"The function of prayer is not to influence
but rather to change the nature of the one who prays."
It is important for
beginners in prayer to start off being
detached from every satisfaction and to enter the path
solely to help Jesus carry the
I shall say nothing about things of which I do not have much
cultivate a garden on barren soil
full of abominable weeds.
The Lord pulls
up the weeds and plants good
With the help of the Lord we must strive, like
good gardeners, to get
these plants to grow and give
forth a most pleasant fragrance.
The Garden can be watered in four ways.
water from a well or waterwheel and aqueducts,
water may flow from a river or a stream
or water may be provided by rain from the heavens.
A Soul beginning to
practice prayer will have begun to water the garden.
Rain from heaven
often comes when the gardener is least expecting it, although it almost always
occurs after a long
period of prayer and reflection.
In mystical theology
the intellect ceases to
work as Lord suspends
When the Lord suspends the
intellect and causes it to stop.
The Lord gives it that which
holds its attention and makes it marvel.
reflection the Eternal Soul understands more
in the space of a moment than the
intellect can understand with
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 the
Divine Spark of Life is
recognized as the Eternal Soul.
The Lord desires enlightenment in
compassion accompanied by
This divine spark cannot be
acquired only discovered by
searching the depths of the Eternal Soul;
understanding must be
The Spirit of
the Lord is reflected in recollection of this
intellect, eager for delight,
is quickly left cold as no
matter how much we desire to kindle the
divine spark to obtain
compassionate release, we appear to be
unable to do anything other than throw
water on it and kill the fire.
If we do not extinguish this tiny
divine spark is what will enkindle in our
Eternal Soul the large fire
that throws forth the flames of
Calmly and wisely
the mind must understand our efforts are like
the careless use of large pieces
of wood which smother this tiny divine spark.
I close my eyes.
Everything is in motion
these faculties tire me out
from time to time.
Although I have a poor memory, I
cannot subdue it.
One should realize this and humbly say: "Lord, what am I capable
pay no attention to the intellect, for
it is a grinding
The Eternal Soul
may work to recollect the memory, for
often it will find itself in this Mystical
Union, calm while the intellect
If the intellect is keen
it will compose
speeches, search for ideas and
will think it is doing something
important if those ideas are well expressed.
It is better that the Eternal Soul
leave the intellect alone than chase it.
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 in His compassion.
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 for union with the Lord.
This mode of prayer includes many
things in which more of the Compassion
of the Lord is obtained than through
a great deal of intellectual
The intellect thinks
it has found everything, but
knows not how it
In the beginning
I was ignorant as I didn't know the
Lord was in all
things, though He seemed so
present to me, I thought omnipresence was
I felt the
presence of Him here in my own Eternal Soul.
The Lord desires for us to know that He
loves us, that His presence is
Those who have no
knowledge told me that
He was present only by
I could not believe
this, as He was present; and so
I was confused.
A knowledgeable man
freed me from doubt, for he
told me that the Lord was present and of how the
Lord communicates Himself to our
seems impertinent as we all know that the Lord always is here with us.
The contentment the Lord
grants fills the void our sin has carved
contentment takes place in the very intimate depths of the
Eternal Soul, and the
Eternal Soul doesn't know where the contentment comes from.
The contentment the Lord grants is
different from the delights of Earth.
The Lord's radiant
compassion causes no harm, no matter how long it lasts.
After the Lord granted me His
favor I felt
much better afterward.
The experience of feeling of the Lord'
compassion leaves a
More than spiritual
knowledge alone is involved.
now that the mind is
completely detached from temporality, it appears that the Lord wants to effect this
detachment in the body itself, and there is brought about
a new estrangement from
The Eternal Soul ascends,
taken up to the highest tower.
In this state of divine grace the Eternal
Soul sees very clearly now.
Fix the mind on
true vision and
Keep this wisdom always in mind,
especially in the beginning.
Remember the short time
everything lasts and how everything is nothing.
It becomes clear it is necessary to forget
these things in order to live.
tremendous power of the Lord
Favors given by
the Lord make us
incapable of holding back the
From this experience comes
the need to return to
everyday life; wings have
sprouted enabling one to fly with ease; the fledgling has shed its down.
is nothing in comparison with the true
The Lord bestows a strong
desire to advance in communion through prayer.
Eternal Soul, offering itself
up, feels sure, while humble, that it is redeemed.
The Lord casts
out servile fear and grants
a feeling of awe.
Ascension of the Eternal Soul to
the Lord is Ecstasy.
body is left so light that all its weight is gone.
This feeling reaches such a point as to be
compared with walking on water.
conscious in such a
way that I could understand I was being elevated.
The brightness of the sun
therein melts spiritual darkness away.
The longest space of time in
this suspension of all the senses is very short.
The Eternal Soul desires
periods of solitude in order to enjoy succor.
"The mind is wavering and restless,
difficult to guard and restrain:
let the wise man
his mind as a maker of arrows
makes his arrows
As awareness dawns the Eternal Soul
loses its craving for worldly
It is hard to
explain an experience one cannot even begin to put into words
Being raised up can
only be understood through experience.
Now the quiet and calm remain
as the intellect communes with the
the will brings the intellect and
memory back to
The very gentle delight in
being alive bestowes peace on the Eternal
Further prayer creates deeper
union of the Eternal Soul with the
Lord' endless compassion but what this union is,
I do not know how to
These matters are expounded in
I do not know the words.
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
The flame 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 what
Eternal Soul feels when in Divine Union.
Divine Union means that two separate
things become One in Spirit.
"You spent all night crying, "My Lord! My
He who heard your "My Lord' My Lord" has come.
grief lasted so long! Look, healing
was locked, look, here is the key.
You mourned and fasted before
the Table of Heaven:
Break your fast now, for the new
Moon is born.
Be silent, be silent, for by
the command of Æon
The shock of
amazement annihilates all words.
It frightens those whose
intellects are concerned with
things of the Earth that they have no
intellect by which they can understand divine truths.
Frequently the Lord gives me
an eg● the spirit within this
When this category of union happens I
cannot engage in
merged with the imagination resembles the death agony.
This suffering bears
along with it great ecstacy.
It is an arduous, delightful martyrdom
since it admits no earthly thing.
The Eternal Soul clearly
understands that it desires only Union.
Just as joy suspends the senses, so it is
suffering that suspends them here.
suffering the Eternal Soul is
purified like gold in the
I can only say
that the Eternal Soul appears to be joined to the Lord.
No one believes this if they have not experienced
thought is in
Truth remains Hidden,
everything is murky and
burdensome practice of judging
brings annoyance and
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The Eternal Soul
understands that it is enjoying an incomprehensible good.
Sin binds us into
c✡rrupti✡n and holds us in its power.
Eternal Soul becomes
obsessed with serving the
The Eternal Soul is
very clearly aware this virtue
came from the Lord.
In that moment the
understands the heavenly Gardener
granted these favors through divine mercy and divine grace.
Virtue is found in
the fragrance of the blooming
Reflecting on things of
Earth would require no small amount of boldness.
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:
Spiritually corrupt individuals have
a tremendous fear of true knowledge.
They condemn humilty, not knowing the
loving impulse that moves it.
The life formerly lived was
nothing but a blind prisoner'
Soul deplores concern about reputation and the deception it suffered in
believing that what men called 'honor' was true
The Eternal Soul sees
authentic honor stands not
with error but with
consuming impulses to tell
this truth to those who are rulers.
In my opinion no effort of ours
brings us to epiphanous
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