Year 2

Letter 51: Effort versus grace

Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas is guiding us by encouraging us to understand the teaching of his sayings, but at the same time clearly laying the responsibility for our salvation on our own

Letter 50: The Gospel of Thomas

The teaching of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas expresses beautifully what we have been talking about. It encourages us to open ourselves to the Divine Reality, to Divine Wisdom.

Letter 49: Psychology and spirituality

We have been exploring the importance of self-knowledge on two levels. Firstly we need to become aware of the wiles of the ego, “cleansing our doors of perception”, as William Blake called it.

Letter 48: Images as blocks on the spiritual path

Images of God are such a hindrance on the spiritual path that I would like to mention a few more examples.

Letter 47: Resistance due to religious conditioning

Our religious upbringing forms our inheritance of images of God, which may well be a further hindrance to us on the spiritual path.

Letter 46: Resistance through unmet needs

We also need to be aware of the way our ‘ego’ will try to deter us from the silence of meditation by playing the old emotional ‘unmet need’ tapes with their flawed self-images.

Letter 45: Resistance by the ego

We have seen how Evagrius’ demons all stem from our fear, our fear of not surviving, in fact, our fear of death.

Letter 44: "Evil" thoughts

Evagrius had profound psychological insights into the workings of the human mind.

Letter 43: The importance of the emotions

We have looked at Evagrius’ emphasis on becoming aware what our ‘demons’are, recognizing them, acknowledging them and thus robbing them of their power.

Letter 42: Meditation as a road to self-knowledge

According to Evagrius the way to identify our personal ‘demons’ is twofold: by prayer/meditation and by effort to arrive at self-knowledge and awareness.