How to Experience the Spiritual Meaning of Gospel Texts: The Psychology of Reading Mystically

How to Experience the Spiritual Meaning of Gospel Texts: The Psychology of Reading Mystically

By: Loyola Amalraj (author)Hardback

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This study presents a psychological understanding of the prayer exercises of the mystics. It examines the spiritual unconscious, supporting its assertions with clinical evidence. The work asserts how contemplative prayer practices affect brain hemispheres by quieting the left brain and enabling the right brain to journey to the deepest part of consciousness.


Foreword by Andrew Tomasello, Baruch College; 1. Definitions; Psychological Understanding of the Scriptures; Mystics' Ways of Understanding the Scriptures; Secrets of Mystical Life; Different Forms or Stages of Prayer; Prayer in General; Meditative Prayer; Discursive Mental Prayer; Affective Mental Prayer; Contemplative Mental Prayer; 2. Studies by Medical Science and Transpersonal Psychology; A Much Shorter Version; Brain Hemisphere Studies and Meditation; Study of the Central Nervous System; Psychological Studies on Levels of Being; Concentration versus Relaxation; 3. Mystical Meaning and Mystics; Literal, Moral, Allegorical, and Unitive Meaning; Contemplative Meditation Leading to the Unitive Level; 1) Mortification of the Appetites; 2) The Journey of Faith; 3) The Dark Nightand the Communication of God; Implications for Insightful Scriptural Reflections; 4. A word of caution; The blind man was spiritually able to see Jesus even before being restored; The criminal who believed in God dying by his side; God loves us not out of justice but mercy and generosity; Believers can reject God through resistances; For nothing will be impossible for God; God is not at the top but at the bottom; Even believers will have to search for God; Suffering and humiliation will lead to a now-resurrection; Faith is more important than healing; Forgiveness is as unconditional as love; The Kingdom of heaven is in your cross; Conclusion; References.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773438149
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 172
  • ID: 9780773438149
  • ISBN10: 0773438149

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