Carmen Acevedo Butcher



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“Every earthly revelation has a spiritual significance. I believe that if we humans were more spiritual, we wouldn’t need visions. These are given whenever someone hasn’t quite grasped an invisible spiritual lesson and needs a visual to go with it. We must learn to pull off this rough husk and feed on its sweet kernel.”
Carmen Acevedo Butcher, The Cloud of Unknowing: With the Book of Privy Counsel

“SURELY YOU SEE from this that you shouldn’t take your own experience as the rule of thumb by which you judge other contemplatives. For example, those who must work really hard to reach the peak of contemplation, and then only get there occasionally, might make the mistake of using their own experience as the standard for other contemplatives. We must remember that not everyone has a difficult journey to the exceptional ecstasy. Some walk a simple path, routinely meeting the miraculous in the ordinary. On the other hand, these contemplatives must not make the opposite assumption that their experience is universal. Not everyone feels the joy of contemplation whenever they wish. Avoid both close-minded ways of thinking, for you can’t judge another’s unique contemplative experience by your own. Besides, you can’t know God’s wisdom; someone who has struggled a long time with prayer only to know the extraordinary transcendent moment may one day have these moments whenever they want and as often as they want. Moses is a good example of this. To start with, he only rarely caught a glimpse of the Ark’s form and not without first working awfully hard on the mountain. But later, when the Ark was kept in the valley, Moses could see it as often as he liked.1”
Carmen Acevedo Butcher, The Cloud of Unknowing: With the Book of Privy Counsel

“I also want to make this clear. In the contemplative work I’m describing, you don’t need to scrutinize the infinite characteristics of God any more than your own complicated nature. No name, no emotion, no thought is more like the everlasting nature of God than the experience you have, see, and feel in the blind and loving observation of the word is. Call God what you like: Good or gentle Lord; sweet, merciful, or righteous; wise or all-knowing; mighty or omnipotent; learning or wisdom; courage or strength; love or charity, or anything else, and you’ll find that all of these are hidden and included in this little word, is. God’s very essence is each of these and all of them together and also any other descriptions you could choose for him.3 You could add 100,000 similar loving words for God to this list, as many as you want, but altogether they’re not as good as is.4 If you say them all, you don’t add to is, and if you say none of them, you take nothing from is. So be as simple in your loving contemplation of God’s being as you are in the naked contemplation of your own self. Don’t analyze his being or yours. Let go of thinking, push it from you, and worship God with all that you are, as you are, embracing him as he is, for himself only, nothing more, because the happy essence both of God and of you is God.”
Carmen Acevedo Butcher, The Cloud of Unknowing: With the Book of Privy Counsel

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