seductive that as they go off, they set off the association of ideas and the desire to give in to our addiction with an enormous force that we can't handle. The renewal of defeat often leads to despair. At the same time, it's a source of hope for those who have a spiritual view of the process. Because it reminds us that we have to renew once again our total dependence on the Higher Power. This is not just a notional acknowledgment of our need. We feel it from the very depths of our being. Something in us causes our whole being to cry out, "Help!" That's when the steps begin to work. And that, I might add, is when the spiritual journey begins to work. A lot of activities that people in that category regard as spiritual are not communicating to them experientially their profound dependence on the grace of God to go anywhere with their spiritual practices or observances. That's why religious practice can be so ineffective. The real spiritual journey depends on our acknowledging the unmanageability of our lives. The love of God or the Higher Power is what heals us. Nobody becomes a full human being without love. It brings to life people who are most damaged. The steps are really an engagement in an ever-deepening relationship with God. Divine love picks us up when we sincerely believe nobody else will. We then begin to experience freedom, peace, calm, equanimity, and liberation from cravings for what we have come to know are damaging-cravings that cannot bring happiness, but at best only momentary relief that makes the real problem worse. ~ Thomas Keating, Divine Therapy and Addiction,

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Integral World - Further Reflections on Complexity, Gregory Desilet
Integral World - Transcending Complexity and the Pakistani Bomb, Jeff Meyerhoff
Integral World - Predicting Complexity, Andy Smith
Integral World - Consciousness and Complexity: A Defence of Panspiritism, Steve Taylor
Integral World - The Dissipative Universe and the Paradox of Complexity, A Review of David Christian's "Origin Story", Frank Visser
Integral World - Are We The Exception that Proves the Rule?, A Spectrum of Opinions on the Rarity of Complexity, Frank Visser
Integral World - Eros and Evolution, Discussing one of the most un-debated topics in the integral world; Is there a universal, spiritual drive towards increasing complexity and consciousness? Is there any place for Eros in evolution?, Frank Visser and Layman Pascal
Integral World - Eros and Bacteria: Why Some Organisms Grow in Complexity, and Some Don't, Frank Visser
Integral World - "Equilibrium is Death", Energy, Entropy, Evolution and the Paradox of Life's Complexity, Frank Visser
For the Love of Chaos: What Does Complexity Theory Have to Do with Intimacy and Healing?
selforum - evolution complexity and cognition
selforum - managing complexity
https://thoughtsandvisions-searle88.blogspot.com/2012/10/complexity-theory.html
Psychology Wiki - Complexity
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - computational-complexity
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ComplexityAddiction
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/InverseLawOfComplexityToPower
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Complexity
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Complexity_economics
Wikipedia - Abstraction (computer science) -- Technique for arranging complexity of computer systems
Wikipedia - AC0 (complexity)
Wikipedia - Accidental complexity
Wikipedia - AC (complexity)
Wikipedia - Advice (complexity) -- Computational input that relies on the length but not content of the input
Wikipedia - Algorithmic complexity theory
Wikipedia - ALL (complexity)
Wikipedia - AM (complexity)
Wikipedia - Arithmetical hierarchy -- Hierarchy of complexity classes for formulas defining sets
Wikipedia - Arthur-Merlin protocol -- Interactive proof system in computational complexity theory
Wikipedia - Asymptotic complexity
Wikipedia - Asymptotic computational complexity
Wikipedia - Average-case complexity
Wikipedia - Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech -- Research organization for computational biology and related fields
Wikipedia - Biocomplexity
Wikipedia - Blum complexity axioms
Wikipedia - Blum's speedup theorem -- Rules out assigning to arbitrary functions their computational complexity
Wikipedia - BPL (complexity)
Wikipedia - BPP (complexity)
Wikipedia - Category:Complexity classes
Wikipedia - Category:Computational complexity theory
Wikipedia - Category:Descriptive complexity
Wikipedia - Category:Fellows of the International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design
Wikipedia - Category:Measures of complexity
Wikipedia - Category:Structural complexity theory
Wikipedia - Category:Theorems in computational complexity theory
Wikipedia - CC (complexity)
Wikipedia - Certificate (complexity)
Wikipedia - Chain rule for Kolmogorov complexity
Wikipedia - Circuit complexity
Wikipedia - Communication complexity
Wikipedia - Complement (complexity)
Wikipedia - Complete (complexity)
Wikipedia - Complexity analysis
Wikipedia - Complexity and Real Computation
Wikipedia - Complexity classes
Wikipedia - Complexity class -- Set of problems in computational complexity theory
Wikipedia - Complexity (disambiguation)
Wikipedia - Complexity economics
Wikipedia - Complexity of constraint satisfaction
Wikipedia - Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Wikipedia - Complexity science
Wikipedia - Complexity theory and organizations -- Application of complexity theory to strategy
Wikipedia - Complexity theory (disambiguation)
Wikipedia - Complexity -- Properties of systems that cannot be simply described or modeled
Wikipedia - Complexity Zoo
Wikipedia - Computational Complexity Conference
Wikipedia - Computational complexity of mathematical operations
Wikipedia - Computational complexity theory -- Study of inherent difficulty of computational problems
Wikipedia - Computational complexity
Wikipedia - Context of computational complexity
Wikipedia - Counting problem (complexity) -- Type of computational problem
Wikipedia - Cyclomatic complexity
Wikipedia - Decision tree complexity
Wikipedia - Descriptive complexity theory
Wikipedia - Descriptive Complexity
Wikipedia - Descriptive complexity
Wikipedia - Design predicates -- Method to quantify the complexity of software integrations
Wikipedia - Earth systems model of intermediate complexity -- Class of climate models
Wikipedia - Economic complexity index
Wikipedia - Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity
Wikipedia - EQP (complexity)
Wikipedia - Espresso heuristic logic minimizer -- computer program for complexity reduction of digital logic circuits
Wikipedia - Essential complexity (numerical measure of "structuredness")
Wikipedia - Evolution of biological complexity -- The tendency for maximum complexity to increase over time, though without any overall direction
Wikipedia - Evolution of complexity
Wikipedia - EXPTIME -- Algorithmic complexity class
Wikipedia - Fagin's theorem -- Set of all properties in existential 2nd order logic is the complexity class NP
Wikipedia - Flesch-Kincaid readability tests -- Indicator for the complexity of texts
Wikipedia - Forecasting complexity
Wikipedia - FP (complexity)
Wikipedia - Fractal dimension -- A ratio providing a statistical index of complexity variation with scale
Wikipedia - Frugal innovation -- process of reducing the complexity and cost of a good and its production
Wikipedia - Fundamental theorem of software engineering -- A general principle for managing complexity through abstraction
Wikipedia - Game complexity
Wikipedia - Game tree complexity
Wikipedia - Game-tree complexity
Wikipedia - GapP -- Complexity class
Wikipedia - Gap theorem -- There are arbitrarily large computable gaps in the hierarchy of complexity classes
Wikipedia - Halstead complexity measures -- Software maintainability index
Wikipedia - Height function -- Mathematical functions that quantify complexity
Wikipedia - Immerman-Szelepcsenyi theorem -- Nondeterministic space complexity classes are closed under complementation
Wikipedia - Information based complexity
Wikipedia - Information-based complexity
Wikipedia - Information fluctuation complexity
Wikipedia - Integrative complexity -- A research psychometric
Wikipedia - Intractability (complexity)
Wikipedia - IP (complexity)
Wikipedia - Irreducible complexity -- Argument by proponents of intelligent design that certain biological systems are too complex to have evolved
Wikipedia - Kolmogorov complexity -- Measure of algorithmic complexity
Wikipedia - Largest-scale trends in evolution -- The low end minimum limit for complexity of living organisms may result in a general gradual trend for increased complexity over time
Wikipedia - Law of Complexity/Consciousness
Wikipedia - Law of conservation of complexity
Wikipedia - L (complexity) -- Complexity class (logarithmic space)
Wikipedia - Level of detail (computer graphics) -- Adjusting the complexity of a 3D model representation to save storage and computation
Wikipedia - List of complexity classes -- Wikipedia list article
Wikipedia - List of computability and complexity topics -- Wikipedia list article
Wikipedia - List of countries by economic complexity -- Wikipedia list article
Wikipedia - Low-complexity art
Wikipedia - Max/min CSP/Ones classification theorems -- On the complexity classes of problems about satisfying a subset of boolean relations
Wikipedia - M-bM-^YM-/P-complete -- Complexity class
Wikipedia - M-bM-^YM-/P -- Complexity class
Wikipedia - Model of hierarchical complexity -- A framework for scoring how complex a behavior is
Wikipedia - Natural proof -- Provides lower bounds on the circuit complexity of boolean functions
Wikipedia - NC (complexity)
Wikipedia - New Complexity
Wikipedia - NL (complexity)
Wikipedia - NP (complexity)
Wikipedia - NP-hardness -- Complexity class
Wikipedia - Parameterized complexity
Wikipedia - P (complexity class)
Wikipedia - P (complexity)
Wikipedia - PH (complexity)
Wikipedia - PP (complexity)
Wikipedia - PR (complexity)
Wikipedia - Programming Complexity
Wikipedia - Programming complexity
Wikipedia - Progressive pop -- Pop music genre that emphasizes complexity and form
Wikipedia - Proof complexity
Wikipedia - Pseudo-polynomial transformation -- A function used in computational complexity theory
Wikipedia - PSPACE (complexity)
Wikipedia - QIP (complexity)
Wikipedia - Quantum complexity theory
Wikipedia - Query (complexity)
Wikipedia - Query complexity
Wikipedia - R (complexity)
Wikipedia - RE (complexity)
Wikipedia - Reduction (complexity)
Wikipedia - RL (complexity)
Wikipedia - RLP (complexity)
Wikipedia - RP (complexity) -- Randomized polynomial time class of computational complexity theory
Wikipedia - Run-time complexity
Wikipedia - Sample complexity
Wikipedia - SC (complexity)
Wikipedia - SL (complexity)
Wikipedia - Social complexity
Wikipedia - Sociology and complexity science
Wikipedia - Software complexity
Wikipedia - Space complexity
Wikipedia - Strahler number -- Measure of the branching complexity
Wikipedia - Structural complexity theory
Wikipedia - Structure of observed learning outcome -- Model of levels of increasing complexity in understanding
Wikipedia - TC0 -- Complexity class used in circuit complexity
Wikipedia - Template talk:Complexity classes
Wikipedia - The Complexity of Songs
Wikipedia - The Observatory of Economic Complexity
Wikipedia - Thorngate's postulate of commensurate complexity
Wikipedia - Time complexity
Wikipedia - UP (complexity)
Wikipedia - Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity -- Concept in leadership studies
Wikipedia - Worst-case complexity
Wikipedia - ZPL (complexity)
Wikipedia - ZPP (complexity)
The West Wing (1999 - Current) - This political drama features the lives of staffers in the west wing of the White House. It's been a called groundbreaking in that it ushered in a new type of political series that worked to show the complexity and contrasting simplicity of the day-to-day workings of modern politics, primarily in th...
The Fall ::: TV-MA | 1h | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Series (20132016) -- A seemingly cold but very passionate policewoman goes head to head with a seemingly passionate father who is in fact a cold serial killer in this procedural out of Belfast. The only thing they share is their common complexity. Creator:
https://gurps.fandom.com/wiki/Game_Complexity
https://tardis.fandom.com/wiki/Ambient_complexity
Yama no Susume: Kabe tte Kowakunai no? -- -- 8bit -- 1 ep -- Manga -- Comedy Slice of Life -- Yama no Susume: Kabe tte Kowakunai no? Yama no Susume: Kabe tte Kowakunai no? -- Aoi Yukimura and her friends decide to take on a new challenge: indoor rock climbing! However, the sight of the wall flusters Aoi, who frets over its height and complexity. Fortunately, Kaede Saitou is there to explain the rules of indoor climbing, inspiring the girls to give it a try themselves. Though the wall may seem intimidating and insurmountable, Aoi finds that with a little help from her friends, she may be able to overcome this challenge. -- -- Special - May 24, 2013 -- 17,182 6.74
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AC (complexity)
Advice (complexity)
Algorithmic complexity
ALL (complexity)
Arithmetic circuit complexity
Asymptotic computational complexity
Average-case complexity
AWPP (complexity)
BPL (complexity)
BPP (complexity)
Certificate (complexity)
Chain rule for Kolmogorov complexity
Circuit complexity
Cognitive complexity
Communication complexity
Complement (complexity)
Complete (complexity)
Complexity
Complexity class
Complexity (disambiguation)
Complexity economics
Complexity function
Complexity Gaming
Complexity index
Complexity measure
Complexity, Problem Solving, and Sustainable Societies
Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Complexity theory
Complexity theory and organizations
Computational complexity
Computational Complexity Conference
Computational complexity theory
Context of computational complexity
Counting problem (complexity)
Cyclomatic complexity
Descriptional Complexity of Formal Systems
Descriptive complexity theory
Earth systems model of intermediate complexity
Ecological Complexity
Economic Complexity Index
Essential complexity
Evolution of biological complexity
FL (complexity)
FO (complexity)
FP (complexity)
Game complexity
Generic-case complexity
Geometric complexity theory
Halstead complexity measures
Information-based complexity
Information fluctuation complexity
Integer complexity
Integrative complexity
International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design
Irreducible complexity
Kolmogorov complexity
L (complexity)
LH (complexity)
List of computability and complexity topics
Low-complexity art
Low complexity regions in proteins
Model of hierarchical complexity
NC (complexity)
Nelson complexity index
New Complexity
NL (complexity)
NP (complexity)
Parameterized complexity
P (complexity)
PLS (complexity)
PPA (complexity)
PPAD (complexity)
PP (complexity)
Programming complexity
Proof complexity
QIP (complexity)
Quantum complexity theory
Query (complexity)
R (complexity)
RE (complexity)
Reduction (complexity)
RL (complexity)
RP (complexity)
Sample complexity
SL (complexity)
SNP (complexity)
Social complexity
Social identity complexity
Space complexity
Specified complexity
Strategic complexity
Structural complexity theory
The Atlas of Economic Complexity
The Complexity of Happiness
The Complexity of Songs
The Observatory of Economic Complexity
Thorngate's postulate of commensurate complexity
Time complexity
Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity
Worst-case complexity
ZPP (complexity)


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