In a long discussion on various esoteric traditions and belief, the question of what is true arose.
What came out of my mouth was interesting, so I thought I’d share it here. I’ve touched on this in related ways before.
Understanding basically comes in 3 types or stages:
1) The Believer. We follow a teaching or faith.
2) The Maverick or Synthesizer. We ‘figure it out for ourselves’, blending various teachings.
3) The Seer. We experience it for ourselves. Revelation.
The third is of course the key – anything before that is based on belief or the intellect rather than perceived truth. This stage in itself has its own subroutine of “sorting it out”, finding the understanding and language to grasp mentally what has been experienced.
It’s also worth noticing that this is also a fairly typical sequence of personal development. The Tribal keener tends to outgrow the box and become more Individual. Gradually, they have more and more direct experiences until they transcend the ego of Individual and step through Self realization. Then the journey of awakening begins.
And what a journey it is…