Image-Filled and Imageless Contemplation
In this much-discussed matter all depends on whether the contemplator is a Christian or not. If he is not a Christian, he will from the beginning strive for imageless contemplation, wishing to free himself from the daily assaults of a world overwhelmed by sensual images, shapes, and outlines, hoping to gain the quiet and personal depth that lies behind or above it all. Such a quest can range from simple psychological therapy to a philosophical and religious contemplation and experience of the depths of the cosmos beyond all appearances, phenomena, and concepts. For the Christian all is different. For him the Absolute is the God of love, who merits this name only because within God is both a lover—one beloved from his origin in God and become beloved in God's bosom—and their mutual love.
von Balthasar, Hans Urs
"Image-Filled and Imageless Contemplation,"
LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture: Vol. 1:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://ir.stthomas.edu/logos/vol1/iss1/7