What I have seen is the totality recapitulated as One,
Received not in essence but by participation.
It is just as if you lit a flame from a live flame:
It is the entire flame you receive.
--St. Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022)
I absolutely adored this when I read it this morning. I love the imagery of the flame because it makes total sense to me. The “essence” St Symeon is referring to, I believe, is God (the flame)…and to believe I am the essence of God is a very comforting thought.