Friday, October 8, 2010

Overcoming False Thinking

How does one overcome preoccupation with false thinking?  This is most difficult as when we are caught in wrong thinking we often do not realize our condition  We are so set on our own thoughts that we are unable to hear another viewpoint even when give to us by our spiritual father.

Here are the steps outlined by Elder Paisios for this condition.
1. Realize the state of our wretchedness.
Repent, go to confession and never again listen to the voice of your own thoughts; instead follow the advice of your spiritual father.
3. After you become aware of this miserable state of being, you should constantly ask God for His mercy through the Jesus prayer, so Christ will help you and His divine grace will return inside him.
One can only be cured and saved thorough humbleness...
 Source: Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain, pp 39-40

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