The mind can either be holy and pure, evil and sinful, or reckless neither good nor evil, but only a waste of time.
The reckless mind thinks of nonsense, or talks
them. And there may be no sin in this other than
wasting time in such thoughts…! And how beautiful is
the saying of one of t he fathers: “Sometimes we
strive in ourselves in knowing matters, that we are
not condemned on the Last Day for not knowing”!!
The pure holy mind is like thinking of God
Himself. And that is the highest level of
thinking. As we say in the psalm (Ps 42:1) “As the
deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for
You, O God.” And “My soul thirsts for God, for the
living God. When shall I come and appear before
God?” (Ps 42:2).
The holy thinking is thinking in God, His heaven,
His angels and His commandments, these are all good
pure thoughts… Or thinking in doing good deeds.
Like a man sitting and thinking: what good deeds can
he do today? So that no single day passes without
him doing good in it… or thinking of service and
helping others… or thinking of God’s Kingdom and
Church… or thinking of God’s benefits and of
repentance and how one can go back to God and
make amends with Him…
And of the Holy thinking is: praying with the mind
while moving the lips with no sounds coming out,
meditation, constant prayer like what the fathers
were keeping their minds busy with in the desert.
Or it is thinking of God’s love as the bible says:
“You shall love the LORD your God with all
your heart, with all your soul, and with all your
mind” (Mt 22:37). Notice that it says: with your
mind and not only with your mind.
The person can love God. But can he give all his
mind to God?! No doubt, this is a very high level. May
God help us reach it… And of the beautiful verses about the pure holy
mind is he saying of the apostle:
“But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Co
Imagine how would it be like, if the man can think
with the mind of Christ?
As for the sinful thought, it is of many types:
either a lustful thought, angry though, revenge,
bad arrangement, pride or majesty and false
And the pride thought is what Satan has fallen into
and was the reason for his perdition. As was said
about him in the book of Prophet Isaiah “For you have
said in your heart: "I will ascend into heaven, I will
exalt my throne above the stars of God;… I will
ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like
the Most High.'” (Is 14: 13,14). It is strange that he
thought of becoming like God!!
As for false glory thoughts, they are those in which
a man imagines for himself status of majesty and
they may be called: “Daydreaming”… and says in
himself “I will become so and so…” and they all are
imaginations that are hard to reach… and then he
wakes up mentally and finds out that he is nothing!
And one of the most dangerous sinful
thought is blasphemies…
or heretic thinking and thoughts of heresy in faith and
The mind has two levels: one is deep and the
other is superficial…
And the mind can work in both together… like a
man praying and his prayers are in the deep the level
of his mind and yet he is thinking of other matters
that float in the superficial level. And if that thinking
on the superficial level increases very much, it goes
into the deep level of the mind and the prayer goes to
the superficial level! Until this person does not know
anymore whether he prayed or not?!
This is called stray thinking or aimless
And this aimless thinking that goes into the deep
level of the mind may go on for days, the person
sleeps with it, wakes up with it and walks with it. And
once he calms down a little, this thinking comes back
to him once again because it was admitted into the
deep level of his mind and continued. And maybe the
psalm says about it “How long shall I take counsel in
my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long
will my enemy be exalted over me?” (Ps 13:2)… such
a person, the thoughts rule in him…
This deep thinking that goes on for days may
come in the subconscious and settles there in the
Back Head. It settles there then comes out in the
form of dreams, doubts, other thoughts or lusts…
And sometimes a person is asked about his sinful
dreams: are they counted as sins, and he apologizes
saying that he does not have a will in them!!
We say they are counted as sins if the reason
behind those dreams was something that was in his
conscience before that: whether a desire, thought,
reading or a scene… and those dreams are considered
as matters that are almost willingly happening…
That is because there are matters that happen
willingly and others that happen unwillingly but the
reason behind them is a previous willing act that has
disappeared in the subconscious then appeared here
as a dream.
And while thinking about sinful thoughts, we
have to distinguish between two matters: the
mind fight and the mind falling…
The mind fight is that an idea comes in the mind
and the person does not accept it but tries to throw it
out. And it keeps on coming back… until he finally
gets triumph over it… this is an external war mostly
from Satan. And the person’s resistance is counted as
a righteousness. And he is not considered to have
been falling into sin.
But the thinking is considered as a sin if the
person accepts it and was satisfied with it or
tried to enjoy it and was lenient with it willingly.
And left it go on without resistance. And this thinking
turned into stories and tales… Here the person has
fallen into sin…
So the mind fight comes unwillingly, but the
falling with mind is a willing action. The mind
fight is what a person resists. But the falling is
what he accepts.
The mind fight: if the person continues to fight it,
then grace comes to him and helps him and these
thoughts leave him because of his integrity.
But falling with thoughts continues and gets
longer and develops into worse.
Sinful thinking tests you: will you accept it or not?
If you accept it, it continues, and if not it runs away
And mostly the person accepts the thought when
he has what is similar to it in his heart or what he is
missing! He accepts the thinking of sin when there is
a lust in his heart for the sin…
And here we would like to research together
the relation between the mind and the heart, or
the heart’s relation with the mind. How does
that affect the development of the thoughts.
Actually, heart and mind over together
What comes from the mind reaches the heart.
And what comes from the heart reaches the mind.
And if thoughts go down from the mind to the heart
they convert into it to lust or desire. But if the desire
comes from the heart, it turns into a thought… so like
I said: they work interchangeably…
And the Lord Christ explained this in His saying:
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart
brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the
evil treasure brings forth evil things.” (Mt 12:43, 35).
If in the heart there was a certain lust, it emits
out of it lustful thoughts. But if lustful thoughts come
from the outside, the heart welcomes them because it
has inside what is similar to them…
We will now talk about the thought
It is possible that the person may have a thought
in his mind and this thought develops to an emotion
that he use, then this emotion develops and becomes
a desire or a lust.
Or the thought may develop and affects his
psychology or nerves or it may keep developing until
it becomes an action that is done…
And if it is done, it is possible that it stays in his
subconscious and comes out in many forms or result
in the birth of other thoughts…
Here we would like to discuss the relation
between the thought and the will:
The thought may come from outside. And how
much it develops depends on your will…
If you were lenient with it, it takes control over
But if you fight it, you take control over it…
So do you control thoughts or do they control
The faithful heart is not lenient with thoughts, and
it does not allow them to dare to stay and extend
their roots into it.
So if the thought comes into you, fight it and do
not let it get deep into you. and there is a beautiful
advice that St. Paul the apostle says to us:
“bringing every thought into captivity to the
obedience of Christ” (2 Co 10:5).
Meaning, if a thought comes, you take it captive,
and convert it into the obedience of Christ.
And in order to take the thought captive and have
triumph over it, you need to know the sources of the
So what are the sources of thoughts?
There is an internal source that comes form the
heart like the love of sin for example.
And an external source that comes from many
reasons like the senses for example.
And the fathers say that the senses are the
doors to the mind.
So what you see, hear or read, you think about.
And what you touch or smell, you think about. Thus,
he who wants to preserve his thoughts has to
preserve his senses. He should not let his senses
astray, see heat and touch as it wishes! He has then
to control his senses so that they do not enter to his
thoughts what tires him.
There is another external source for
thoughts which is thoughts contagiousness…
There may be a sinful thought in a person that he
pours into the ears of others and from there into their
minds and thus infects them. And the thought moves
from him to others… and this is the thought
contagiousness. And thus St. Paul the apostle says:
“Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts
good habits."” (1 Co 15:33).
And so we see many of those who fell into
addiction for example or smoking or such things,
most probably they got it through thoughts
contagiousness. For, from their company, someone
has infected them.
Thought contagiousness may also come
through reading. Therefore, the person must make
good choices of what he reads, so that these readings
do not bring him thoughts.
And the same thing can b said about the media
and the harmful conversations. And the person should
be careful in picking his friends…
But if the thought comes from the devil, he
should remember the bible’s saying:
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you”
And remember the saying of St Paul the apostle
in rebuking the Hebrews: “You have not yet resisted
to bloodshed, striving against sin” (He 12:4).
We move now to the thought therapy and
how it is?
The matter needs precaution, immunity or
Precaution means staying far away from the
reasons that bring sinful thoughts.
Immunity means guarding your thoughts with
God’s love and virtue love… and keeping your mind
busy so that you do not leave a space that tires you.
And as the saying says: “The mind of the lazy is the
Keep your mind busy all the time with what is
useful. So if the devil comes and hits the door of you
mind, he finds them locked before him so he does not
know how to get into you. and as was said about the
virgin of the song that she is “A garden enclosed… A
spring shut up, A fountain sealed.” (Sgs 4:12). For
righteousness has closed her doors before the enemy
So what is the therapy for thoughts?
If an evil thought attacks you, try to change
the flow of your thinking:
Either through reading, studying, getting busy
talking with someone or prayer… the most important
thing is to escape from the idea by any means…
Or by getting busy with other thoughts, on the
condition that they are deeper. Because superficial
thoughts do not save you.
Here I would like to say that solitude and
loneliness may not be useful in fighting
It is useful for the person who knows how to take
good advantage of solitude and loneliness in sacred
thinking and God’s love. But they harm the person
who does not find something that keeps him busy in
his solitude so the devil comes to him and tell him: I
am ready to keep you busy and entertain you in your
Another advice: if you go to sleep, sleep on a
time at which you are tired and heavy headed so
that you sleep directly with a period at which
thoughts tire you.
Do not sleep with your thoughts astray here and
there, so that you do not stop at an evil station that
disturbs your mind with thoughts. Also it is useful to
read a spiritual reading before going to sleep so that
it becomes a topic for your thinking…
Also it is better to consecrate your bed with
prayer before sleeping.
And that’s how you keep away from astray
thoughts and sinful ideas.
And may our Lord’s angels be with you, guarding
your thoughts so that you may never be lost…
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