The Contemplative Companion for Thursday, May 25, 2017

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of God.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to God’s call,
what are the riches of glory
in the Christ-inheritance among the holy ones… – Ephesians 1.17-18 (my translation)

A beautiful description and definition of the effects of contemplation is that the “eyes of our heart are enlightened.”

Contemplation, such as one can experience through the method of Centering Prayer, is a kind of seeing and being seen. Not with physical sight, but with the eyes of our heart – which is increasingly enlightened by being in-light-filled.

The light does the work in us. Light is a synonym for the Spirit of God. We receive the light passively in the silence and stillness and It expands our understanding, strengthens our patience, deepens our love, and widens  our spectrum of consciousness.

That it is our heart that is in-light-filled conveys that it is the totality of our life – not just a enlightenment of mind. It is a light of life – a life that is hidden with God in Christ.

As such, the primary indication of such contemplation is love. As love is expanding in and through us, it is as if it is our “riches of glory.” Love born of Light is our glory. And reveals that all else we might seek in life pales in contrast to this gift and possibility latent within our centering.

Ask for such in-light-fullness in your heart-center today, and see what you see. More importantly, see how you see others, yourself and the world differently.

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