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THE DIVINE TRANSFORMATION: ESSENTIALS OF CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE

A comprehensive introductory through intermediate level course on both practice and perspectives of these timeless teachings from the Christian Mystical and Contemplative traditions! 

PEACE THROUGH FAITH

In an exceptional article, Elaine Fourie outlines a new dimension to the understanding of faith as a living, moving entity that exceeds rational concept while identifying the between Merton’s spiritual consciousness model and Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle. A must read.

Tuesday Tip With Rich: Start Where You Are At

In this week’s tip on Centering Prayer, Rich Lewis talks about starting where you are at.

untitled poem about dying first then living

A moving poem from Roger Butts examining the role of death in healing.

The Shape of Personality

In an essay inspired by writing from C.S. Lewis, Arthur Aghajanian explores the representation of personality in our visual culture.

When Life Gets Mundane

Start off your week with a beautiful prayer from Roger Butts.

In Summer

In this poem, Reese LeBlanc moves from summer day to summer night, asking something of a sage.

Tuesday Tip With Rich: Why Should You Practice Centering Prayer?

In this week’s tip on Centering Prayer, Rich Lewis discusses 5 reasons why you should practice Centering Prayer.

CPE (hospital chaplaincy training)

Roger Butts shares a short reflection about a moment when he thought his career was over.

How To Invoke Love’s Divine Magic

In this article, Guy Finley offers us a new way to meet the moment so that Love can make us new.

Raising a child in a crazy world

In this article, Terri Knuth shares with us that there is a way to be in this crazy world but not of it, to live from a higher level of awareness so that our children learn to do the same.

On the Contemplative Path

The Contemplative Path

The contemplative path is both ascent and descent. It is a movement of love in our inmost self allowing us to grow in awareness of our inner egoic tendencies that keep us from manifesting divine love in the world. We usually come to a place of accepting this process after what Franciscan author Richard Rohr calls necessary suffering.

Contemplative Practices

Our focus is on contemplative practices for the individual, but the ultimate hope is that this transformation radiates outward into all facets of life to help us open to the greatest extent possible. Here are some of the many available spiritual practices that Christian contemplatives, mystics, and monastics have drawn on over the centuries.

A RADICAL TRANSFORMATION: DANTE, THE WOUND & THE CONTEMPLATIVE JOURNEY

In this mini course based on the acclaimed book Dante’s Road: The Journey Home For The Modern Soul, we engage with the timeless wisdom of one of the greatest poems of all time, The Divine Comedy from 14th century Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

CONTEMPLATIVE PERSPECTIVES: FRAMEWORKS FOR THE DIVINE

For anyone who craves to deepen their contemplative process and more fully embody and integrate the the higher stages of the mystical path, Contemplative Perspectives: Frameworks for the Divine offers an opportunity to travel through the various states of awakening and understand the territory.

HOW TO WRITE A DEVOTIONAL: PLUS HOW TO GET THEM PUBLISHED

If you read devotionals, you already know how they can be a true blessing. A devotional can uplift you when you’re feeling discouraged, sad or lonely. It can help you acknowledge and repent from sins that cause personal rifts and create distance in your relationship with God.

WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: FOCUSING ON GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE

This course helps you to access the rich spiritual stories that lie deeply within you. Words are powerful. People who are drawn to writing as a spiritual practice range from beginning writers to experienced ones. The amount of writing you’ve done is not relevant.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

Contemplative Education: courses, study guides, training materials, articles, podcasts, and lessons on silent prayer, meditation, and mindfulness for beginning and experienced contemplatives.

Contemplative Spiritual Community: to connect, grow, learn from, and support each other on this journey. Please join us on Facebook.

Resources for Healing Professionals: including clergy, therapists, doctors, spiritual directors, and mental health professionals open to the meditative aspect of the healing process.

5 WAYS OF CONSENTING TO THE DIVINE

Learn methods practiced by Christian mystics for centuries including Centering Prayer, The Examen, Lectio Divina, Christian Meditation, and the Jesus Prayer.

THE POWER OF THE JESUS PRAYER

Welcome to a thorough introductory course on the practice and perspectives of the timeless Jesus Prayer, from the Christian Mystical and Contemplative traditions!