We say that “mysticism” involves having experiences that move beyond the five physical senses. This goes into the realm of knowing without physical evidence. One of the unique aspects of the Centers of Light is that we have priests who mediate between the physical and the spiritual, validating and encouraging people in their spiritual experiences. Often, people are frightened by divine experiences because they do not understand them, but because we are spiritual beings, it is only right to also have spiritual experiences.
Working with a Spiritual Teacher
Working with a spiritual teacher is offered at the Centers of Light. Spiritual teachers bring you into a connection within yourself, so you can see through and act in accordance with your highest knowing. Spiritual teachers at the Centers of Light work with people who have been baptized and seek further spiritual training. Students record their notes from meditation, meet with their teachers on a regular basis for spiritual counseling, and receive spiritual exercises. While this kind of relationship is somewhat unorthodox in the West, in the Eastern traditions it is quite a common idea for spiritual teachers, or “gurus,” to take on students and help them connect with the divine within their own beings. Students see marked changes working with their teacher and report improvements in spiritual connection, deeper meditations, greater capacity to love, improved relationships, professional success and other personal growth.
Mother Clare Watts
Mother Clare has quite an interesting history. Raised in Switzerland by Baptist missionaries, she initially rebelled against Christianity and spent many years on different spiritual paths. She lived in a yoga ashram for a number of years and also trained with Sufis before finding the Christian mystical path. Professionally, she was a certified midwife for 18 years, and also practiced psychotherapy in Boston, Massachusetts after obtaining a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology with post-graduate training in Jungian Analysis. Mother Clare is known for her integrity, practicality, clarity, optimism and deep compassion. She is the author of Giving Birth to God: A Woman’s Path to Enlightenment and Mystical Roses of Peace. She lives at the Center of Light in Santa Fe, New Mexico and oversees the Centers of Light throughout the United States. She travels extensively sharing her wisdom and hopeful vision for the future. Visit MotherClareWatts.com to learn more about her, watch her videos, listen to her podcasts, and more.
Our Service Body
Priests, ministers and vowed brothers and sisters make up the service body at the Centers of Light. They continually work to personally grow spiritually, and learn how to help more. Those that choose to serve and give receive years of training and are blessed in or ordained. Priests and Ministers focus on sacraments, teaching, serving communion, baptizing, and the offering of other sacraments. Priests and ministers direct all student teaching and spiritual counseling at each Center. Vowed brothers and sisters provide support for the Priests and ministers as well as serve in their communities in so many meaningful ways. Many help with the service to the elderly, some teach classes, some help with community outreach and advocate for different groups and needs.