The rational mind always thinks in terms of duality: subject and object, mind and matter, body and soul, time and space….
    These categories are of course valuable and necessary, for they enable us to operate within the world of time and space, the world of sense perception. We cannot discard them, but as we begin to contemplate so we go beyond these dualities. We transcend reason and logical thought, and open ourselves to the direct experience of the spirit. This is the unifying experience.
    Thoughts may take us to the furthest outreach of space, but they neither find nor relate to God. God cannot be realised or known by the processes of the mind. Thought can give birth to further thoughts about God.
    The hope of humanity today is to get beyond the experience of duality. A spiritual awakening in this direction is taking place all over the world. Beyond thought is where, in the words of St Paul, we find God to be ‘all and in all’ (1 Corinthians 15:28).   

In their many different idioms the classical spiritual writers have attempted to throw light on the eternal question of union with God. 
Every month we give you a brief passage from a spiritual classic.