do you get well if you dont even know you are sick?
n The Living Flame of Love
Saint John of the Cross says that it is impossible to perceive ones
darknesses without the divine light focusing on them (1.22).
This means, psychologically, that when youre spiritually sick you
cannot see your sickness unless it is illuminated by a truth from outside
In the spiritual sense, it is important
to seek the way of spiritual
purgation (as described by Saint John of the Cross in The Ascent of
Mount Carmel) purely on faith before the divine
light has any chance to illuminate your soul and show you how
blind you really are.
But what if faith
doesnt motivate you? What then?
Well, in the colloquial language
of Alcoholics Anonymous, you must hit bottom.
Preferably, you will not hit with enough force to kill you, but you should
hit with sufficient impact to crack open your heart and let in a ray of divine
light to illuminate your darkness.
Technically speaking, this hitting
bottom is an
If you hit hard enough, you might get arrested, or end up in prison, or find
yourself in hospital. Or, if youre fortunate, you might catch on to
the problem before it gets too severe. You might only lose your job or suffer
a marital separation.
The problem is really a problem
that is, because some unconscious conflict is too
fearful for you to speak about it openly and consciously,
it keeps getting played out in self-destructive
behavior until eventually youre forced to see it.
So once you do catch on, you
have only one choice: face up to the fear. And Ill
be honest herefacing the fear is a hard thing to do. But if you do
it with trust in God and prayer you have a better
chance than most people have. After all, why else are hospitals, prisons,
and divorce courts such big businesses?
Psychological Healing in the Catholic Mystic Tradition
by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D.
A treasure of a resource for psychological
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Psychological defenses help to protect us from
emotional injury, but if you cling to the defense mechanisms that were created in your
childhood and carry them on into adulthood—as most everyone does unconsciously—your quest
for spiritual healing will be thwarted by overwhelming resentments and conflicts.
Still, God has been trying to show you that there is more to life than resentment and
conflict, something so beautiful and desirable that only one thing can resist its pull:
So now, and in every moment until you die, you will have a profound choice between your
enslavement to old defenses and the beauty of God. That decision has to come from you.
You will go where you desire.