I think I've tried to make this point enough times in this space, but we persist in thinking with the mind as though God were a thought, and this is where our understanding fails. "Scientific" thinkers (incl. our dear misguided friends, the atheists) think everything is of the mind—and how could they help it? They know nothing else. But God is Nothing; and although I know this seems like a peculiar form of sophistry to those who use their mind alone to understand, it isn't. The inner eye is not of the mind; not of this one, anyway, and anyone whose inner eye is opened will understand this immediately.
Once in a while, during the course of a lifetime, an individual who thinks only with the mind may have the inner eye open briefly; yet few know what this is when it happens. It is described in various ways, but always by the mind that does not know. Because we're dominated by the intellectual mind, we have no real way of becoming free enough to understand with the faculties which are God-given and designed to sense and perceive without the intellect. They lie in the realm of Nothing; and they are Nothing, for they are not of this mind which makes everything a thing.
This is the conceptual mind that Ta Hui warned of: poisonous snakes and fierce tigers.
I can’t express enough this grave danger of believing everything from the mind. The intellectual mind has no actual idea of what life is; and unless the heart opens and the inflow begins, everything that one thinks one understands is inaccurate. Even the most esoteric or miraculous understanding means nothing without the inflow; even the highest form of knowledge cannot prepare a man or woman for what it means to have the inner eye opened and receive love.
One sees that one ought to be filled with an entirely different impulse that comes from another level, and express that impulse, rather than one’s own impulses.
And one sees, irrevocably, that Grace goes much deeper than the bones, and exceeds the understanding.
In this saying yes, one receives; and in receiving, one learns a little bit how to love.