The heart of the soul – 2

“The nous is the eye . . . [the heart] of the soul. As the eye of the body sees all God’s creation and the whole of nature, so the eye of the soul, the nous, acquires experience of God. This is the way in which the powers of the soul operated before the Fall” (Met. Hierotheos, The illness and cure of the soul, p. 81; St Andrews Productions, Seeing with the eyes of the soul).

“If the nous is healthy, its love is also healthy, because it turns to God. Thus the ‘intoxication’ of the spirit and the ecstasy of the nous are activated. If the nous is ill, we fall from true love and experience the image of love . . . ‘loveless love'” (ibid.).