Our Writers


Join The Team!

Contemplative Light is actively seeking writers and teachers interested in sharing new content for our courses and online magazine.

Clint Sabom

Award-Winning Writer and Gilman Scholar who enjoys hosting the Contemplative Light Podcast.

Marc Thomas Shaw

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

Kimberly Holman

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

Rich Lewis

Daily practitioner of Centering Prayer since June 1, 2014. Enjoys writing short quotes and small articles.

Kelly Boyer Stagart

Professional writer, editor and coach. Author of Everything to God in Prayer: A Writer’s Weekly Devotional.

David Cole

International Spiritual Teacher and Retreat Leader. Award winning author; ‘Explorer Guide’ for The Community of Aidan and Hilda.

Justin Coutts

Contemplative teacher living on the beautiful and mysterious Manitoulin Island. Author of In Search of a New Eden.

Three Mystical Lessons Learned in my Recovery from Alcoholism: Part 2: Living in Heaven Now

In the second installment of this series on three mystical lessons learned, Tim Moon explains how his recovery from alcoholism introduced him to a reality that he can access by looking in and describes what it is like to live in heaven now.

Episode 57: Interview with Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox: Coronavirus As A Spiritual Initiation

In the first chapter of his latest book, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas, Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox champions democratizing mysticism and democratizing prophesy. And what better to democratize us than a global pandemic? In this episode of the Contemplative Light Podcast, Dr. Fox talks about understanding the coronavirus as a collective spiritual initiation, albeit a baptism in fire.

Facing a Pandemic: A Message of Hope in the Midst of Fear

In this short but honest reflection, Kestrel Cross touches into the heart of the fear plaguing the world as we face this pandemic together. At the same time, she brings us back to center by pointing toward what is possible for humanity right now.

COVID 19 and the New Normal

Sharing her own struggles, asserting the possibility of basic goodness, and digging deeper into the first chapter of Genesis, Kimberly Holman asks us to contemplate the possibility of a new normal coming out of the COVID 19 crisis.

Three Mystical Lessons Learned During My Recovery From Alcoholism: Part 1: Power in Powerlessness

Twenty-seven months ago I underwent a spiritually transformative experience during my recovery from alcohol addiction. This opened me up to a whole new world of mystical spirituality. In less than 3 years, I have gone from suffering a maddening craving and obsession for alcohol to enjoying a depth of spirituality that has empowered remarkable spiritual growth and physical healing. It has also restored a childlike innocence in my relationship to God and the people around me. In this three-part series, I will be sharing three lessons I learned during my recovery.

A Message from the Executive Director

In response to the challenges we are all facing at this time, now through April 30 all of our courses are absolutely free.

Episode 56: Kriya Yoga Techniques, Astral Realms, and Mystic Christianity, with Chris Sartain

Episode 56 of the Contemplative Light Podcast is our most esoteric episode yet, with guest Chris Sartain. Chris Sartain is an ordained teacher in the Kriya Yoga tradition. Christopher currently lives in southern Chile where he owns and operates a meditation retreat center. He is also spiritual director of Vinyasa Yoga Chile, which offers yoga teacher trainings and certification programs.

Episode 55: Interview with Meditation Teacher Keith Kristich

Welcome to episode 55 of the Contemplative Light podcast. In this episode, Keith Kristich and Clint Sabom discuss self-inquiry, inner awareness, absolute truth, why every concept of God is a gift, and bringing contemplative practice into the world we live in.

Episode 54: Marc Thomas Shaw Wins Book Contest: A Behind-The-Scenes Look

Contemplative Light Co-Founder Marc Thomas Shaw won the Bronze Medal of The Illumination Book Awards. In this episode of the Contemplative Light podcast, Clint talks to him about his process of writing, publishing, and marketing. Marc opens up about personal struggles and triumphs.

Longing of a Mystic

Kimberly Holman offers a poetic examination of the mystic’s longing after having tasted a glimpse of freedom and being left with wonder, still yearning for total surrender and conversion.

Featured Author

Kelly Boyer Stagart

Kelly Boyer Sagert is a professional writer, editor and coach with decades of experience. She is a member of the prestigious American Society of Professional Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Kelly is the author of Everything to God in Prayer: A Writer’s Weekly Devotional.

Staff Pick from Kelly

Writing Your Personal Mythology

Any spiritual journey is, if authentically embraced, a journey towards truth. Significant truths often come to us in pieces, rather than all at once – and that is what is happening with me when I consider a question recently posed.

When on the mini-pilgrimage at the Order of the Sisters of St. Francis, our group paused in front of a statue of St. Francis with a wild wolf that he was said to have tamed. The question that we were asked to consider was: I think the untamed wolf in me is ______. How do I address it?