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HERE BEGINNETH THE TWO AND THIRTIETH CHAPTER

Of two ghostly devices that be helpful to a ghostly beginner in the work of this book.

"... Do that in thee is, to let be as thou wist not that they press so fast upon thee betwixt thee and thy God. And try to look as it were over their shoulders, seeking another thing: the which thing is God, enclosed in a cloud of unknowing.... it is nought else but a longing desire unto God, to feel Him and see Him as it may be here...

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Another device there is: prove thou if thou wilt. When thou feelest that thou mayest on nowise put them down, cower thou down under them as a caitiff and a coward overcome in battle, and think that it is but a folly to thee to strive any longer with them, and therefore thou yieldest thee to God in the hands of thine enemies. And feel then thyself as thou wert foredone for ever. Take good heed of this device I pray thee, for me think in the proof of this device thou shouldest melt all to water. And surely me think an this device be truly conceived it is nought else but a true knowing and a feeling of thyself as thou art.... the which knowing and feeling is meekness. And this meekness obtaineth to have God Himself mightily descending, ... for to take thee up, and cherishingly dry thine ghostly eyen; as the father doth the child that is in point to perish....."

Cloud of Unknowing - Christian Classics Ethereal Library


These techniques both bypass "will power" and are gentler, "humbler" ways of dealingt with distractions.  "
Acknowledge them and push them gently aside and continue" is advice we are given nowadays that reflects, i think, this same attitude.

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