The Practice of Living Presence: A Contemplative Study Group

Living Presence is the magnificent reflection of our Creator in and through each one of us, connecting us with all of life. As St. Paul put it, it is that in which “we live and move and have our being.” However, this beautiful and powerful Presence of the Divine is typically hidden to us, buried beneath layers of our everyday concerns and distractions.

Even so, we can awaken to this Divine Presence! Drawing on the transformative teaching of Cynthia Bourgeault, Kabir Helminski and Lynn Bauman, this 8-week study group will introduce you to the knowledge and practices that will allow this Living Presence to grow from deep within you so that you may live a more spiritually-centered life. In her inimitable style, Dr. Jana Rentzel will bring these concepts and experiences to life for you.

Cynthia Bourgeault points out that the real impact of Jesus’ teaching on the world was that he called people into a very deep sense of Being, of Presence. She says that “Jesus called people into an encounter with the divinity within them, and he pulled them to a fundamental level that changed their lives from inside out.” She strongly believes that Helminski’s Living Presence is “the best key around to unlock this missing piece of the Christian tradition.”

And so in this study group, Dr. Jana Rentzel will bring the teaching of Cynthia Bourgeault, Kabir Helminski and Lynn Bauman to life for you. Along with her heartful presentation using compelling visual presentations, Jana will lead you in practical exercises that will bring you into a personal encounter with your own innermost Being, where its mysterious, liberating power transforms you as you open more and more to its Living Presence.

Study materials can be purchased separately:

It is not necessary to purchase these study resources to enjoy this program.

We highly recommend you get a copy of Helminski’s Living Presence: 

Living Presence: The Sufi Path to Mindfulness and the Essential Self by Kabir Edmund Helminski
Purchase from local bookseller, or online booksellers like Amazon, or borrow from your local library



Cynthia Bourgeault’s audio recording of her Living Presence teaching based on Helminski’s book will also give you a deeper learning experience:

Practicing Living Presence: Discovering the Mind of Christ Within (Part 1),
Teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault published by The Contemplative Society
Special price for Registrants: $29.95

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Lynn Bauman has published an accessible manual in pdf format giving specific Christian Contemplative practices based on Helminski’s book:


Living the Presence: A Manual for Contemplative Christian Practice by Lynn C. Bauman

Click on the image to purchase from the PRAXIS website, using their order form




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