I'm starting this thread because I think too many people get lumped into becoming a heretical, mystical, catholic sympathizer because of this issue. In reality, nobody seems to define it. Someone mentions being silent in prayer, and they are automatically some mystical heretic. Too many accusations from too little information. So, that being said, how do you understand it? Many also try and accuse those who use the term "spiritual formation" as being the same as contemplative prayer, and of course, in their minds is the same as being a mystical heretic. How would you define contemplative prayer? Do you think it is harmful, or dangerous?