There is within us, on the noetic plane, a warfare tougher than that onthe plane of the senses. The Spiritual worker has to press on with hisintellect towards the goal (cf. Phil. 3:14), in order to enshrine perfectlythe remembrance of God in his heart like some pearl or precious stone(cf. Matt.13:44-46). He has to give up everything, including the body,and to disdain this present life, if he wishes to possess God alone inhis heart. For the noetic vision of God, the divine Chrysostom hassaid, can by itself destroy the demonic spirits.
When engaged in noetic warfare we should therefore do all we can tochoose some spiritual practice from divine Scripture and apply it toour intellect like a healing ointment. From dawn we should stand bravely and unflinchingly at the gate of the heart, with trueremembrance of God and unceasing prayer of Jesus Christ in the soul;and, keeping watch with the intellect, we should slaughter all thesinners of the land (cf. Ps. 101:8. LXX). Given over in the intensity of our ecstasy to the constant remembrance of God, we should for theLord’s sake cut off the heads of the tyrants (cf. Hab. 3:14. LXX), thatis to say, should destroy hostile thoughts at their first appearance. For in noetic warfare, too, there is a certain divine practice and order.Thus we should force ourselves to act in this way until it is time for eating. After this, having thanked the Lord who solely by virtue of Hiscompassion provides us with both spiritual and bodily food, we shoulddevote ourselves to the remembrance of death and to meditation; on it.The following morning we should courageously resume the samesequence of tasks. Even if we act daily in this manner we will only just manage, with the Lord’s help, to escape from the meshes of thenoetic enemy. When this pattern of spiritual practice is firmlyestablished in us, it gives birth to the triad faith, hope and love. Faithdisposes us truly to fear God. Hope, transcending servile fear, bindsus to the love of God, since 'hope does not disappoint' (Rom. 5:5),containing as it does the seed of that twofold love on which hang 'thelaw and the prophets' (Matt. 22:40). And 'love never fails' (1 Cor.