Stuggling With Ignatius Of Loyola

This links with my last post about being able (or not) to visualise.

Here’s the image from my last post. It’s about the ability to visualise. Some people can see things very clearly. Others, like me, see nothing.

So, as I was thinking about this, I was reminded of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. A part of those exercises was to do with entering in your imagination into a biblical scene. The aim is bring the scene to life by applying all five senses, seeing the events, hearing what people are saying, smelling things, and touching things–all within the realm of pure imagination.

By the way, Jesuit priest Anthony De Mello is a fan of this way of praying, and calls this type of prayer ‘fantasy.’ That’s interesting because the name of the condition that I have (not being able to visualise) is called aphantasia !

I have tried this on occasions, but never got very far with it. Now I understand why I have struggled. I just don’t see anything.

I wonder if others have also found this spiritual practice difficult ?

It does make me wonder about the fact that we are all so different, and the value of finding spiritual practices that fit with your personality.

More on that next time, as I look at the Enneagram.

Grace and peace.

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