It became clear that what was needed was for me – consciously and by choice – to initiate direct intuitive contact with Beings, thereby to dicover from experience that they were alive.
One clue is that this must involve ‘heart thinking’; a term which means the same as intuition – and thinking with the heart is distinguished from head-thinking/ reason/ logic on the one hand; and gut-thinking/ instinct/ spontaneous impulse on the other hand. In practice, heart thinking is happening when knowledge ‘appears’ in conscious thinking, knowledge that we know to be from another Being (not our-selves) inserts-itself into our stream-of-thought.
Bruce, this is divination and you need to cut it out. You’re playing with fire and you think you know what you’re doing, but you have no idea.
This may be a common stumbling block for intuitive thinkers in a world unmoored from close contact with God, like in the days when the prophet Samuel came on the scene. I engaged in some divination once over a period of a couple weeks, basically by accident, and became convicted of this in church during a Bible reading. I immediately swore off it and destroyed all of my notes of the “insights” produced and never looked back. If you understand how genius operates as an addiction, you should understand how serious this business is.
Speaking to Bruce again: Ignorance never saved anyone from the consequences of their actions in the history of the world. Mens rea is a legal concept for showing mercy to children and the village idiot with no counterpart in the natural world. You don’t need to understand why it’s a bad idea for it to be a bad idea and you don’t need to understand why you need to stop it in order to need to stop it.
On a sad note, anytime I interact with someone now I find myself trying to discern whether they will turn out to be a fool or a moral coward or both. To have this belief continually reinforced–that there is no one to look up to in the natural world–is a worse form of loneliness than the physical isolation of Covid. But without exception it always turns out to be one or the other or both.