"... The culmination of the vision, the via imitationis or way of assimilation, transcends philosophy for mysticism or ecstasy. Since it involves contemplative imitation of the virtues of which the divine is the source, and since his only virtue is oneness, aloneness, tranquillity and absolute goodness, the via imitationis is the ascetic way, a purgative stripping away of all powers of soul and intellect a self-concentration into pure solitariness where no object of knowledge exists outside the knower. At this point,
to know is not to know ..." ~John D. Turner, PhD
See " The Ascent of Mind and the Descent of Wisdom ",
and " Gnostic Antecedents of Jung’s Key Concepts "