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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 Homing Beacon

In this short reflection, Kimberly Holman talks about a homing beacon right in the center of her soul.

Exceptional Young Men

Reese LeBlanc shares a brilliant reflection on how exceptional young men work with inner conflict.

Tuesday Tip With Rich: Letting Go of Thoughts and Emotions

This week Rich talks about letting go of thoughts even in your non-centering times. Great tip!

The Backpack

Please enjoy a thought provoking poem from Terri Knuth as she contemplates how to see and accept all people for who they are.

A New Name

Inspired by Roger Butts new book, Kimberly Holman shares a reflection on what exile feels like for her and claiming a new name.

Fighting for So Long

We are so pleased to share a chapter from Roger Butt’s new book: Seeds of Devotion: Weekly Contemplations on Faith. Enjoy!

Hidden In Christ

Kimberly Holman shares a reflection about our deepest self and how it is hidden in Christ.

Our Ecclesial Reality

Enjoy a short reflection from Kimberly Holman about how practice bonds us in an ecclesial reality.

Surrender and Trust

Peggy Starr again shares bits and pieces of her memoirs. Today she tells about when she received a refresher course on surrender and trust. Enjoy!

Remembering Fr. William Meninger

Rich Lewis honors us with a thirteen quotes he jotted down during a weekend retreat with Fr. William Meninger in 2016. Join us as we remember a wonderful teacher and friend in Christ.

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!