There are some religious and spiritual traditions that claim to give one access to experiencing God directly. I cannot speak to this, though as a matter of general Muslim orthodoxy, only God talks to the Prophets. However, we can experience knowing God. For some this may seem less esoteric, and thus less attractive, but I find this not only exceedingly valuable on a personal level, it seems to be what many in our present day community are lacking.
Part of this is undoubtedly a reflection of the age in which we live in. We are very hands off due to the ubiquitous nature of digital technology which further distances us from the world that Allah created, amongst other reasons, in order for us to experience knowing Him. It is this aspect of our practice I look forward to on trying to expand at Middle Ground. While this picture is a cheap imitation of experience, nonetheless, we can take inspiration and reminder from it to actually get out and experience the majesty of the Signs He has placed all around us to remind us of Who Allah Is and what are our obligations to Him.
اعلَموا أَنَّ اللَّهَ يُحيِي الأَرضَ بَعدَ مَوتِها ۚ قَد بَيَّنّا لَكُمُ الآياتِ لَعَلَّكُم تَعقِلونَ
“Know that God brings life to the earth after it was dead. We’ve made Our proofs clear to you so you can understand.” — Qur’an, 57: 17