The Cloud of unknowing
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Cloud of Unknowing
The activities of the lower degree of the active life in themselves leave much of man’s natural human potential untapped. At this stage he lives, as it were, outside himself or beneath himself. As he advances to the higher degree of the active life which merges with the lower degree of the contemplative life, he becomes increasingly interior, living more from the depths of himself and becoming, therefore, more fully human.
But in the higher degree of the contemplative life he transcends himself because he achieves grace by what is beyond him by nature. For now he is bound to God spiritually in a communion of love and desire.