3 Stages To Self-Knowledge

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St Paul gives three stages to self-knowledge: letting go, allowing our minds to be remade, and becoming a new creation – a child of God. [1]  ‘Adapt yourselves no longer to the pattern of this present world, but let your minds be remade and your whole nature thus transformed’ (Phil 2:5–6)”

This is what happens during my centering prayer practice.  Each time I sit with God I progress through all three stages.

Let Go

I let go of my thoughts, emotions and even physical sensations when I re-center with the use of my interior sacred Jesus icon.  I then let go of my sacred icon too.  (You might also use an interior word, your breath or even a glance.)  This is not time to plan, worry, or even daydream.  This is my time to sit with God.  I need to give my attention to God.  This moves me to the second stage:  be remade.

Living in the Mind of Christ

Be Remade

The only way I will be remade is if I let go of all thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.  They are not who I am.  I can observe them.  I can see what they teach me.  However, ultimately they are not who I am.

This moves me into the third stage:  become a new creation.

Become A New Creation

Each moment I let go, I give God an opportunity to act in me.  As the Quakers say, I expect Jesus to show up.  Jesus will replace my fears, anxieties, pride, anger or physical ailments with an inner peace, an inner love, an inner wisdom, an inner knowledge that I will take with me as I arise from my silent sit.

I arise from my sit a new creation.  I am like a new child of God who is sent forth into the world.

This is not a once and done effort.  This is a daily process.  I love this time with God.  I need this time with God.  It excites me to know I can be remade into a new creation.

I encourage you to try a silent prayer practice such as centering prayer.  Jesus will show up.  Jesus will act in you.  You will arise a new creation!

Go Further

Stefan Gillow Reynolds, Living in the Mind of Christ:  Mindfulness in Christian Spirituality

Stefan Gillow Reynolds, The Wisdom of Love in the Song of Songs

Laurence Freeman, Jesus the Teacher Within

Laurence Freeman, First Sight: The Experience of Faith


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[1] Stefan Gillow Reynolds, Living in the Mind of Christ:  Mindfulness in Christian Spirituality, (Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd):  2016


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