day, that is the desert fathers and mothers, and the theologians who researched the human souland its illnesses, by seeking a direct experience with the energies of God. The church fathersdefined aspects of the soul, studied the passions, that is, the main soul sickness of each individualand discovered the healing method for each.
, or “eye of the mind” has been darkenedas a result of the fall of Adam and Eve, and thus mental disorder entered the world along with physical and relational illnesses. Prayer, meditation, fasting, communion with the Saints, andother ascetic practices were all part of healing the
. Most interestingly, these scientists of the soul, came to similar conclusions and understandings over many centuries and from different parts of the world.By comparing and contrasting Eastern Christian practices with modern psychology, onecan explore how incense might be affecting the limbic system of someone who is struggling withMajor Depression. One can look at how the medical community turned to spirituality to healaddiction through the 12-step movement of Alcoholics Anonymous, whose principles mirror thatof the early church with repetitious prayers, sponsors, and a similar understanding of the humanwill. By examining the “counseling session” in the desert between the spiritual father and hisdisciple, one can learn how to deal with assaultive thoughts or