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Yea! and, if it be courteous and seemly to say, in this work (e.g. contemplation)
it  profiteth little or nought to think of the kindness or the worthiness
of God, nor on our Lady, nor on the saints or angels in heaven, nor yet
on the joys in heaven: that is to say, with a special beholding to
them, as thou wouldest by that beholding feed and increase thy purpose.
I trow that on nowise it should help in this case and in this work. For
although it be good to think upon the kindness of God, and to love Him
and praise Him for it, yet it is far better to think upon the naked
being of Him, and to love Him and praise Him for Himself.
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There are times when we should think, and times when we should choose our thoughts carefully; but contemplation (or sitting meditation, or centering prayer) works best when we are not thinking at all.  "Think upon the Naked Being of" God, the monk says.  But that thought cannot have content or context for no human language can in  any way describe that Naked Ground of Being.  If i am truly thinking about God, my mind must necessarily be blank.

Imppo: A positive theology is not only useless for contemplation, it is a distraction.
Maybe this is why Buddhism and the Tao Te Ching seem to me so relatively flawless as spiritual guides.
Buddhism begins with a deeply ingrained agnosticism which the "Buddhist learning" (as opposed to the Buddhist religion) retains,  The Tao Te Ching begins with the principle that Tao is unknowable and if we try to speak of  it we always end up speaking about something else instead.

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