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.

dohpeterchina's picture

For the record

Hi jg3,

There may be a little confusion here. I (dohnz2000) posted this answer in chapter 1, and it may appear out of context or off subject. To clarify:

soko007 asked: I understand that we need to put God above all else but it seems like a further goal when you are a part of society.

My answer was: I have seen and heard of numerous monks and nuns that lead a simple life in society. A monastery is part of society, though it appears that monks and nuns are not part of society, they do take part. Wherever you go, as a human being you must always be a member of society, even if you are a member of society that elects to not be a part of society!

Just to help clarify,
Peter

Peter Smith
Co-Group Leader




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