“There is a trust that goes beyond proof and beyond the need for any witnessing at all. This is the trust of knowing. Knowing is of the heart, and holds a consistency and certainty that the dawn of innocence does not contain. (A Course of Love, 28.5)”
Affirmation: “I would ‘know’ today.”
1 – Knowing vs. Perceiving
Jesus has longed for us to know since he first mentioned these words in A Course in Miracles. There he contrasted “knowing” and “perceiving,” and indicated that only in knowing is there permanence. Perception was what we had projected from within, and it is illusion, for we are living in a dream. Elements of the real world do surface, though, when we live from knowing. Knowing is of God, and it something for which we are now ready.
2 – Intuition
Listen to your heart. Sometimes this heartfelt message is sensed as intuition, but not always. There are many ways that the heart can come to understand. Inspirational words of others are yet another source. And, of course, scripture–whether of the Bible, other holy books, or the latest perennial philosophy of ACIM and ACOL.
3 – Innocence
When we have first known innocence, and known that it is of ourselves, we have loosed the hold of the ego on ourselves. This is where ACIM took us. We have not sinned, but have merely made mistakes that we would correct, and which we would forgive in ourselves.
4 – Jesus
But we have traveled beyond simple innocence now. We know that the innocence is a fact, but we also know many other things. Jesus has taken us by the hand, and through the reading of A Course of Love, he is leading us to full equality with him.
May I be sure of You today. I have had faith for a long time, and I do not leave my mind at the door when I pray. I know in a way that I did not when I was younger. Thank You for this certainty, for this truth of knowing that You are with me always.
May my trust be expanded. Trust has been a bit of a problem for me, and I would not have it so. Trust is the bedrock of our salvation, and I would trust completely and wholly that You are with me all the time. Thank You for the trust that is growing within me.