The practice of Centering Prayer, which Father Keating presented in his bestselling open mind, open heart, is the beginning of a process of spiritual growth. In this present work he outlines and explains the actual stages of this process. In the course of numerous workshops and retreats Father Keating is asked many questions regarding contemplative practice. How will it affect my life? Where does it lead us spiritually? What obstacles will I encounter along the way? Why is it necessary? How does it work?