The Jesus Prayer for Beginners

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  1. Ed says:

    This was a wonderful presentation! I’m excited to start praying the Jesus prayer regularly. Just one question I have about the talk. He states that we should not try to visualize anything when we pray the Jesus prayer. Just wondering how this fits in with what the Orthodox believe about the veneration of icons. Do not icons appeal to the imagination?

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    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      When it comes to the Jesus Prayer and contemplation, Orthodox elders strongly warn against visualization. I have not read much about this. I have assumed that the warning is based on real experience in these matters, and so have just accepted it.

      One of the purposes of the Jesus Prayer, particularly when used in a focused setting, is to take the person to a deeper level than discursive thought. I would think that visualization would defeat that.

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  2. sybrandmac says:

    Thanks a lot for this post.

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