Student Reviews

  • Julie Dodd

    “Knowing others are on the same path gives me such peace. I feel so blessed, yet sometimes simply reciting prayers seems inadequate and I long for more, for a closer, more loving relationship with God. I've heard prayer described as "a long, lovi...”

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    “Knowing others are on the same path gives me such peace. I feel so blessed, yet sometimes simply reciting prayers seems inadequate and I long for more, for a closer, more loving relationship with God. I've heard prayer described as "a long, loving look at the real" and "resting in God resting in me," and realized that's what I want yet I had no idea how to get to that place. I practice yoga and we occasionally meditate at the end of a session, so I tried incorporating those techniques into my prayer life. It helped, yet I felt so alone and sometimes, a little guilty. It's a little radical for my friends, family, fellow parishioners and even the other members of my yoga classes! The descriptions of the various types of prayer are clear and easy to follow and the presentation is engaging, but this is much more than how to pray. With the addition of a little history and science there's so much to back this up. The man who said this takes God out of the box had it right. I have read scripture and prayed daily for several years, and since taking this course, have followed that up with 5-10 minutes of meditation most days. It feels right, it feels good and I can see more and more clearly how God is working in my life and appreciate those small daily miracles I once took for granted. Thank you. I was looking for support and am surprised at how liberating it is to find companionship. I know I will return to this and the resources you provided many times. ”

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  • Diane Miller

    “This course was very informative and motivating for me. For people new to contemplation, the information is very clearly explained, easy to understand, and not intimidating at all. The course is also a good review for people who have experience ...”

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    “This course was very informative and motivating for me. For people new to contemplation, the information is very clearly explained, easy to understand, and not intimidating at all. The course is also a good review for people who have experience with contemplation, and includes cutting edge information and many resources that may be new to them. Even for those who are not sure they want to practice contemplation, I think this course would be worth taking, just for the good historical overview and other information.”

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  • Jake Esman

    “Thank you for designing this course! In my spiritual quest I can at times feel lost; a course that gives some scientific background and practical advice is very helpful. The content is accessible and is useful for novices and people who have spent...”

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    “Thank you for designing this course! In my spiritual quest I can at times feel lost; a course that gives some scientific background and practical advice is very helpful. The content is accessible and is useful for novices and people who have spent more time on their spiritual development. What is particular impressive is the pleasant and informal feel of the course, despite its being virtual. Recommend! ”

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  • Instructor

    Instructor Bio:

    My goal is to share the fruits of contemplation with others. My courses are informed by my professional training in theology and by nearly two decades of personal engagement in contemplative prayer and meditation.I am currently an Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Ethics at Aquinas Institute of Theology (St. Louis, MO). I'm also an Oblate of St. Benedict at St. John's Abbey (Collegeville, MN), commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., and a Trustee of the Trust for the Meditation Process.

    Tom Bushlack, Ph.D.

    Contemplative Field Guide

FAQ

  • How much time do I have to commit to finish this course?

    15 minutes per day for two weeks - just enough information for you to absorb and incorporate into your practice. If you want to go deeper there are additional resources, materials, and discussion boards available. And you will have lifetime access to the course, so you can always go back and review the materials.

  • Will I learn a particular form of contemplative prayer?

    This course introduces you to silent forms of contemplative prayer, and I explain some common forms of practice (such as Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Christian Meditation, the Jesus prayer, etc.). But you will have the freedom to experiment with the forms of contemplative prayer that work best for you. The goal is to provide you with information about the resources in the Christian tradition for deepening a practice of silent contemplative prayer.

  • Who will benefit from this course?

    Anyone - whether you are Christian or not - who desires to learn more about contemplation in the Christian tradition will benefit. Those of you who are interested in beginning or deepening a daily contemplative practice will discover the most benefit from this course. Information is provided in a way that is intended to support the development of your daily practice.

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Day 1: What is "Contemplative Christianity?"
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  • 02
    Day 2: Mindfulness, Meditation, & Contemplation - what's the difference?
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    • Day 2 Video
    • Day 2 Slides
    • How would you define contemplation?
    • Day 2 Terms
  • 03
    Day 3: A (Very) Brief History of Contemplation
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    • Day 3 Video
    • Day 3 Slides
    • Day 3 Terms
  • 04
    Day 4: Methods & Forms of Contemplative Prayer
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  • 05
    Day 5: Heartfulness - Living from the Divine Center
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    • Day 5 Video
    • Day 5 Slides
    • Heartfulness in Daily Life
  • 06
    Day 6: Fruits and Benefits of Contemplative Transformation
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    • Day 6 Video
    • Day 6 Slides
    • Sharing Your Experience: Fruits & Benefits
    • Citations
  • 07
    Day 7: Contemplative Theology
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    • Day 7 Video
    • Day 7 Slides
    • Exploring Images of God
    • Day 7 Terms
  • 08
    Day 8: Contemplative Psychology
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    • Day 8 Video
    • Day 8 Slides
    • Deeper Insights?
    • Citations - Day 8
  • 09
    Day 9: Contemplative Neuroscience
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    • Day 9 Video
    • Day 9 Slides
    • Ancient Practice Meets Modern Science
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  • 10
    Day 10: Solitude & Community
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    • Day 10 Video
    • Day 10 Slides
    • Contemplative Community Resources
    • Finding Balance Between Solitude & Community
    • Citations for Day 10
  • 11
    Day 11: Worship & Liturgy
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    • Day 11 Video
    • Day 11 Slides
    • Reflections on Contemplation & Worship
  • 12
    Day 12: Love + Justice = Contemplation in Action
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    • Day 12 Video
    • Day 12 Slides
    • Impasse, Hope, & Prophecy
    • Day 12 Citations
  • 13
    Day 13: Inter-Spirituality & World Religions
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    • Day 13 Video
    • Day 13 Slides
    • Interspirituality & Encounter
    • Day 13 Citations
  • 14
    Day 14: Deeper Into Silence
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    • Day 14 Video
    • Setting & Sharing Intentions
    • Five Simple Things Tip Sheet

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