Window to Nothingness

Let me get a bit mystical on you. This photo is from the old Bishop's palace in St David's, but the interplay of darkness, light and nothingness in the window reminded me of an early Mystic. In the 5th/6th century (Pseudo)-Dionysius the Areopagite wrote:


" our path to the ultimate summit of your mystical knowledge, most incomprehensible, most luminous and most exalted, where the pure, absolute and immutable mysteries of theology are veiled in the dazzling obscurity of the secret Silence, outshining all brilliance with the intensity of their Darkness, and surcharging our blinded intellects with the utterly impalpable and invisible fairness of glories surpassing all beauty."


Says it all!

  • Ian A. Fraser 7y

  • Chris Moore 7y

    Thanks all. Mom - 'tis done.

    Liam - he's known as Pseudo-Dionysious as he is writing under a pseudonym. Dionysius the Areopagite was a disciple of St Paul, and it was common for people to take the name of a famous person in order to gain weight for their writings.

    This is not seen as forgery, but rather as the handing on of a tradition. It means that the author is consciously writing within an older tradition, something known in antiquity as "declamatio".

    The text which I quoted from ( for more info.

    You'll be glad to hear that the text had a huge influence on both British and Irish Mystics during the Dark Ages and early Medieval periods. Good celtic stuff!
  • A n t o i n e t t e PRO 7y

    Well, Greetings from Mystic, CT! I see a figure where you see nothingness . . . I'd need hours to digest all of this . . . I bet you could put all of this fascinating text into a little book entitled "Secret Silence." Fascinating, Chris.
  • Sanket Samsi 7y

    Very nice
  • David Lev PRO 7y

    Impressive image and text!
  • Chris Moore 7y

    Color: Oh yes, I hadn't seen the figure. Like the idea of secret silence.

    Ta, Sanky and David.
  • Maggiet96 7y

    The light... the light... really touching... both, photo and (Pseudo)-Dionysius the Areopagite's words... Thank you for posting this Chris.
  • Isabelle PRO 7y

    A beautiful image for meditation... is there really a "window to Nothingness" ? I love trying to imagine what is in the light shining through. Beautiful Nothingness. Thank you for sharing this moment, Chris.
  • Rebekah 7y


    You are my winner!
    Please add this photo to
  • Chris Moore 7y

    Thanks all. Appreciated.

    Accuse, 'tis done.
  • Rosanna Mignacca (Rosy) PRO 7y


    Definitely a winner!!!
    You deserve another one.
    Found in
  • Janet Leadbeater PRO 7y

    stunning photo and beautiful writing.
    it's had a big impact on me.
  • snjezana novak 7y

  • Chris Moore 7y

    Thanks people. Janet, I'm glad.
  • Estrellita Porteña 7y

    I love this photo!!! I´Ll take it
    i feel peace!
    See you
  • Adri 7y

    so beautiful!
  • Eddi van W. 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons- Free Pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Milo Baumgartner PRO 6y

    beautiful !!
  • Bokehneer PRO 1y

    Beautiful image
  • daily picture 11mo

    We are having a daily picture competition over on twitter and this would be a great entry for today's theme - WINDOWS - follow us @dailyp and tweet the link if you want to enter.
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Taken on July 26, 2008
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