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What I know and what I don't know

posted Mar 21, 2017 18:51:06 by MelClaridge
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.

The end.
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6 replies
AngaleeJackson said Mar 21, 2017 19:10:20
Tauna Williams said Mar 21, 2017 19:32:08
This puzzles me a lot too. Such as why so many have a testimony of a call out and yet so many just as faithful around me do not. Then I remember we are all on different life paths and have different experiences. I am sure we will all learn the things we are meant to learn, WHEN we are meant to learn them, as we follow the Holy Spirit.
AliciaBlickfeldt said Mar 21, 2017 19:46:46
Knowing what you don't know that you know, is like a knowledge of things that you once knew that you only thought you knew, but now you know. Which isn't to say that knowing all things is a knowledge of it all, but that when I know that I know, it then become knowledge. You know?

Ha ha ha !!! I couldn't resist.
Sharee Poyfair said Mar 21, 2017 20:01:04
Great post! This is something that I have been pondering and discussing with my sister this week. I love the way you put it in words. Perfect 👌🏻
JulieK said Mar 21, 2017 20:45:03
Great thoughts Mel. I've thought a bunch about this the past few days. There are some things that immediately resonate with my soul as pure truth. There are other things that are totally offensive to the Spirit and go against the scriptures and prophets and are easily rejected.

Then there are other concepts that I'm just not sure about. I don't think that they can be true, or they don't seem right, but others believe strongly that they are. These things I just put on a fictitious shelf in my mind for awhile.

It's interesting, but some of those things are just forgotten or proven false with time, others I learn are true as I come to a different point in my learning journey and then the Spirit bears witness of them to my heart. Like you said -- much depends on our place on our journey.
David.Clark said Mar 21, 2017 20:52:52
Mel and JulieK, you both hit the nail on the head! Thank you for articulating it so plainly!!
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