Contemplative Light

Inspiration and Guidance on the Path of Awakening

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We provide education and resources in a global effort towards inner transformation through contemplative prayer and meditation.

Together we envision all hearts illuminated by the divine light within.

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.

As contemplative practitioners, we value the experience of divine presence available to us in silence. Resting in the present moment, we realize we are deeply connected to each other and that our inmost self abides in God. Silence helps us remove the inner obstacles keeping us from this state of divine awareness.

Transformed by the practices of prayer and meditation, we discover the true nature of our being as whole, complete and already perfect. This overflowing, transformational grace naturally flows outward in service to God, others, and the world.

The ultimate goal of the contemplative journey is a dissolving of the false self or ego. This inner transformation into wholeness includes greater health, balance, and vitality. The healing of self, other, and creation is part of an ongoing divine dance we both consent to and participate in.

The Wisdom You Need to Let Go and Enter the Divine Flow of Life

Just as one wouldn’t mistake a ladder for being the same as the rooftop upon which he hopes to view the stars, neither should we confuse knowledge for those innermost revelations that can come to us only through self-understanding.

A New Series: The Interior Castle (Introductory Note & Welcome)

Fourth, seekers seek. And here is how Teresa understands and speaks to this seeking: “From the center of the soul, Teresa teaches, God is calling…”

The First Step to Realizing the Unimaginable Fulness of Your True Self

A permanent anchor does exist, but before we can benefit from its steady hold, we must break the cycle of suffering inherent in our unquestioned trust of – and hope for security in – our many false anchors.

Detachment: The Greatest Virtue in Christian Mysticism?

This detachment from the mortal and new abode in the immortal is indeed living within our immortality.  It is the very part of us that continues after death…

One Phrase That Will Help You See With The Eye of a Mystic

Many years ago I was asked to speak at a retreat for college students on worship. I wasn’t ready. I had recently finished my Masters in Theology and the Arts, had a couple of years of teaching under my belt and had some thoughts on the topic of the retreat.But deep...

How to Say “I Do” When the Divine Asks “If You Will?”

If only you will stay the course – the love you thought you had chosen was really Love choosing you. And when at last you realize that it has always been this way, then, for you, it will always be so . . . until the end of time.

Upon Entering the Monastery

Clint Sabom shares his story about entering the walls of a monastery. This is an inside look from the perspective of somebody entering into monastic life for the first time. Enjoy!

The Lost Secret of How to “Let Go and Let God”

I’m going to accept what I’m given to be. And if you do that, then you’ll see that what you’re given to do through that will never betray you or anyone else.

A Simple Prayer to Soften the Heart of Whosoever Remembers the Need to Speak It

Key Lesson #1: If you are among the chosen few, the Almighty will prove your pride to be pointless; but, if you're among the truly fortunate ones – who choose to be chosen – you will be forever thankful to the Divine for showing you the truth of this unthinkable...

Enlightened Living: Real Life Lessons in Letting Go

First Key Lesson: Any form of painful demand - whether on others, or upon ourselves - is born of unconscious attachment; it is proof of a level of consciousness that would rather cling to what has been, than allow real Life to help us see our True Self is not only the...

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.