I've read something quite interesting:http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Ben12/B12bdeus.html
Since the passion and death of the Lord Jesus Christ, these souls have seen and see the divine essense with an intuitive vision and even face to face, without the mediation of any creature by way of object of vision; rather the divine essence immediately manifests itself to them, plainly, clearly and openly, and in this vision they enjoy the divine essence .
We as Orthodox hesitate to say that we can see the divine "essence" whether now or in the afterlife. However, I'm willing to be open as to wonder whether this is an indirect way of describing theosis? Is this "beautific vision" only after the afterlife or is it possible to occur in during the life of person as well, where they "see" the "divine essence."