The Prayer of Contemplation opens the eye of my soul
to see Jesus in all the events of my life.
This way of praying flows from the heart and is beyond words and understanding. It does not depend on our thoughts or ideas.
It will help us to discipline our intellect and lovingly allow God’s Spiritual Gifts to enlighten our souls. These Spiritual Gifts help us to see, and understand how and why we react to events or fears in our lives.
When we gaze upon God, in the silence of love, the healing process begins for our body, soul and spirit. A transformation occurs that is supernatural and restorative.
As we Sit/Wait/Listen for the interior voice or promptings of the Spirit we come to know God in a personal and intimate way.
I begin this prayer by finding a quiet reflective place and imagine myself to be sitting in God’s presence................
I invite the Holy Spirit to prompt me with a Sacred Word from Scripture and place this Word into my heart.......
I speak this Sacred or Heart Word silently in my heart, gazing lovingly at Jesus and repeating it very slowly....... Rather than say the Word out loud, I let the Word – as it were – speak itself over and over in my heart..........
If thoughts or distractions come into my mind I just gently place them in Jesus’ Heart and return to my Sacred Heart Word from Scripture for the next five minutes.
e.g. In John Scripture 7 :38 I choose my Sacred or Heart Word to be ‘living water’……. ‘living water’....... ‘living water’....... ‘living water’ ....... ‘living water’ ........ etc. for the next five or so minutes I continued to repeatedly pray this Word gazing upon Jesus.
At the closure of the prayer I give thanks to Jesus and pray an Our Father.
One of the most frustrating aspects of Contemplative Prayer is learning how to still the mind, I suggest you visit the prayer ministry tab: How to be still without distractions.