The Western viewpoint has a somewhat more Platonic sense to it; this distinction between inner and outer, spiritual and religion.
But Eastern orthodox what had attracted me to it at the time, even though it’s technically still Western, it’s not Rome Western. it has its own flavor and character which don’t have quite the hard Platonic lines.
This gives them the “vague and overlapping” appearance but that’s because they draw the lines differently between concepts than we’re accustomed to.
I was into it for a few years. and I learned a lot. All of the methods and procedures were seen as basic techniques that lead towards theosis, which is a form of deification – even possible here on Earth but it’s not *quite* full deification as in “you become God” but… oh well it’s getting into some hard-to-explain theology.
Their distinction between Essence vs Energies can make your head spin trying to puzzle it out but once it clicks in, it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s all it is”.
It was fun stuff. Enjoyed it.
Just learned the distinction of the approach: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosiology – Gnosiology. I didn’t know there was a word for it, but it’s the aesthetic.