So the less we know, the more sure we may be?
John of the Cross frequently turns conventional wisdom on its head, and nowhere more so than here. The light of the left brain will not serve us on the mystical path. When our thoughts no longer fill the screen of our awareness, we are in a state of unknowing, because we normally “know” through our thinking. But when thinking falls away and we enter the apparent darkness of not thinking, we discover another kind of knowing, another kind of light.
Wordless, imageless–it is the essence of silence itself, and it carries its own knowledge, which is faith, our true guide. Faith, not belief, carries us forward; for a belief is a thought, whereas faith is a knowing, a certainty which grows in the marrow.
from for lovers of god everywhere
by roger housden