Contemplative View

Contemplative View

"If one completes the journey to one's own heart, one will find oneself in the heart of everyone else."
- Father Thomas Keating


Sense of Oneness




Illusion of Separation

What is Contemplative View? is an interactive resource for information, terms, and themes related to the treasury of spiritual works created by Father Thomas Keating, including the classical method of Centering Prayer.

What is Centering Prayer?

Centering Prayer is an ancient method of Christian contemplative prayer that was rediscovered and renewed in a contemporary idiom by Father Thomas Keating and others and has been championed by Contemplative Outreach.

Why was Contemplative View created?

Father Thomas Keating has created a massive treasury of writings spanning decades of work, including dozens of books that do not contain indexes or glossaries. Finding the gems of wisdom and meaning spread throughout this body of work has been challenging for readers. Contemplative View serves as an interactive master reference for Father Keating’s works and Centering Prayer, making the essential content easier for people to find, study, and ponder.

How do I use

Each of the terms used in Father Keating’s writings and in the method of Centering Prayer are defined and connected to other related ideas and themes. The site enables users to easily find key ideas to ponder, each with clearly articulated definitions. Each idea is connected to references and related ideas that can be used for study, pondering, and contemplative reflection. offers users different pathways to explore these ideas from some of the key themes of Father Keating's works such as the Human Condition, Practice, Grace or Manifesting God.