De Mello: Examen

De Mello: Consciousness of the Past

“The postulate is that awareness alone will heal, without the need for judgment and resolution. Mere awareness will cause to die whatever is unhealthy and will cause to grow whatever is good and holy..There is no need to use your spiritual or psychological muscles to achieve this.   Anthony de Mello, Sadhana: A Way to God, p. 101.



I try not to read too many De Mello exercises a day in his book, Sadhana: A Way to God, but I find myself not being able to wait to read the next installment! As I start to write, I am ending up listing almost all of the exercises as so useful especially exercise 30, “Consciousness of the Past,” practiced at night, where we think of our whole day as a film, unwinding the day as a movie, not approving or condemning what we did, just becoming aware. De Mello believes that if we are only aware, we will heal without the need for judgment and resolution. The finale of the exercise after we have observed the day is noticing where Christ was with us in the day. How did he act?

My experience is that when I become aware, God indeed heals, of course much slower than I would like, however.  This exercise has similarities to the Ignatian Spirituality examen at night. When two disciplines give a similar message, truth speaks to me. More about examen tomorrow.

 I am going to have to stop describing all of the De Mello exercises. Otherwise, I will be going over his whole book! The miracle of choosing this book (for all the wrong reasons) was an answer to prayer, and I now share it with you!