Welcome to Contemplative Light. We're so delighted you've found us!
silence. practice. healing.
We are a network of teachers and writers that provide resources for contemplatives, wayfarers, and healers,. Much of our own path has sprung from the rich Christian contemplative tradition, as well as highlights from other disciplines like Psychology, Philosophy, and Integral Theory.
Courses on the Contemplative Tradition
Courses on Contemplative Practices & Healing
Courses on the Christian Mystics
Courses on Integral Christianity
Contemplative Circles for connecting with others in community
Resources for chaplains and small group leaders
Resources for Contemplative Retreats
Resources for spiritual directors
Spiritual direction and coaching
Ongoing blogs and social media encouragement
Community and opportunity for publication for contemplative writers
Our practices have been inspired by the mystical traditions of the various world religions. Many of our online classes draw from the rich tradition of Christian monastics and mystics, from 20th century writers like Thomas Merton and Evelyn Underhill, to Meister Eckhart, Pseudo-Dionysius, John Cassian, and the early Desert Fathers and Mothers.
But more importantly, our teachings and writings draw on our years of experience with practices like Centering Prayer, meditation, Lectio Divina, spiritual direction, the Jesus Prayer, as well as mindfulness, yoga, and other therapeutic exercises.
Helping contemplatives, leaders, and healers experience and pass on inner wholeness through contemplative teaching and practice.
We've experienced the profound healing available through the divine transformation as we consent to the presence and action of God within. But there are many unconscious attachments that keep us from this state of awareness on a moment-to-moment basis. Our mission is to help you and those you serve experience this kind of wholeness.
Drawing on contemplative teachers down through the centuries and across disciplines, our mission has three core components:
Silence. Practice. Healing.
Silence. As guides along this path, our task is to help others experience the divine presence available to us in silence. The Aramaic word for prayer means "to open ourselves to God." We do this through verbal, reflective, and contemplative prayer. the deepest intimacy with the divine presence is this final contemplative prayer, or "silent resting in God," when we realize our inmost self abides in God. We help others remove the inner obstacles that keep them from this state of awareness.
Practice. We are practice-centered in our approach. Any teaching can remain stuck in the head and in community we might fashion an identity for others. It is in practice we are transformed into our True Selves. This inward movement has to be accompanied by an outward movement of service to God, others, and creation. This overflowing, transformational grace cannot be hoarded, but naturally flows outward into the world.
Healing. The ultimate goal is a dissolving of the false self such that we move humbly into a space of receptivity. This is an inner transformation of wholeness and an outward movement of shalom, much more than peace or absence of conflict, but health, balance, vitality, wholeness, and justice. Like a divine dance of the healing of self, other, and creation is part of an ongoing divine process of transformation we have to consent to.
What We Believe
We believe the spiritual path is available to everyone willing to be radically transformed by entering deeply into their own suffering and that of the world. Some who come to us arrive through a more traditional religious background, while others identify as "spiritual-not-religious.” Some are just looking for peace and healing. Many find us because they 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.