"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.
the Eternal Soul and spirit of prayer are more virtuous than the form.
Through them we arrive at Union with God, in
a way that only God knows."
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 certain.
I shall say nothing about
things of which I do not have much experience.
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 intellect ceases to work
as the Lord suspends it.
When the Lord suspends
the intellect and causes it
to stop, the Lord gives it that which holds its attention and makes it
marvel; and without reflection
the Eternal 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
anyone 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.
and recollection of this divine spark of the
Spirit of the Lord
will be noticed no matter how small it is.
The 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 Eternal Soul
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.
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 the
If the intellect is keen
it will begin to compose speeches and search for
ideas, although 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
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
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
He was here since
it seemed to me that I understood very clearly that
He was 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
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 found.
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.
There 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 Soul's
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.
Fix the 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 the
Intellectual humility or shame is nothing in comparison with
the true humility of the
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
The Lord bestows a strong desire to advance in communion through prayer
no matter what trials may come. The Eternal Soul, offering itself up for all
things, feels sure, while still being humble, that it is redeemed.
The 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 edge.
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 the Lord's
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
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 doubt
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 through experience.
Eternal Soul is so satisfied with the Lord that as long as the recollection
lasts, the quiet and calm are not lost since the will is
united with the Lord even though the sense's are
distracted as little by little the will brings
intellect and the memory back
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 from
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
What 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
two separate things
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
You mourned and fasted before the Table of Heaven:
fast now, for the new Moon is born.
Be silent, be silent, for by the command of God
The shock of amazement annihilates all
It frightens those whose intellects are
concerned with things of the Earth that they have
no intellect by
which they can understand divine truths.
This category of union I
wish to explain often happens especially to me since the Lord
frequently gives me this
category of 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
intellect 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
the Eternal 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 this
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 know how it understands; it can not
comprehend what it
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!
No one believes this if they
have not experienced it!
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 its will.
virtue grows stronger the
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 Soul may see that it
possesses virtue although the Eternal
Soul is very clearly aware that it could not have
acquired this virtue in and of itself and in that moment understands
Gardener granted these favors through
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
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. Other
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 of boldness.
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
intellectual mind clearly understands that ascension is given to the Eternal Soul so that it
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;
One 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
union with the
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!
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 prison of
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.
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 true honor.
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
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
impulses to tell this truth to those who are rulers.
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
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.
They 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
From the time the Lord began to grant me
His 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 does everything.
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
When my 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
in me disappeared as the Lord gave me strength to break away from it.
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
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 Tannaim 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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