The author of the Cloud of Unknowing had absolute confidence in the working of love. His only concern was to encourage his reader to open to the presence and power of love. He was sure that, with our heart open to love, the Spirit of God would take care of everything else, putting life in its proper order and drawing forth those attitudes and actions that are in line with Love.

XLIII:1 – Take care that nothing is active in your mind or in your will but only God. Try to strike down all your knowing and feeling of everything under God, and tread everything down far beneath the cloud of forgetting. Then you will understand that in this work you are not only to forget all creatures other than yourself, their deeds and your own deeds as well; but in this work you are also to forget both yourself and your deeds for God as well as all other creatures and their deeds. For the sign of a perfect lover is not only that he loves the thing he loves more than he loves himself, but also, in a sense, that he hates himself on behalf of the thing he loves. 159

LXVI:3 – learn to love with a mild and gentle desire expressed both in your body and in your soul. Await the will of our Lord meekly and attentively, and do not snatch overhastily as though you were a greedy greyhound, no mater how hungry you may be. Stating it lightly, I advise that you express what is in yourself. 168

XLIX:1 – I implore, therefore, that you give yourself with a full desire to this meek stirring of love which is in your heart, and follow it. It will be your guide in this life and it will bring you happiness in the next. It is the substance of all good living, and without it no good work can be begun or ended. It is nothing else than a good will in accord with God with a feeling in your will of being well content with everything He does. 175

L:1 – we ought to direct all our attention to this meek stirring of love in our will. Toward all other sweetness and pleasures, physical or spiritual, no matter how pleasing nor how holy they may be, we should have an attitude of unconcern. If they come welcome them; but do not depend on them lest it weaken you, for it will take up a great deal of your strength if you remain with these sweet pleasures for a long time. 177

LI:1 – Direct yourself humbly, therefore, to this blind stirring of love in your heart. I mean not in your physical heart but in your spiritual heart, which is your will. 179

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