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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! 

Behold the face of god, great mystery, great healer

Someone asked me if I believed in God.I said I once did. Then I didn't. Then I did. Then I didn't again.And now you know I do. And you know I do now. But would anyone recognize the things I see as God? My friend Chett took a picture of himselfperfectly positioned at...

Tuesday Tip With Rich: Deepen Your Practice

In this week’s tip on Centering Prayer, Rich Lewis talks about how to deepen your practice.

Seeds of Devotion: A Podcast Episode with Roger Butts

Begin your day with a meaningful, meditative spiritual practice. A new podcast with Roger Butts, author of Seeds of Devotion: Weekly Contemplations on Faith.

A World Infused by Love

Please enjoy a mystical poem about hope by Kimberly Holman.

Last Look

Reese LeBlanc offers a stunning biographical poem full of insight and life lessons learned. Not to be missed. Enjoy!

Tuesday Tip With Rich: The Fruits Of Centering Prayer

In this week’s tip on Centering Prayer, Rich Lewis talks about the fruits of Centering Prayer.

PUT YOURSELF IN HEAVENLY HANDS

There is a lower world where fears are real—where all things, and everyone living in this world, are unknowing participants in the fear that’s found there. In this darker realm, the thing feared is inseparable from the nature that fears it, so that any action taken by...

4 Words to question

In this article, Terri Knuth shares with us 4 words that are at the root of the pain we experience in our life.

Tuesday Tip With Rich: Taking Care of Yourself

This week, Rich offers a great reminder on the importance of taking care of ourselves.

Measurement, Matter, and Miracles

In a compelling essay, Tim Moon asks many intriguing questions such as, “What if innocent, childlike faith or trust in God is just enlightened belief. A belief allows God to think His thoughts and demonstrate his existence through us. Our part is allowing ourselves to be a conduit and not resisting. We open the spigot to higher dimensions by entrusting ourselves to Him. “

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!