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Orthodox Psychotherapy

Orthodox Psychotherapy

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ORTHODOX PSYCHOTHERAPY
 
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© Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
1.
Translator's note
2.
Preface to the english edition
3.
Author's Prologue
4.
Introduction
 
Translator's note
Before embarking on this study, the reader is asked to absorb a fewGreekterms for which thereis no English word thatwould not be imprecise or misleading. Chief among these is NOUS,which refers tothe `eye of the heart' and is often translated as mind or intellect. Here wekeep the Greek word NOUS throughout. The adjective related to it isNOETIC (noeros).Another pair of words, PRAXIS (action) and THEORIA (vision)generally ref er in the patristic writings to ascetic practice and the visionof God respectively. The use of `contemplation' for THEORIA has beenavoided.
 
NEPSIS is the kind of sober-minded vigilance that characterises theascetic life of the Fathers. It is usually translated as watchfulness. Theadjective is NEPTIC.HESYCHIA means stillness, and the practice of stillness in the presenceof God is called HESYCHASM.I could not have undertaken this work without the help of the Englishtranslation of three volumes of the Greek Philokalia. In the bibliographyand in the footnotes to our author's rich offering of quotations I haveindicated these and other published translations of which I made use,sometimes altering the wording. I have also found helpful the manytranslations into modern Greek which are increasingly making theirappearance.I gratefully acknowledge the encouragement, help and advice given bythe author and by Miss Effie Mavromichali, who has translated some of his other books into English. I hope very much that if there are mistakes,I will be forgiven and told about them so that they may be corrected inthe future.Esther Williams110 Princess CourtQueensway, London W2 4RF
 
 
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Preface to the english edition
At the beginning of this year Mrs Esther Williams of England presentedme with an English translation of my book "Orthodox Psychotherapy"which she said just finished. I was indeed greatly surprised that a personunknown to me would show such an interest in the subject of this bookand would engage herself in translation of it with admirable diligenceand commitment.I feel the need to thank her deeply and pray to God to give her strenght,to illumine her and grant her every perfect gift.It should be noted that with its first publication in Greece, in 1986"Orthodox Psychotherapy" gave rise to many discussions which result inthe publication of three other books, all relevant in content. One of themhas already been translated into English under the title "The Illness andCure of the Soul in the Orthodox Tradition". Yet it is this first book thatcontains the important message that the church can heal an ailingpersonality.The term "Orthodox Psychotherapy" does not refer to specific cases of people suffering from psychological problems of neurosis. Rather itrefers to all people. According to Orthodox Tradition, after Adam's fallman became ill; his "nous" was derkened and lost communion with God.Death entered into the person's being and caused many anthropological,social, even ecological problems. In the tragedy of his fall manmaintained the image of God within him but lost completely the likenessof Him, since his communion with God was disrupted. However theincarnation of Christ and the work of the Church aim at enabling theperson to attain to the likeness of God, that is to reestablish communionwith God.This passage way from a fallen state to divinization is called

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