According to Wikipedia – Understanding is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object. Understanding is a relation between the knower and an object of understanding.
I can admit that often times I do not. My perception is limited, distorted and shaped by my experience, desires, and even my optimistic hope. There is a certain liberation that occurs in admission. The best I can do is to attempt to understand. It is, according to the description above, relational. I find that I can’t know for certain due to the limitations of my humanity. To recognize my limited capacity to grasp entirely all the factors in play.
Anthony de Mello suggests “The only way to change is to change your understanding.” Boy that’s a whopper. A number of axioms, quotes, etc. come to mind. Our concepts, formulations and ideas are ridged and nearly immovable. That what I can know is merely what I am capable of comprehending at this precious moment. I can begin to be able to understand when I say that I don’t and am willing to try to.
There is though something else I am perceiving. I am anticipating something glorious which is, has and will change everything. Can you feel it? I had a curiosity about the celebration of Advent. I am beginning to understand. The wonderful feeling of anticipating the inevitable which is.