Logos (UK: /ˈloʊɡɒs, ˈlɒɡɒs/, US: /ˈloʊɡoʊs/; Ancient Greek: λόγος, from λέγω lego "I say") is a term in western philosophy, psychology, and religion derived from a Greek word meaning "word", "speech", "account", "reason", "proportion", "discourse".
Praxis (from Ancient Greek: πρᾶξις, translit. praxis) is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. "Praxis" may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas.
Several weeks ago, while watching an episode of Off the Left Eye, the Swedenborg Foundation's weekly webcast on YouTube, I heard the term Logopraxis from guest speaker Reverend David Millar, Director of Spiritual Studies at the Australian New Church College. The OTLE episode was How to Write the Word on Your Heart.
Logopraxis is explained as:
"Logopraxis simply means to apply the Word to life. The central focus for the work of Logopraxis is the application of Divine truths to the life of the mind in an effort to become more aware of the quality of one’s mental life through a regular active practice of self-examination."
~ Rev. David Millar
My interest was piqued. I'd been thinking more frequently about how to make the study of Scripture more meaningful and how to really apply the Word to my daily life—a deeper way to examine my thinking, correct false beliefs, and connect with the Lord in a more profound and personal way—as Rev. Millar says, "making the Lord visible in our midst."
So I contacted Rev. Millar through his web site The Upper Room and signed up for the first 2018 session of Logopraxis. We have just begun our first Life Group session on the Arcana Ceolestia, Volume VI.
I won't get into the methodology of the study—you can read about that on Rev. Millar's web site. In fact, I encourage you to browse the web site and read about the framework of Logopraxis, and even take the time to watch the videos posted about the practice.
I'm very excited to participate in Logopraxis and with sharing my experiences here in The Cranium Cafe.