Soul in the World
When do we know and when do we know that we do not know.
A deep question I know.
Knowing comes with practice. What kind of practice you ask? The practice of: paying attention, mindfulness, being awake, consciousness - whatever word you may use, they all lead to the same place - knowing.
If you have been on a spiritual journey for awhile, a soul quest, following a longing to know yourself better, wanting a life that is more congruent with that self, or even just questioning if the life you are leading feels like a good path, then you have begun to have a knowing. You've had tastes of it.
Knowing may come gently into the still quiet places or slip sneakily into your thoughts during your most familiar distractions. Many times it arrives at your doorstep, like an uninvited guest, barging in and completely dismantling your perfectly planned evening of relaxation, sumptious food and light conversation.
You need not fear knowing. You only need to acknowledge that you want to know and make an agreement with yourself that you will be open to knowing. The knowing will take care of itself, as you are ready.
THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.