"...observe yourself carefully from every side and let the eye of your soul be sleepless to guard you. " ~ Saint Basil the Great

 

 

Table of Contents

  • Preface6
  • PART ONE: The Fall10
  •   Chapter One: Pre-Fall11
  •   Chapter Two: Body and Soul 14
  •   Chapter Thee: Post-Fall 19
  •   Chapter Four: Tactics of the Enemy 24
  •   Chapter Five: Human Illnesses 27
  •     A. Heart's Six Primary Ailments 27
  •     B. Corrupted Thought 28
  •     C. Five Step Cycle Toward Sin 35
  •     D. Passion and Sin Distinguishment 39
  •   Chapter Six: Fall of the Nous 45
  •   Chapter Seven: Death Defined 49
  •   Chapter Eight: God as Light 52

  • PART TWO: The Cure57
  •   Chapter Nine: Need for a Curing58
  •   Chapter Ten: Healing the Sickened Nous 62
  •   Chapter Eleven: Curing Thought 65
  •   Chapter Twelve: Purifying the Heart 79
  •   Chapter Thirteen: Treating Passion 85
  •   Chapter Fourteen: Prayer and the Mind 91
  •   Chapter Fifteen: Jesus Christ as the Cure 98

  • PART THREE: The Cure101
  •   Chapter Sixteen: Background on the Jesus Prayer 102
  •     A. The Jesus Prayer and Scripture 102
  •     B. Jesus Prayer Development 105
  •     C. Words of the Prayer 109
  •     D. Jesus Prayer vs. Eastern Systems 111
  •   Chapter Seventeen: The Use of Jesus Christ's Name 115
  •   Chapter Eighteen: Reunification of the Soul and Union
                                  with God via the Jesus Prayer
    123
  •   Chapter Nineteen: Establishing a Jesus Prayer Practice 135
  •     A. The Need for a Guide 135
  •     B. A Specific Time and Place 136
  •     C. Pre-Prayer of the Heart Preparation 138
  •     D. Recitation 140
  •     E. The Wandering Mind 142
  •     F. Posture 147
  •     G. Additions to the Jesus Prayer Practice 154
  •     H. Review 156
  •   Chapter Twenty: Breath 159
  •   Chapter Twenty-One: Watchfulness and Meditation 167
  •   Chapter Twenty-Two: Descent into the Heart 179

  • ADDENDA189
  •   Glossary190
  •   Bibliography 210
  •   Partial List of the Faithfully Departed 212
  •   Mt. Athos 216