UNDERSTANDING: comes through experience which becomes knowledge leading to wisdom and understanding.
It is through experience that we learn and once we have had the experience of something, it is then that we comprehend the knowledge of what we have gained by going through the experience. We cannot read a book and truly understand what we have read until we physically practice or undergo to fully gain the knowledge from the words we have read. This is also true when we listen to a person’s story. We can feel empathy for them but the deep understanding of what they went through only comes if we have lived through the same occurrence in our life.
Wisdom learned through personal experience becomes our personal truth. Two people can experience the same situation and have two very different conclusions. This does not say that one is wrong, or one is right. It does speak to the fact that both people have led different lives and have formed certain opinions about what they have been through.
The woman in the card appears to be contemplating something. Perhaps someone has shared an event with them and what they learned from it. Maybe she has had the same experience and has been shown knowledge from a different outcome.
When we share our viewpoints, our perceptions expand as we express them. If someone has had shared experiences, we learn that others also have gone through similar situations. We feel a connection with them, and perhaps gain an understanding of why they reacted as they did. We can have events in common yet also realize that we each react in ways that reflect our own lives.
Understanding brings us to a point in our lives when we stop judging another person for how they live, we forgive ourselves and others for real or perceived injustices or mistakes, and we accept and surrender to the truth of our lives – we are here to learn and to grow in love.
Understanding becomes our inner awareness of the truth of our lives. As we reflect on our decisions, as well as the outcomes of those decisions, we learn to make better choices because we know, (knowledge) what the probable outcomes will be. We focus more on our ‘inner world’ than the external factors that affect us. Our wisdom is accessible to us through our inner-standing of what our personal lessons have taught us.
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