Habits of dedication to God and service to others form the two sides of a channel through which the energies of the unconscious can be released without submerging the psyche in the floodwaters of chaotic emotions. On the contrary, when these energies flow in orderly fashion between the banks of dedication and service, they will raise us to higher levels of spiritual perception, understanding, and selfless love.
These two stabilizing dispositions prepare the nervous system and the body to receive the purifying and sanctifying light of the spirit. They enable us to discern thoughts and emotions as they arise before they reach the stage of attachment or quasi- compulsion. As independence from the thralldom of habitual thoughts and desires grows, we are able to enter into contemplative prayer with a quiet mind.
Thomas Keating - Open Mind Open Heart