True Wisdom

The energy of the mind inside the heart

It has been said that humans are a microcosm of the whole universe because we have within ourselves the entire material world. Created as we were for immortality, it is our fallen nature that has separated us from that which God had intended. When we avail ourselves to the transformational healing that comes with repentance, we will see the Kingdom of God, which is within.

In the patristic tradition the heart is the center of our self-awareness, something the holy fathers also refer  to as our “noetic faculty”.

The Ancient Church taught that knowledge of God comes only through the noetic science of the heart. Mind and logic are not the same thing, since logic functions within the brain, while the mind functions within the heart. Thus, the noetic faculty of the heart is the energy of the mind inside the heart. This means that the Church sees herself not as a religious institution, but rather a hospital of the soul, wherein one comes for therapeutic procedures that restore the health of the soul, and allow for the ultimate goal of union with God (theosis).

It was humankind’s mishandling of the memory of God that led to the fall, and the cure comes through the reactivation of the eye of the soul (the nous). This memory is not the reclamation of something of an historical nature, but rather the opening up of a knowledge that has always been there. This healing is not of a juridical nature whereby an angry God has decided to overlook the evil and fallen nature of our souls by the bloodletting of His Son, but by the cleansing of the nous that has been darkened, thus restoring us to health and wholeness. The memory of God is restored, and we are again in full communion with the Most High, freed from the permanency of death by the trampling down of the power of death through Christ’s Holy Resurrection.

The purpose of the Church’s presence in the world is for the cure of humankind, and the restoration of the hearts of men and women. The Church thus functions as a therapy centered hospital, and the priests function as therapists. This Divine-human Organism is the living Body of Christ, the Church, and is life itself. The healing of the nous that comes within the life of the Church returns us to our true nature.

In this state of wholeness our faculties are able to use logic and reason as it was meant to be used. Reason and logic become the rightful vehicle by which we can explore the universe, and behold all that God has created, and science, nature, and even the cosmos, can be seen in the light of a heart that is the center of our self-awareness.

Love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Wednesday July 29, 2020 / July 16, 2020
8th Week after Pentecost. Tone six.
Fast. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
Hieromartyr Athenogenes, bishop of Heracleopolis, and his ten disciples (311).
New Hieromartyrs Seraphim, Theognostus, and others of Alma-Ata (1921).
St. Magdalena, schema-abbess of New Tikhvin Convent in Siberia (1934).
New Confessor Matrona Belyakova, fool-for-Christ of Anemnyasevo (1936).
New Hieromartyr James archbishop of Barnaul and with him Hieromartyrs Peter and John priests, Hieromartyr Theodore and Martyr John (1937).
Hieromartyr Ardalion (1938).
Martyrs Paul and two sisters, Chionia (Thea) and Alevtina(Valentina), at Caesarea in Palestine (308).
Martyr Antiochus, physician of Sebaste (4th c.).
Virgin-martyr Julia of Carthage (440).
Commemoration of the Fourth Ecumenical Council (451).
“Chirsk” (1420) (“Pskovsky”) Icon of the Mother of God.
Synaxis of Russian Saints glorified on Moscow Councils in 1547 and 1549.
Martyr Helier of Jersey (6th c.) (Celtic & British).
1,015 Martyrs of Pisidia (Greek).
Martyr Athenogenes (Greek).
New Martyr John of Turnovo (1822).
St. Plechelm, bishop of Odilienberg.
St. Tenenan, bishop of Leon.
Martyr-hermit Hilier of Jersey.

The Scripture Readings

1 Corinthians 10:12-22

12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Flee from Idolatry

14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

Matthew 16:20-24

20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, [a]“Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are [b]an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon is Igumen of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.

3 comments:

  1. Dear Abbot,
    It has been such a blessing to log into your site every morning during these trying times. The photos of your Monastery are beautiful, and the one with the little baby was fun and hopeful. And then there are the meditations that help me get centered at the beginning of the day.
    Even though the internet has been misused over the years, I am grateful that you are using this tool for good especially now, when we are disconnected in so many ways! Thank you!
    Monica

  2. I am reading a very good book “Restoring the Inner Heart” – The Nous in Dostoevsky’s Ridiculous Man – by: Mary Naumenko. It mentions in the book how so many are not aware of the Nous and when translated from Greek to Latin something got lost in the translation of the meaning and importance of the Nous – it also states the importance of “protecting/purifying the Nous” and I think this is where the real lifetime challenge comes.

    God bless! (I always enjoy talking about the Nous!) Take care & keep safe…..

  3. Father, I long to belong to an Orthodox church that has as its main mission to be a hospital for the hearts of its members. In most orthodox churches I have visited, each has just a handful of members that are even aware of the concept. I have begun to think that this healing can only be done by monks living in a monastery community. Do you know of any orthodox churches in America where this type of healing is going on and where it’s an acknowledged and discussed main mission of the church?

    Thank you so much for your blog, Stylianos.

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