Pordage, John - The abyssal essence
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Wisdom of John Pordage [editor Arthur Versluis]
The abyssal essence is a deep, immense boundless empty space and is therefore called a ground without ground. …. In this empty immense space there is nothing to be seen, no darkness, no fire, no light, no creature. It is an unsearchable deep without any essence, though it is the ground of all essence and that from which eternal nature’s essence proceeds.
The abyssal essence is called by mystical writers the divine chaos and the original essence of all essences from whence all created essences, principles and centres proceed. Boehme writes thus – if the spirit of the soul could come into the eternal nothing, he would come into that original ground whence eternal nature and all creatures proceed