The Cloud of Unknowing

Bisected SkyIn the late 1300’s, an unknown monk wrote a guide to contemplative prayer that makes it sound a lot like Buddhist meditation.

It has a beautiful name: The Cloud of Unknowing.

The idea is that the only way to truly know God is to abandon all preconceived ideas and beliefs and be courageous enough to surrender your mind and ego to “unknowingness” at which point you begin to glimpse God’s true nature.

The mystical idea of the cloud goes all the way back to the Confessions of St. Augustine (A.D. 398) and is the inspiration behind the Christian tradition of ‘centering prayer’ begun in the 1970’s by a group of Trappist monks.

Find God through intense contemplation, motivated by love, stripped of thought.

“Pierce the cloud of unknowing with a sharp dart of longing love.”

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