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n order to arrive at having pleasure in everything, Desire to have pleasure in nothing.
In order to arrive at possessing everything, Desire to possess nothing.
In order to arrive at being everything,   Desire to be nothing.
In order to arrive at knowing everything, Desire to know nothing.

In order to arrive at that point where you take no pleasure, you must go by a way that gives no pleasure.
In order to arrive at that point where you know nothing, you must go by a way you do not know.  
In order to arrive at that point where you are free of possessing, you must go by a way you do not possess.
In order to arrive at that point at which you are nothing, you must go through that which you are not. 

John of the Cross


These are the first two of the three verses which end Book One of Ascent of Mount Carmel.  It is supposed to be "the poem at the beginning of this book" (On a dark night), but it isn't.  If it seems a little masochistic in places, that is the tone of much of Book One..

Q: What is The Cloud of Unknowing on amphetamines?
A: Ascent of Mount Carmel.

But there are two lines that i will treasure:

"In order to arrive at that point where you know nothing,
you must go by a way that you do not know."


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