by Ss. Barsanuphius and John
from Guidance Towards Spiritual Life, pg. 106
Question #416 to Ss. Barsanuphius and John:
Sometimes I see in my heart that evil thoughts surround my mind like wild beasts, but cannot at all harm me. What does this mean?
Answer from Ss. Barsanuphius and John:
This is a deception of the enemy, in which is concealed high-mindedness, with the aim of convincing you that evil thoughts cannot harm you in the least, so that thereby your heart might become exalted. But be not deceived by this, but rather remember your [spiritual] infirmity and sins, and call on the Holy Name of God for aid against the enemy.