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<li>prayer of the lips - when prayer is just said
<li>prayer of the mind - when mind comprehends the prayer
<li>prayer of the hearth heart - when mind descends into hearthheart<li>active prayer - when hearth heart starts praying alone even in sleep
<li>all-seeing prayer - when unseen world including angels becomes visible together with future, past
<li>ecstasy prayer - when mind is taken to Heaven
<li>contemplative prayer - when people can be taken to Heaven
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Practical teachings [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejtQagWplJc Father Paisios], [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycxr6D74q-Y Father Porphyrios], Father Iakobov, [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxjhnoGZRe4 Father Arsenie Boca], [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1q0Zk7-zuE Father Ilarion Argatu] were examples of people at a high level of Prayer of the Heart. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap7kreDRzgQ Here] is an Hesychast speaking about raising through speaking to God and about [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap7kreDRzgQ Prayer of the Heart].===All seeing prayer stages is ===To have an idea about how the unseen world looks like we can watch [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyBDs8JpEa8 this movie with an angel taking the soul of a man]. Also, we have the pictures from Drăgănescu Church near Bucharest done by [http://www.ecolife.ro/articole/spiritualitate/marturii-despre-parintele-arsenie-boca-vol-iii.html Father Arsenie Boca] that was advanced in the stages of prayer. He confessed that he saw the Saints he painted and that he spoke with them. Looking at the pictures in Drăgănescu Church, we see that it looks like beings are presented as being made of light. If in majority of the Churches, bodies are painted, in Drăgănescu Church it seems that souls are painted.<ul>According with the [http://www.ecolife.ro/articole/spiritualitate/marturii-despre-parintele-arsenie-boca-vol-iii.html confessions of people that knew Father Arsenie Boca] and of other people , we can conclude that being at the all seeing level of prayer , people:<li>can see the sins of people and of their ancestors<li>can see the state of souls after death<li>can speak with Saints and people in after life<li>can see the future or the past<li>can see anywhere on Earth, under Earth and in the air<li>can help people with salvation</ul>===Practical teachings===Practical teachings on Jesus prayer for people in our age can be found in the book [http://archangelsbooks.com/articles/spirituality/JesusPrayer_Brianchaninov.asp "On the Prayer of Jesus"] by [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Ignatius_(Brianchaninov) Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov].This book is important because it shows the dangers coming while walking on this way and arriving at the high levels of prayer. When seeing the unseen world, sick angels can become visible too and can do some harm. Father Ilarion Argatu, an experienced exorcist, tells that sick angel materialized and palmed his face and that he prayed for the protection of the people around him as not to be affected by the sick angel. Praying for the protection of the family members, including grandchildren can be very important as well as praying for the protection of the goods. Father Ilarion Argatu children and grandchildren families have around 40 priests so praying for family members and for their future and salvation is very beneficial. To allocate an important time to the prayer can have an impact on life and can be sustainable on some occupations and lifestyles. The decision to go on this way , as well as the decision of entering a monastery should probably not be taken based on an impulse. The best way can be seen immediately by somebody on a high level of prayer or by passing of several years on going on the way. Practical teachings are also on another much older book named [http://orthodoxwiki.org/The_Way_of_a_Pilgrim The Way of a Pilgrim] and this book recommends saying "Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me !" many times.
<br>The following steps are recommended:
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<li>To say the prayer "Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me !" for 12000 times a day for around another week and then to continue the prayer many times
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Also, practical advice about the Prayer of the Hearth Heart is found in the book named [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Philokalia Philokalia]. [http://orthodoxwiki.org/The_Way_of_a_Pilgrim The Way of a Pilgrim] book recommends a certain way in reading [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Philokalia Philokalia] so as to better understand the Prayer of the HearthHeart. The book [http://archangelsbooks.com/articles/spirituality/JesusPrayer_Brianchaninov.asp "On the Prayer of Jesus"] contains comments of the [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Ignatius_(Brianchaninov) Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov] on the books of the Philokalia dedicated to the Prayer of the Heart.
The following chapters are recommended to be read from [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Philokalia Philokalia]
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<li>The book of Callistus and Ignatius.
<li>Part four with the summarized pattern of prayer by the most holy Callistus, Patriarch of Constantinople
</ul>The books above explain the Prayer of The Hearth in a way that can be understood by everyone.</ul>===Observations===Observations::*Repetition of a prayer is accepted and recommended in the Church and as an example we have The Lord's Prayer:*By repeating the name of the Son of God and asking for his mercy over and over, the soul together with the soul vision becomes cleaner and cleaner until the invisible world becomes visible. Continuing this exercise, people can get so clean that they can go home, to Heaven. John 3:3 together with John 3:5 may add the condition of being baptized as a precondition to visiting the Kingdom of God. Anyhow with God everything is possible so if feel in an impossible situation ask for a resolution from God.:*In 2 Corinthians 12:2 Apostle Paul speaks about knowing somebody that visited the Third Heaven from this life so this is possible and the Tradition of the Church kept alive this at least from the period of the Fathers of the Church:*Discernment should be used to distinguish between good and bad mystical experiences and prayer to God can be made for discernment:*A prayer at midnight values like 40 prayers at daytime. Both Father Arsenie Boca and Father Paisios were known to pray at night.
==Intercessory prayer==
Orthodoxy teaches that Jesus, in praying to his [[God the Father|Father]], prayed for his people, and he is the only competent intercessor for mankind before God. In his resurrected glory, he prays eternally to his Father on behalf of all. In and through Christ, Orthodox Christians become competent to intercede before God. In the name of Jesus, Christians are authorized to pray for each other and for all creation. All prayer is to God the Father, through his Son, in his [[Holy Spirit]], even if not mentioned in the words of the prayer.
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