Contemplative Light

Providing Education and Resources to Inspire and Connect

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Sacred Lives of Christian Mystics

 With Marc Thomas Shaw

If you could travel through time and learn directly from great Christian mystics ranging from Meister Eckhart or Evelyn Underhill, how would it deepen your practice? We are pleased to offer this comprehensive course to help contemplatives, healers, clergy, and spiritual directors get a handle on the daunting subject of Christian Mysticism.

Writing As Spiritual Practice

With Kelly Boyer Sagert

Understand yourself better. Facilitate the healing of spiritual wounds. Share your testimonies of how God has worked in your life. The amount of writing you’ve done is not relevant. What matters is your willingness to commit to the journey, to travel from the known to the unknown, the conscious to the subconscious, from the polished to the raw.

Meet Our Founders

Clint Sabom

Creative Director

Kimberly Holman

Webmaster & Technical Director

Kim is a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with an M.A. in Religious Studies from Naropa University.

Marc Thomas Shaw

Educator & Executive Director

Marc is a Contemplative Instructor and Author of Dante’s Road: The Journey Home for the Modern Soul.

What we Do

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Inspired by the spiritual traditions of the various world religions. Many of our online courses draw from the rich tradition of Christian monastics and mystics, from 20th century writers like Thomas Merton and Evelyn Underhill, to Meister Eckhart, Pseudo-Dionysius, John Cassian, and the early Desert Fathers and Mothers. 


Join master podcaster Clint Sabom as he converses with teachers from a variety of traditions about spiritual awakening and personal growth. Topics include Mysticism, Contemplative Spirituality, Christianity, Psychology, Buddhism, Integral Theory, Social Issues, and more. 

Online Magazine

Our content rich magazine blog is full of inspiration that draws on  years of experience with practices like Centering Prayer, Mindfulness Meditation, Lectio Divina, the Jesus Prayer. Enjoy contributions from teachers like Marc Thomas Shaw, Clint Sabom, Kimberly Holman, Rich Lewis, Kelly Boyer Sagert, and David Cole. 

Get Involved

Contemplative Light is actively seeking spiritual writers and teachers interested in doing a podcast interview or sharing new content for our courses and online magazine.

Do you have an idea for a course or post? Would you like to do an interview?

In The News

And The Winner Is...AGAIN!!!

Dante’s Road: The Journey Home For The Modern Soul was awarded a Gold Medal from the prestigious Nautilus Book Awards, whose former and current recipients include Eckhart Tolle, Toni Morrison, and Barbara Kingsolver.

Dante's Road on Amazon

3 Contemplative Benefits of Innocence

When I was a little boy, my great-grandma told me something I could not understand. She was 85 at the time. She said she felt like a child in an older person’s body. This idea was too deep for me at the time, as I really just wanted another cookie. But now I understand it intimately.

Right Speech

One of the joys of the contemplative path is the awareness that we have agency and governance of so much of what used to be simply reactive. In this post, Marc explains how this applies to right speech.

Tuesday Tip with Rich: Different Types of Sacred Words

In this week’s tip, Rich explains the the different types of sacred words and when you might want to apply them.

Mystical Monday: Healthy Thoughts

Our basic outlook or view is linked not only to our basic mental health but even to our physical health. Positive affirmations do bring about positive changes in our circumstances. This week, I share an exercise in noticing the effects of healthy thinking.

Join Me at the Summit and Other Free Resources

Given the current struggles, I thought it might be useful to share some free resources we’ve identified. Perhaps they will provide some benefit during this difficult time.

Tuesday Tip with Rich: Divine Therapy

This week Rich talks about tension and stored emotions. Each Centering Prayer sit is an opportunity to allow Divine therapy to act in us.

Mystical Monday: Mindfulness and Centering Prayer

Kimberly Holman distinguishes mindfulness from mindfulness meditation and contemplates the role of mindfulness in Centering Prayer.

Three Foundational Techniques for Mastering Your Ego and Promoting Mindfulness

We are meant to be happy, and our ego was meant to be a tool to promote one part of that happiness, our survival. Sadly, many souls find themselves in circumstances where there are few real physical threats to their survival, yet they live in constant fear. Mindfulness, at its core, involves identifying our fears, and the self-centered, egotistical tendencies that exaggerate them.


The Contemplative Journey

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.