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July 28, 2012 / Ronald Chapman

To Truly Understand

Here it is … the most challenging of propositions. “It is insufficient to understand all, and thus to forgive all. If we were to truly understand, we would know there is nothing to forgive.”

The spiritual teacher Gurdjieff would maintain that principles such as these come from beyond human understanding, that they are inspired and therefore bigger than we can readily imagine, that the human orientation is insufficient to hold them.

And yet, we are inexorably drawn by such propositions for they reflect truth.

Perhaps the only way to approach them is through inquiry. How might I imagine the realization that there is nothing to forgive? What degree of misunderstanding stands in the way? What would I have to do to find such acceptance that forgiveness is no longer required?

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