Imagination, Scripture, and Prayer

Prayer can take many methods and forms. One way of praying is called “Imaginative Contemplation”, or “Ignatian Contemplation”. Using this method of prayer you allow your imagination which you use in daydreaming and creative projects to take you on a spiritual journey.

If you haven’t tried it, I suggest you select a gospel story and read it over silently a few times, then sit back in a comfortable position, close your eyes and just remember what you have read. Place yourself in the story as a spectator, seeing and hearing the people, the situation, the time of day, and all the little details that make the story come alive in your mind.  At first you might have trouble remembering details, and you will need to refer back to the scripture. After a little practice you will find the scriptures come alive, and begin experiencing the bible in a way that you never thought possible.

For more information on this form of prayer you should visit the website of Fr. Rob Marsh S.J. and his post on Imaginative Contemplation.   

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