200 Huronview Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Sundays • 1:00 pm
This is a powerful 6-week introductory course designed for modern mystics. Classes will include teachings on: the Inner Spiritual Path, Meditation, Soul, Light, Prayer and Blessing. Time will be spent teaching the principles of meditation that will allow you to move deeper than the body, beyond thinking and emotions, and into the reality of God’s peace and presence within. In each class we explore three areas.
1) Understanding the cosmos, the Laws and Beings that govern it, and our roles as living, conscious humans in that cosmos
2) Spiritual exercises designed to help you develop skills needed for inner work
3) Hands-on experiences, through which you can learn to see, hear, and feel the spiritual world
This course is free of charge, as are all of our classes, and admission is ongoing. When you have completed this course, you are able to attend our advanced classes, Bible Contemplation and Tree of Life, which are described below.
Monday – Friday • 6:00 am / Saturdays • 8 am / Sundays • 9:30 am
People don’t often put Christianity and meditation together, but meditation is essential to Christian mysticism. Without learning how to still the mind and body, it would be impossible to quiet the outer distractions enough to have a real relationship with God.
What is Christian meditation? There are no special techniques that define Christian meditation, only that it is the practice of getting still and connecting to the source of love within. Often, we guide people to connect to Jesus and Mother Mary in meditation to feel their consciousness, personality and love. In our school, we sometimes say that meditation is the workbench of our spiritual practice. If you’d like to learn how to meditate, Introduction to Meditation & Christian Mysticism is designed for beginning meditators. Read more about Christian Meditation here.
First Wednesday of the Month • 7 pm
On the first Wednesday of every month, the members of all of the Centers of Light pray for peace, creating a surge of positive energy for people all over the world. Open to all faiths, it is a chance for hearts and minds to make a real difference in the world. People pray for healing, spiritual awakening, love, solutions to hunger crises, war – anything that the world needs in order to become a place of peace. Join us!
Conscious movies at the Centers of Light are an opportunity to connect with others who are looking for ways to positively change the world. These events provide a way for people to talk about inspiring movies on a deeper level and how they affect our lives, our attitudes, our perceptions. It’s also a great opportunity to meet like-minded people! These events are free, and if you would like to give a donation, we will send it to an organization that’s truly helping the world. Come see a free showing at your local Center of Light and join in on the discussion to bring peace and consciousness to our world. Read more about Conscious Movies at the Centers of Light here.
Mother Clare travels every week to a Center of Light to give spiritual seminars. These are intensive workshop weekends and typically span four days, starting from Thursday night to Sunday noon. Spiritual seminars provide a rare opportunity to be with a Master Teacher, ask all the spiritual questions that you’ve never gotten adequate answers on, and ask for guidance on problems that you are dealing with in your life. Click here to see a list of upcoming spiritual seminars: Mother Clare Watts Seminars.
Tuesdays • 7:30 pm
The New Testament teaches us how to be simple and follow two commands – love God first, and love our neighbor as ourself. It teaches us how to take on the light of Christ within ourselves and to become one with God, as Jesus was. We contemplate how Jesus’ teachings, his life events, and other characters in the Bible relate to our personal lives, in order to align our hearts and minds with God’s love and perfect patterns. This way of reflecting allows each person to experience personal insights and transformation that go beyond religious jargon, straight into the soul.
Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism is a prerequisite for this class.
Thursdays • 7:30 pm
The Tree of Life lessons are written for the purpose of unfolding the Soul alchemically and for opening up one’s spiritual consciousness to the Wisdom of God. Answers to questions such as “What is light?,” “What is love?,” or “What is the Creator?” will be presented in a simple, practical way that allows students to understand, discuss, and contemplate their meaning. Each class includes a hands-on experience that gives the student a tangible experience of the reality of God’s spirit and power.
Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism is a prerequisite for this class.
The Centers of Light are mystical Christian schools and communities dedicated to consciousness, spiritual growth, and empowerment. Much like the spiritual communities that mystics such as St. Francis of Assisi and Paramahansa Yogananda created, the Centers of Light are shining, warm places for people searching for inner truth, meaning and direct relationship with God. In each of our Centers across the country, we teach, share, and cultivate spirituality through sacraments, meditation, seminars, classes, and practical instruction in order to bring people into real, deep experiences of God.
The Ann Arbor Center of Light is a spiritual school and non-denominational, mystical Christian church located at 200 Huronview Blvd Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. We offer daily meditation and communion services, as well as an Introduction to Christian Mysticism and Meditation class on Sunday afternoons that is open to everyone. Coming to a Sunday Service, staying for for brunch and attending our Intro to Mysticism and Meditation class afterwards is a great way to get familiar with what we do. For those who complete our introductory course, there are free weekly spiritual classes including Bible Contemplation – an interactive meditation where deeper truths and personal messages from the gospel come alive, and a Tree of Life class, in which the timeless teachings of the mystery schools are given. If you have been looking for a spiritual teacher in Ann Arbor, meditation class, or a spiritual community that can help to support your desire to grow in consciousness, we encourage you to check us out.
The priest at the Center of Light Church in Ann Arbor is Rev Selena Lucas. We welcome individuals of all faiths – whether you’re Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu or “New Age”, it doesn’t matter to us as long as you are open to learning and experiencing more. If you have any questions about services, classes or other offerings at the Center of Light Ann Arbor Church, feel free to contact us.
A renewed interest in Christian mysticism is emerging in the Western world, and it comes at a time when church attendance and membership are at all time lows. What are people finding in mysticism that they are not finding in the churches? Mysticism has never been about theological concepts and rules for “good” behavior. It is not about how to earn heaven or avoid hell. Mysticism always is about a soul’s profound and heartrending relationship with God. Why are mystics’ relationships with God always profound, and why does it break their hearts?
When you stumble upon the truth that God is living, in all God’s glory, right inside of you, or when you find God after a long journey of deepening, silencing and opening—and finally enter into the Great Love that is God—it is without exception the deepest and most overpowering experience you can ever have. To experience the presence and reality of God, and to experience that this immense and all-knowing Being has an individual knowing and love for you, will break your heart open and submerge it in the most wonderful new life that in comparison makes all previous knowing and living seem meaningless and dull.
Once you are touched and opened by that warmest and greatest of loves, nothing in the worlds of matter or spirit looks the same. Now everything has the tincture of the divinity and the love, affecting how you understand, relate to and feel about it. Nature looks more magnificent, material pursuits more spurious and human beings can no longer be thought of as anything less than sons and daughters of God in the making. You will see all people in terms of how close or far they are from God and God’s love rather than by any other ways you would have understood them before. And all human love will pale in the face of experiencing the love God has for you.
Christian mysticism is no different from any other mysticism in that its central element is this love relationship with God. However, it is different because of the place that Jesus and Mother Mary hold in the aspirants’ hearts, minds and practices. Christian mystics have found that the help of these two great beings makes it possible for them to move through all the obstacles that previously kept them from having the direct experience of God.
The road toward that union in love is fraught with many diversions, distractions and concepts that must be overcome to arrive at the deepest chambers of this interior life. Forgiveness of self and others is paramount to the journey, as are release of all other attachments that you have held above your desire for God.
Very few people manage to make this journey alone. A strong spiritual community and a loving and wise spiritual teacher greatly enhance the chances of the spiritual seeker finding the gold at the end of the rainbow. The art of prayer and meditation must be developed and the heart and mind purified. It is possible, if you want it, and if you seek it with all your heart, mind, body and soul. May you be blessed on your journey to God.
To learn more about Mother Clare Watts, visit: MotherClareWatts.com