Understanding is the ability to see what is not seen with the human eye, and to know what is not known by human intellect or human reason. That may sound simple, but it is profound. It is what makes up the fabric of our lives – that which holds us together. I have come to believe that understanding is the purest form of power available on the earth.
Understanding is knowledge, but it is not a product of intellect alone. We develop/program our minds and they are the seats of our intellect. Our education, our environment, our family, our friends, and all that we are exposed to form the opinions, thoughts, feelings and emotions that flow from our minds. All of this may be excellent. It may also be incorrect/wrong. It depends on our programming. Whether our programming is good programming, or if it is bad programming.
Our environment has become so busy and so demanding primarily because we have become a predominately sense-driven world/society (taste, touch, smell, feel, see, hear).
Most of this is the result of our physical desires. Most, if not everything, we do is motivated by a passion that is driven by our pursuit of satisfying one of our senses which more often than not is demonstrated and fulfilled by a physical or emotional want/desire/need. It seems the right/correct thing to do. We cannot fall behind. We have to compete. It is what everyone is doing, isn’t it? What choice do we have? Understanding will provide the answer to that and many other questions.
Our choice is clear and clearly understood when we understand ourselves. Life can be frustrating. Not knowing how we were created and designed to function, we can live our entire lives completely contrary, or in opposition to, the plans of the Architect/Creator/Builder/Developer who built and designed us. Who has ever heard of such a thing? We don’t have time to think about that. We are too busy. Busy doing what? Satisfying our senses. Gratifying our minds and our bodies. Is that how we are made and is that how we are supposed to function?
In the first chapter of the Great Book of Learning, we are told/informed that we are created in the “image and likeness” of our Creator. I know there are those who believe we evolved from a lower species – monkeys, apes or whatever. What I cannot understand is why that stopped. I have seen many such animals that were very old, and none of them appeared to have evolved. I am too practical to believe all the delicate, intricate organization and profound beauty that is present in the universe, the human body and nature itself just happened or is the result of some chaotic collision and resulting explosions. I cannot believe that chaos will create organization. That has not been my experience. Science does not confirm such a possibility.
More than anything else, I can tell you of my experience. What I know to be correct from the reality of experience. I have personally met the Creator. The person described in that Great Book of Learning. He is, always was and will forever be the One who has provided a clear and easy to understand plan for our lives – how they operate, the correct and proper function of our make up, and how to live in power, peace and understanding on the earth.
I have learned that His plans for us are always for good. He provides for us a constant hope. There is always a future for us from Him in everything. Without fail His plans are never for disaster, nor for frustration, but for understanding. So then why do we have such difficulty? I believe the answer is simple when we understand ourselves and how we are made to operate. If we are made like our Creator, then we will need to know how He is made and how He operates. Our design and operation will parallel His. In next week’s blog, we will take a deep dive into these very topics and more.