The 14th century monk who wrote “Cloud of the Unknowing” describes contemplation as a blind love towards God, “a naked intent directed at God for God alone”, and the Christian mystic he defines as “one who seeks only God”.
Contemplation, as we look at the Latin origin, means “with time”, and contemplation then, means “spending time with God”. It is not about mastering a technique, but rather about relaxing acutely and letting go of all thoughts in the transcendent and eminent presence of God. Contemplation is something we allow. We allow ourselves to spend time with God, in the same way that we allow ourselves to spend time with the people we love deeply.
Dionysius the Areopagite said: “in the earnest david hoffmeister exercise of mystical contemplation, you leave the senses and the operations of reason and all things that the senses or reason can perceive, to the end that you raise yourself by this unknowing to union with Him Who is above all being and knowledge”.
Some thinkers regard contemplation as the practice in which the mind is barren and receptive to receive from God, and meditation as the practice in which the meditator chooses his own subject to reflect upon. I believe that the individual’s intention is the only important matter here and that it may be called “blue-berry-pie-eating” as long as his intention is communion and communication with God, living for God only, wanting to consummate the will of God only. That is our conviction in Christian Mysticism. And when we communicate with God, it should be by the constraints from our soul, above our mental blabber. It should be telepathically, meaningfully and silently during aloneness.