28 January 2008

'In Darkness and Secure'

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"Exactly so, one who is learning fresh details concerning any office or art always proceeds in darkness, and receives no guidance from his original knowledge, for if he left not that behind he would get no farther nor make any progress, and in the same way, when the soul is making most progress, it is traveling in darkness, knowing naught."

"The reason, again, why the soul not only travels securely, when it travels thus in darkness, but also achieves even greater gain and progress, is that usually, when the soul is receiving fresh advantage and profit, this comes by a way that it least understands - indeed, it quite commonly believes that it is losing ground."

(Dark Night of the Soul, St. John Of The Cross, p.154)

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