Rev Constance Wilson
I am inspired by the rich intersection of teachings and experiences happening at the Center of Light each day. There are wisdom teachings from various spiritual traditions, contemplative practices that deepen us into being more fully present and ourselves, community that makes an intentional spiritual life more doable, sacraments that inspire us beyond concepts and an ever-expanding lived awareness of our interconnectedness. My previous life experiences moved me to search for something that was not Christian, so I was surprised and relieved to find such depth and authenticity in a mystical Christian way that is inclusive of all Truth. Really, I was looking for something non-dogmatic, spiritual, creative, deep, warm, and experiential and I believed these values were not aligned with a Christian path. Yet, each thing I’ve learned and come to value, whether it’s nonviolent communication or esteeming others or mindfulness or energy healing, fits into this way of being and this brings me hope.
I’m grateful to be connected to a thriving community of people, near and far, desiring to grow and deepen together. Each person’s unfolding process is consistently and miraculously a support to all the others. After years on a spiritual path, I continue to be regularly amazed that, over and over again, the answer to the question, the peace to the conflict, the harmony to the discord is inside. The freshness of this living reality never gets old. I’m grateful to have been guided by various teachers into meaningful experiences of meditation, prayer, devotion and connection with God. It is now a joy to stand by others as these powerful and gentle inner truths unfold from within them.
When I’m not serving or teaching at the Center, I work as a Nurse Practitioner and I love spending time with my husband, two young children, chickens, dogs and garden.
Several years ago a friend invited me to come hear a talk at the Center of Light. By the time the evening was over I knew I had found a place that would help me grow and become more connected to God. This journey continues and everyday I am grateful for God’s grace, a loving spiritual community and the opportunity to serve. Through classes, meditation, prayer, and my teacher’s help, I have had a chance to learn who I am and how God sees me. I feel blessed to serve this community and welcome those wanting to find a path to deepen their relationship with God, Jesus, and Mother Mary.
When I am not at the Center, I live with my husband in North Bend, where I teach and volunteer. I love being outdoors, sharing time with family and friends, and learning new things.
I am grateful to be serving as a minister this life, and in this Order of dedicated men and women. My story is that I was in a long family saga and crisis that left me with a crack finally large enough for God to come in and work with me. It has been a road of beauty and the beast, seeing the glory behind the things that have always frightened me away before I could go deeper.
With my hands more off the reins, I can trust more in the process that is unfolding within and oh so, not alone. My community is there for me to love and serve as I offer myself to the best of my ability, growing and changing toward ever more wholeness. So much balance and teaching in the path of the Christian Mystic is available here. The ways and the means are like a flow that invites us to fully experience ourselves from a fresh perspective.