The Yoga of Hesychasm

James Cutsinger
An article on the short mystical poem “The Ladder of Divine Graces” by Theophanis the Monk.

The first step is that of purest prayer.
From this there comes a warmth of heart,
And then a strange, a holy energy,
Then tears wrung from the heart, God-given.

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This essay was first published in volume 10 (2002) of the journal Sacred Web, and is reproduced here with kind permission.