The Faithnetworker Newsletter
Vol. 5. No. 1, January 18, 2004
Do You Know Your Mind?
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"I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind . . ." (Jeremiah
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An ancient Christian practice of self examination was known as the
Examen of Conscience. In this exercise, a person spends time or a regular
basis in a prayerful questioning of one's motives and intentions. The
goal is a pure heart.
A version of this self examination became known as the Examen of Consciousness.
More than a thorough soul-searching for hidden sin, the Examen of Consciousness
is an exercise in self awareness. There is more to the spiritual life,
after all, than recognizing one's sinful bent. What of your longings,
desires, fears, hopes, dreams, aspirations? In what ways do these reflect
the Spirit's stirrings in you? In what ways may these feelings represent
the creative passion of God instilled within your nature and personality?
Any wise sojourner in the spiritual landscape knows better than to
just look for danger. It is just as important to discover the beauties
and resources that exist within ourselves. It is a good thing to reckon
with anything that obscures the light of God in our lives; it is even
more important to celebrate that God's light is shining in our souls!
God, give us greater consciousness of your presence in our world.