Joseph the Visionary: On Spiritual Prayer, Part Two
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By the same, concerning the operation of the impulses which arise in
the mind during the time of prayer: which are material, and which are
immaterial and which are uncircumscribed and without form.
During the time of prayer the soul resembles a ship positioned in the
middle of the sea. The mind is like the steersman in charge of the
boat. The impulses convey the boat like the winds.
Just as it is the case that not all the winds that blow are suitable
for the course of the ship, similarly, with the impulses that are
aroused in the soul during the time of prayer, not all are suitable
for the ship's course, enabling it without any cause for fear to
reach harbour, safe from the waves. Rather, some of them are
suitable, whereas others are not. The latter imprint in the soul some
material form, and these hinder the course of the boat of the mind,
the steersman preventing it reaching the harbour he is aiming for.
The former impulses stirred up in the soul during prayer are
immaterial: these are the gentle breezes which convey the ship of the
soul over the waves to a harbour that is totally restful.
There are yet other impulses that arise during prayer, accompanied by
Light: these are called 'uncircumscribed'; they are neither material
nor immaterial, but uncircumscribed, as I have just said; for not all
immaterial impulses are also uncircumscribed. For the holy angels and
the nature of our souls are immaterial, but they are by no means also
uncircumscribed; for they are immaterial things subject to
circumscription, whereas out of all things there is only one who is
uncircumscribed. Now the impulses which concern that Being are
uncircumscribed -- just as the prophet said: there is no limit to his
understanding [Psalm 147: 5].
Material impulses consist in all the understandings that are stirred
up in the soul through the medium of the body's senses. These are
material, and they are harmful to the soul's course during the time
of prayer. Even though at other times they may be advantageous,
nevertheless during the time of prayer they cause the soul harm. This
is because during the time of prayer only the immaterial impulses
direct the soul towards those that are without limit.
The immaterial impulses consist in the hidden spiritual knowledge
concealed in the natural created world, wonderful insights concerning
incorporeal contemplation, and insights arising from the
contemplation of Providence's judgment. All these impulses may occur
during the time of prayer, and these are immaterial. Therefore every
time they are revealed to the mind during prayer, they give a sweet
taste to the mind's palate, like a honey-comb, and they kindle all
the faculties of both soul and body with their warmth....
-- Joseph the Visionary, The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the
Spiritual Life, translated from the original Syriac-Aramaic by
Sebastian Brock, Cistercian Publications
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