Understanding. . .

Understanding —The ability to know, perceive, and apprehend.

Understanding is important in developing our practice, because it is the faculty that puts legs behind our steps and gives our practice something to stand on. Blind faith, faith without understanding, may get results on occasion, but our growth demands a base that is more dependable … understanding that is grounded in truth.

The awakening of our own faculty of understanding starts with questioning — questioning the old ways of thinking that may have been taken for granted … The desire for understanding leads to thinking about what is learned and seeking to put it all together in a body of information that will provide a basis for living.

Understanding is different from … wisdom. Wisdom is often defined as “intuitive knowing; or cultivated intuition, and understanding as the ability of the mind to apprehend and realize the laws of thought and the relation of ideas to one another. To put it more simply, wisdom knows … Understanding knows why … When your understanding is developed in both head and body, not only will you have the light in mind, but you will also have the ability to apply it in your world.

Here is a simple thought/meditation for your next sitting:

In this moment I pause and call upon my spiritual gift of divine understanding for insights into my daily journey.

If I’m not sure of the path to take, which decision to make, or what words to say, I allow understanding to guide my mind and heart. Understanding takes me to deeper levels of compassion, nonjudgment, and connection to others.

I use the faculty of understanding to see beyond human appearances and into the light of truth. I perceive and am grateful for the gifts, the joys, and the presence of understanding in every event or circumstance.

Peace and Love, Jim

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