“It is in the purest thing that the soul is capable of, in the noblest part, the ground — indeed, in the very essence of the soul which is the soul’s most secret part. There is the silent “middle,” for no creature ever entered there and no image, nor has the soul there either activity or understanding, therefore she is not aware there of any image, whether of herself or of any other creature. . . . In the soul’s essence there is no activity, for the powers she works with emanate from the ground of being. Yet in that ground is the silent “middle”: here is nothing but rest and celebration.” . . . — Sermon 1, Meister Eckhart (1260 – 1327, Germany)
Read more about this remarkable man “who was considered the most knowledgeable scholar of his time and was one of the most popular and beloved preachers” in this blog by Dr Craig Pearson.