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Can I heal the unconscious mind by practicing contemplative prayer? Explain it to me.

Answer from our relationship expert:

Contemplative prayer can be a powerful tool for healing the unconscious mind as it provides a space for quieting the mental chatter, accessing deeper layers of consciousness, and inviting divine presence and guidance into the healing process. Contemplative prayer cultivates a state of inner stillness, receptivity, and openness that allows unconscious material to surface and be held in a compassionate and nonjudgmental awareness. By engaging in contemplative prayer, individuals can develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their inner wounds, and the patterns that may be holding them back from wholeness and well-being.

While contemplative prayer can facilitate healing on a profound level, it's essential to approach it with humility, patience, and a willingness to surrender to the mystery of divine presence and guidance. It's not about seeking specific outcomes or quick fixes but rather about trusting in the transformative power of divine love and wisdom to work in and through us. Combining contemplative prayer with other therapeutic modalities and practices such as psychotherapy, mindfulness, and self-inquiry can enhance the healing process and support integration of unconscious material into conscious awareness.


- Contemplative Prayer and the Healing of the Unconscious Mind by Thomas Keating - The Healing Power of Contemplative Prayer: Deepening Your Relationship with God by Richard Foster


April 10, 2024

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