"The function of prayer is not to influence
but rather to change the nature of the one who prays."
"I have told you that prayer is
a virtuous act.
Soul and spirit of prayer are more virtuous than the form.
Through them we
arrive at Union, in a way that
only God knows."
important for beginners in prayer to start off by becoming detached from every
category of satisfaction and to enter the path of prayer solely with the
determination to help Jesus carry the cross, who desire to serve their Lord at
no salary since their salary is certain.
I shall say nothing about
things of which I do not have much
Beginners must realize they are starting
to cultivate a garden on very barren soil,
full of abominable weeds. The Lord pulls up the weeds and plants good seed.
With the help of the Lord we must strive, like
good gardeners, to get
these plants to grow and take pains to water them so that they don't wither but
come to bud and flower and give forth a most pleasant fragrance.
The Garden can be watered in four ways. You
may draw water from a well, get water by means of a waterwheel and aqueducts,
water may flow from a river or a stream
or the water may be provided by rain from the heavens.
A Soul beginning
to practice prayer will have begun to water the garden.
heaven often comes when the gardener is least expecting it, although it almost
always occurs after a long period
of prayer and reflection.
the intellect ceases to work
as the Lord suspends it.
When the Lord suspends
the intellect and causes it
to stop, the Lord gives it that which holds its
attention and makes it marvel; and without reflection
the Eternal Soul understands
more in the space of a moment than the
understand with all our wordly diligence in many years.
The Lord gave me, in
a moment, crystal clear
understanding, I knew how to explain the compassion the Lord grants through
prayer in an amazing way.
Through prayer a
divine spark of the
compassion of the
Lord is recognized in the depths of the
The Lord desires
the enlightenment of
the Eternal Soul through
compassion accompanied by
anyone who has had the experience it is impossible not to understand that
this divine spark
cannot be acquired, only
discovered by searching the depths of the Eternal Soul.
and recollection of this divine spark of the
Spirit of the Lord
will be noticed no matter how small it is.
The intellect, eager for
delight, is quickly
left cold because no matter how much we desire to kindle the
divine spark to obtain
we appear to be unable to do anything other than throw water on it and kill
the fire. If we do not
extinguish it, through our own fault,
this tiny divine spark
is what will begin to enkindle in our
the large fire that throws forth the
flames of the compassion of the
Calmly and wisely
the mind must understand that one does not deal well with the Lord by force
and that our efforts are like the careless use of large pieces of wood which
smother this tiny divine
Everything is in motion here; the intellect is representing, and the
memory hurrying about.
For certainly these faculties tire me out
from time to time; and although I have a poor memory, I
cannot subdue it.
One should realize this and humbly say: "Lord,
what am I capable of here?"
One should pay no attention to
the intellect, for it is a grinding mill.
The Eternal Soul may
desire to share what it enjoys or may work to
recollect the memory, for often it will find itself in this
union, calm while the intellect wanders
It is better that the Eternal Soul leave
the intellect alone than
Remain in recollection and in enjoyment of
communion with the
If the intellect is keen
it will compose speeches and search for
it will think it is doing something
important if those ideas are well expressed.
Eternal Soul without the
mind can neither say nor
do anything; for many times the mind flies away from the Eternal Soul, and in
that hour the Eternal Soul neither seeth nor heareth, but is like an
unreasonable thing; so great is the power of the mind."
In those to whom this experience
happens, the effects are remarkable !
One should not weary oneself
in seeking reflections but just remain in
His presence with
the intellect quiet and bask
Intellect has a clear
understanding that we are in the Presence of the Lord.
Now, in the Presence of the Lord, ask for deeper
communion not with the noise of words but with longing that for response. This
mode of prayer includes many things and in which more of the
compassion of the
Lord is obtained than through a great deal of reflection by
In the beginning I
was ignorant of this because I didn't know
that the Lord was in
all things, and though
He seemed so present to
me, I thought this omnipresence was impossible.
I could not stop believing that
He was here since
it seemed to me that I understood very clearly that
He was here by
the very presence of
Him I felt in my own Eternal Soul.
Those who had no
true knowledge told me that
He was present only by
I could not
believe this, because, as I say, it seemed to me
He was present; and so
I was confused.
very knowledgeable man freed me from this doubt, for he told me that the
Lord was present and of
how the Lord communicates
Himself to our Eternal Soul; this truth consoled me tremendously.
The Lord is so close
the Eternal Soul can speak with Him itself and not by shouting since He is so
near. When the Eternal Soul merely whispers, He hears. It seems impertinent to
say this since we all know that
the Lord always is here with
us. There is no doubt about
The Lord desires for us to know that He
loves us, that His presence is real, and that He wants to begin to work in the
Eternal Soul in a special way. There is a difference between the
contentment the Lord grants
from the delight of the
delights of Earth.
contentment the Lord grants
fills the void that
our sin has caused in our own Eternal Souls.
This contentment takes place in the very
intimate depths of the Eternal Soul, and the Eternal Soul doesn't know
where the contentment comes from or how, nor frequently does it know what to do
or what to desire or what to ask for.
To the intellect it appears to have
found everything at once but doesn't know what it has found.
compassion causes no harm, no matter how long it lasts. At least it never
caused me any, nor do I recall the Lord ever having granted me His favor that I
did not feel much better afterward no matter how ill I had been
The experience of feeling the
also leaves a rare detachment, which I am unable
to describe. More than spiritual
knowledge alone is involved. For now that
the mind is completely detached
from things, it appears that the Lord wants to effect this
detachment in the body
itself, and there is brought about
a new estrangement from
There is a manifestation of the
tremendous power of the
Lord and of how we are
incapable, when the Lord desires, of holding back the body any more than
the Eternal Soul, nor is our
intellect the Eternal Soul's master.
Rather, whether or not we
wish, we see that there is
One who is
superior, that these favors are given by Him, and that of ourselves we can
do absolutely nothing; deep humility is impressed upon the
experience comes the need to return to everyday life;
have sprouted enabling one to fly with ease; the fledgling has shed its
The Eternal Soul ascends, taken up
to the highest tower.
The Eternal Soul looks at those
below as one who is out of danger.
In this state of divine grace
the Eternal Soul sees very clearly now.
Eternal Soul on
true vision and
Keep this wisdom always in mind,
especially in the beginning.
afterward it is seen so clearly that rather than striving to keep remembering
the short time everything
lasts and how everything is nothing it becomes clear
it is necessary to forget these things
in order to live.
When a prayer is answered by the
Spirit of the Lord, avoid dredging up
humility and shame as the Lord
Himself gives these favors in a manner very different from
that which we judge through the
humility or shame is nothing in comparison with the
true humility of the Lord.
It is well known that the Lord gives a
true knowledge that makes the
Eternal Soul realize it is
not good in and of itself; and the greater the Lord favors the
Eternal Soul, the greater is
this true knowledge.
The Lord bestows a strong desire to advance in communion through prayer
no matter what trials may come. The Eternal Soul, offering itself up for all
things, feels sure, while still being humble, that it is redeemed.
The Lord casts out from the Eternal Soul
all servile fear and grants
a feeling of awe at the power of
The body is left so light that all its weight is gone. Sometimes this feeling
reaches such a point as to be compared with walking on clouds.
the Eternal Soul to the Lord is Ecstacy.
conscious in such a
way that I could understand I was being elevated.
There is revealed a majesty about the One who can do this that makes an
individual's hair stand on edge.
It is true that in the
beginning these feelings pass quickly - at least
it happened this way to me - that neither these exterior signs nor the
failure of the senses are very noticeable. But the Eternal Soul well
understands the brightness of the sun
therein, as that brightness melts the
It is noteworthy that the longest space of time,
in my opinion, in which the Eternal Soul remains in this suspension of all the
senses is very short; should it remain suspended for a half hour, this would be
a very longtime. I do not think I ever experienced this suspension for that
It is true that since there is no
accurate method of categorizing consciousness one finds it hard
to know what is actually happening. While the
Eternal Soul is
seeking the Lord in this way, it feels with the
most marvelous and gentlest delight that everything is
almost fading away through type of swoon
in which breathing and all the bodily energies gradually relax.
Eternal Soul desires periods of solitude in order to enjoy this new
found spiritual sustenance.
The Eternal Soul is aware of the
beginning of an understanding of the depth of the Lord's
In arriving here the Eternal Soul begins soon
to lose its craving for worldly things and
little wonder! Clearly that one
moment of the enjoyment of glory
cannot be experienced on Earth, neither are there
riches, or rewards, or
delights that are able
to provide a brief moment of this bliss, for it is a true bliss that causes the Eternal Soul
beginning of all blessings is the
compassion of the
Lord. The flowers of
the garden are already
at the point in which hardly anything is lacking for them to bud; and the
Eternal Soul sees this very clearly.
In no way is the Eternal
Soul able to believe that the Lord is not with the Eternal Soul as doubt
To one who has no experience this explanation will appear
confusing. It is not surprising
that there is confusion when a
individual like myself wants to speak of such a thing and
to give some explanation of an
experience that it seems one cannot even begin to put into words. Those who
have had this experience will understand me, for I do not know how to describe
this being raised up if it is not understood through experience.
Eternal Soul is so satisfied with the Lord that as long as the recollection
lasts, the quiet and calm are not lost since the will is
united with the Lord even though the sense's are
distracted as little by little the will brings
intellect and the memory back
recollection is something that is clearly felt through
the peace bestowed on the Eternal
Soul, along with complete
contentment and calm and a
very gentle delight in being alive.
It appears to the Eternal Soul,
since it hasn't gone further, that there is nothing left to desire. But there
Further prayer creates
union of the Eternal Soul with the Lord's endless compassion and what this
union is, I do not know how to explain.
These matters are expounded
theology; I would not know the proper
words. Neither do I understand what the
mind is; nor do I know how
it differs from the Eternal Soul or the spirit. The Eternal Soul,
mind and spirit all appear
to be the same thing to me, although the
Eternal Soul sometimes goes
forth from itself.
The way the
Eternal Soul goes forth from
itself is comparable to what happens when a fire is burning and flaming as it
becomes a forceful blaze. The flame then
shoots very high above the fire, but the flame is not by that reason something
different from the fire but the same flame that is in the fire.
I am attempting to explain is what the Eternal Soul feels
when it is in this divine union. What union is we already
know since it means that
two separate things
spent all night crying, "My Lord! My Lord!"
He who heard your "My Lord' My
Lord" has come.
Your grief lasted so long! Look, healing is here:
Your door was locked, look, here is the
You mourned and fasted before the Table of Heaven:
fast now, for the new Moon is born.
Be silent, be silent, for by the command of God
The shock of amazement annihilates all
It frightens those whose intellects
are concerned with things of the Earth that they have no intellect by which
they can understand divine truths.
This category of union I wish to
explain often happens especially to me since the Lord
frequently gives me this
category of favor. The elevation of the spirit, or joining with heavenly
compassion takes place within this very union. For the Lord takes to Himself
the will and even
intellect so that it might not engage in discourse but with rejoicing in
Him like those who are now contemplating and who see so much that they don't
know where to fix their gaze looking now here, now there, without being able to
perceive clearly any
remains free, but it appears to be joined with the
of this union resembles the
agony with the difference that the suffering bears along with it such great
happiness that I do not know what to compare the ecstacy with. It is an
arduous, delightful martyrdom since it admits no earthly thing representable to
the Eternal Soul.
The Eternal Soul clearly understands that it desires
only the Lord's endless compassion.
The Eternal Soul does not
compassion any particular aspect of the Lord, but loves Him all together and
knows not what it loves. I say it "desire not" because the
imagination doesn't represent
anything; nor, in my opinion, do the senses function during much of the time
that this takes place.
Just as joy suspends the senses, so it is
suffering that suspends them here.
suffering the Eternal Soul is
purified like gold in the
Whoever may have experienced the
Compassion of the Lord will
know something about it; since what happens is so obscure, it can not be
explained more clearly. I can only say that
the Eternal Soul
appears to be joined to the Lord, and there remains such certitude about
this union that the Eternal Soul cannot help believing in the truth of this
As the Eternal Soul basks in the
Compassion of the Lord all
the senses fail and they are so suspended
that in no way does one think they are working. If
one is reflecting upon some scriptural event, it becomes as lost to the
memory as it would be if there
had never been any thought of it.
If one reads, there is no
remembrance of what was read; nor
is there any remembrance if one
prays vocally. Thus this bothersome little moth, which is the
memory, gets its wings burnt
here; it can no longer move. The will is fully
content basking in the
Compassion of the Lord, but
it doesn't understand how it desires this compassion. The,
if it understands, does not know how it understands; it can not
comprehend what it
Soul is left with such freedom over all things that it does not even know
itself. The Eternal Soul does
not know how so much good was given it, but it well understands the tremendous
benefit that each of this joyful ecstasies bears with it!
No one believes this if they have not
Eternal Soul becomes obsessed
with serving the Lord not just a little but as much as it can although these
desires do not spring from the Eternal Soul but from the Lord to whom the
Eternal Soul has given the keys of
virtue grows stronger the
Eternal Soul begins to
perform great deeds by means of
the fragrance the
flowers give. The Lord desires that they bloom so that the
Eternal Soul may see that it
possesses virtue although the Eternal Soul is very clearly
aware that it could not have
acquired this virtue in and of itself and in that moment understands
Gardener granted these favors through
and divine grace.
The Eternal Soul understands that it is
enjoying a good in which are gathered together all goods, but this good is
All the senses are engaged in this
joy in such a way that none is free to be taken up with any other exterior or
Here the humility that remains in the Eternal
Soul is much greater and more profound than in the past.
I see the evil that sin causes in us since
corruption so holds us in its power that we cannot do what we desire to do
in order to be always
in union with the Lord.
The Eternal Soul begins to be of benefit to
its neighbors almost without knowing it or doing anything of itself. Other
Eternal Souls recognize this
Eternal Soul because now the
fragrance of the flowers has reached the point in which it attracts many
other Eternal Souls.
In regard to thinking of wordly things, the Lord granted me the favor
to understand the truth that my reflecting on things of this Earth would
require no small amount of boldness.
individuals will benefit
from such reflection, especially if they have gone through studies. In my
opinion a background of studies is like a
treasure to aid in this practice of union with the Lord if the studies are
accompanied by humility.
I hold that:
Discretion is required in every
Those who in fact risk all for the Lord will find that they have
both lost all and gained all;
mind clearly understands that ascension is
given to the Eternal Soul so that it may
individuals have a
tremendous fear of true knowledge which is accompanied by humility and
is now one living who sees directly the great illusion in which we walk and the
blindness in which we suffer;
corruption will not deceive with illusions the individual of prayer who
consults honest knowledgeable men, unless this individual wants to be deceived;
If the Lord has given you the
grace to enjoy
you will through your intelligence and knowledge
understand what is being said here;
It is one
grace to receive
the Lord's favor; another,
to understand which favor
and grace it is; and a
third, to know how to describe and explain it;
One does not know how to
speak of union with the
Lord, nor do I think anyone will believe me or understand it is possible
unless they have experienced it themselves;
If by nature someone is
loving and grateful, the memory
of the previous favors the Lord has granted does more to bring such a
individual back to the
Lord than all the infernal punishments
Frequently the body is made
healthy and stronger for it was really sick and full of great sufferings
because something wonderful is given to the Eternal Soul in this
union with the
How great is the true
knowledge of the Eternal Soul brought to ecstacy by the
Compassion of the
Lord; it beholds everything without being ensnared! How ashamed it feels of
the time when it was ensnared! How frightened of its
pity it feels for those who
are still in this blindness,
especially if they are individuals of prayer whom the
Lord already favors!
The Eternal Soul wants to cry out in order to make known how deceived
they are. Sometimes the Eternal Soul even does so and a thousand persecutions
rain down upon upon it. Teachers consider this
individual lacking in humility, especially if she is a woman, and point out
that she desires to teach the one from whom she should be learning.
a result they condemn this Eternal Soul because they do not know the loving
impulse that moves it. For at times the
mind can not help but
disillusion nor endure not disillusioning
those whom it loves and desires to be set freed from the prison of
corruption, since the
corrupt life that it formerly lived was nothing else than a prisoner's
life; nor does it appear to the Eternal
Soul to have been anything other than a prison.
The Eternal Soul deplores the time in which it was concerned
about its reputation and deplores the deception it suffered in believing that
what men called 'honor' was true honor.
The Eternal Soul sees
how this belief about 'honor' is the greatest lie and that
all of us are involved in it.
The Eternal Soul laughs to itself over the time when it esteemed money
wealth, although in this
matter of coveting money, I do not think I
ever confessed a fault; but it was
fault enough to have esteemed it. If
with money I could have bought the good I now see in
myself, I would have esteemed it highly; but I see that this good is won by
giving up everything. What is it we buy with this money we desire? Is it some
thing valuable? Is it something lasting? Oh, why do we desire it?
Miserable is the rest achieved that costs so dearly.
one obtains hell with money and buys everlasting fire and pain.
spite of what I am, I experience
impulses to tell this truth to those who are rulers.
Soul recognizes well, from far off, those who have only a lot of words and
those who have confirmed their words with works. It understands the small
amount of good that the former do and the great amount that the latter do and
this is something that anyone who has experience sees very clearly.
Eternal Eternal Soul understands that authentic honor stands not with
error but with Truth.
The more that compassion and humility grow, the greater
the fragrance of these
flowers of virtue give off, both for oneself and for others. It is
true that in
this joyful ecstasy the
Lord can work in the Eternal Soul in such a way
that only a little labor is still required in order that it reach
for no one who does not have this experience will be able to believe what the
Lord gives the Eternal Soul in
this stage. In my opinion no effort of ours brings us to
I became so accustomed to
understanding what Truth is that everything
else appears to it to be play. I sometimes
laughs to myself when I see seriously relgious and prayerful
individuals making a big
issue out of dogma. They claim that the
dissemination of dogma is important so
that they might bring about more good.
They would bring about more good in one day than they would in ten
years if for the Lord they thought a lot less of the prestige of their
From the time the Lord began to grant me
His favor up until now,
His fortitude has always been increasing; and in
His goodness He has held
me in the palm of His hand so that I might not turn back.
I do hardly
anything on my part; I understand clearly that it is the Lord who does
Hence it appears to me that an Eternal Soul upon whom
the Lord bestows these favors will receive them with humility
that it is the Lord Himself who grants them and that we ourselves, who do
almost nothing, could be placed in the company of any
corrupt group of people and the Eternal Soul will not be
coerced; on the
contrary, this experience will strengthen it and serve as a means to greater
This is now a strong Eternal Soul that the Lord chooses to
benefit others, even though the fortitude doesn't come from
the intellect. Little by
little, as the Eternal Soul approaches the Lord in this stage, He communicates
to it very deep secrets.
When my Eternal Soul reached the stage where
the Lord granted it such great favor by unifying my Eternal Soul with the
Soul of the Lord, the
corruption in me disappeared as the Lord gave me strength to break away
Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y
"You have feet - why make out you are lame?
You have hands - why then hide your fingers?
When a master puts a spade
in a servant's hand
He doesn't need words to make his meaning clear.
Our hands, like that spade, are signs of God;
Understand the signs He flashes
into your heart
And give your life to be in harmony with them.
He'll give you hint after hint about the mysteries;
He'll remove your
burden and give you authority.
Are you carrying His burden? He'll give you
Are you receiving His order? He'll grace you
His Order and you'll become His witness:
Look for Union with God and you'll
become one with Him."
The existence of God,
of consciousness greater than self,
is a necessity for non-psychopathic
nature all things are perfect even though it may not seem so to us as they may
not exist as we wish them to exist.
Nothing in existence can not be
considered to exist outside of nature.
The words spoken by
Jesus the Tannaim speak of
Heaven on Earth as
a state of mind not as a
removed physical realm.
the Tannaim was attempting to
awaken within us a
different way of looking at our existence.
If we allow the
nature to be seen by our Eternal Soul then we can feel
eternity and experience a oneness with God - communion with the
An individual who experiences a feeling of oneness with
the Creator and
Sustainer feels a oneness with nature and has experienced what people
throughout history have termed a mystical religious experience.
The mystical religious
experience of the presence of God can
not be put into words as there are no words to
describe the undescribable.
An individual experiences so much
this mystical religious
experience of feeling the presence of God that the feeling
is why we have sacred texts written by mystics !
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