Mother Clare Watts
I am an ordained Priest and Master Teacher in the Order of Christ Sophia. In my earlier years of seeking a spiritual path, I studied and lived in yoga ashrams and a Sufi training school. In the late 1970s, I began my early training in the Mystical Christian tradition. I am the co-founder and director of the Order of Christ Sophia, a non-denominational mystical order that operates seven Centers of Light around the United States.
Before my tenure as a Master Teacher, I worked as a Certified Professional Midwife for 18 years, having pioneering midwifery practices in Kentucky and Massachusetts. In 1996, I received a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, followed by three years of postgraduate training in Jungian Analysis at the Boston Jung Institute. I held a private psychotherapy practice alongside my midwifery practice until I ended both in 2001 to devote my full attention to my work as a Master Teacher and director of a growing spiritual order.
I now live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where during my times at home I serve at the Santa Fe Center of Light. I travel nearly every week to cities around the country and sometimes internationally where I offer seminars and services for the public, counseling spiritual direction for the students of the Order, and continuing education and support to the local priests and ministers.
My first book is called Giving Birth To God: A Woman’s Path to Enlightenment, an autobiographical account chronicling my life of spiritual seeking and the process that led to my ordination into spiritual Mastery in the Christian mystical tradition. My most recent book,Mystical Roses of Peace, is a compilation of seminars that I have given over the past decade. Many people asked me for the written versions of my talks to be made available, so this book allows everyone to finally “take the seminar home with them.”
My passion lies in bringing serious students of a spiritual path into direct experience of God within them, and guiding them along the way of transformation into becoming beings of Light, Peace and Love. I am deeply dedicated to helping lead humankind into the next stage of our evolution and to do so in collaboration and cooperation with leaders and followers of the many paths of consciousness and love.
I began taking on-line classes in the fall of 2011. The 12 years before that I had been working as a Board Certified Chaplain in hospital and hospice settings.
There came a point for me as an Inter-faith minister in that role that there was something missing spiritually. It was something that I was not able to name until through the work with OCS II came to have a personal experience of the love and presence of Jesus and Mary in a real way.
It was not about theory or idea but about the experience of their love that I was missing.
I feel so privileged to serve now as a Minister of the Order of Christ Sophia with Jesus and Mary being my Teachers and Masters. In their Love and Light ,I am being transformed and now desire to be in service in order to assist others here in Santa Fe in coming to know their love that I am so deeply grateful to have been lead to.
I receive joy interacting with friends and family, dancing , making delicious dishes for loved ones to savor, reading, and have loved travel experiencing other cultures.