I've found that using the Jesus Prayer throughout the day can be a simple, contemplative practice that has a powerful effect. The prayer goes back to the Eastern Orthodox spiritual fathers, whose collection of texts, The Philokalia, outlines many mystical practices used by hermits of the early church.
To my knowledge, an Integral and Unitive exposition of St. John of The Cross's poem, The Dark Night of The Soul has never been done. The last five stanzas were never explained by St. John. I offer it here, using the perspectives of Evelyn Underhill and Ken Wilber, and living it as a write it.
By definition, original sin implies that our faculties for knowing sin are inherently impaired with sin also. Perhaps our capacities for truly knowing anything are intrinsically skewed, and the fall in Genesis 3 leaves us completely blind when it comes to seeing divinity. Going forward in blind faith, then, implies that we cannot see the path ahead, or, at least, cannot see it very well.
The Contemplative Light Podcast
The Contemplative Light Podcast releases AT LEAST one new episode each week. It is a warm and candid conversation between friends. Sometimes, it is Contemplative Light regulars; sometimes the guest is a surprise. You can subscribe on iTunes, and you can also check it out below.
Discussion between Marc and Clint about The Christian Mystics. Marc discusses the different Christian mystics historically and in the context of the larger tradition. There are three main groupings. Marc also mentions some of his surprises in studying the mystics. Also mentioned: What is the benefit of studying the Christian mystics?
A client shares her experience with Clint Sabom's Contemplative Coaching. The discussion centers on process, mysticism, and contemplative spirituality.
A simple introduction to the ancient (and modern) practice of The Jesus Prayer. This is a contemplative and mystical practice that can transform your inner life in a unique way. Here, the host provides a basic understanding of this simple yet profound practice.
Chris and Clint continue their discussion through the progressive stages of mindfulness meditation. But you needn't have listened to earlier episodes to enjoy this one; meet us where we are and journey with us in this conversation road through higher Consciousness.
Chris and Clint discuss the fields of awareness on the path of meditation. This episode focuses on listening, hearing, silence - the auditory field. Or, aural, as Chris likes to say.
Ben Riggs shares his insights and his work on contemplative spirituality and the 12 steps. He discusses the analogous relationships between Buddhism, Christianity, and the 12 steps, and how the 12 steps can serve as a process for internal transformation.
The hosts discuss the stages of Christian Mysticism, using the models of early Desert Father John Cassian and 20th Century Anglican writer Evelyn Underhill. This episode is rich in explaining some of the traditional models used in the mystical tradition that has always been in Christianity, throughout history, even if not often discussed in churches. The hosts also often candid feedback as to how (and if) these models apply to the modern Westerner trying to balance contemplative life with a hyper-stimulated socio-economic culture.
Marc and Clint discuss an article by Ilia Delio that responds and (intelligently) critiques the theology of Richard Rohr.
In this episode, Chris Luard and Clint Sabom discuss using the breath and body in meditation.
Do some meditations work better than other? Is contemplation compatible with this hectic world? What about the physical? Fitness and exercise? Managing time and contemplation is not easy.
Integral theory is a meta-theory pioneered by philosopher Ken Wilber. It is an attempt at a "theory of everything" that draws across all major disciplines, including religion, psychology, philosophy, and the sciences. Integral Spirituality serves as a central part of the teachings of many contemplative Christians, such as Richard Rohr, Thomas Keating, and Cynthia Bourgeault. Contemplative Light employs Integral Theory in hopes that its framework can facilitate a greater connection to God for every spiritual seeker. Below, we have made some introductory outlines of Integral thought.
Introduction to Ken Wilber, Integral Theory, and Stages of Mysticism.