3 Levels of Knowledge

Mountain home at dusk

mettā letter 10

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Dear fellow soul,

I want to take a moment to thank you for reading. It is wonderful that you have this opportunity to learn about how there is so much more to you than you may have been told.

In the previous mettā letter I wrote about suffering, and how it is a universal opportunity to wake up.

In this mettā letter, I would like to discuss the three levels of knowledge.

The first level of knowledge is physical — with actions and words of others as the source before incorporation as knowledge — such as seeing, hearing, or reading something from somewhere other than yourself, and knowing that it is true. This is second-hand knowledge, but it is helpful knowledge to acquire.

This is what children do a lot as they learn about the world. You tell them something, and they believe you. It becomes true to them. They incorporate second-hand knowledge into their reality more quickly than adults.

Still, this level of knowledge is lacking more from your side.

The second level of knowledge is mental — with thoughts and beliefs as the final source before incorporation as knowledge — which is seeing, hearing, or reading something from somewhere other than yourself, and then applying your own mental activity to it. Working with it in your mind. After processing it with your mind, you know it is true.

We do this often. This is a large part of our education, to mentally work with the knowledge. But knowledge goes much deeper than this.

The third level of knowledge is emotional — with feelings and emotions as the final source before incorporation as knowledge — which is emotionally experiencing something first-hand, and knowing it is true.

This is your own personal experience. This is the deepest knowledge you as a person can attain — a personal truth.

You are given a gift from a stranger, so you experience the generosity of humanity. You are attacked by a stranger, so you experience the violence of humanity. You are bit by a dog, and you experience the anger and unpredictability of animals. You experience the pure, undivided attention of a dog, and you experience the wonderful companionship of animals. You know what it is like to hurt and you know what it is like to heal. These are some deepest truths.

So now you can hear something, think about it, experience it and add it to your personal truth, or not. Realize though that your personal truth will change with each subsequent experience you go through (again, or not.) The important thing to keep in mind is that you are ultimately in control of this as well as responsible for it. This is your choice.

As you deepen your level of knowledge and build your personal truth, you will begin to live in alignment and reconnect with Soul.

I wish you the best of luck building your personal truth, deepening your level of knowledge, and awakening consciousness.

In the next mettā letter, I will write about how we are all connected.

With mettā,

Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh, India

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