What is the difference between knowing the truth and realizing the
truth for yourself?
Question: What is the exact element in knowing the truth
that sets you free?
amount of knowing the truth equals level of being. You can know
a thousand esoteric truths yet all of that knowledge, in and of
itself, will not set anyone free. Simply put, even the finest Work
knowledge taken in, in only one center (the intellectual center)
will never lead to an increase in one’s own Level of Being. Our
own emotional Nature (Center), also has to see, as well as
digest and willingly align its purposes along side the good
of the truth which is usually only held within the mind.
Real Objective Purpose of the truth is to create a signpost to direct
the initiate. As the initiate becomes able to accurately access
the Real Objective Value of the truth he or she is observing, the
truth allows the student to see what they have to work upon next.
If you are awake, one truth leads to another and another. Truth
becomes a path you follow. However, if you are asleep, truth becomes
just another fact about yourself or the outside world. As a result,
it is not at all uncommon for students to be able to quote The
Work chapter and verse but still remain sound asleep within
themselves. It is as if students are able to take The Work Knowledge
in but remain unable to digest, and therefore, use
what they already know. Only the Truth that you can digest, and
sincerely apply towards yourself, will set you free.
is the difference between knowing that you are dealing with a pathological
liar while believing everything the liar says and no longer
being able to believe what the liar has to say? In both cases, the
fact that you know that the person you are listening to lies is
the constant. The variable appears to be whether you "get"
what that knowledge about listening to a liar means. It is only
when you are no longer able to believe automatically that you become
causes the transition from knowledge alone into knowledge aligned
along side Level of Being/or how can you get your heart to know
and believe in what your mind already knows to be true?
is my experience that my ability to realize what I already knew
(for decades) was the result of a free act of Grace. Before I did
not get it and now I do. It is only when you are able to
digest the truth that the truth sets you free. As to what gets you
to realize the truth, I haven’t got a clue. But I am able to describe
the profound difference between the two.
instance, imagine what it would be like to see and hear the various
aspects of psycho/spiritual asleep at the time that are occurring?
It is only when you can see, hear, feel these aspects of sleep,
in time, that you are no longer able to proceed forward automatically.
Being awake stops you dead in your tracks. Being awake saves you
from wasting your time in a series of either lateral and/or descending
awake is the result of your center of gravity receding inwardly
from personally towards your own essence. Because your center of
gravity is, in essence, you both cease to identify with your personally
as well as being able to finally hear and see your own Real I.
Orage described the above as ribbon candy. When we begin to Self-Observe,
we start the return journey back inwards. Once we are awake, we
flow outwards self-observing our self-observations about our mechanical
nature. Once you wake up, you realize that there is something deep
inside of you that has always been able to observe the mechanicalness.
One of the aims of The Work is to enable the Work Student to switch
their sense of self (sense of I) from the automaton back onto
the conscious Self that resides within. As a result of being awake,
I am able, under the right conditions, to act beyond my mechanical
nature. Once you are awake, you are able to not do as you have always
be awake also means that you live your life from a passive ‘do’.
To be awake is to realize you own nothingness. When you are awake,
you realize what an idiot you have always been. It is not that you
are an idiot because you are essentially stupid but rather to be
awake means to see the all within the nothingness.
you can see the whole of anything, you realize how puny and unintentionally
stupid your total knowledge on the subject has been. I could be
the most brilliant student of This Work in the entire world but
when compared to the orders of truth that the Real I sees, all my
alleged glory passes into the total realization that even Gurdjieff
was nothing but one, wonderful grain of sand within the endless
sands of time.
matter how long I traveled along this Fourth Way path, all I can
ever hope to achieve is to go from being an unenlightened idiot
into an enlightened one.
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