"Obedience will bring about all things. Obedience will bring about Grace. The slightest disobedience to the elder drives Grace out. All the passions are healed little by little through obedience... Obedience is humility." ~ Elder Ephraim of Katounakia

 

 

Spiritual Alchemy

Spiritual Alchemy

The Fall, the Cure and the Jesus Prayer

(Xlibris Corporation, 2010; ISBN: 978-1-4500-1632-2)

Spiritual Alchemy surfaces at a crucial juncture of modern history and intends to serve as a catalyst for humanity's return to the Christ-centered life. This objective is accomplished in three parts: Part One (The Fall) addresses our need for healing, Part Two (The Cure) focuses on ways to pursue this requisite path to spiritual health, and Part Three (The Jesus Prayer) concentrates on how the Prayer of the Heart exists as the ultimate vehicle for spiritual alchemy.

Preface

While an indispensable domain of concentration must always be mankind's stature amidst the cosmos, awareness of this basic facet of existence seems to be an even more urgent necessity in this day and age. This premise assumes support from developments in what have heretofore been perceived as bastions of Christianity. By way of example please consider how in the United States of America reliance on God as society's guiding light is being replaced by individual autonomy; as is evidenced via homosexuality being trumpeted as a desirable alternative lifestyle (a recent pro-homosexual film, Brokeback Mountain, has been nominated for seven awards), the insistence on abortion as a right, belief in the self as god/goddess giving rise to a breathtaking increase in New Age involvement (as seen by the phenomenal popularity of Harry Potter books and movies), and other tragic departures from Christ-centered existence. The sweeping mania of Harry Potter serves as an especially revealing development in that the author, J.K. Rowling, acknowledged the fact that over a third of all content involves actual occult practices (cf., 20 October 1999 National Public Radio interview on the Diane Rheim Show). Actually, the seven Harry Potter books trace the seven year Ordo Anno Mundi training in a witchcraft course of studies program.

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Content Summary

Discussion opens with an in-depth examination of man's pre-fall ineffable state of glory in the Garden and painstaking analysis of the myriad infections mankind contracted when single-minded focus on movement toward God became disrupted; the heart's illnesses, darkening of the nous, evil thoughts, and passions are topics of profound scrutiny.

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Table of Contents
Sample - Chapter 6 - THE FALL OF THE NOUS

Generally, the term "nous" speaks of the power of the soul but has also included essence (heart) and energy (thoughts and conceptual images). The Church Fathers mostly referred to the nous as the heart and/or the soul, without having excluded other designations. Moreover, the terms nous and soul - as well as nous and heart, nous and intelligence, and nous and reason (or attention, as a more subtle form of reason) - are often used interchangeably. However, the more accurate patristic definition of nous, as proffered by the early Church Fathers, is "the eye of the soul." This means the soul's power and purest part.

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