Nov 30-Dec 4 — The Beauty of Silence
with Eric Erickson
The Book of Privy Counseling, a mature work of the 14th century author of The Cloud of Unknowing, has long intrigued readers by the way its endearing, earthy language guides from the simplest practice to sublime union with God. The author uses humble images to lead to profound imagelessness, from “blind awareness of one’s naked being” to being beheld in the gaze of Love, to participatory knowing (gnosis) through unknowing (agnosis).
One of the great, modern champions of this work was Evelyn Underhill, who described the experience in her book, Mysticism:
The heart outstrips the clumsy senses, and sees—perhaps for an instant, perhaps for long periods of bliss—an undistorted and more veritable world. All things are perceived in the light of charity, and hence under the aspect of beauty: for beauty is simply Reality seen with the eyes of love.
In this five-day, silent retreat, we will read and engage with one another this brief, down-to- earth letter of spiritual direction that uses plain, clear language to usher us to awareness of speechless beauty. Four nights, single room, $650.