Levels of Knowing

Mental Realm

Intellectual Knowledge – One rationally knows, but this does not have the divisive subjective factor.  One can see the danger of their actions yet not change because they never apprehend it completely, with their full attention.


Direct Perception – Clear perception of the truth.  Clear seeing of the false, the truth in the false, and therefore the truth.  Perception and action are instantaneous.

Ex: Seeing danger.  In a threat to our safety, our life, we act.

Knowing by Being – No Subject, no Object.  The knower and the known are one.

Ex: “The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love.” – Meister Eckhart. Sermon IV : True Hearing

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