Posted by: Zane Maser | June 12, 2015

“THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING”

 
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From formless to form.
Over stuffed with too muchness.
Clouds darken the Sun.

Without thoughts and words.
In the heart of communion.
The mind rests at last.

Abide in empty wait.
All saints enter dark for dawn.
From nothing clouds part.

 

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The Cloud of Unknowing—a well-known classic of Christian mystical literature—was written anonymously (though the author is considered to have been a monk) sometime in the latter part of the 14th century. It remains a living work for contemplative study and prayer.

Those who are able—in self-forgetting—to reach the higher dimension of Divine Revelation, where all there is to know is already known, glean its jewels of spiritual wisdom. While in the still and silent space of meditation, one moves from the false to the true, from the unreal to the real to experience directly the nature of God and to hear God’s thoughts. The consciousness of the One constitutes the consciousness of all.

Here are a few quotes from a translated version of this spiritual guidebook:

…when I say “darkness” I mean a lack of knowing,
just as whatever you do know or have forgotten is dark
to you, because you do not see it in your spiritual eyes.
For this reason, that which is between you and
your God is termed, not a cloud of the air,
but a cloud of unknowing.

Let that meek (quiet) darkness be your whole mind
and like a mirror to you. For I want your thought of self
to be as naked and simple as your thought
of God, so that you may be with God in spirit without
fragmentation and scattering of your mind.

Because it is not what you are nor what you
have been that God looks at with his merciful eyes,
but what you desire to be….
 


Similar Contemplative Offerings:

• Self-Emptying Meditation

• Mindfully Receptive

• The Temple Of Silence

• The Call Divine

• Divinity Remembered

• A God-Filled Life: Julian of Norwich


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Haiku style poem © by Zane Maser, 2015. Photos gratefully used from Wikimedia Commons. All rights of Zane Maser and SunnyCat Astrology reserved worldwide.

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My editorial guru and technological wizard is Chris Maser, my delightful husband.


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