So, this is something that I've been actively trying to sort out for a few years now.
I come from a charismatic, evangelical background that is very engaged with mental imagery (dreams, visions, etc) and I also have a decent amount of training in Ignatian spirituality from a certification program as a lay spiritual director. The classical Jesuit stuff was really life-giving to me (I know Jesuit can be a bad word these days), but when I dove head-first into the Eastern tradition, I came into a spirituality very hesitant about these things. A tradition very concerned with watchfulness.
I'm also aware that I might misunderstand both sides here. I've recently learned that imagery/imagination, in general, isn't as rejected in the East as I had thought. I also am pretty sure that the Western tradition isn't as flippant and "unwatchful" re:imagery as I had thought.
What's been your experience with these things? Help me understand.
Here's an article on the topic from an Orthodox perspective.
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Fr Mike Catechism in a Year, asking everyone to pray for unity between east and west at the end of today's podcast. So informative!!!
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