THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING - CHAPTER 59

willbulow's picture

"That a man shall not take ensample at the bodily ascension of Christ, for to strain his imagination upwards bodily in the time of prayer: and that time, place, and body, these three should be forgotten in all ghostly working."

This is the third chapter whose "title" warns us not to think in terms of physical direction in the performance of this work. As in the previous chapters, so here, we can find other things that could as well be taken as the topic. One I find in this case is, he mentions that there is more like a change than a local movement in this work. There seems to be a certain change of consciousness that's almost automatic, almost by definition the result of forgetting time, place, and body. Maybe here again, though, we should guard against thinking that this is the purpose. There should be no other purpose than drawing closer to God as we work in this exercise.

l.craddock's picture

I love it

You have all excited my heart with your words and then pointing out how inaccurate our words are. I have directed my focus on the love contained within me to link to all around me. Thus time, place and body are irrelevant. To me we are all woven together in God's love through that tiny spark, but we must first recognize our own small thread of love contained within us. To look out at the magnificient fabric is beautiful indeed, but we can lose our own connectedness. However I think our love can flow in so many different ways and directions that as long as there is love we are all connected and connected to God. We do try so hard to get our minds wrapped around that which we can not understand and like Bill said it all comes down to faith. It is so wonderful to read how each of you wrap your minds around love. I have learned so much. Thank you

Lou Craddock

Lou Craddock




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