Meeting the Divine Light – 6

“It is possible, even in the present life, for man to experience his deification already taking place. Palamas and the mystical theologians of Byzantium link this experience with the practice of continual prayer, whose aim is perpetual communion with God and hence the vision of the divine light. This light is not a created medium nor a symbol of the divine glory, but an uncreated, natural energy deriving from God’s essence, which, when manifested and united with man, constitutes for him the surest evidence of his deification and the highest form of his knowledge of God” (Mantzaridis, G.I. [1984]. The mystical experience of deification. In The deification of man, p. 87).