The Maturation of the Sacred Word

Q: During my Centering Prayer practice, I notice that my sacred word can change, become vague, become softer, a bit different, or more subtle, like there is no word, but only the energy. If I TRY for the word to become CLEAR, then I lose my practice and depth, and the word becomes a mantra — something for attention, but not intention or surrender. Is that ok?

A:  Your experience is a wonderful description of what happens to the sacred word when you allow your intention to morph into the silence. Allow this symbol of your consent to be dynamic; in any form or no form, your sacred word is an effortless symbol of your intention to consent. – Blessings, Fr Carl.