We each are as a personal history book.

Spirit shares words of wisdom.

Spirit tells me that knowing is not a matter of faith.
We know that wounds hurt for we have experienced
their pain, both physically and emotionally.

Physical pain is felt through our physical senses,
while emotional pain is a mental state, and is often
learned and developed through habit.

How do we learn emotional pain?

It is a socially acquired skill.

If you offend me and I feel distressed, then I have
learned to feel distressed, and you are not the cause?

Yes.

Who taught me?

You taught yourself

Then, everyone would feel offended for the same reason?

Not necessarily.

Why?

You could not offend me.

Perhaps you’ve developed immunity to offence.

There are other labels.

Such as?

Tolerance, patience, understanding, compassion –
the list goes on.

You did not include awareness.

Yes.

Why?

The examples I provided each require a certain
depth of awareness.

The problem with that approach, or at least
one problem, is that it would be seem to require
a certain detachment from the emotional state of
the offender, as well as oneself.

Why would that be a problem?

It would suggest a certain lack of sensitivity.

Not necessarily so.

Please explain.

As we becomes increasingly aware of the path,
then we can listen to what some might call offence
calmly, and feel compassion for the distress of
the other. As Confucius might say, “No blame”.

How is that possible?

As we develop ever-more clear vision we can see in
many more directions than one. The present arrived
from the past and we each are as a personal history
book that those who have eyes to see can read, and
we all can and will develop eyes that see, sooner or
later, and from a unique perspective.

I’m not ready for that quality of insight, yet.

Yes.

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Knowing requires Faith

Spirit tells me that knowing is not a matter of faith
and yet there can be no knowing without faith.

What has faith to do with knowing?

How do we learn?

Through experience.

Yes, but not through experience alone.

We reflect on past experience and use what we have
learned from it as a foundation for future …

Future what?

To guide us in our responses to future challenges.

And if what experience has taught you differs from
what others would claim to be the way to live?

This is developing beyond intellectual concepts.

Yes.

Then please explain.

Knowing is awareness

Awareness of what?

Awareness of what seems to be true, for us if for
no other.

Where does faith come in?

We each, in time, develop faith in our own
knowing, or awareness, of our own truth.

Awareness is knowing instinctively

Spirit tells me that awareness is knowing instinctively that

Everyone and everything, at any given time, conceals

Meaning beyond what they would seem to reveal.

 

A certain imbalance of energy exchange reveals intent

To masquerade as other than what they would have us

Believe, if we were not aware enough to notice the deceit.

 

Teacher, why are you telling me this, now?

 

Now is a good time, if any is.

 

To be aware of potential danger even when no real danger

Seems evident, is not necessarily phobic. Trust your instinct.

 

 

Accept as so what seems so

Spirit tells me that to accept people, situations, and relationships

As they are is not possible without first knowing what they are,

And that it may not be possible to know more than what

They seem to be.

 

Perhaps the answer is to accept what seems to be.

 

To whom?

 

To each individual.

 

Let’s bring it closer to home.

 

How?

 

Tell me that you will try to accept what seems to be, until it seems

To be other than it seems to be, now.

 

If there is no general consensus on how things are, then how

Can we relate to people with different understandings of

What seems to be?

 

Dialogue offers an opportunity share our personal understanding

And to learn how others view the same situation.

 

Others may see something that we do not, and we might share

Something that others have missed.

 

Of course, even dialogue may still result in our view being

Dismissed by the other, or we may dismiss the other views.

 

In which case…?

 

Then we see Life as we see it and let others see it their way.

 

Case closed?

 

Case closed.

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding is Knowing

Spirit tells me that awareness is an ever-deepening experience of

Understanding, with the capacity to expand forever.

 

The more we understand how each life form has the potential

To affect every other, the more clearly we will know, for

Understanding is knowing, that all life is much more than

Interconnected; it is interwoven.

 

We each are part of everything else.

Awareness is Neither Knowing, nor not Knowing

Spirit tells me that awareness comes before knowing, for

Without awareness that there is something we can learn,

We are not open to learning anything.

 

Awareness is an open-ended form and quality of energy,

That can be more or less ignored, as is so-called

Common sense, in different situations.

 

Knowing suggests a certainty that awareness will

Never claim. We can be aware that something is

Not as it might seem to be if we were less aware.

Something is missing, or hidden, from the picture of

Life that we are being asked to accept as reality.

 

However, He tells me, awareness does not replace

Knowledge, however limited or misinformed that

Knowledge is that we have learned through social

Interaction, personal experience, and study.

 

Awareness does not express knowing, and yet,

It does not express not knowing, either. Instead,

It expresses knowing that there is something more

To be known.

 

Trust your awareness, Spirit advises. If you do not

Feel completely comfortable or satisfied with whatever,

Trust your discomfort and dissatisfaction.

They serve you well.

They are voices of awareness, your awareness..

 

 

 

 

Respect intelligence wherever you find it

Spirit tells me to respect intelligence whomever and

Whatever seems to possess it, for all of Life does, in

Greater or lesser degrees.

 

Intelligence is a precious gift, as is intuition, which is

A blending of thought and emotion. They are each

Potentials that we can develop through practice until

We refine them into awareness, understanding, and

Enlightenment, and beyond.

 

What could possibly be beyond enlightenment?

 

The experience of knowing that we are one, not only

As we are, now, as one, more or less.