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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 Place Of Unknowing

In this essay, Arthur Aghajanian writes about Caspar David Friedrich’s “Monk by the Sea” as a visual embodiment of the apophatic tradition.

The Dinner Party

There is of course the dinner party. Thomas Merton was laughing and drinking a beer. Siddhartha was sitting under a tree, entertaining visitors. Someone called out: “Tell us again, Muhammad, Blessed be yourname, the one about your night journey.” Everyone cried yes...

Tuesday Tip With Rich: What Happens During Centering Prayer?

In this week’s tip on Centering Prayer, Rich Lewis talks about what happens during Centering Prayer.

GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT’S BETRAYING YOU

In this short teaching, Guy Finley shares with us the futility of fighting with anything or anyone because it is a fight that cannot be won because both sides of the war are raging within our own minds.

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY.

In this article, conscious parenting expert, Terri Knuth, shares with us the importance of being honest with ourselves about our lives and how the happiness that we’ve been told to seek is not where we find it.

On St. Francis

Roger Butts shares a poetic prayer in the spirit of St. Francis. Enjoy!

Tuesday Tip With Rich: I Don’t Feel Like Sitting

In this week’s tip on Centering Prayer, Rich Lewis talks about what you do when do do not feel like practicing Centering Prayer.

Tuesday Tip With Rich: Show Up

In this week’s tip on Centering Prayer, Rich Lewis talks about showing up for our practice.

RECEIVE THE GIFT OF UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES IN ANY MOMENT

In this article, best-selling self realization author, Guy Finley, shares with us that in order to stop being captive of a flood of reactions, we must change where we place our attention in the moment.

The Fragrance of Peace

This is an exceptional piece from Elaine Fourie introducing the subject matter of her next book: that people can be transformed from the love of the sword to the love of peace and nonviolence through disciplined contemplative prayer.

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!