There is a considerable difference between believing something, and knowing it.
It is crucial not to adopt beliefs simply because others have stated them or you have read about them in a book, including everything presented throughout this 33-day journey and written about in Living in a Mindful Universe.
In our Western culture, we have been conditioned to “think” our way to answers. The pursuit of understanding through the linear rational and logical process so common in academics and in much of daily human reasoning is ingrained into our culture. But direct experience provides a more fundamental mode of knowing.
To develop an inner capacity of knowing, the most beneficial approach is to learn firsthand through cultivating and trusting in personal experience. We will each proceed on a slightly different path, following our unique motivations and goals.
Sometimes in a dream, meditation or other state of expanded awareness, visions or “knowings” seem to pop up spontaneously, with no triggering thought stream or apparent reason for their appearance. Huge volumes of knowing can be contained in a “thought ball.” Tremendous bundles of knowledge might seemingly arrive in an instant and may take time to completely unravel.
Such an experience cannot be taught with words. But as they occur, the feeling of knowing is unmistakable and will capture your entire being rather than a mere thought in the mind.
In your continuing daily practice of expanded awareness, stay alert for sudden sensations of knowing. Such feelings can be accompanied by shivers or goose bumps and an overall sense of well-being and certainty. Learn to distinguish a belief in your mind compared to a knowing in your entire being.
Marshall Vian Summers describes knowing as the deeper spiritual mind. It’s not gut instinct, which is geared to our physical survivial, and it is not ordinary intuition. It is not clairvoyance, or any of the clairs. Knowing is our truth sense, our direct-experience sense of what is actual For example, knowing that Creator is Love and believing that Creator is Love are two different experiences. Belief is what we must settle for when we still don’t *know.* Of course, we can get accurate information through gut instinct and ordinary intuition, but the true knowing sense transcends all our other sensitivities and senses because it is our link with cosmic mind and the Great Database (called the akasha, or “subtle space within which exists all time and space and knowledge”). With knowing, our consciousness becomes that which is known. So it is in the Biblical sense of “knowledge” — only more intimate!!
Good day, to All!
Reflecting on my past in this stage of life, I have already identified several situations of spiritual help in my procedures and words to be said. There is a phrase that says: God is faithful! I have verified that He is not faithful …. He is very faithful! And many of my sufferings are due to my mistakes, although others seem to cause them.
About knowledge, I learned that there is so-called Spiritual Intelligence, and that it is in increasing demand in the corporate world. And these days I found a video of a very successful Brazilian entrepreneur, who credits all this success to his connection with the Creator, with Spiritual Intelligence. Watch the video from the middle to the end. Worth listening to.
We have to thank for this 33 experience and all the shared comments. A great opportunity to grow. So I am trying it.
Thanks for the link. I have been an organic gardener for 14 plus years, & always want to know how to reduce insect damage & grow tasty veggies picked from healthy plants fertilized only by compost. This helps me to remember to ask if anyone can recommend a source to help me contact nature spirits or some other spiritual means to control grasshopper damage. I know a little of the history of Findhorn, but not much detail.
Peace Be Yours,
It seems to me, after having lived this much of my current lifetime, that the only thing I can ever truly know, is what I experience. Being human, I must create some meaning from my experience, but more and more, I’m learning to allow that meaning to be a fluid and expansive awareness, rather than any monolithic kind of fixed point. There is less rigidity, and more space, in the meaning I find in my experience as I flow along. Someday soon, perhaps, there will be only experience. I do not know.
I think there are two types of ‘knowing.’
One I believe is psychic knowing as in terms of upcoming tragedies of family and strangers, when something good is going to happen, and believing that something has already happened when it then happens in the moment. I have experienced all this. How many of us actually saw and experienced 9/11 hours before it happened. I saw souls/spirits rising from the rubble…I found myself within a man’s body who was rushing downward in one of the towers and then everything exploded and my viewing stopped. I didn’t know what I was seeing in terms of who, when, where. As for psychic knowing I’m not sure there is any real reason for these knowings because often we aren’t given enough information to help; it seems that they are just random awarenessess, kind of like an old recording needle jumping a few spaces on an old 33 rpm recording or a CD jumping spaces.
Other knowings I am not sure which category to put them into is that since I have been experiencing Ascension during the last two years I have shared a vibration oneness with my nature surroundings along the ocean (a sweet bliss that all is okay and we, the trees, the water, the rocks are all ‘breathing’ at the same time), various color lights in the trees along a woodland walk that aren’t there later, a voice heard several times not with my ears but in the center of my chest encouraging me to “let it unfold” small, very distinct and compassionately authoritative covering me with a sense of absolutely no fear, as though I had never known the experience of fear, like it erased the knowledge of it. I have experienced this feeling also while standing in the night surrounded by Northern Lights.
The second knowing is one that I have experienced when my husband has faced numerous medical hospital procedures or difficulties. Ever since 2012 when he suffered his first TBI while in a Veterans hospital (their mistake) I have seen two doctors in blue scrubs standing one on each side of his bed by his head, as if they were consulting with each other. When I saw them I KNEW each time he was going to survive the procedure. I saw these doctors at later times when my husband was facing further procedures and KNEW he would survive and that he was ‘in good hands’ because those doctors were there to guide the actual surgeons. The last time my husband was hospitalized for lung cancer screening the doctors didn’t appear. I didn’t want to know what that meant and hoped I was just not receiving the knowledge. A few days before transitioning when my husband awoke from a 15 hour deep sleep with his eyes more radiant blue than I’ve ever seen them he said the following…”Nona, I just met the most wonderful people, first one then two then three then four…and I wasn’t alone! And the Temple, Nona, can you see the Temple? It’s so beautiful…and the geese, Nona, there are so many of them flying.” That’s when I knew why I hadn’t seen the doctors I had been used to seeing. This for me felt like a different kind of knowing.
There was an Indian Master of Sat Mat in the 70’s who divided psychic knowing from Spiritual Knowing.
So, that’s my take on this topic for now…I am continually week by week now going through more experiences that leave me quizzical with a smile…like there is more than what I’ve always thought. BTW, I can’t do the acoustic listenings as they tend to cause physical pain throughout my body and basically initiate anxiety which may be useful but the overall body pain is too much.
All of this to say that there is way more to what we are seeing that some experiencing Ascension are beginning to realize.
Also, I just want to add that animals KNOW much more than many people are aware of or are rejecting. Animals are grounded, literally, and KNOW much more on a daily basis than most humans. I am sure they know more broadly, higher, deeper and more vastly than we do. When I hear someone say “even animals” I kind of cringe…because that word “even” immediately slams shut a door that we really need to leave open…maybe for our own survival.
Hi Nona. Thank you for sharing your beautiful knowings. I too get these knowings and often think this is what comes naturally from what the Aboriginies called the dream-time. The way you shared your experiences is touching me deeply. Thank You!
I certainly have experience of spontaneous clear knowing while awake, years ago I listed my house for sale, as weeks turned into the second month & no firm offers berfore getting ready for bed one night the thought “when is this place going to sell” was going through my mind, as quick as a flash “WEDNESDAY” just came to me.it wasn’t a voice just a absolutely clear & profound knowing, it had such a impact on me that I just knew it’s pointless to dismiss or rubbish this feeling or knowing…The Wednesday of the nest week the house Sold.
This was the first of 6 times clear knowing has happened to me, I couldn’t tell when or why it may happen to me but a year later I was looking for employment, I had a list of likely companies to phone, after several had no vacancies I continued to make the next call. it happened to be a Friday & while about to dial the number a strong impression came to mind “CALL MONDAY”.
I did delay calling till the Monday, while listing my previous experience & qualifications to the recruitment person he thought I must have had inside knowledge as only the previous Friday a late afternoon meeting was held to announce a new position was needed to be filled. If I had phoned the Friday morning as I planned before their meeting took place I would have been told ” No positions available sorry”.
I could never tell when or why these things would happen spontaneously
Dear Margaret, I am 82 and I still get those goosebumps, also thoughts pop into my mind. It really is a fascinating life.
As for your uncomfortable condition, have you ever done “Jin Shin Jyutsu, “a Japanese Healing Modality? or Qigong, from
Spring Forest Qigong, which is a Chinese Healing Modality? Both are quite easy and can be done from a practitioner or by yourself. These are natural hands on great ways to heal your body, mind and spirit, because they were learned from Source originally. You can look them up on the internet, just add a .com to the names. JSJ is in Scottsdale, Arizona,
and SFQ is in Eden Prarie, Minnesota. You can contact me through Karen and I can tell you what you can do for yourself. One way to start is to hold your fingers,(one at a time) very gently for 3 to 5 minutes. Each finger has two organ flows, one ascending the other is desending. They also have mental/emotional help while you hold. See there are many ways I can explain how to help yourself with them. Thank you Karen and Eben for the glorious guidance you have given all of us, thought some haven’t realized how great it is yet……..Gratitude, love and light……Sandie
There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired,
as a child in school memorises facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.
With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more
marks on your preserving tablets.
There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
through conduits of plumbing-learning.
This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.
Love Rumi and His awesome springbox!!
I remember a “knowing” came to me that a year from now I would be taking my father’s ashes and scattering them at a particular place in the high Sequoias in California – a place where he hiked with me when I was 11. I thought that was odd because my father seemed to be in good health. So I obeyed and for a year, I worked out and lost weight since it is a very long and strenuous hike. About a year later, my father seemed ok (and I didn’t tell anyone about this). Then about two weeks later I went on a trip. Right after I left, he went into the hospital and died a week later. I thought “wow” but waited a couple of weeks to tell my step-mother what my knowing was about. She understood and gave me the ashes which I did take and scattered them exactly where I was told to.
I appreciate the comment about the “shiver” experience or sometimes the hair may stand up on the back of the neck. This sometimes comes for me when I am speaking about a spiritual experience or something that is a bit beyond the known reality of this world. It is a confirmation to me that I have touched something that is true and real and spiritual for me. Thank you for reminding me of this very subtle confirmation that I suspect most of us experience:)
Knowing is subjective when it comes to dreams or out-of-body experiences, as we have no idea to the source of their authenticity (supernaturally or from the id [internally within the mind]). However mindful meditation has been statistically proven to relax and improve the general health of most practitioners, and this is a real example of knowing becoming truth..
Before getting up every morning I go inward in a kind of non-directed meditation. So many distracting thoughts appear and I know it is ego worried I’ll forget it’s there. But then the silence comes and a feeling of access–to what, I am not sure. I heard words once, or rather felt them, that now open this meditation each day. Then after a bit the silence comes. I am certain now that in that place I am the observer as well as the doer. The duration varies, but I always receive some kind of distinct message that seems to be the directive. Today it was “Love who you are. Get ready.” Well, a couple of days ago I got the impression I am to open the little book “The Impersonal Life” by Joseph S. Benner and had not yet done so, though I had bought it last spring. We are stubborn in our resistance, aren’t we? But this morning I did, first thing as I was about to make breakfast. At the end of the first chapter, which is as far as I have read for now, he writes “Are you ready?”
Is it knowing that I never felt good with the theory of the soul school and the belief that our whole life is already a fixed plan? I always thought it’s a slight bit different, but I didn’t know how to express that. When I reached page 191 in Your book ‘Living in a mindful universe’ were it says: “You believe pain teaches…..” I suddenly could find words for what I mean. I could continue: ‘You believe choosing a hard life teaches.’ My idea is we choose with our heart the people we want to be together with, without fixing all the details but we start our incarnation with a wish or more than one in our heart. In which life which wish has a chance to grow or to unfold, could be open. I must admit I don’t mind coincidences. In quantum physics they talk about probabilities Nothing is totally fixed but there are chances to grow and to unfold. When You think about a tree, how long it takes to be old enough to blossom and to take fruit. You can’t command a tree to grow quicker or to get more apples. It needs patience and sun and rain and good soil. Maybe it would be a good influence too when you sing love songs to the tree. Masaru Emoto has made an interesting test with rice. He took 2 glasses of rice and told his children, when they come from school to shout at 1 glass ‘you fool, you idiot’ and to be full of love and friendly words to the other one. After a couple of weeks he checked the rice. The glass with idiot was black and stinking. The other glass consisted good rice wine. So I’m not so sure, if we grow really better under hard conditions.
thank you i ve ofyen thought suffering and struggle as a way to more consciousness and some religions encourage this also. i loved the way you ecplsined this part of the book.
Wow. I had a dream last night where I asked for an answer to help guide me at this point in my life and I heard/saw 3 times as I was waking “trust your deepest experience (knowing)”
Thank you !
That’s inspiring and hopeful… I’m going to ask the same question…
Thank you for sharing
You cannot hope for unanimity in a world based on duality. The oneness and wholeness does not exist at the vibration of duality. It exists the higher and higher you go in vibration of consciousness. And so, think like a human and you find so many differences. In fact, you tend to focus upon those differences. Feel and be at the level of the soul and the differences merge into one tapestry. Do you see how it works? Do not set good efforts laced with good intentions and love aside because not everyone agrees at the human level. Forge on, working from the heart, guided by the soul at the level where love unites all that is.
I am not sure that I wrote this above or if it is a quote. Sometimes I find things in
my journal that I have written years ago and am surprised that I knew this then!
In fact I did not know them then, but I received them and only come to know them later.
Michael… indeed appreciate your sharing… over the years of travelling this path ..i too have noticed many times..while visiting my old standby books i have relied on for guidance.. is likened to ..”coming back to the beginning to know it again for the first time”… have often noticed over the yrs (now 73) that i tend to fall in an out of forgetfulness.an awareness ..so easily to get caught up into the ordinary world view…i am deeply appreciative of Dr.Eben’s an Karen’s work.. i just received word that ..MY COPY HAS ARRIVED..EEEHAW …LOVERLY THEN
Yes!! Thank you.
Michael, I understand this. I was a “receiver at an early age, writing down my feelings in verse. It wasn’t until I was much older, that I started to unravel my own “thought ball”. I was trapped in duality; although I knew something great. As my grandmother wisely said “your head is turned!” I’d like to tell her my new pun: “my head is TUNED!” Looking back on my early poems, even at the age of eleven I “knew” about oneness in the whisper of the deep forest, the flora and fauna experienced fully. I was blessed to be a receiver through verse!
Wow… that’s flipped out…
I love this…
Forge on, working from the heart, guided by the soul at the level where love unites all that is.
I have been blessed to have prophetic dreams since high school and the knowing. In high school, I would get the smells of the presence of someone whether it be cigarettes /cigars/flowers, a cold breeze go by, goose bumps and no one in the room or window/door open. I receive many downloads daily. I can read, watch, talk to someone and then they come. Knowing is different and I ask daily for protection and discernment. Trust in God/Source.
How do you explain two people who have opposite thoughts and insights and believe that they have seen what is true? How come people see relatives in near death experiences? Wouldn’t they be own to their next incarnation? If there is a universal mind couldn’t there be universal memories that someone might access and think they are about their past life? Science says that the universe, like everything in it is moving toward its death. It is about entropy which doesn’t fit your narrative.
Believing is something in my head – knowing feels in my stomach.
Knowing comes when least expected and is verified at later time.
Claircognizance…that happens to me quite a bit…just knowing. It comes so fast and unbidden at times, I miss a good deal of the information. Also in dreams which are sometimes prophetic. Learning to slow the flow of info down or to not “push away” info for whatever reason seems to be my present task. Thank you again, Eben and Karen, for this opportunity.
Many thanks Karen & Eben for the daily practice & all that you do together showing us ways to tap into our truer & lighter selves.
Spiritual ‘what I know’ has come to me from something outside of myself by synchronicity and/or experiences given to me that were profound. This has enabled me to truly changed my perspective of life & it’s real meaning.
I look forward to your new book and am grateful to you for leading us by the hand towards a higher level of consciousness.
People like yourselves show us that the human race can evolve & expand towards the ultimate truth of love in its purest form.
You enable us to see a way forward towards a love which had no bounds – remarkable.
This has got to be one of the hardest things for the Western mind to achieve. I think there’s an implicit requirement of faith. Too often this kind of knowing crashes with what we’ve been taught: to think, to plan, to rationalize, to look at the facts… Every time I’ve defied what I knew or what came to me intuitively, I crashed and burned! It is not easy to achieve this kind of knowing – but not impossible.
I can identify with the goose bump phenomena, also words that come in to my mind, expressed differently from my own angles. I might write things down in a totally different fashion from my own inclinations. At times, friends might ask me “Where did that come from?” I can only think, that, as a now rather mature woman, who has had many experiences in life and learned how to decipher them and how my decisions have assisted me to grow, these are the reasons. There have been lots of “hiccups” and I have had cause to go over events and actions, sometimes, physically in order to put things right. But, I guess, that is what I signed up for. A thought, was making “mistakes” all part of the plan too? Just to follow yesterday’s request, medication has made me begin to feel much better, with healing my most uncomfortable condition I wrote of yesterday. Many thanks, Love, Margaret.