"As separate individuals, we live in separate cultures haunted by the vague memory of an intimacy that we all share. Let us, all together, chase the very horizon of existence, the edge of understanding, the point at which new sensations, emotions, thoughts and ideas begin to emerge… and let us bring this intimacy alive." ~Alex Mero
“How could you have known that we would get a table in this restaurant?” asked Nathan with curiosity.
“I just thought it was a good idea to come up here.” Simon replied.
“You have the gift of choosing well!” Nathan said with a smile.
“By following our instincts, we can set things in motion and concretize our ideas!” Simon affirmed.
Nathan was aware once more just how much Simon’s concept of life resembled that of his father’s. Another point both men had in common was that they always tried to express only positive thoughts. Nathan wanted to talk about this so he stated:
“If everyone fostered only good thoughts the world would be a better place!”
“Well, to begin with,” Simon remarked, “We would all have to know what good thoughts are.”
“That seems simple enough to me.” Nathan answered.
“Not everybody answers to the same source of knowledge to know if a thought is good. Many are those who prefer their own knowledge over that of higher knowledge.”
Nathan knew that higher knowledge was none other than the inner power which his father had talked about.
“Why isn’t everyone aware of the real usefulness of higher knowledge?” asked Nathan.
“That’s because we all individually classify our priorities in the order that seems proper to us.” Simon answered.
“But isn’t personal evolution a main priority for each one of us?” Nathan asked.
“Each one of us has our own points of view depending on what has been instilled in us.”
We assume that everyone knows the same “good” and “bad”, but really, it is a matter of perception. To some degree, we are a product of our environment; the values we were brought up with, the ideas, beliefs, priorities that we’ve been conditioned with. Understanding this, also gives a certain understanding of why people behave the way they do, and make the choices that they do. Intrinsically, though, I think people do have a certain “knowing” of what comes from Love, and what doesn’t, but depending on where they are in life, how “strong” their outer influences are, their perceptions of Truth/Love/Reality may be distorted.
“Our inner power,” continued Nathan “is it always right?”
“Yes, but it won’t prevent us from making mistakes or making wrong choices; that’s part of our personal evolution. Know that every event, even the most annoying and painful ones, can strengthen our confidence. These experiences are necessary so we can release our inner power. In that way, we can realize our life mission: increasing our knowledge!” affirmed Mauro.
“But were you not taught that our life mission was to develop pure love for one another?” asked Nathan, a little confused again.
“But they’re one and the same!” emphasized his father.
Nathan looked up at Mauro, still unsure of what he meant. Mauro explained further:
“Pure knowledge consists of knowing what is good; pure love consists in doing what is good. The more we know what is good the more we do what is good!”
“But the notion of knowing what’s good and bad, does it not differ from person to person?”
“Every individual has their own perception of what constitutes good and bad, and hence why it’s important not to stay fixed on certitudes, but to always remain open to new thoughts to adjust these perceptions.” said Mauro.
“New thoughts?” asked Nathan.
“These are thoughts that clarify our capabilities and our objectives or life goals.”
There are many words that mean the same thing as pure Love; such as knowledge, wisdom, truth etc… what struck me in this dialogue was that it’s very true that the notion of good and bad depends on how an individual perceives them. And the more certain you are of your beliefs, the less likely you are to have an open mind and question or search for more knowledge, and perhaps the less likely you are to listen and interpret your inner feelings or intuition, and the less likely you are open to any new thoughts and changes.
What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?
Wisdom is not a teaching or knowledge in of itself, but rather our mind’s proper deciphering of the relevance or standing of things, experiences, ideas, as well as all forms things can manifest themselves in. Wisdom offers a much broader perspective on things rather than just purely intellectual or analytic reasoning; it is a better way to correctly perceive things rather than defining them in words or concepts.
To obtain “higher knowledge” two travels are needed: The first one in the outer world and the second one in the inner. It’s the adventures we experience in the outer world that lead us to our journey in the inner.