The Center of Light captures the essence of two diverse concepts,
spirituality and psychology. It puts into practice the revolutionary idea
that combining these two is the path to complete wholeness. This blending of
spirituality and psychology focuses on both recovering from pain AND on
reclaiming the awareness of being a Child of God, thus already whole,
perfect and complete, just as one is.
The founder and director of the Center of Light is Rev.Lucy Papillon, Ph.D.,
a licensed clinical psychologist and ordained interfaith minister. She was
formerly on the medical school faculty of the University of California at
Many may think that the Center of Light is a "place" but it is what Dr.
Papillon sees every being is. Everyone is Light at the center of their
being. Reclaiming this critical piece in one's self is happens as one goes
through what Dr. Papillon does in her work - integrating spirituality and
Dr. Papillon defines spirituality as the courage to look within and to
trust. What is seen and what is trusted is a deep sense of belonging, of
wholeness, of connectedness and of openness to the Infinite. She became much
more aware of how spirituality was crucial in recovering and reclaiming
several years ago, when a tragic set of circumstances forced her to
completely rebuild her personal and professional life. However, she indeed
knows that "to lose one's life is to find it," albeit on a different, more
substantive level. In fact, she has produced and hosted a television show
for over 11 years which came out of her insights from that "death to birth"
experience. The show was called Breaking Through. As Jean Houston put
it, "The sacred wound is the critical act through which the mortal achieves
Divinity." Currently, Rev. Dr. Papillon hosts an internet radio show by the
same name and continues to talk about the seeming obstacles that one
believes stand in the way of one reaching their highest possibilities.
Rev. Dr. Papillon pulls from a variety of sources for her broad
understanding of how psychology and spirituality work together. In the
spiritual arena, for example, she has studied every major religion in depth:
Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism... as well as the Course in Miracles,
since 1985; she has been in workshops and lectures with such diverse
pioneers as Huston Smith, Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Matthew
Fox, Jean Houston, Lynn Andrews, Marianne Williamson, Wayne Dyer, Gerald
Jampolski, Marion Woodman and numerous others; she has been in conferences
given by Common Boundary, Transpersonal Psychology, Creativity and
Madness (where she was a featured speaker), and many others, and has
been to many Centers across the country where she was a participant and
speaker. She has also taken concepts from her rich traditional background in
Thus, Rev. Dr. Papillon has been able to draw from a vast array of spiritual
teachings and philosophies and add them to her outstanding training as a
psychologist to conceive and develop a one-of-a-kind approach for
individuals, couples, families, organizations and corporations.
Dr. Papillon is an internationally known speaker and media psychologist. She
has recently been published in a book, Women and Power, authored 2 of
her own books, and had articles in numerous journals and newspapers such as
the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, New York Times and many
magazines that include Mademoiselle, Self, Spirit (Southwest
Airline's in-flight magazine) and various others.
Rev. Dr. Papillon is currently in the midst of writing a landmark book that
addresses the interaction and integration of psychology and spirituality.