Is prayer only pleading with God for favours or interceding for one’s needs and for the needs of others? Many are confused about the fundamental idea of prayer, taking it for merely asking favours, presenting one’s needs, and making intercessions on a daily basis. Isn’t prayer much more than that?
Prayer seems to have lost the Biblical and mystical dimensions of contemplation; and meditation, as a means to silence the mind, to listen to the divine voice within, to reorganize our priorities and to reach an intimate union with Christ/God. When the disciples of Jesus asked Him how to pray (see Matthew 6: 6), to make it more personal, Jesus said: “Enter your inner chamber”, then “Close the door” and: “Pray to your Father who is in secret and sees everything in secret”.
In order to assist you to enter into your inner chamber, close the external and internal doors (senses) and enjoy the bliss, the blessed silence, here is a 6-month experiential learning programme (ELP) on contemplation, based on the teachings of the Bible and Ancient Christian Traditions. The 6-month ELP is designed to provide convincing answers to some core questions like what is prayer, meditation and contemplation, and to expand their understanding in both theory and practice.
Who are the Participants?
MCELP is a highly beneficial prayer-training course offered to the providers and recipients of religious formation, community animators, spiritual directors, and all those who recognize the great necessity of being initiated into mindful-contemplative practice for one’s own life, so as to inspire others and help them to improve their lives in meaningful ways.
Methodology & Curriculum
We introduce you to an experiential learning practice; an inclusive method of reading the Scripture [NES] that equips as well as enhances the mind with readiness for prayer and meditation.
NES as a Method views the Scripture as interpreting real human persons, appreciating it in human contexts and in leading the soul to God. An interpretation that aims at achieving the inner transformation and thereby deification (theosis). It begins with the extraction of all possible “threads” or “visible symbols” (VS) from the text. Each visible symbol draws out the divine principles, hidden in the text, which include words or phrases that the author chooses to repeat. Once ‘visible symbols’ are discovered the next step is the reader’s attempt to specify the noetic meaning implied in the keywords or ‘bringing the message home’.
Having done NES on copious Biblical texts, we move on to nēpsis (“mindfulness”) – an epistéme (science) and téchne (art), that is, a contemplative ethical philosophy consisting of certain important variables such as “halting”, “freeing” and “keeping silent & still”.
The overriding study tool in nēpsis is “observation” or “witnessing”. The participant will be trained to become aware of the mental mechanisms preceding the actualization of an act, the mental converse, thoughts stirring and creating ruckus in the mind, their sequence, context, time and duration. More precisely, prosbole (“suggestion”), syndiasmos (“dialogue” or “converse”), pale (“combat” or “struggle”) and synkatathesis (“consent”).
To reserve your seat in the MCELP, send registration fee Rs. 5000 and for the other programs Rs. 1000. Registration will be confirmed once the payment is done. Specify the program and the date, for which you are registering.
For online Bank Transactions: Fr. Superior, Catholic Syrian Bank, Kalpetta, A/C No: 0256-02074889-190001, IFC: CSBK0000256.