St John: Ordinarily that which is of the greatest profit is considered the worst thing possible

 

Ordinarily that which is of the greatest profit – namely, to be ever losing oneself and becoming as nothing – is considered the worst thing possible, and that which is of least worth, which is for the soul to find consolation and sweetness, is considered best.
– St john, Dark Night of the Soul, Chapter 18.

At a certain point, it becomes more clear that situations that challenges – and sometimes makes it impossible to maintain – identifications, is a gift. And that seeking comfort – in ideas, hopes, images – is of least worth.

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