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

God has no place in my life!

Hi Bill,

Willbulow said My personal experience has been that if I direct my attention "inwards," God is "more real" to me than if I direct my attention "upwards." And I'm wondering if this isn't what our author is warning us about in telling us not to think of "up" in this context.. God has no place in my life!

Peter

Peter Smith
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