“It is impossible for us even to know ourselves . . . through reasoning and analyses, unless we free our nous from pride and evil . . . It is only when God’s grace, together with our own effort, enlightens the soul that we gain an accurate awareness of every detail of our being” (Met. Hierotheos, The science of spiritual medicine, pp. 49-50).
According to Gregory Palamas, “Man is illuminated by inapproachable radiance “in sublime, unknowable union,” and through this union he sees God . . . Beholding the uncreated Light he knows God, acquires knowledge of God, because then “he recognizes truly that God is surpassingly radiant and beyond comprehension”" Continue reading