• Welcome to Christian Forums
  1. Welcome to Christian Forums, a forum to discuss Christianity in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to be able to join in fellowship with Christians all over the world.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless!

  2. The forums in the Christian Congregations category are now open only to Christian members. Please review our current Faith Groups list for information on which faith groups are considered to be Christian faiths. Christian members please remember to read the Statement of Purpose threads for each forum within Christian Congregations before posting in the forum.
  3. Please note there is a new rule regarding the posting of videos. It reads, "Post a summary of the videos you post . An exception can be made for music videos.". Unless you are simply sharing music, please post a summary, or the gist, of the video you wish to share.
  4. There have been some changes in the Life Stages section involving the following forums: Roaring 20s, Terrific Thirties, Fabulous Forties, and Golden Eagles. They are changed to Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, and Golden Eagles will have a slight change.
  5. CF Staff, Angels and Ambassadors; ask that you join us in praying for the world in this difficult time, asking our Holy Father to stop the spread of the virus, and for healing of all affected.

Hesychasm

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by Nick Moser, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. Nick Moser

    Nick Moser Member

    217
    +192
    United States
    Eastern Orthodox
    Single
    US-Constitution
    Hesychasm is a mystical tradition of contemplative prayer in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Based on Jesus's injunction in the Gospel of Matthew that "when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray". Hesychasm may involve specific body postures, and may be accompanied by deliberate breathing exercises. It involves acquiring an "inner stillness," ignoring the senses. The hesychasts interpreted Christ's injunction in the Gospel of Matthew to "go into your closet to pray" to mean that they should move beyond the senses and withdraw inwards to pray. Hesychasm often includes repeating the Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me [a sinner]".


    So How do I perform this type of prayer

     
    We teamed up with Faith Counseling. Can they help you today?
  2. Senkaku

    Senkaku Shatter the Illusion

    961
    +1,061
    United States
    Charismatic
    Single
    I am not orthodox but have tried this and can attest to it making a difference in prayer time. I felt a renewed drive to pray when doing this and it can convert easily to "praying without ceasing" when combined with breathing, since every breath in and out is a prayer. I also felt more immersed in prayer while doing this, I recommend it for anyone who is looking to make an effective change in their prayer life.
     
  3. ArmyMatt

    ArmyMatt Regular Member Supporter

    +14,987
    United States
    Eastern Orthodox
    Married
    go to your local Orthodox priest and talk to him,
     
  4. WadeTheophan

    WadeTheophan Falling and getting up to fall again Supporter

    99
    +107
    United States
    Eastern Orthodox
    Married
    Keep in mind that, as a priest once told me, man has two cognitive centers, mind and heart(called assorted other names). This kind of prayer is praying with your heart instead of just your mind. Some of the saints have said that “You are not truly praying until your mind descends into your heart”. Be forewarned though while praying this way is incredible it also has some cost. You will probably find yourself feeling like you just crawled out of a gooey mud puddle and are walking among the saints who are adorned in the purest white robes. You will be exposing yourself in a very real way to our God who is all pure loving and compassionate. Part of you will want to run away because you aren’t worthy and part of you will want fall at His feet and never let go.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • List
  5. ~Anastasia~

    ~Anastasia~ † Handmaid of God † CF Senior Ambassador Supporter

    +16,380
    United States
    Eastern Orthodox
    Married
    This ^ is SO important, it can't be stressed enough.

    PLEASE don't read a book (or bunch of books) and then try to do it on your own.

    There can be very real spiritual dangers which are serious enough a person might not recover from them.

    And I would also agree there is a great cost.

    I'm not saying don't do it. I'm saying don't do it on a whim.
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2018
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 2
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
    • List
  6. ~Anastasia~

    ~Anastasia~ † Handmaid of God † CF Senior Ambassador Supporter

    +16,380
    United States
    Eastern Orthodox
    Married
    (By the way, I edited my post from saying "this, this, a thousand times this". I received a pm where a member thought I was expressing frustration from having to answer the same questions over and over - and thst wasn't what I meant st all! I'll try not to use that expression again. I don't want anyone thinking I'm frustrated with them. I merely wanted to emphasize how important Fr. Matt's instructions were.)
     
  7. ☦Marius☦

    ☦Marius☦ Murican Supporter

    +2,044
    United States
    Eastern Orthodox
    Single
    US-Others
    I heard this kind of prayer was for those already practicing extreme asceticism. You might want to be careful. Like others recommend talk to your priest.
     
Loading...