Praying Dangerously: Radical Reliance on God by Regina Sara RyanPraying Dangerously: Radical Reliance on God by Regina Sara Ryan

Praying Dangerously: Radical Reliance on God

byRegina Sara Ryan

Paperback | June 1, 2011

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Beyond the Christian tradition, Praying Dangerously: Radical Reliance on God stands out as an almost mystical approach to prayer as communion with the divine. Drawing on Sufism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, Regina Sara Ryan, a former Roman Catholic nun, writes with passion and energy about what she calls "transformational" prayer, which seeks to annihilate the individual soul in favor of union with the Divine.
Title:Praying Dangerously: Radical Reliance on GodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:June 1, 2011Publisher:Hohm PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1935387200

ISBN - 13:9781935387206


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This book is not primarily about conversational or dialogic prayer. Plenty of others have offered wonderful instruction in prayer of this type, and some of their words will be reiterated here. Praying Dangerously is also not essentially about inspiration, help, or comfort the familiar content of many prayers. Therefore, it is not ultimately about achieving greater peace and harmony, or even greater courage and kindness, although these side effects of prayer will generally be observable in those who pray. The basic distinction in what I call dangerous prayer is brilliantly articulated by author and teacher Ken Wilber, but has been made by many other pioneers in spiritual life before him. Wilber explains two functions of religion or spiritual life, and consequently two approaches to the path. The first function of religion is translational, he says. We translate our lives into a different language, so to speak. Whereas before we may have been cruel, violent, totally self-serving, addicted and proud, religion helps us to translate our old values, behaviors and belief systems. I will call the other function of religion or spiritual life, as Wilber does, transformational. In this domain, the rules of the previous game don't apply. Transformation is a whole new venture. Far from aiming at peace, transformational prayer aims at the sword. Far from feeling better, the soul that is "transformationally prayed” is being annihilated, consumed, eaten up and spit out. The self or ego that, in the course of translational prayer, is dismantled and rearranged in a new and clearer syntax, is now wiped out. It no longer has the least say in the play. With transformational prayer the separate self has been subsumed by what is larger, or truer, or higher (if you will), or wholly (holy) Other. Transformational prayer is about death to all our notions of God, prayer, holiness, spiritual life, and satisfaction or peace. Only in such death or annihilation is a real life possible, or so say the mystics and great poets, and scores of wise elders and saints throughout the ages.

Editorial Reviews

"Eschews prayer as mere self-help, by insisting on serious, daily commitment." -- James Redington, S.J., Vallabhacharya on the Love Games of Krishna