The Cloud of unknowing
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Cloud of Unknowing
….do not try to involve your body’s senses or their proper objects. I repeat, they are not suited to this work. Your eyes are designed to see material things of size, shape, colour and position. Your ears function at the stimulation of sound waves. Your nose is fashioned to distinguish between good and bad odours and your taste to distinguish sweet from sour, salt from fresh, pleasant from bitter. Your sense of touch tells you hot and cold, hard and soft, smooth and sharp…….
Nature designed the senses to acquire knowledge of the material world, not to understand the inner realities of the spirit. What I am trying to say is that man knows the things of the spirit more by what they are not than by what they are.