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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! 

The Other As Sacred Text

Help us to see a sacred text in every person we encounter today.Help us to see in our own face, in our own body, a sacred text.Help us to see the holy, divine, shining holy of holies in our mundane, sacred every day.Fill us then with wonder and amazement. Fill us then...

Armenia’s Cross: A Cosmic Tree of Life

The khachkar, or cross-stone, is unique to Armenia, the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion. Arthur Aghajanian explores the idea of the Cosmic Christ embedded in these beautiful monuments.

Resist Not Evil

In this new article, conscious parenting expert, Terri Knuth, shares with us a new way to look at what it meas to “resist not evil” and to take that understanding into our day to day lives so that our children will learn to obey the spiritual laws that run this world as well.

Almost Vesak Poem

A poem of longing and release on the eve of Vesak.

Who Can Ascend?

Annie Dillard asked ‘who can ascend the hill of the lord?’ Well, here are some possibilities.

The Taming of the Self

Reese LeBlanc makes the case for selflessness through meditation.

Give Yourself the Greatest Prize This World Has to Offer

Of what use is our endless struggle to adapt and even achieve some of the more common culturally-valued prizes, knowing (as all of us do) that nothing we can ever possess has the power to stave off our own inevitable passing? The following quotation that I just love...

Can You Practice Silence?

We live in a non-stop, noisy world. The human soul was not designed to absorb so much stimulation. How can we find peace? It must be possible to have a quiet mind. Right?

A Flower Together

A brief floral poem by Reese LeBlanc.

Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer 4/11/18O God,Carry us when we are left without strength to walk on.Embolden us when we are scared but must move forward.Dry our tears when our hearts are broken.Remind us of the strength that has gotten us through many tough times in the past.Give us...

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!