The Cloud of Unknowing

Evelyn Underhill

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This is Evelyn Underhill's edition of The Cloud of Unknowing - a medieval Christian mystical text that was written anonymously in Middle English in the fourteenth century. Drawing on the mystical tradition of Christian Neoplatanism, the book focuses on contemplative prayer and the idea of reaching a state of pure devotion and union with God by transcending the intellect and one's own thoughts and desires. The author encourages the reader to cast aside all distractions and negative thoughts, and instead focus on a constant, loving gaze at the divine, represented by a cloud of unknowing that separates the soul from direct knowledge of God. The book remains an influential work in the Christian mystical tradition and continues to inspire contemplative practices and spirituality to this day.

This book has 41,669 words, 58 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1922.

Production notes: This ebook of The Cloud of Unknowing was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 5th February 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Poem of the Soul - First Communion' - by Louis Janmot.

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