Man requires many means for his external works; much preparation of the material is needed before he can produce them as he has imagined them.
But the sun in its sovereign mastery performs its task (which is to give light) very swiftly: the instant its radiance is poured forth, the ends of the earth are full of light.
More exalted is the angel, who needs still less means for his work and has fewer images.
The highest Seraph has but a single image: he seizes as a unity all that his inferiors regard as manifold.
But God needs no image and has no image: without any means, likeness, or image God operates in the soul – right in the ground where no image ever got in, but only He Himself with His own being. This no creature can do.

Meister Eckhart, Sermon One

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