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.

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...

Learn to Turn in the Right Direction and Realize Self-Liberation

In this short article, self-realization author, Guy Finley shares with us how to get started on the next level of meditation and to realize and enter into it right now.

The Secret of Having Everything You Want

Everyone wonders whether or not there is one great secret for truly successful living. There is. And it is not a secret. It has been quietly, steadily telling itself right in front of us all along. We just couldn't hear it over the clatter and chatter of our own...

The Secret of Changing Your Life Story

Can you see that there is something inside of you that immediately begins to tell you what any event means and what you need to do about it? You’ve been with this storyteller for so long, it’s an unquestioned presence in your mind. It’s just part of what we call our...

History and Legacy of Visual Theology: Part 3

Aesthetics has long played a significant role within the life of the Church, as religious art and architecture have been used to visually express and reinforce religious beliefs, values, and practices. Historically, the Church placed great importance on the creation...

How to Realize the True Meaning of Every Moment of Life

If we would ever be free...this is what we must come to see: our troubled thinking is a "racket" in both meanings of the word: (it is) a noise seeking to silence itself, in a "rigged" search that has no end. Though largely unseen, the following fact can be verified by...

Sign Up to Be on “God’s Gift List” and Be Set Free

The reason that we do what we do is because we are looking for the truth of ourselves. It doesn’t matter – wanting to learn how to cook, wanting to start a new business, looking for a new relationship, wanting to learn how to write a book, surf, sumo wrestling –...

History and Legacy of Visual Theology: Part 2

Visual art can function as a companion on the spiritual journey in a variety of ways. It can serve as a source of inspiration, comfort, and guidance for individuals seeking to deepen their spiritual practice. One way that visual art can function as a companion is by...

Discover the Heart of Letting Go

Letting go, at its heart, is an act of agreement with Life. It is an accord on our part with what the present moment tells us about ourselves as it unfolds before us, asking of us what it does. And what is it that Life is asking of us moment to moment? It’s simple,...


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.