Consider this quote from Casper ter Kuile | @caspertk_
“… we thought we’d try something new this week. Namely a spiritual practice called Contemplative Imagination, which was made famous by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Now Ignatius was a Spanish knight who is most famous for founding the Jesuit Order in the Catholic Church in the sixteenth century. And as a knight he would be fighting, and after one battle he was pretty seriously wounded. And so as he lay recovering, he read a book by Ludolf of Saxony, wherein Ludolf visualized himself at the crib-side of the baby Jesus. And Ignatius was so taken with this idea of imaging himself into a story that he developed into a series of imaginative exercises that people would complete over the course of thirty days. Now we’re not going to take thirty days, but I hope that we can get a sense as to what that was all about. So I’m going to read a little passage from this chapter, and as I do that I want to invite you to imagine yourself into this scene. Visualize the whole situation as if you were there. Pay attention to the details, the sights, the sounds, the tastes, the smells, the feelings that you have. Try to lose yourself in this story. And as we do this it’s easy to imagine that you’re going beyond the cannon of the text that you might go beyond what’s described. That’s really okay. When you think your imagination is going too far, just ask yourself, ‘is this imagination leading me closer to the spirit of the text, or is it taking me further away?’ As Ignatius would say, ‘is your imagination bringing you consolation or desolation?’” from the podcast, Harry Potter and The Sacred Text, Book 1 – Episode 7 – The Sorting Hat: Vulnerability.
Try out Contemplative Imagination on your own today using your favorite story in the bible.