What does it mean, to pray inconspicuously and imagelessly? – Иверский Орский женский монастырь

What does it mean, to pray inconspicuously and imagelessly?

– Dear Father Sergiy! I have recently got acquainted with you “by chance” via the Internet. My soul rejoiced, as I have found answers to many questions. Can you, please, answer one more question: what does it mean to pray inconspicuously and imagelessly? Please, explain how you understand this. Anyway, if we address the Person of Christ, we draw a certain image, regardless of our will. 

– I do not understand this, I just know this. This is not my notion; it belongs to the Holy Fathers. You will come to know this in time through your experience if you try to follow this way. This should be experienced. You can’t do it without experience, and in order to have it, you need to come a certain way. I give you this notion, and you will understand it in time. You need to avoid all images. Inconspicuousness is also filled with Christ. This is because God is the Spirit, and He takes a shape for us. While He does not need any shape… But I repeat: this notion will come to you with experience.  

Archpriest Sergiy Baranov