SECTION ONE - CONTENTS
"Preparing Building Site and Materials"
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Basic attitudes and practices
weeks 1 to 3

FOCUS OF THE FIRST SECTION:
Basic attitudes and practices
INTRODUCTION

1. Practicing Receptivity
2. Practicing Pausing andPondering
3. Practice looking at the essential

MATERIAL FOR SECTION ONE

First Week
FOCUS OF THE FIRST WEEK:
Deepening receptivity by being open to God

INTRODUCTION:
1. Meaning of the exercises
2. How are to use the exercises?

EXERCISES FOR THE FIRST WEEK
Day 1- Tuning in for reception
Day 2- Receptivity through attentive listening
Day 3- Receptivity through relaxation
Day 4- Receptivity through inner senses
Day 5- Receptivity through repetitive prayer
Day 6- Receptivity through body postures
Day 7- Receptivity through an opened self


Second Week
FOCUS OF THE SECOND WEEK:
Mystery and transparency of the world

INTRODUCTION
1. Importance of pondering
2. The use of icons

EXERCISES FOR THE SECOND WEEK:
Day 1- Looking at and letting an icon speak
Day 2- Entering message of icon
Day 3- Seeing present realities in the icon
Day 4- Being drawn into the process
Day 5- Looking at and being looked through
Day 6- Touching the intangible
Day 7- Looking and pondering


Third Week
FOCUS OF THE THIRD WEEK:
Encountering God by praying the Scripture

INTRODUCTION:
1. God's personal word to us
2. Meaning of symbolic pictures
3. The essence of the spiritual symbol
4. Importance of symbols in Scripture

EXERCISES FOR THE THIRD WEEK
Day 1- God addresses us in the Bible
Day 2- Encountering God in the Bible
Day 3- God's Self Disclosure
Day 4- Permeated with God's Word
Day 5- God's word became flesh in Jesus Christ
Day 6- Becoming God's Word for the world
Day 7- Encountering a personal God


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