Period of Unknowing
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Faith is not a belief. You can start with the belief in the potential on offer but don’t call this faith.
Faith is the willingness to enter the UNKNOWN. Belief is where you think you KNOW but what you know is what you know ‘ABOUT.’ This “knowing about” does not come from revelation. It comes from information. This is information, but it is not transformational. It does not come from Source.
Faith is symbolized by the entry into the desert in the Biblical story of the Flight of the Jews from Egypt. This is a story that the believer takes literally rather than as a metaphysical teaching. We relate this teaching story to the journey of the soul out of Egypt (ego or personal consciousness) through the dessert (authentic faith) into the Promised Land (Union with the Divine)
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Authentic faith is where you enter within and enter into the unknown in order that you might be KNOWN THROUGH. When you experience being known through, you have your authentic faith validated.
Authentic faith needs no validation from clergy, Rabbi, Guru or other authority. This is the real authority, but it is not yours. It comes through you from Source.
You walk the Esoteric Way of inner revelation. You become a potential mystic. You leave the company of the blind leading the blind. This is often a very lonely time.
The mystic is the one who has had at least one encounter with the Divine. The mystical experience makes you a KNOWER. This sounds arrogant but true mystical experience makes you humble. It does however also make you certain.
It is hard to acknowledge that you KNOW that you are part off but never apart from something that is eternal and GOOD. This is a goodness beyond the duality of opposites. You as a mystic want this experience beyond belief to be KNOWN to everyone.
Hafiz says it this way:-
I wish that when you are lonely and in darkness that I could show you the astonishing Light of your own Being—Hafiz.
Hafiz is a KNOWER. He doesn’t invite you to believe in the Light. He wants you to experience the Light. He knows that you are lonely because of your belief in separation. As a believer, you are standing on the shifting sands of time.
The mystic has stood in the land of the Timeless.
In Ireland we refer to this metaphorical land as The Land of the Forever Young. It is the Land of Tír na nÓg. It is the land of the Beautiful People the Tuatha de Danaan. This is the Irish equivalent of The Promised Land.