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WHO ENGAGES IN MYSTICAL OR CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES?
Most of the world religions have a mystical component that points to direct experience of God. In the Christian tradition, this teaching and practice stretches back through Old Testament prophets, Jesus and St. Paul, St. Anthony of the Desert, Dionysius the Areopagite, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and many others, down to modern day teachers like Evelyn Underhill and Thomas Merton. Contemplative practice is not meant to replace existing discursive prayer or participation in faith community. Instead, it is an intentional, daily means of consenting to the presence and action of God within.
Many come to contemplative or mystical Christianity through a mentor relationship, sensitivity to an internal and intuitive call, a dissatisfaction with concepts and language as a means of communicating the experience of God, and a burning desire for nothing short of direct experience of God. It may come through a prolonged, quiet calling, a sudden loss, or an inner strain. There are as many ways of beginning this path as there are contemplative practitioners.
What We Believe
We believe this path is open for everyone. Some who come to us arrive through a more traditional Christian background, while others identify more as "spiritual-not-religious," but are looking to root themselves more in the Christian Mystical Path.
Contemplative Light, our founding members, and our staff are open to accepting everyone and helping them grow spiritually, regardless of personal beliefs, race, cultural background, or sexual orientation. Our Gospel is ecumenical and inclusive.