supernatural imaginative knowledge
When these apprehensions occur, they usually leave an impression either in the soul or in the memory or phantasy. At times the impression is most vivid and efficacious.
It is necessary to give advice about these apprehensions, lest they become an encumbrance to the memory and hinder it from union with God in pure and integral hope.
I declare that to obtain this blessing a person should never reflect upon the clear and distinct supernatural apprehensions for the purpose of preserving within himself their impressions and forms.
We must always bear in mind this principle: the more importance given to any clear and distinct apprehension, natural or supernatural, the less capacity the soul has for entering the abyss of faith, where all else is absorbed.
None of the supernatural impressions that can be had by the memory is God, and the soul must empty itself of all that is not God in order to go to God.
Every possession is against hope… hope is for that which is not possessed.