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Responding to,
"Know What I Mean?"

by HJ
North Carolina

[...] I have issues with belief; yet, a great deal of my spiritual and social views rest upon belief.  For instance, on some effective level,  belief blocks open-mindedness--which is essential to paying attention, passive awareness, and being sensitive to the cues and clues that are left by spirit/soul for our growth.

According to Deepak Chopra: “[...]  data is external; facts can only deliver information.  There is nothing alive in either, and the soul is life itself.  It nourishes a kind of knowledge that constantly renews itself and shapes its understanding to the eternal present.  We call this wisdom...you can’t acquire wisdom as a possession; you can only expand until the wide embrace of your mind includes enough spirit that it has changed you inside...this is the kind of knowledge you turn into.”

Thus belief--past conditioning--clouds our perception and impairs our capabilities to be more effective with our brain, will, and intentions--real powerful energies in our spiritual journey (God given gifts).  The question then becomes when and how to use beliefs.

In my experience and in my belief, the people, events, and circumstances that we encounter are no accidents (and even when and if they are, they still represent opportunities to practice indiscriminate virtue) so when people are expressing their song or story and include a “know what I mean?”, they are inviting us to come on in and expand--as a soul--by really getting to understand,m to soak-in the divine energies from God’s signature that lies within every individual, something only that person can share.

With me, there are at least six Noble Beliefs (from the glossary of A Course in Miracles) that color my perspective and “justify” accepting the invitation, listen, and dig deeper in the total BEings of the person who says, “Know what I mean?”  They are as follows:

  1. Love:  In love, we view something as so attractive, so compatible with us, that we go out to it, give ourselves to it, and join with it.

  2. Knowledge: The heavenly condition of knowing reality through direct and total union with it, unmediated by physical senses or mental interpretation.. Knowledge is categorically different from perception and cannot be learned, only remembered.

  3. Perception. The process of trying to know an object while separate from it, by interpreting or judging information received by our physical senses.  Perception is generated less by the object we are trying to know and more by our own mental processes, which mean that we end up seeing what we believe and desire, rather than what is real.

  4. True perception is vision.   An inward recognition of the holiness within all things.  This perception comes not through our eyes but from a spiritual faculty in us called the eyes of Christ.  Rather than seeing visual forms or colors, it “sees” pure meaning, the meaning of holiness.

  5. Holiness.  A quality of divine innocence or purity, untainted by the slightest sin or impurity.  Holiness is characterized not by separation from the impure ( as in some traditional notions), but by the willingness to love and share and unite with all beings.

  6. Salvation.  Liberation from the entire separate condition in which we feel alone, afraid, guilty, and cut off from God.

Each of these partial definitions support the acceptance of a person’s invitation to “Know What I Mean?” as well as to get to know (through Union) the meaning of the total BEing of everyone in our family and community and within ourselves.  I sense that these involvements and subsequent expansions are integral parts of the goal and fulfillment of the spiritual journey, i.e. experiencing ONENESS

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