Welcome to this website. These beautiful words from Julian of Norwich that invite us to behold, say so much to me about how I hope that this website will support our contemplation. I will offer meditations, writings, schola contemplatio and opportunities to enter into the depths of mystical texts, to behold and relate them to our prayer and to our lives. Echoing Julian’s invitation to behold, the author of the Cloud of unknowing, invites to behold with “the mind of good God only,” to be touched by the stirrings of love and drawn into ever fuller oneness with God in love. His words are so full of invitation:
“And then we can do nothing more than behold God and enjoy God,
with the most wonderful desire to be all one-ed in God and enter
God’s dwelling, attend to the wooing, enjoy the loving,
and delight in God’s goodness …”
Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love.
“We need no more, than the mind of good God only, with a reverent stirring of lasting love; so that means you get nothing but God. If you keep whole the stirring of love that you feel by grace in your heart, and do not scatter from your beholding, then the stirring will tell you when you should speak and when you should be still. This stirring of love will govern you discreetly in all your living, and teach you mistily.”
The Cloud of Unknowing Seer, The Discretion of Stirrings.
May we follow these stirrings of love together.
This year, this mystic heart formation offering for spiritual directors and those interested in contemplation, assists participants to enter into the silent ground of their heart, and access and integrate the wisdom of the spiritual senses, to bodily knowing. From this ground of being centered in divine Love and living in the flow of Trinitarian joy, we will be present to personal, ancestral and collective trauma that is arising at this time in our evolutionary oneing into God. Drawing on a metaphysics of oneing expressed in classical Christian mystical texts, we will integrate this sapiential knowing to contemporary spiritual, anthropological and psychological research on the effects of trauma on the body, soul, mind and heart. We will be especially attentive to how trauma impacts on our image and relationship with God as well as our contemplative practice. Compassionately, we will discover ways to cooperate with the touchings of grace healing and enabling us to evolve in wellness and consciousness. Emphasis is on claiming the ontological space of contemplation and nurturing the oneing heart awareness that arises in stillness and silence.
The presentations and processes will assist participants to sensitively go deeper into their own inner journey, so they can lovingly companion themselves and others into the shadow land of trauma. Here we will explore how we discover the luminous healing and creativity of the Holy Spirit present within the wounds created by trauma.
In the light of contemplation, we will cultivate a confidential, trustworthy, and sacred spaciousness. This includes enhancing contemplative presence to each other and fostering communion consciousness. We will integrate personal experiences of being held safely in trauma memories, so that participants may live consciously and peacefully in oneness with God and all creation.
It is essential that participants have a routine of contemplative prayer, are in spiritual direction, and participate in regular retreats.
The offering will be either face to face at the beautiful Santa Casa Retreat Centre, Queenscliff, Victoria, or online.
For further information click here
In the shadows of this dark night
I arouse, tentative,
inner depths quivering.
Poor and vulnerable.
We are one-in-one another, infusing boundlessly.
One eye, one beholding, one seeing, one being.
Infinite Love pours into
the midst of all suffering.
Crucified love poured out for all.
In this mid-night,
in the deep silence of my heart…
Henceforth, I travel towards Repose, where time rests in the eternity of time;
I go now into silence.
Gospel of Mary Magdalene
In this silent retreat, we will enter into the Repose of a communing silence, guided by Mary Magdalene, John the beloved disciple, Mechthild of Hackeborn, The Cloud of Unknowing, Thomas Merton, Beatrice Bruteau and other contemplatives. Our focus will be on how, entering into the depths of our vulnerability, enables us to touch the point where time rests in the eternity of time and opens into mystical communing with the Christ, in the serenity of the repose of Love. For further information and to register, please contact Sister Lizzie at email@example.com
I come into my garden, my Beloved my promised spouse;
I gather my myrrh and my balsam,
I eat my honey and my honeycomb,
I drink my wine and my milk.
Eat friends, and drink,
Drink deep, my dearest friends.
Inspired by the silent beauty of the gardens of St Joseph’s, Kincumber, in this directed retreat, we will drink deeply, enjoy and imbibe Love’s presence. Personal spiritual direction will be offered each day to retreatants, to support us in the art of contemplation. For further information and to register, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“To enjoy you is to be one with God”
Gertrude of Helfta, Spiritual Exercises, Mystical Union, 132-133.
In this time of transformation, when winter stillness opens into the new life of spring, I invite you to be in silent communion in this six-day retreat and enjoy God. Held in Love’s silence, we will immerse ourselves in art, poetry and music as we enter into the heart of Love and enjoy the presence of Love’s Trinity, within our own heart and the heart of creation. The wisdom of the mystics, Julian of Norwich, Gertrude of Helfta, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Clare of Assisi, Hadewijch of Brabant, and Hildegard of Bingen will inspire us as we see how each one teaches us to enjoy God in contemplation. For further information and to register, please contact Hartzer Park Retreat Centre on (02) 4861 3223
The gift of discerning wisdom is so desperately need at this time in our evolution, as we seem so caught in a dualistic mind-set that creates a demarcation between our everyday consciousness and our heart awareness. The writings of Julian and the Cloud author take us beyond this level of conceptual consciousness into the heart-mind of God, into the hidden ground of oneing awareness. Though there are many consequences for discernment and the role of the spiritual director in supporting discernment, I will draw five essential implications. These teachings were given as part of the Mystical Heart Spiritual Direction Formation Program. To access the teachings, please click her
These teachings were given as part of the Christian Meditation Conference, on the theme of communion consciousness in Christian Meditation. The first reflection, I Sleep But My Heart is Awake, explores our desire to be one with God in contemplation. The second reflection, An Awake Heart, focuses on the wisdom knowing of the heart. The third, Communion in the Heart of Hearts, ponders how communion consciousness arises when we connect with each other heart centre to heart centre. The final reflection, Nurturing Communion Consciousness, looks at how the maranatha energy field helps foster Christ consciousness in the noosphere.
To access the four teachings, please go to Schola Contemplatio
I also invite you to enjoy contemplation with a selection of paintings from Margaret”s Retrospective, which are available here.
I invite you to join me in the shared ground of Love’s silence…
Composed in silence, these writings invite you to enter more deeply into the Word…..
These meditations seek to awaken communion consciousness in the light of contemplation…