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34. Interview With Christiana Peterson, author of Mystics And Misfits

Interview with Christiana Peterson about her book, Mystics And Misfits. Christiana and I talk about all sorts of things, a great candid interview of discovery and laughter. Contemplative Light offers a class on The Christian Mystics. Find out more here.


33. Buddhism, The Four Noble Truths, And The 8 Fold Path, with Chris Luard

Chris Luard reviews the core principles of Buddhism and how it influences his meditation practice and teachings.


32. Interview With Dr. Thomas Bushlack About His Spiritual Journey In Contemplative Christianity

Dr. Thomas Bushlack is associate professor of Theology and Christian Ethics at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO, where he is also assistant director of the Ashley-O’Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership. He is also a Trustee of the Trust for the Meditation Process, an Oblate of St. John’s Abbey (Collegeville, MN), and a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. As a scholar, teacher, and author he enjoys offering workshops,...


31. Shankara And Advaita Vedanta: Nondual Teachings

We turn to India in this podcast, going over the life and work of Shankara and the Advaita Vedanta thread of Hindu philosophy. Contemplative Light offers a free mini-course on The Christian Mystics. You can get it here.


30. Robert MacNaughton Of The Integral Center: Jordan Peterson, Ken Wilber, and Waking Up In America

We talk with Robert about social issues, structure-stages, and the latest craze of Jordan Peterson's popularity. Robert is a leader within the Integral Theory "movement" initiated by Ken Wilber's philosophical work. He led the Integral Center in Boulder, and has fresh insight from both a practioner view and leadership view. We look at the clash between post-modernism and modernist thinking: in Integral terms, Orange and Green. We also dive into the different spiritual paths Robert has...


29. The Four Paths Of Yoga And Contemplative Christianity

A look at the four paths of yoga. Do other mystical traditions have versions of these? What would these look like in a contemplative Christian context? In a contemporary, non-religious context? For our free illustrated eBook on The Christian Mystics, go here.


28. Suffering Makes Room For Contemplation, with Lisa Delay

Lisa Delay of the Spark My Muse podcast talks with Clint. Contemplative Light offers a free mini-course on The Christian Mystics. Sign up here.…eeze-page/


24. Interview With Christine Valters Paintner: Contemplation And The Arts

I had a pleasant chat with Christine Valters Paintner. Christine Valters Paintner is the online abbess for Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery offering classes and resources on contemplative practice and creative expression. She earned a doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and achieved professional status as a registered expressive arts consultant and educator from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Paintner...


23. Interview with Roger Castillo: Jnana Yoga and Gnosis

Interview with Roger Castillo. To find out more about Roger, you can visit his site at Contemplative Light will be launching a class on The Christian Mystics in late July. You can get our free illustrated guide to the Christian Mystics below.


22. Where Psychological Healing Meets Contemplative Prayer, with Michael Hoffner

An Interview With Michael Hoffner. For more, visit our website at


21. Is Christian Mysticism Spooky? Amos Smith On Scripture and Mysticism.

Dr. Amos Smith talks with Clint about his new book on Christian Mysticism, to be released in June through Paraclete Press. Amos addresses some concerns about the Christian mystical tradition and talks about the scriptural evidence for a Christian mystical tradition.


20. Trevor Oswalt On Sound Healing And The Sacred Journey

Trevor Oswalt (a.k.a. East Forest) is a unique bird in the Wild West aviary of electronic music. While his shamanic ambient electropop can be contextualized along with Aphex Twin, Philip Glass and Sigur Ros, the fundamental mission of his project is to create sonic architecture for others to explore their own inner space. Thus, it is a process of opening doorways for the listener to walk through, which takes patience. Patience, while typically thought of as kryptonite in the instant...


19. Daniel Coleman on Presence And Process

Daniel Coleman talks about his work in process theology, his own journey of faith and trial, and his book, Presence And Process. Contemplative Light is a community of interfaith spiritual teachers rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition providing resources for the healing of persons. For more, visit


Episode 18: Paul Smith On Integral Christianity

Paul Smith, author of Integral Christianity and Is Your God Big Enough? Close Enough? You Enough? talks with Clint about the dimensions of the Christian contemplative path, as understood and aided by an Integral perspective of state-stages and points of view. Rev Paul has contributed valuable insight that is essential for the future of Christian mysticism, incorporating much of the work of Ken Wilber, along with his own experiences of higher states of consciousness, to demonstrate that, yes,...


Episode 17: Centering Prayer

Rich Lewis talks about centering prayer, some thoughts on his recent book reviews, and the contemplative Christian community across the web. Contemplative Light is a community of interfaith spiritual teachers rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition providing resources for the healing of persons. This includes resources for: -Contemplative Practitioners: courses, study guides, training materials, articles, podcasts, and lessons on silent prayer and meditation for beginning and...


Episode 16: Moving From Stress To Joy With Fr. Nicholas Amato

Fr. Nicholas talks about his work that uses contemplative practice for stress relief. Moving From Stress To Joy, by Nicholas Amato A Catholic priest since 1970, Amato has served more than 20 years as a pastor. He is a graduate of the Shalem Institute in Washington, where he served as adjunct faculty member and is also an Associate of Mepkin Trappist Abbey in South Carolina leading contemplative retreats there. Over the years, he has served on the Spiritual Formation...


Contemplation 10: The Kingdom Of God Is Within You

A meditation on a verse from The Gospel Of Luke. "The Kingdom Of God Is Within You." If you want to know how to experience God directly and glimpse a Christian enlightenment, listen to this brief recording. Contemplative Light is a community of interfaith spiritual teachers rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition providing resources for the healing of persons. This includes resources for: -Contemplative Practitioners: courses, study guides, training materials, articles, podcasts, and...


Contemplation 9: An Old Country House

A guided meditation using imagery intended to release stress, open the heart, and invigorate the soul. More Audio meditations can be found on the Contemplative Light website at


Contemplation 8: Evelyn Underhill's Five Stages of Mysticism

An Experiential Meditation on Evelyn Underhill's 5 Stages Of Awakening. What is life like after awakening? What are some of the signposts of this process and the shifts of spirit that happen along the way? The stages, while laid out in the most helpful model I've seen, are still only that, a model. They are not set in stone, nor is it essential to locate yourself in the exact phase: growth is rarely linear. Drawing on the tradition Benedictine model of Christian mysticism [1. Purgatio 2....


Contemplation 7: The Psychology Of Christian Saints And Mystics

A reflection and meditation on the special talents and gifts of Christian saints and mystics. What do contemplatives do well? Is contemplative growth a talent? Can it be your primary talent? Does that even make sense? The capacity to open to and hold space for internal suffering seems to characterize many of the great heroes and heroins of Christian hagiography. This is how we take that great courage into our lives today. Contemplative Light is a community of interfaith spiritual teachers...