A few years ago my wife and I attended a forum where we learned this:
Of all the knowledge that exists, there is a very small fraction of things that we know we know (I know how to play the piano). There is another small fraction of things that we know we don’t know (I know I don’t know how to speak Swahili). And then there is the rest (the majority) – the things that we don’t know we don’t know.
I feel like my spiritual journey the last couple of years has been discovering many things in that last group. And what a ride!
And yet, as I learn these “new” things, I am often truly overcome with “oh wow! I know that!” I didn’t know I knew it, but the spirit testifies to me that I am relearning important things I already knew in my pre-mortal life. And this “new” knowledge just fits on me, for lack of a better way to describe it. It fits, it’s comfortable, it’s true. I KNOW it’s true. And I feel a little of the veil is lifted.
This often happens when I listen to Mike Stroud’s podcasts (for example) – he brings to light a little truth that was sitting right in front of me the whole time. And then….DUH! And I am immediately washed over with “This is truth! This is truth! Pay attention!” I am even brought to tears many times, it is so overwhelming. It also happens when I read some inspired books (John Pontius’s books, for example). It happens when I read many of the things that are shared on this forum. (btw, thanks!)
And sometimes there are things presented to me (like some of the recent discussions on this forum) that don’t immediately fit, and I have to struggle with them. I need to ponder, pray, study some more, ponder some more, pray some more, wrestle with them. And then they may “fit”, or they may not. At least, for me. I’ve come to realize that some things may not fit me, but they fit someone else. Maybe they’re not meant to fit me. Maybe they’re not meant to fit me Right Now.
A challenge I face is to figure out why some things immediately resonate with truth, and some things don’t at first. I think I’m pretty good at recognizing what is definitely NOT truth. But, that middle gray area….. I think that’s where we all struggle.
So, here’s the lesson I continue to learn, and re-learn: listen to the spirit. Always.
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