Dialogs With My Teacher #38

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching.

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October 7, 2010

Student: Are knowing and loving the same thing?

Michael: Loving is the felt-sense of total release, of complete surrender. Knowing something factually, or finding certainty, is basically just a hiding place for the ego, where attachment can build. We might call this “small knowing.” On the other hand, “Big Knowing,” or what I have called “capital-K knowing,” is a state of openness that offers us the felt-sense of total release that we know, once again, as love.

Student: So they’re not really the same and they’re not really different?

Michael: That’s a nice way of describing this experience.

Student: Big Knowing is Big Loving?

Michael: Bingo.

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