This is a venture in which God alone is sought and gained.
- A man, then, is decidedly hindered from the attainment of this high state of union with God when he is attached to any understanding, feeling, imagining, opinion, desire, or way of his own and knows not how to detach and denude himself of these impediments. His goal transcends all of this. Consequently, he must pass beyond everything to unknowing.
Oh, who can make this counsel understandable, and practicable, and attractive that spiritual persons might become aware of the difference between the method many of them think is good and that which ought to be used in travelling this road!
Few there are with the knowledge and desire for entering upon this supreme nakedness and emptiness of spirit.
- The Ascent of Mount Carmel.