"The function of prayer is not to influence
but rather to change the nature of the one who prays."
"I have told you that prayer is
a virtuous act.
However, the Eternal Soul and spirit of prayer are more virtuous than the
Through them we arrive at Union with God, in
a way that only God knows."
It is important for beginners
in prayer to start off by becoming detached from every
category of satisfaction and
to enter the path of prayer solely with the determination to help Jesus carry
the cross, who desire to serve their Lord at no salary since their salary is
I shall say nothing about things of which I do not have much
realize that they are starting to cultivate
a garden on very barren soil, full of abominable weeds. The Lord pulls up
the weeds and plants good seed. With the help of the Lord we must strive, like
good gardeners, to get
these plants to grow and take pains to water them so that they don't wither but
come to bud and flower and give forth a most pleasant fragrance.
garden can be watered in four ways. You may draw water from a well, you may
get water by means of a waterwheel and aqueducts,
water may flow from a river or a stream
or the water may be provided by a great deal of rain
from the heavens.
A Eternal Soul beginning to practice prayer will
have begun to water the garden.
Rain from heaven often comes when the gardener is least expecting
it, although in the beginning it almost always occurs after a long period of
prayer and reflection.
In mystical theology the
to work as the Lord suspends it.
When the Lord suspends the
causes it to stop, the Lord gives it that which
holds its attention and makes it
marvel; and without reflection
Soul understands more in the space of a moment than the
intellect can understand
with all our wordly diligence in many years.
thought is in
bondage the truth is hidden, for everything is murky and unclear,
the burdensome practice of judging
brings annoyance and weariness. " - Hsin Hsin Ming
"The mind is wavering and restless, difficult to
guard and restrain:
let the wise man straighten his mind as a maker of
arrows makes his
arrows straight." - Dhammapada
The Lord gave me, in a moment,
crystal clear understanding so that I knew how to explain the compassion the
Lord grants through prayer in a way that amazed
Through prayer a
divine spark of the
compassion of the
Lord is recognized in the depths of the Eternal Soul.
The Lord desires the
enlightenment of the Eternal Soul
through compassion accompanied by
who has had the experience it is impossible not to understand that this
divine spark cannot be
acquired, only discovered by
searching the depths of the Eternal Soul.
The quietude and
recollection of this divine
spark of the Spirit
of the Lord will be noticed no matter how small it is.
intellect, so eager for delight, is quickly left cold
because no matter how much we may desire to kindle the
divine spark and obtain
this compassion accompanied by
delight, we appear to be unable to do anything other than throw water on it
and kill the fire. If we do not
extinguish it, through our own fault,
this tiny divine spark
is what will begin to enkindle in our
the large fire that throws forth the
flames of the compassion of the
Calmly and wisely
the mind must understand that one does not deal well with the Lord by force
and that our efforts are like the careless use of large pieces of wood which
smother this tiny divine
Everything is in motion here;
the intellect is representing,
and the memory hurrying about.
For certainly these faculties tire me out
from time to time; and
although I have a poor
memory, I cannot subdue it.
One should realize this and humbly say:
"Lord, what am I capable of here?"
At this time one should pay
no attention to the intellect, for it is a grinding mill.
Eternal Soul may desire to share what it enjoys or
may work to recollect the memory, for
often it will find itself in
this union, calm while the
intellect wanders about aimlessly.
It is better that the Eternal
Soul leave the intellect alone than chase it.
Remain in recollection and
in enjoyment of communion with
intellect is keen it will begin to compose speeches and search for
insignificant, it will think it is doing
something important if those ideas are well expressed.
Eternal Soul without the
mind can neither say nor do
anything; for many times the mind flies away from the Eternal Soul, and in that
hour the Eternal Soul neither seeth nor heareth, but is like an unreasonable
thing; so great is the power of the mind." -
In those to whom this experience
happens, the effects are remarkable !
One should not weary oneself
in seeking reflections but just remain in
His presence with the
intellect quiet and bask in
Intellect has a clear
understanding that we are in the Presence of the Lord.
Now, in the Presence of the Lord, ask for deeper
communion not with the noise of words but with longing that for response. This
mode of prayer includes many things and in which more of the
compassion of the
Lord is obtained than through a great deal of reflection by the
In the beginning I was
ignorant of this because I didn't know that
the Lord was
in all things, and though
He seemed so present to
me, I thought this omnipresence was impossible.
I could not stop believing that
here since it seemed to me that I understood very clearly that
here by the very
presence of Him I felt in my own Eternal Soul.
Those who had no
true knowledge told me
that He was present
only by grace.
I could not believe
this, because, as I say, it seemed to me
He was present; and so
I was confused.
A very knowledgeable man freed me from this doubt, for he told me that
the Lord was present and
of how the Lord
communicates Himself to our Eternal Soul; this truth consoled me
The Lord is so
close the Eternal Soul can speak with Him itself and not by shouting since
He is so near. When the Eternal Soul merely whispers, He hears. It seems
impertinent to say this since we all know that
the Lord always is here with
us. There is no doubt about
The Lord desires for us to know that He
loves us, that His presence is real, and that He wants to begin to work in the
Eternal Soul in a special way. There is a difference between the
contentment the Lord grants from the
delight of the
delights of Earth.
contentment the Lord grants fills the
void that our sin has
caused in our own Eternal Souls.
This contentment takes place in the very
intimate depths of the Eternal Soul, and the Eternal Soul doesn't know
where the contentment comes from or how, nor frequently does it know what to do
or what to desire or what to ask for.
To the intellect it
appears to have found everything at once but doesn't know what it has
compassion causes no harm, no matter how long it lasts. At least it never
caused me any, nor do I recall the Lord ever having granted me His favor that I
did not feel much better afterward no matter how ill I had been
The experience of feeling the
also leaves a rare detachment, which I am unable to describe. More than
spiritual knowledge alone is
involved. For now that the mind
is completely detached from things, it appears that the Lord wants to
effect this detachment in the body itself, and there is brought about a new
estrangement from worldly things.
is a manifestation of the tremendous power of the
Lord and of how we are incapable, when the Lord desires, of holding back
the body any more than the Eternal Soul,
nor is our intellect the Eternal
Rather, whether or not we wish, we see that there is
One who is
superior, that these favors are given by Him, and that of ourselves we can
do absolutely nothing; deep humility is impressed upon the
experience comes the need to return to everyday life;
sprouted enabling one to fly with ease; the fledgling has shed its down. It
seems just as though the Eternal Soul ascends, or is taken up, to the highest
tower to raise the banner for the Lord. The Eternal Soul looks at those below
as one who is out of danger - totally dissociated.
In this state of
divine grace the Eternal Soul sees very clearly now.
Eternal Soul on true vision and everlasting wisdom which we are trying to gain.
It is very important to keep this wisdom always in mind, especially
in the beginning. For afterward it is seen so
clearly that rather than striving to keep remembering
the short time everything
lasts and how everything is nothing it becomes clear
it is necessary to forget
these things in order to live.
When a prayer is answered by the
Spirit of the Lord, avoid dredging up humility and shame as the Lord Himself
gives these favors in a manner very different from that which we judge through
Intellectual humility is nothing in comparison with the
true humility of the Lord.
It is well known that the Lord gives a
true knowledge that makes
the Eternal Soul realize it is not good in and of itself; and the greater the
Lord favors the Eternal Soul, the greater is this
true knowledge. The Lord
bestows a strong desire to advance in communion through prayer no matter what
trials may come. The Eternal Soul offers itself up in all things. The Eternal
Soul feels sure, while still being humble, that it is redeemed.
Lord casts out from the Eternal Soul all
servile fear and grants a feeling of awe at the power of
The body is left so light that all its weight is gone. Sometimes this feeling
reaches such a point as to be compared with walking on clouds.
the Eternal Soul to the Lord is Ecstacy.
conscious in such a
way that I could understand I was being elevated.
There is revealed a majesty about the One who can do this that makes an
individual's hair stand on
It is true that
in the beginning these feelings pass quickly -
at least it happened this way to me - that neither
these exterior signs nor the failure of the senses are very noticeable. But the
Eternal Soul well understands the
brightness of the sun therein, as that brightness melts the
It is noteworthy that the longest space of time, in my opinion,
in which the Eternal Soul remains in this suspension of all the senses is very
short; should it remain suspended for a half hour, this would be a very
longtime. I do not think I ever experienced this suspension for that
It is true that since there is no
accurate method of categorizing consciousness one finds it hard to
know what is actually happening. While the
Eternal Soul is
seeking the Lord in this way, it feels with the
most marvelous and gentlest delight that everything is almost
fading away through type of swoon in which
breathing and all the bodily energies gradually relax.
Soul desires periods of solitude
in order to enjoy this new found spiritual sustenance.
The Eternal Soul is
aware of the
beginning of an understanding of the depth of
In arriving here the Eternal Soul begins soon
to lose its craving for worldly
things and little wonder!
Clearly that one moment of the enjoyment of glory cannot be experienced on Earth, neither
are there riches, or rewards, or
delights that are able to
provide a brief moment of this bliss, for it is a true bliss that causes the Eternal Soul
beginning of all blessings is the
compassion of the
Lord. The flowers of
the garden are already
at the point in which hardly anything is lacking for them to bud; and the
Eternal Soul sees this very clearly.
In no way is the
Eternal Soul able to believe that the Lord is not with the Eternal Soul as
To one who has no experience this explanation will
appear confusing. It is not
surprising that there is confusion when a individual like
myself wants to speak of such a thing and to
give some explanation of an experience that it seems one cannot even begin to
put into words. Those who have had this experience will understand me, for
I do not know how to describe this being raised up if it is not understood
The Eternal Soul is so satisfied with the Lord that
as long as the recollection lasts, the quiet and calm are not lost since the
united with the Lord even though the sense's are
distracted as little by little the will brings the
and the memory back to
quietude and recollection is something that is clearly felt through the peace
bestowed on the Eternal Soul, along with complete contentment and calm and a very gentle
delight in being alive. It appears to the Eternal Soul, since it hasn't gone
further, that there is nothing left to desire.
But there is!
Further prayer creates union of the Eternal Soul with the Lord's
endless compassion and what this union is, I do not know how to
explain. These matters
are expounded in mystical
theology; I would not know the proper words.
Neither do I understand what the mind is; nor do I know how it differs
from the Eternal Soul or the spirit. The Eternal Soul,
mind and spirit all appear to be
the same thing to me, although the Eternal Soul sometimes goes forth
The way the Eternal Soul goes forth from
itself is comparable to what happens when a fire is burning and flaming as it
becomes a forceful blaze. The flame then
shoots very high above the fire, but the flame is not by that reason something
different from the fire but the same flame that is in the fire.
I am attempting to
explain is what the
Eternal Soul feels when it is in this divine union. What union is we already
know since it means that
things become one.
spent all night crying, "My Lord! My Lord!"
He who heard your "My Lord' My
Lord" has come.
Your grief lasted so long! Look, healing is here:
Your door was locked, look,
here is the key.
You mourned and fasted before the Table of Heaven:
Break your fast now, for the new Moon is born.
Be silent, be silent,
for by the command of God
The shock of amazement annihilates all
frightens those whose intellects are concerned with
things of the Earth that they have
no intellect by
which they can understand divine truths.
category of union I wish to
explain often happens
especially to me since the Lord frequently gives me this
favor. The elevation of the
spirit, or joining with heavenly compassion takes place within this very union.
For the Lord takes to Himself the will and even the
so that it might not engage in discourse but with rejoicing in Him like those
who are now contemplating and who see so much that they don't know where to fix
their gaze looking now here, now there, without being able to
perceive clearly any
remains free, but it appears to be joined with the
of this union resembles the
agony with the difference that the suffering bears along with it such great
happiness that I do not know what to compare the ecstacy with. It is an
arduous, delightful martyrdom since it admits no earthly thing representable to
the Eternal Soul.
The Eternal Soul clearly understands that it desires
only the Lord's endless compassion.
The Eternal Soul does not
compassion any particular aspect of the Lord, but loves Him all together and
knows not what it loves. I say it "desire not" because the
imagination doesn't represent
anything; nor, in my opinion, do the senses function during much of the time
that this takes place.
Just as joy suspends the senses, so it is
suffering that suspends them here.
suffering the Eternal Soul is purified like gold in the
Whoever may have experienced the
Compassion of the Lord will
know something about it; since what happens is so obscure, it can not be
explained more clearly.
I can only say that
Soul appears to be joined to the Lord, and there remains such certitude
about this union that the Eternal Soul cannot help believing in the truth of
As the Eternal Soul basks in the
Compassion of the Lord all
the senses fail and they are so suspended
that in no way does one think they are working. If
one is reflecting upon some scriptural event, it becomes as lost to the
memory as it would be if there
had never been any thought of it.
If one reads, there is no
remembrance of what was read; nor
is there any remembrance if one
prays vocally. Thus this bothersome little moth, which is the
memory, gets its wings burnt
here; it can no longer move. The will is fully
content basking in the
Compassion of the Lord, but
it doesn't understand how it desires this compassion. The,
if it understands, does not understand how it understands; it can not
comprehend anything of what
I understand and have seen through experience that the
Eternal Soul is left with such freedom over all things that it does not even
know itself. The Eternal Soul does not know how so much good was given it, but
it well understands the tremendous benefit that each of this joyful ecstasies
bears with it!
believes this if they have not
Eternal Soul becomes obsessed
with serving the Lord not just a little but as much as it can although these
desires do not spring from the Eternal Soul but from the Lord to whom the
Eternal Soul has given the keys of
virtue grows stronger the
Eternal Eternal Soul begins to
perform great deeds by means of
the fragrance the
flowers give. The Lord desires that they bloom so that the
Eternal Eternal Soul may see
that it possesses virtue although
the Eternal Eternal Soul is
very clearly aware that it
could not have acquired this virtue in and of itself and in that moment
heavenly Gardener granted these
and divine grace.
The Eternal Soul understands that it is
enjoying a good in which are gathered together all goods, but this good is
All the senses are engaged in this
joy in such a way that none is free to be taken up with any other exterior or
Here the humility that remains in the Eternal
Soul is much greater and more profound than in the past.
I see the evil that sin causes in
us since spiritual
corruption so holds us in its power that we cannot do what we desire to do
in order to
be always in union with the Lord.
The Eternal Soul begins to be of
benefit to its neighbors almost without knowing it or doing anything of itself.
Eternal Souls recognize this
Eternal Soul because now the
fragrance of the flowers has reached the point in which it attracts many
other Eternal Souls.
regard to thinking of wordly things, the Lord granted me the
favor to understand the
truth that my reflecting on things of this Earth would require no small amount
individuals will benefit
from such reflection, especially if they have gone through studies. In my
opinion a background of studies is like a
treasure to aid in this practice of union with the Lord if the studies are
accompanied by humility.
I hold that:
Discretion is required in every
Those who in fact risk all
for the Lord will find that they have both lost all and gained all;
The Eternal Soul clearly understands that the
flight is given to the spirit so that it may be
individuals have a
tremendous fear of
which is accompanied by humility and virtue;
There is now one living
who sees directly the great illusion in which we walk and the blindness in
which we suffer;
will not deceive with
illusions the individual of prayer who
consults honest knowledgeable men, unless this individual wants to be
If the Lord has
given you the grace to
compassion, you will through your
intelligence and knowledge
understand what is being said here;
It is one
grace to receive
the Lord's favor;
another, to understand which favor and
grace it is; and a third,
to know how to describe and explain it;
does not know how to speak
of union with
the Lord, nor do I think anyone will believe me or understand it is
possible unless they have experienced it themselves;
If by nature
someone is loving and grateful, the memory of the previous
favors the Lord has granted
does more to bring such a individual back to the Lord than
all the infernal punishments
Frequently the body is made
healthy and stronger for it was really sick and full of great sufferings
because something wonderful is given to the Eternal Soul in this
How great is the
true knowledge of the
Eternal Soul brought to ecstacy by the
Compassion of the
Lord; it beholds everything without being ensnared! How ashamed it feels of
the time when it was ensnared! How frightened of its blindness!
pity it feels for those who are still
in this blindness, especially if they are
individuals of prayer whom
the Lord already favors!
The Eternal Soul wants to cry out in order to make known how
deceived they are. Sometimes the
Eternal Soul even does so and a thousand persecutions rain down upon upon it.
Teachers consider this
individual lacking in humility, especially if she is a woman, and point out
that she desires to teach the one from whom she should be learning.
a result they condemn this Eternal Soul
because they do not know the loving impulse that moves it. For at times the
mind can not help but disillusion
nor endure not disillusioning those whom
it loves and desires to be set freed from the
corruption, since the
life that it formerly lived was nothing else than a
prisoner's life; nor does it
appear to the Eternal Soul to have been
anything other than a prison.
The Eternal Soul
deplores the time in which it was concerned about its reputation and deplores
the deception it suffered in believing that what men called 'honor' was
Eternal Soul sees how this
belief about 'honor' is the greatest
lie and that all of us are
involved in it.
The Eternal Soul laughs to itself over the time when it
esteemed money and coveted
wealth, although in this matter of
coveting money, I do not think I ever
confessed a fault; but it was
fault enough to have esteemed it. If
with money I could have bought the good I now see in
myself, I would have esteemed it highly; but I see that this good is won by
giving up everything. What is it we buy with this money we desire? Is it some
thing valuable? Is it something lasting? Oh, why do we desire it?
Miserable is the rest achieved that costs so dearly.
one obtains hell with money and buys everlasting fire and pain.
spite of what I am, I experience
consuming impulses to tell this truth to those who are rulers.
Eternal Soul recognizes well, from far off, those who have only a lot of words
and those who have confirmed their words with works. It understands the small
amount of good that the former do and the great amount that the latter do and
this is something that anyone who has experience sees very clearly.
Eternal Eternal Soul understands that authentic honor
stands not with
error but with Truth.
The more that compassion and humility grow, the greater
the fragrance of these
flowers of virtue give off, both for oneself and for others. It is
true that in
this joyful ecstasy the
Lord can work in the Eternal Soul in such a way
that only a little labor is still required in order that it reach
contentment, for no one who does not have this experience will be able to
believe what the Lord gives the Eternal Soul in this stage. In my
opinion no effort of ours brings us to
I became so accustomed to understanding what
Truth is that everything else appears to it to
be play. I sometimes laughs to myself when I
see seriously relgious and prayerful
individuals making a big
issue out of dogma. They claim that the
dissemination of dogma is important so that they
might bring about more good.
would bring about more good in one day than they would in ten years if for the
Lord they thought a lot less of the prestige of their office.
time the Lord began to grant me
favor up until now, His fortitude has always been increasing; and in His
goodness He has held me in the palm of His hand so that I might not turn back.
I do hardly anything on my part; I understand clearly that it is the Lord who
Hence it appears to me that an Eternal Soul upon whom
the Lord bestows these favors will receive them with
humility always understanding that it is the Lord Himself who grants them and
that we ourselves, who do almost nothing, could be placed in the company of any
group of people and the Eternal Soul will not be
coerced; on the contrary, this
experience will strengthen it and serve as a means to greater growth.
This is now a strong Eternal Soul that the Lord chooses to benefit
others, even though the fortitude doesn't come from the intellect. Little by
little, as the Eternal Soul approaches the Lord in this stage, He
communicates to it very deep
Eternal Soul reached the stage where the Lord granted it such great
favor by unifying my Eternal
Soul with the Soul of the
Lord, the spiritual
corruption in me disappeared as the Lord gave me strength to break away
Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y
"You have feet - why make out you are lame?
You have hands - why then hide your fingers?
When a master puts a spade
in a servant's hand
He doesn't need words to make his meaning clear.
Our hands, like that spade, are signs of God;
Understand the signs He flashes
into your heart
And give your life to be in harmony with them.
He'll give you hint after hint about the mysteries;
He'll remove your
burden and give you authority.
Are you carrying His burden? He'll give you
Are you receiving His order? He'll grace you
Accept His Order and you'll become His witness:
Look for Union with God
and you'll become one with Him."
The existence of God,
of consciousness greater than
is a necessity for non-psychopathic human
In nature all things are perfect even though it may not seem so to
us as they may not exist as we wish them to exist.
Nothing in existence
can not be considered supernatural or outside of nature.
The words spoken
by Jesus the Tannaim speak of Heaven on Earth as
a state of mind not as a
removed physical realm.
Jesus the Therapeutea was attempting to
awaken within us a
different way of looking at our existence.
If we allow the
nature to be seen by our individual mind/will/Eternal Soul/spirit then we
can feel eternity and experience a oneness with God - communion with the
Creator and Sustainer.
An individual who experiences a feeling of
oneness with the Creator and Susainer feels a oneness with nature and has
experienced what people throughout history have termed a
The mystical religious experience of
the presence of God can not be put into
words as are no words to describe the undescribable.
experiences so much inner peace,
enlightenment in this
mystical religious experience
of feeling the presence of God that the
feeling demands sharing.
And that is why we have sacred texts written by
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