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Wholistic prayer

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Abstract

The author has experimented with an approach to prayer in which he draws on insights and methods from contemporary psychotherapy. He calls his approach “wholistic prayer” and defines it as “the movement, the lifting up, of the person-body, heart, mind, and will-towards God.” He characterizes wholistic prayer, discusses problems associated with its practice, describes its stages, and illustrates the use of dreams. He provides clinical data from participants in classes on prayer and from his own experience.

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    St. Augustine,Confessions.

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    See St. Ignatius'Spiritual Exercises or Francis De Sales'Introduction to a Devout Life, for example.

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    Paul W. Pruyser,Between Belief and Unbelief (New York: Harper & Row, 1974), p. 121.

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He teaches classes in prayer both in the parish and in the Logos Institute of Chicago Theological Seminary.

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White, W. Wholistic prayer. Pastoral Psychol 25, 208–221 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01759749

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Keywords

  • Clinical Data
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Contemporary Psychotherapy