Welcome to Contemplative Light. We're so delighted you found us!
We are a network of spiritual teachers and writers in the contemplative Christian tradition. We 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. We also incorporate wisdom from other disciplines, such as Psychology, Philosophy, and the Integral Meta-Theory of Ken Wilber.
Drawing on contemplative teachers down through the centuries, we have three core missives:
Purgation. Illumination. Union.
Purgation. Honoring the experiential component of our unique and personal journeys guiding toward an awakened state, we understand the first part of the process to be a stripping away and letting go of the hindrances to abiding in the unitive state. This often occurs after an inner release, catharsis, or initial awakening experience. Given the emptiness of cultural materialism and the pursuits of the ego, we want to help as many people as possible achieve deeper inner awareness to open themselves to the divine through direct experience.
Illumination. We believe this process involves a continual unfolding, through dedicated practice, growing awareness, experiencing the growing light through ego-divestiture. Teaching the many contemplative and mystical practices of the Christian tradition, including Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Ignatian exercises, the Jesus Prayer, Christian meditation, hesychasm, and much more to help illuminate this path.
Union. We want to help others uncover the sense of the sacred through experiencing the silence in our inmost being, the peace that passeth all understanding, to be guided ever more deeply into divine union.
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.