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<p>My study of this doctrine is too intellectual.  My mind clings on to that mode of learning and it's a struggle for me to go beyond.  It's really caused a lot of pain for me.  In addition to becoming serious and patient about establishing skill in meditation, what are practices that I can do to open my heart and really explore and become conscious of its faculties? I feel this is where I need to go next.  My head is too fat and my heart is too thin and I have no peace.</p>
10 years ago
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#696
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Prayer feeds and fuels the fires of the heart. As we say in this tradition, to pray is to talk with God. Prayer does not need to have a formula, although there are many prayers that can help you cultivate that inspiration. We recommend the Pater Noster ("Our Father" ) and Hail Mary especially.

You can draw on many traditions for prayers to work with, which are referenced in the Gnostic Prayer Book; I'd recommend you get a copy of this short but packed text and find what works for you. They can help you to understand the nature of prayer, which involves sincerity and the yearning for spiritual change..

Establishing an altar can help you as well. It does not have to be fancy, but it is personal so you should keep it private. You can light a candle, some incense, and open a scripture to read and contemplate its message. The Psalms of the Hebrew Bible are very powerful for this purpose. Sometimes reading a short passage from scripture can inspire longing in the heart. Or you can close your eyes in meditation and pray to your God, "What must I do? What do I need, Lord?" You do not need words to express how you feel in your situation: it just has to be sincere.

Meditation with mantras for the heart are also effective; any mantra with the vowel "O" will serve that purpose: ONRO, Om Masi Padme Yum, Aum, or simply Om. Mantras attract superior forces into your body, heart and mind. The vibrations are very effective for stimulating the consciousness and the spiritual fires of the heart. Although in the beginning they may be dim, through practice they will consume you with inspiration and strength.

There is also the practice of the Eucharist, accompanied by the Pater Noster, which you can perform on your knees before the altar. Description of the procedure is provided in Samael Aun Weor's short book The Seven Words, included in The Divine Science ("Logos, Mantra, Theurgy"). I have also referenced the link to this book so you can look into it.

So these are some options for you to experiment with. Let us know how you are doing with the practices and we can provide further instruction if you need it. Do not hesitate to write with any questions.

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

10 years ago
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#696
Accepted Answer
Prayer feeds and fuels the fires of the heart. As we say in this tradition, to pray is to talk with God. Prayer does not need to have a formula, although there are many prayers that can help you cultivate that inspiration. We recommend the Pater Noster ("Our Father" ) and Hail Mary especially.

You can draw on many traditions for prayers to work with, which are referenced in the Gnostic Prayer Book; I'd recommend you get a copy of this short but packed text and find what works for you. They can help you to understand the nature of prayer, which involves sincerity and the yearning for spiritual change..

Establishing an altar can help you as well. It does not have to be fancy, but it is personal so you should keep it private. You can light a candle, some incense, and open a scripture to read and contemplate its message. The Psalms of the Hebrew Bible are very powerful for this purpose. Sometimes reading a short passage from scripture can inspire longing in the heart. Or you can close your eyes in meditation and pray to your God, "What must I do? What do I need, Lord?" You do not need words to express how you feel in your situation: it just has to be sincere.

Meditation with mantras for the heart are also effective; any mantra with the vowel "O" will serve that purpose: ONRO, Om Masi Padme Yum, Aum, or simply Om. Mantras attract superior forces into your body, heart and mind. The vibrations are very effective for stimulating the consciousness and the spiritual fires of the heart. Although in the beginning they may be dim, through practice they will consume you with inspiration and strength.

There is also the practice of the Eucharist, accompanied by the Pater Noster, which you can perform on your knees before the altar. Description of the procedure is provided in Samael Aun Weor's short book The Seven Words, included in The Divine Science ("Logos, Mantra, Theurgy"). I have also referenced the link to this book so you can look into it.

So these are some options for you to experiment with. Let us know how you are doing with the practices and we can provide further instruction if you need it. Do not hesitate to write with any questions.

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

10 years ago
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#704
Thank you so much for your response. It's so funny how real and unreal our sufferings are. I can't help but laugh that it is all in the mind. Strength is easy to find if we look for it.

I have questions about the Eucharist. So this really is done with physical bread and wine that I bless through prayer and then eat? I find some good bread and some wine from a liquor store? Is this transmuting sexual energies?
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