How to find answers to life's questions

By Kim Michaels


Can you find answers inside or outside the box?

Once you regonize the desire for answers, you can begin to consider where such answers might come from? To be more specific: Can you find the answers inside or outside the box of your current knowledge and beliefs?

Let us use simple logic. If the answer to your question could be found within the context of your current knowledge and beliefs, you would already have found that answer and moved on with life. The very fact that your question is still unanswered demonstrates that the answer cannot be found inside the box of your current beliefs. Therefore, if you are serious about finding an answer to the question, you must be willing to look for that answer outside the box of your current knowledge and beliefs. You might even have to look outside the box of your current belief system.

Obviously, this is where we run into potential problems. It is a fact of life that human beings have a tendency to cling to familiar beliefs. If you read the New Testament, you will see that Jesus himself often challenged those who were not willing to look beyond their current beliefs. In fact, it was this type of people who plotted his death.

To overcome the human tendency to close our minds to new ideas, it might help you to understand why we so often cling to familiar beliefs.

The most basic human need

When people cling to their existing beliefs, they often prevent themselves from gaining the one insight that could help them improve their lives. Therefore, they effectively condemn themselves to an unpleasant and limiting situation. 

Around 500 years ago, people in Europe were attached to the belief that the earth was flat. Therefore, they prevented themselves from discovering new land and new opportunities beyond the horizon. By clinging to this limiting idea, people condemned themselves to a situation with very limited economic opportunity. They made themselves the slaves of their present circumstances, thinking there was no way out.

What causes people to cling to their existing beliefs even to the point where doing so actually hurts themselves? To understand this attachment, you need to take a look at human needs. Unfortunately, most psychologists do not understand the most basic of all human needs. That need is the need for a sense of identity.

The world is a frightening place, and to cope with the world a person needs to have some kind of stable platform. That platform is the person’s sense of identity.

The question now becomes: How do people build their sense of identity? They usually take one of the following approaches:

The inner approach. Some people have an inner sense of who they are, why they are here and how they fit into the larger context we call life. The only way to acquire this inner sense of identity is to answer the deeper or fundamental questions of life. In each generation and in each society, you can find a few people who have found answers to these questions and thereby built a timeless and unshakable sense of identity. These people are often considered to be more spiritual, and they are often looked upon as rare exceptions. However, such people do not have to be exceptions. Anyone can build a timeless and unshakable sense of personal identity by answering the fundamental questions of life. In fact, such a sense of identity could be considered your spiritual birthright. 

The outer approach. If you cannot answer the deeper questions of life, your only option is to build a sense of identity by using ideas and beliefs that come to you from outside yourself. The problem with this approach is that a sense of identity based on outer ideas is constantly under attack. It is a brutal fact that the only constant in this world is constant change. As humankind increases its understanding of life, older beliefs and ideas are likely to be questioned or challenged. For example, we live in a time when many people feel that their religious or spiritual beliefs are challenged by the advances in science.
When your sense of identity is based on the outer approach, you do not have a stable platform for your journey through the world. Therefore, you inevitably end up feeling threatened, and this causes you to cling to your existing beliefs. If a new idea seems to question or challenge your existing beliefs, you will tend to ignore or deny that idea. Many people become so fearful of new ideas that they close their minds to anything that goes beyond the box of their existing beliefs. While this reaction is understandable, it is not very constructive, because it aborts your spiritual growth. If your mind is closed, you simply cannot grow.

Overcoming attachment

If you are serious about personal growth, you simply must overcome your attachment to your current beliefs (not all at once, but a little bit at a time). You cannot grow and remain the same, and you cannot have your cake and eat it too.

To overcome your attachment to your present beliefs, you need to understand that the human mind has two distinct elements. Psychologists have long been aware that the human psyche is very complex and that the mind has several layers or levels. In this context, we will consider the following elements:

The lower mind. (What Jesus calls the carnal mind.) The lower mind is the seat of the lower human qualities. In this context, the most important of these lower qualities is fear. The lower mind causes people to be afraid of change. To the lower mind, any change is automatically seen as a threat. Therefore, the lower mind is very attached to your existing beliefs, and it will do almost anything to uphold those beliefs. This includes taking aggressive action against people or ideas who seem to threaten those beliefs. The lower mind looks at your existing beliefs as something that is final, something that should not be changed. Therefore, any change is a potential loss.

The higher mind. (What Jesus calls the Christ mind.) The higher mind is the seat of the positive human qualities. In this context, the most important of these qualities is the desire to grow, including the desire to increase your understanding. The higher mind is not attached to your existing beliefs. To your higher mind, your existing beliefs are not final or absolute. They simply represent the highest understanding that you have grasped until this point. To the higher mind, an idea that goes beyond your existing beliefs is not seen as a threat. Instead, it is seen as an opportunity for growth.

We can now see why some people are open to new ideas and why others have closed their minds. The deciding factor is whether a person’s normal state of consciousness is dominated by the lower mind or the higher mind. If the person is dominated by the lower mind, the person fears that questioning an existing belief will threaten the stability and security which that belief has provided.

If a person is dominated by the higher mind, that person has no fear of loss. Instead, the person is continually looking to expand and refine his or her understanding of life. You can never lose by attaining a higher understanding than what you currently have. A higher understanding is not a loss, but a gain. A question is not a threat, but an opportunity for growth.

Developing growth-consciousness

If you are serious about healing your relationship to Jesus, you can make things much easier for yourself by developing an attitude or state of consciousness that is open to growth. You simply need to let go of the state of mind that is dominated by the fear of loss. You must realize and accept that replacing a limited belief with a higher understanding is never a loss, but the very key to growth.

One helpful way to do achieve growth-consciousness is to create a balance sheet listing the advantages and disadvantages of the two approaches to life, namely a closed mind and an open mind. Such a balance sheet might look like the following example:

When you have a closed mind:

If you see change as a threat, every aspect of life becomes a potential threat. Therefore, your life becomes a constant battle to defend and hold on to what you have.

The constant sense of struggle wears you out and squeezes all joy from your life.

You live in a constant fear of loss, and nothing you do can alleviate that fear.

You feel that things can only get worse and that everything was better in some distant past that you cannot actually remember.

You can never attain true happiness and peace of mind.

You never feel secure or fulfilled, no matter how much you do or how much you have.

You condemn yourself to remaining in your present circumstances, or perhaps even experience a downhill spiral that leads from bad to worse. There is an old saying about the frying pan and the fire.

You are constantly faced with problems that seem to have no possible solutions (they don’t have solutions inside the box of your current beliefs).

Life will pass you by as it inevitably moves onwards and upwards. If you are not keeping pace with life, you are falling behind. The dinosaurs proved that you cannot stand still. You must grow or die.


When you have an open mind:

You are not threatened because the world is changing. You simply see it as an opportunity for growth.

You feel optimism and your life is full of joy.

You don’t fear losing a limited belief, because you know it will simply be replaced by a higher understanding.

You feel that as your understanding grows, your life can only get better.

You have a very real possibility of achieving true happiness and peace of mind. You feel like you are constantly moving forward and growing.

You feel secure and fulfilled by knowing that your life will continue to improve as long as you continue to expand your understanding.

You know that you are not condemned to live the rest of your life in your present circumstances. A higher understanding is the key to improving your circumstances, and you are constantly expanding your understanding.

You know that an unsolved problem is just a temporary phenomenon. You will eventually attain the understanding that will empower you to solve any problem.

Life is not passing you by. Instead, you are moving along with life and loving it.


Discovering the inner approach to knowledge

What is life? One way to look at life of this to say that life is a continuous stream of questions that are thrown at you from sources outside yourself:

  • How do I respond to this situation? 
  • How do I solve this problem? 
  • How do I overcome this crisis? 
  • How do I reach this or that goal? 
  • How do I answer this or that question? 

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the questions that are thrown at you every moment of the day. It is easy to feel that you are always coming from behind, trying to catch up to this or that crisis. It is easy to feel that you are never really measuring up and doing what you should or could be doing.

There is an alternative to being a victim of life and life’s questions. By finding your personal answers to some of the deeper questions of life, you can rise above the consciousness of being a victim of circumstances beyond your control. Instead, you can turn your life into an exciting journey, a path to greater understanding and greater peace of mind.

Outer knowledge is not enough

When it comes to finding answers to the deeper questions of life, it is not enough to seek outer, factual or intellectual knowledge. This world has many doctrines or belief systems that claim to provide answers to the questions of life. Numerous people have studied such doctrines without finding answers. It is not enough to simply assimilate facts or outer knowledge about life. You need to go beyond assimilating knowledge and attain a deeper understanding of life. To gain at deeper understanding, you must integrate outer knowledge into your consciousness. Instead of accepting an answer formulated by someone else, you must attain an answer that is formulated by your own mind. 

There is nothing mysterious or difficult about integrating knowledge. You simply need to become aware that you already have the ability to do this, and then you need to start systematically using this natural ability. This ability is commonly known as intuition.

What is intuition?

Most people are aware that they have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. In a general sense, the subconscious mind is any aspect of the mind which lies beyond conscious awareness. However, if you want to understand intuition, you need to gain a more detailed understanding of the subconscious mind.

Some psychologists, such as Carl Jung, have realized that the subconscious mind has layers or levels. As mentioned ealier, the lower levels of the subconscious mind are the seat of the negative aspects of human nature, such as selfishness, greed, fear and doubt. The higher levels of the subconscious mind are the seat of the higher human qualities, such as love, selflessness, faith and the desire to know.

By accepting the idea of a higher mind, we can gain a new perspective on intuition and a new definition of intuition. Jesus gives the following definition of intuition:|

Intuition is a process whereby your higher mind communicates insights and understanding to your conscious mind.

The limitations of outer knowledge

This definition contains the key to finding personal answers to life’s questions. You must begin by realizing that there is more than one way to acquire knowledge and understanding.

Traditionally, most people take what one might call the outer approach to knowledge. People reason that they cannot personally answer life’s questions, and therefore they seek answers from an authoritative source outside themselves. They study some kind of doctrine or belief system which claims to contain answers to the questions of life. This approach has two limitations.

When you seek answers within the context of a specific belief system, you can only find answers that are contained within that framework. If the answers are not there, you will not find them. Many people have come to realize that no single belief system or doctrine can answer all of their questions about life. If you have questions that your current belief system cannot answer, the only way to find answers to those questions is to look outside of your current belief system. If you are not willing to look outside the box, then you will not find answers to those questions. 

Outer knowledge in itself will do very little for you. Knowledge becomes useful only when it is integrated and thereby transformed into understanding and wisdom. For decades, medical science has proven a definitive link between smoking and numerous health problems. Millions of people have acquired an outer or intellectual knowledge of this fact, yet they continue to smoke. In itself, outer knowledge does not cause people to stop smoking. People will stop smoking only when the outer knowledge becomes internalized and thereby gives them an inner resolution which empowers them to stop smoking.

Going beyond outer knowledge

If you want to escape the state of mind in which you feel like a victim of circumstances beyond your control, you must go beyond the outer approach to knowledge. You must realize that there is an inner approach to knowledge.

When you apply the inner approach to knowledge, you realize that you have the ability to find answers inside yourself. Instead of simply assimilating knowledge from outer sources, you can transform that knowledge into a deeper understanding. You do this by using your intuitive faculties. Through these faculties, your conscious mind attains insights from a higher part of your mind.

Adopting the inner approach to knowledge does not mean that you have to ignore outer sources of knowledge. It simply means that you go beyond the answers given by outer sources. For example, you might study a particular belief system, but instead of accepting the answers without thinking about them, you now submit the outer knowledge to your higher mind. Your higher mind then sends you back at deeper understanding of this knowledge, and this deeper understanding is expressed in a language that you can understand.

If you take a statement of truth and show it to 10 people, some people will understand it, and some will not. The reason is that words are relative and they don’t mean the same to different people. A statement might be perfectly understandable to one person and seem like complete nonsense to another. In many cases, you can study outer knowledge without understanding it. The knowledge simply does not “click” with you.

By applying the inner approach to knowledge, you send outer knowledge to your higher mind. Your higher mind then transforms that knowledge and expresses it in a language that has special meaning to you. Therefore, when the higher mind gives you an intuitive insight, that idea will “click” with you. You have what is often called an “Aha experience” whereby you truly understand an idea. This inner understanding will help you resolve the question, and this resolution will make it easy for you to carry your new understanding into your everyday activities. When you truly understand an idea, it becomes easy to act upon that idea.

Adopting the inner approach to knowledge

If your are serious about finding meaningful personal answers to life’s questions, the single most important step you can take is to at adopt the inner approach to knowledge. You must begin by realizing that the inner approach to knowledge actually exists. The key to doing this is to become consciously aware that you have always had intuition and that you already use it in many of life’s situations.

You have used your intuition to accept many of your present beliefs by reasoning that these ideas "make sense." You simply need to become consciously aware of this faculty of your mind, and you need to start using it more effectively.


Why is intuition the key to personal growth?

It is virtually impossible to find an idea or a so-called fact that every human being accepts. The reason is that you cannot find an absolute proof, meaning a proof that cannot be questioned by the human mind.

You probably believe the earth is round, but what proof do you have? You might have seen a photo that was supposedly taken from space, but photos can be manipulated. If you really want to, you can cast doubt upon any “factual” evidence which seems to indicate that the earth is round. Even if you took a trip to the international space station and orbited the earth, you could still argue that this doesn’t constitute absolute proof. You could have been hallucinating, you could have been hypnotized or the whole trip might have been simulated in some secret government facility.

These ideas are not meant to question that the earth is round, but to point out that the human mind has an ability to doubt everything. Therefore, one might reason that to our normal human awareness, there is no such thing as absolute proof.

You can present two people with the exact same idea. One of them might accept it as the absolute truth, while the other will doubt it, ridicule it or reject it as completely untrue. How do you explain this contrast? The simple conclusion is that a person’s acceptance of an idea is not the automatic product of the idea itself. It is not possible to find an idea that every human being will accept. Therefore, the acceptance or rejection of an idea must be based on a process that takes place inside the mind of the individual person.

How do you accept an idea?

If there is no absolute proof, how do you ever come to accept any idea or fact? Why aren’t you doubting everything? Well, experience demonstrates that a person who doubts everything cannot function as a normal human being. 

Some people have a psychological disorder that causes them to doubt everything, from their own identity to the most basic aspects of everyday life. These people often experience severe anxiety, bordering on panic attacks. In many cases, such people cannot function emotionally, and they end up in a mental institution.

It is a basic fact that a normal human being needs to have a mental and emotional foundation, namely a sense of identity. This sense of identity is based on ideas or “facts” that are considered valid and reliable. Without such a stable platform, we simply cannot function.

How do you come to accept these ideas? You do so through a process that takes place inside your own mind. If you want to find meaningful answers to life’s deeper questions, you need to become more aware of this process and how it works.

Inner and outer acceptance

Most people have a set of core beliefs that they consider to be valid, reliable, factual or even above questioning. One might say that inside your your mind is a container that stores your core beliefs. A core belief is something that you rarely question.

Before an idea or fact is admitted into this container, it must go through an evaluation process. Every person has a process for evaluating whether an idea should be allowed into the hallowed circle of core beliefs.

When evaluating an idea, you can take two basic approaches:

  • The outer approach. When you take this approach, you accept the idea based on outer evidence. For example, an idea might fit into your existing beliefs, and therefore you accept that the idea must be true. In other cases, an idea is presented by a person, organization or belief system that you consider to be reliable, perhaps even infallible. Once again, you accept the idea without truly evaluating the idea.

    When you take the outer approach to accepting an idea, you are using your intellect or your emotions. You might take an intellectual approach and do a rational and logical evaluation of how the idea fits into the framework of what you already accept. You might take an emotional approach and accept the idea because you want it to be true or because you gain some form of advantage by accepting the idea.
  • The inner approach. When you take this approach, you are evaluating the idea in a way that goes beyond intellectual reasoning or emotional desire. Instead of accepting the idea at face value, you are seeking a deeper understanding of the idea. You are not simply comparing the idea to your existing beliefs or to an outer belief system. You are truly evaluating whether the idea is valid, and you are basing this evaluation on something that goes beyond both the intellect and emotions. When you take the inner approach, you are evaluating the idea by using your intuition. Intuition could also be called a form of higher reasoning, because it goes beyond both the intellect and the emotions.

Going beyond the relativity of intellect and emotions

The intellect and the emotions are relative faculties of the mind.

With the human intellect, you can argue for or against any given idea without ever reaching a final conclusion as to the validity of the idea. The intellect compares every new idea to some existing idea and seeks to place the new idea on a relative scale between true and false. However, true and false are defined according to the belief-system currently accepted by the intellect. The intellect is not concerned with truth in a larger sense; it is only concerned with what fits into the framework of its existing beliefs.

The human emotions are ever-changing and cannot give you a stable platform for finding meaningful answers to life’s questions. The emotions are not concerned with truth; they simply believe what they want to believe or what seems to offer a short-term advantage.

When you use your intuition, you go beyond both the intellect and the emotions. You send an idea to a higher part of your mind, and you allow that higher mind to give you a deeper understanding of the idea. You then use this deeper understanding (an understanding that is not effected by intellectual analysis or emotional desire) to decide whether the idea is valid.

When you take this inner approach, you might not be able to give an intellectual explanation of why you accept an idea. You simply know that the idea is valid even though you cannot argue why. Your intuition is also above the relative and ever-changing values of the emotions. When you accept an idea intuitively, that acceptance has a timeless and enduring quality.

If you truly want answers to life’s questions, you need to become more conscious of your intuitive faculties, and you need to start using them in a more systematic manner. Intuition can do much more for you than help you find more profound answers. It can help you integrate those answers so that you can use them to change your life for the better. Most people don’t want answers out of mere curiosity; they want answers that will help them transform their lives in a positive direction.


Discovering the laws of personal growth

First law. Take an active approach to life.

If you want to improve your outer situation, your inner situation or your understanding of some aspect of life, you must begin by taking an active approach to bringing about that change. 

Many people see themselves as victims of circumstances beyond their control. They reason that because they cannot change certain outer circumstances or the behavior of other people, there is nothing they can do to improve their situation. This is not a constructive approach, because it paralyzes you and places you at the mercy of outer circumstances.

To overcome the feeling that you are a victim, you must begin by realizing that the key to improving anything is to first attain a deeper understanding of the situation. Before doctors discovered bacteria, many diseases were considered incurable. When bacteria were discovered, it immediately became obvious that you can cure many diseases by killing the bacteria that cause them. The key to this advance in medical science was a new understanding of what causes disease. Likewise, any other progress produced by humankind or by an individual person begins with a higher understanding.

Second law: There is always something you can do to improve a situation

Because the key to progress is to seek a higher understanding, you are never completely paralyzed. No matter how difficult the situation might seem, there is always something you can do. Instead of waiting for outer circumstances or other people to solve the problem for you, instead of looking for a magic wand, you can make the decision to take an active approach and begin to look for a higher understanding of the situation. When you attain this understanding, the solution will become obvious.

Taking an active approach to life means accepting that every problem has a solution. The solution might be hidden from your view at the moment. Yet, if you are willing to make a determined effort to look for the solution, you can and will find it. However, the solution will not simply fall in your lap, you must go out and look for it.

Third law. Higher understanding is the key to growth.

The driving force behind all personal growth is to seek a higher understanding of a particular aspect of life, of yourself or of life in general. Many people feel that they have looked for such an understanding without finding it, but you will only find understanding by looking in the right place.

Whenever you face an unanswered question or an unsolved problem, you must open your mind and look for the solution outside the container of your current knowledge.

This line of reasoning points to the essential reason why so many people fail to find solutions to their problems or fail to experience the full results of their self-help efforts. The simple fact is that many people become so attached to their current knowledge and beliefs about life that they are not open to ideas that go beyond those beliefs.

If you want to grow, if you want to improve any aspect of your life, you must begin by seeking a higher understanding.
If you want a higher understanding, you must be willing to look beyond the framework of your current knowledge and beliefs.
This is simple logic, yet many people are not willing to open their minds to new ideas.


Fourth law. Outer knowledge will not change your life.

Being open to new ideas is not simply a matter of seeking such ideas outside yourself. Some people read dozens of books about self-help, yet their lives never change. The reason is simple. Outer knowledge or intellectual knowledge is not enough to bring about change in your life.

Let us consider the question of why people continue to smoke. Many people attempt to quit smoking, yet they are not successful and the explanation is simple. People often decide to quit smoking because of outer or intellectual knowledge that smoking is dangerous to their health. People smoke because smoking fills an emotional desire. The human intellect is a poor tool for controlling emotional desires, and therefore an intellectual decision usually cannot override an emotional desire.

The only way to overcome a desire is to replace it with a higher desire. You must attain an inner resolution that makes you want something, for example good health, more than you want to smoke. This inner resolution cannot be the result of outer or intellectual knowledge. It can only come from a deeper understanding whereby knowledge is integrated into your consciousness. This deeper understanding will not override your emotional desire; it will replace it with a higher desire. Therefore, a true inner understanding will empower you to change old habits.

Fifth law. True understanding comes from within.

The only form of knowledge that will change your life is an inner understanding. This form of understanding comes from a higher part of your own mind and it is expressed in a language that you can understand and accept. Therefore, this form of knowledge is integrated into your consciousness and that is why it will produce change in your life.

As already stated, inner understanding is a product of intuition. Intuition is often described as an inner knowing. It comes in the form of an “Aha experience” whereby you suddenly understand something in a new and profound way. In many cases, intuition will tell you things you already knew with your conscious mind. However, because the intuitive insights come from inside yourself, the knowledge is now integrated and you suddenly understand it instead of simply knowing it. It is this understanding that opens the door for positive change in your life.

Sixth law. The key to understanding is to take the inner approach to knowledge.

To successfully answer the deeper questions of life, you must adopt the inner approach to knowledge.

In the past, many educational institutions were based on the outer approach to knowledge and students were required to memorize facts. However, many educators now realize that this approach has severe limitations. For example, teaching a student the facts about bridge building does not guarantee that the student can actually build a bridge. A complex task, such as building a bridge, requires a deeper understanding of the topic, and that understanding is not the automatic result of pouring facts into a person’s mind.

When you take the inner approach, you are actively looking for a deeper understanding that comes from inside yourself. Intuitive knowledge is more than factual knowledge, although it might be based on certain facts. However, instead of being understood only on an intellectual level, these facts are now integrated into your consciousness. For example, a good engineer develops an intuitive feel for how to build a bridge. A good engineer can use this understanding to take bridge building to a new level. Innovation does not come from factual, intellectual or theoretical knowledge. It only comes from integrated knowledge.

If you want answers that are truly meaningful and that will help you transform your life for the better, you must adopt the inner approach to knowledge. However, the outer and inner approaches are not mutually exclusive. In fact, you will get the best results from integrating them.

Seventh law. You can produce intuitive insights.

In recent decades, psychologists and other scientists have become increasingly aware of the value of intuition. Yet, because many things related to the human mind are difficult to research with traditional scientific methods, there is not a lot of so-called solid scientific evidence about intuition. Therefore, many people tend to think that intuition either happens or doesn’t happen, and that they have no control over the process. This is incorrect. You can do much to sharpen your intuition and to increase the frequency of your intuitive insights.

Intuition is an ability that is built into the human mind. A few decades ago, most people believed that if you were born with a slender constitution, you had no chance of developing a muscular body. People now realize that by using a systematic approach, you can dramatically change the appearance and strength of the physical body.

Likewise, intuition is simply an natural ability of the human mind. If you are willing to take a systematic approach, you can bring about dramatic changes in your ability to receive intuitive insights. Through these insights, you can find meaningful answers to all of your questions about life.


How to sharpen your intuition

This section describes how to increase the frequency and clarity of your intuitive insights by gaining a deeper understanding of intuition: what it is, where it comes from and what opposes it (Yes! Something in your own mind can actually limit your intuition).

An integrated approach to knowledge

Through the outer approach, you can find valuable and valid ideas that you might never have thought of on your own. Even if you could come up with such ideas on your own, why reinvent the wheel when someone else has already done the work for you? There are many valid and valuable sources of knowledge in the world. It would be folly to ignore this knowledge; you simply need to avoid falling into the trap of thinking that outer sources of knowledge can give you everything you need.

To avoid falling into this trap, you must take the inner or integrated approach to knowledge. When you take this approach, you use outer knowledge as a tool for gaining deeper insights from inside yourself. Outer sources of knowledge become an inspiration that stimulates the intuitive process. Outer knowledge becomes a platform for gaining the deeper insights that you can get only from your higher mind. Thereby, outer knowledge becomes an integrated part of your consciousness, and this will give you both the knowledge and the motivation to transform your life.

The teachings that Jesus presents on this site will give you answers to the fundamental questions of life, yet those answers will not necessarily do anything for you. To benefit from this site, you must use the site only as an inspiration for getting answers from inside yourself. The answers on this site are expressed in a language that might not “click” with you. However, if you will apply the inner approach to knowledge, you can receive an inner understanding of the ideas on this site. This understanding will “click,” and it will help you improve any aspect of your life.

When you take the integrated approach to knowledge, you use outer knowledge only as a tool for stimulating the process of getting answers from inside yourself.

The doubting mind

Why are there so few things that all human beings can agree upon? Why are there always some people who will cast doubt upon any given idea? 

The conclusion is simple. There is a certain element of the human mind which is unable to deal with truth in an absolute sense (this is what Jesus calls the lower mind or the carnal mind).

To this particular aspect of the mind, everything is relative. Therefore, any idea can be doubted and any aspect of life can be used to further a short-sighted egotistical agenda. This explains why it is virtually impossible to find an idea or fact that no human being will cast doubt upon or misuse.

The believing mind

If the doubting mind was the only element of our consciousness, then we would never accept anything that could not be proven, and we would not be able to function normally. Therefore, there must be another part of the mind, and this part is what enables us to accept an idea even if that idea cannot be proven in an absolute sense.

For example, most people believe the sun will rise tomorrow, but where is the proof? You have personally experienced that during your life, the sun has indeed risen every morning. However, you have no proof that the sun will do so tomorrow morning. Therefore, the belief that the sun will rise tomorrow is not based on an unquestionable fact. There is no absolute proof that the sun will rise tomorrow.

Knowing without proof

So, why do you accept that the earth is round and that the sun will rise tomorrow? Obviously, your acceptance of these ideas is not based on the lower mind with its tendency to doubt everything. Therefore, there must a different element of the human mind which enables you to accept an idea even when you do not have an unquestionable proof that the idea is true. 

The conclusion is that the human mind has a faculty or ability which enables you to accept ideas without proof. This ability is commonly called intuition, but we could also call it “higher reasoning.”

Intuition is the ability to know that an idea is valid even if you have no factual proof or even a rational, logical argument. You simply know that you know. The aspect of the mind that enables you to accept ideas without proof is the higher mind. Jesus calls this faculty for the Christ mind or Christ self.

It makes sense

Intuition is not some mystical ability through which ideas or beliefs appear out of nowhere. Intuition normally uses the reasoning faculties of the mind to weigh evidence for and against a particular idea. For example, by weighing the pros and cons, you intuitively decided that the earth must be round. You did this because the idea “makes sense.” That is, it makes sense to you with your present level of understanding.

The point is that you have always used your intuition. If not, you would not have accepted any “fact” or idea that could not be proven. Obviously, your intuition has enabled you to accept many ideas that are valid and reliable. If intuition can give you valid and reliable answers about outer things, such as the earth being round, then why couldn’t it provide valid answers to some of the more subtle questions of life?

If you are serious about answering the deeper questions of life, you need to become consciously aware of your intuition so that you can use it more effectively. When you consider some of life’s more subtle questions, you quickly realize that there is no way to provide an absolute or factual answer to such questions. How can you give a factual answer to the question: “What is the meaning of life?” Obviously, there is no factual answer. Yet, throughout history some people have found answers to this question, and so can you.
However, to find such answers, you might have to take your intuition to a higher level.

The evolutionary and revolutionary forces

An objective look at intuition will show that this ability has had a profound influence on the history of the human race. Some of the greatest discoveries have sprung from an intuitive experience, and this is true even in the field of science.

For example, it was an intuitive experience that enabled Albert Einstein to formulate the Theory of Relativity. While contemplating the properties of light, Einstein tried to imagine what it be would be like to travel on a light beam. In an intuitive flash, he realized that if he was traveling at the speed of light, a light beam would seem to stand still. It was this intuitive realization that formed the basis for his Theory of Relativity, a theory that revolutionized the science of physics.

In fact, a study of scientific history shows that science is driven by two forces. There is an evolutionary force trough which scientists fill in holes in existing theories (the outer approach to knowledge). Then, there is a revolutionary force which enables scientists to go beyond existing theories and take science to an entirely new level (the inner approach to knowledge). Most of the great scientists, from Galileo over Newton to Einstein, used their intuition to bring forth revolutionary advances in their fields.

You too have intuitive faculties, and if you want to get answers to the deeper questions of life, you must realize that the only way to find such answers is to use your intuition. You too can bring forth ideas that will revolutionize your own life and perhaps the lives of others.

As stated earlier, intuition is a process through which a higher part of your mind communicates ideas and insights to your conscious mind. This definition allows us to explain some of the most common questions about intuition.

Why isn’t intuition always accurate?

Many people are aware of their intuition, and although they see some value in it, they are also somewhat cautious. They have experienced that intuition doesn’t always seem reliable. Sometimes you get no answers, sometimes you get incorrect or skewed answers and sometimes you get incomplete answers. Why does this happen?

The idea that your higher mind is using intuition in an attempt to communicate with your conscious mind provides a possible answer: Something interferes with the process and prevents your conscious mind from receiving clear and accurate insights. What is that something?

Your conscious mind can be compared to a radio. As a radio has the capacity to tune in to different stations, your conscious mind can tune in to other aspects of your mind.

For most people, their conscious minds are often attuned to their subconscious minds, or what we have called the doubting or lower mind. If that is the case, the insights from the higher mind can only reach the conscious mind by passing through the lower mind, and this mind can act as both a barrier and a filter.

Why people close their minds

You probably know people whom you consider to be very closed-minded or narrow-minded. Such people are very attached to certain ideas or beliefs, and they simply will not consider anything that casts doubt upon their chosen beliefs. Likewise, they are very reluctant to consider new ideas that go beyond their existing knowledge and beliefs. To explain such behavior, you only need to consider the idea that every human being needs a stable platform of ideas and beliefs.

We have already seen that you have a container in your mind and that this container holds the ideas that you consider to be reliable, true or beyond question. Once an idea is inside that container, your lower mind becomes very attached to that idea. The lower mind is the doubting mind, and it doubts any new idea. Yet, once an idea has been admitted into the container of your core beliefs, the lower mind considers the idea to be off limits or above questioning.

The lower mind becomes very attached to keeping it that way, and that is why it will not consider any ideas or evidence that might cast doubt upon a core belief. If confronted with such evidence, the lower mind will immediately begin to cast doubt upon it.

For some people, the conscious mind has become predominantly attuned to the lower mind, and that is why these people have closed their conscious minds to new ideas. They simply want to hold on to their core beliefs that give them a sense of security and comfort. Anything that seems to question a core belief is seen as a threat that must be avoided, denied or perhaps even eliminated (which explains why some scientists were burned by the stake for saying the earth was round).

Open-minded people

You probably also know people who are open-minded and who are constantly expanding their knowledge and refining their beliefs. These people regularly consider new ideas, and if an idea seems valid, they will incorporate it into their core beliefs without feeling threatened by it. If the idea seems invalid, they simply ignore it without harboring negative feelings towards the person who presented the idea.

These people are open-minded because their conscious minds are predominantly attuned to their higher minds. Therefore, their sense of stability does not come from their outer knowledge and beliefs; it comes from a part of the mind that is above the relativity and doubt of the lower mind. Through this atunement, these people attain a deeper sense of stability than what can be gained from the relativity of the lower mind. One might say that the security based on the lower mind is a house built on sand and that the security based on the higher mind is a house built on solid ground.

For open-minded people, life is simply an ongoing journey of discovery through which they continually deepen and refine their understanding and beliefs. For closed-minded people, life is a constant battle to maintain their core beliefs against the onslaught of a hostile world. What can this teach us about intuition?

Intuition interference

When your conscious mind is attuned to the lower mind, the insights from your higher mind must pass through the lower mind before they can reach your conscious mind. Your lower mind is very attached to your core beliefs, and therefore any intuitive insight that seems to question or go beyond a core belief will be seen as a threat by the lower mind. The lower mind acts as a form of static that prevents the signal from reaching the radio receiver of your conscious mind. 

In some cases, an intuitive insight might be blocked entirely. In other cases, it may go through as a fragmented or distorted idea. In other cases, the insight does go through, but your lower mind immediately begins to cast doubt upon it.

You have probably heard the saying that first impressions are the most accurate. For example, many people have experienced meeting a person for the first time and immediately receiving the impression that the person cannot be trusted. Yet, because of the person’s status or credentials, you cast that impression aside only to find out later that it was accurate and that the person really wasn’t trustworthy.

The conclusion is that one of the major reasons why intuition isn’t always reliable is that your lower mind produces static that interferes with the insights coming from your higher mind. You hear only what your lower mind wants you to hear. To overcome this, you must make an effort to attune your conscious mind with your higher mind and to neutralize the lower mind by being less attached to your existing beliefs. Being open-minded begins with a decision.

You can only receive according to your understanding

You might have heard the saying that “to him that has, more shall be added,” and it is true as far as intuition is concerned. Remember that intuition is a form of communication from your higher mind to your conscious mind. This communication is based on ideas or concepts, and your higher mind can only give you new insights about a topic that you know something about. 

If your higher mind wants to give you an insight about astrophysics, it cannot do so if you know nothing about the topic. If you don’t have some outer knowledge of a topic, your higher mind has nothing to work with. Intuition can expand your understanding, but there must be something to expand. If you know nothing, you simply cannot grasp or accept the insights that come to you from the higher mind.

Therefore, if you want to increase your intuition concerning a particular aspect of your life, you must begin by studying that topic. You must apply the outer approach to knowledge and gain some understanding, so that you can understand the language spoken by your higher mind. The more understanding you have, the more intuitive insights you will get.

Summary: How to increase intuition

When Albert Einstein had his intuitive insight that led to the Theory of relativity, he fulfilled the following requirements:

He knew a lot about the topic (in this case physics, but this applies to any topic). He had spent years studying the topic and considering some of the questions that current scientific theories could not explain. He had literally saturated his mind with knowledge about the questions he was trying to answer.

He was open to an answer, even if that answer went beyond his existing knowledge and beliefs. 

The Theory of Relativity was in complete opposition to the orthodox scientific theories of the time. It went so far beyond existing theories that many physicists refused to accept it. Why did Einstein receive this new theory? There were many other scientists who knew as much or more about the topic as Einstein. Normally, people assume that Einstein was a genius, but what if there was another explanation?

What if Einstein was simply the most open-minded scientist of his time? Perhaps it was Einstein’s open mind that enabled him to receive an insight that was so far beyond existing beliefs that many other scientists would have rejected it as pure nonsense? Perhaps true genius is simply an open mind that is willing to look beyond existing knowledge and beliefs?

Intuition has levels

Let us return to the question of why intuition isn’t always accurate or complete. For example, some people might receive an intuitive prompting to accept a certain belief system. Then, years later, they come to a new realization that goes beyond that belief system, and they end up feeling distrustful of their intuition. Some even feel that they received wrong direction the fist time.

The key to overcoming this distrust is to understand that intuition is very much affected by your present level of consciousness and understanding. Your higher mind is constantly seeking to raise your understanding and your level of consciousness, but it can only do so at a pace that your conscious mind can accept.

Your higher mind knows truth in an ultimate sense, but your conscious mind might not be able to grasp or accept ultimate truth. Therefore, your higher mind isn’t concerned about communicating ultimate truth to you. Your higher mind wants to give you a particular idea that you can grasp and accept at your present level and which will take you to a slightly higher level.

The path to understanding

To illustrate this, imagine that life is a path. The goal of that path is to take you to a level where you have the answers to all of your questions about life. However, you will not attain that level of understanding until you reach the last step of the path. Right now, you might be somewhat below that last step. Therefore, your higher mind is not trying to make you jump from where you are now to the last step of the path. Your conscious mind simply could not handle that kind of change, and it would propel you into an identity crises.

Your higher mind is only concerned with helping you take the very next step on your personal path. Consequently, your higher mind will seek to give you an intuitive insight that you can grasp and accept at your present level on the path. Then, when you have come up a number of steps, you are ready to receive a higher understanding.

In other words, today you are at a higher step of the path than you were two years ago. Therefore, you can receive and accept insights that are beyond what you could receive back then. In fact, you might receive an insight that is so far beyond what you got back then that it seems to invalidate your previous beliefs. However, in reality your previous insight was simply a product of your past level of understanding. That understanding might have been limited by your attachment to certain beliefs or by your lack of outer knowledge of the topic.

The key to personal growth: non-attachment

You must realize that it is your lower mind that becomes attached to your existing beliefs. This part of the mind has an extreme need for security, so it is constantly seeking to discover the ultimate belief or belief system. People who are dominated by their lower minds become very attached to their existing beliefs and they want to hold on to those ideas instead of looking for the higher understanding that is right around the corner.

Consider the following story:
Imagine that you are walking down the street and find $10 on the sidewalk. You pick up the bill and look at it while considering how to spend it. Suddenly, you hear a voice and notice a man standing a few feet away. He says: “That’s nice that you found $10, but there is $100 right around the corner. You can have those $100, but to get it, you must let go of the $10 you have in your hand.”
Your first reaction might be disbelief. How do you know there really is $100 around the corner. The man reads your thoughts and says: “Just take one step forward, and you can see the $100.”
What are you going to do? Are you going to take that step and look for yourself, or are you going to cling to what you have and what you know? If you do take the step and see the $100, you probably wouldn’t hesitate to let go of the $10 to get the $100.

Unfortunately, many people cling to their current beliefs and refuse to open their minds to a higher understanding of life. They are not willing to take that one step forward to see the higher understanding that is right around the corner. They want to stay where they feel safe and comfortable. They value security over growth.

If you valued security over growth, you would not be reading this. Therefore, you must consciously recognize that you are indeed willing to take another step forward on your personal path to greater understanding. You must simply begin to use your intuition more consciously and systematically. And to do this, you also need to let go of the lower mind’s attachment to your present beliefs.

Let go of attachment

It is only your lower mind that is attached to existing beliefs. Your conscious mind is naturally filled with curiosity. Unfortunately, that curiosity can be dampened by negative experiences that cause you to tune your conscious mind to the doubts and fears of the lower mind. However, your conscious mind is stronger than the lower mind.

If you find it difficult to let go of existing beliefs, try bringing those belief into your conscious mind. In most cases, you will find one of the following:

The attachment of the lower mind is very illogical and irrational. Once you see why your lower mind is attached to a particular idea, you clearly see that this attachment limits your growth. Therefore, you can choose to consciously override the attachment.

The attachment was created in the past (often in childhood), and it was a product of the understanding and maturity you had at the time. You have now matured way beyond that level, so there is no longer any reason to hold on to that idea. Imagine that an adult insists on wearing a pair of pants that he received at the age of five. The pants no longer fit, but he loves them so much that he can’t possibly let go of them. Obviously, you would think that such a person is silly. So isn’t it silly to hold on to ideas and beliefs that you accepted many years ago and that no longer fit your present level of understanding and maturity? Let us look at this from a different angle.


The key to growth: looking beyond

As stated earlier, the key to improving any aspect of your life is to first increase your understanding of the situation that you want to improve. The key to solving your personal problems is to gain an understanding or insight that you do not have right now. The solution to your problem can be found only by looking outside of your current knowledge and beliefs. As long as you keep looking in the same places for the missing solution, you will not find that solution.

The catch is that as long as you allow your lower mind to trick you into holding on to your current beliefs, you will not be willing to look outside the framework of those beliefs. Therefore, your higher mind simply cannot give you the insight that will empower you to move forward. Your lower mind will block or interfere with your intuition, and you will remain stuck in your current situation until you decide to take a step forward and open your mind to a higher understanding.

It really is that simple. To improve your life, you must get a new understanding, and that understanding must come from inside yourself as an intuitive insight. To get that understanding, all you have to do is open your mind!

Don’t seek absolute truth - seek higher understanding

Many people sincerely seek a higher understanding of life, yet they are limited by the lower mind and its need for security. The lower mind seeks to satisfy this need by declaring that a particular belief system, be it religious or scientific in origin, represents the absolute truth. 

When you elevate a belief system to the status of absolute truth, you automatically limit the type of intuitive insights you can receive. This has a number of potentially negative effects:

If you think a belief system is the absolute truth, it must be able to answer all of your questions about life. If you have a question that cannot be answered, then you must reason that the question itself is somehow wrong or invalid. Therefore, you abandon the question instead of applying the inner approach to knowledge (which is the only way to answer the question).

If you ask a question that the authority figures of your belief system cannot answer, they might make you feel like there is something wrong with you. You might decide to stop asking such questions so that you do not suffer unpleasant consequences (for example become an outcast in your community). The key to growth is to ask questions, so if you don’t ask, you won’t grow.

Many people have questions that their current belief system cannot answer. If they are not willing to look beyond that system, they often come up with some very bizarre ideas in an attempt to stretch their belief system so that it can answer their questions. It would be far simpler to look for a higher understanding by applying the inner approach to knowledge.

If people are very attached to a particular belief system, they will do some very bizarre things to prevent the emergence of ideas that seem to question their belief system. For example, a church built on the ideas of Christ (do onto others as you would have them do onto you) might decide to torture or kill people who do not accept the official doctrines of that church. Suddenly, you have the inquisition. Or a community based on the principles of science (objectivity and the willingness to consider all evidence) might decide to reject any evidence that indicates that there is more to life than the material universe. Suddenly, you have a materialistic culture.

A lesson from history

When you take an objective look at history, it becomes obvious that the need for security, and the resulting quest to find or define absolute truth, has led to some of the worst atrocities witnessed by humankind.

Therefore, you might find it helpful (at least for a time) to set aside the quest for absolute truth. This is not to say that absolute truth does not exist. If you follow the teachings given by Jesus on this site, you will come to know absolute truth.

However, if life is a path, it might not be possible for you to grasp absolute truth until you reach the higher stages of that path. Until then, the need for absolute truth will probably cause you to become attached to a particular belief system, and that will close your conscious mind to insights from your higher mind.

If you are to truly internalize absolute truth, you can only do so through the insights from your higher mind. Attachment to an outer belief system will prevent you from gaining these insights, and thereby prevent you from grasping absolute truth.

This does not mean that you have to abandon your current belief system. It simply means that you must open your conscious mind to insights from your higher mind, even if those insights are a bit beyond your current beliefs.

Therefore, consider setting aside (at least on a temporary basis) the quest for absolute truth. Instead, seek a higher understanding than what you have right now and continue to do so until your higher mind tells you otherwise. As long as you seek a higher understanding, you will not stop growing. To grow or not to grow; that is the question!


A systematic approach to sharpening your intuition

If you are reading these words, you have already adopted the inner approach to knowledge, and you are using your intuition to some degree. You simply need to start using your intuition in a more conscious and systematic manner.

The process of receiving an answer from within has three steps:

  • You must saturate your outer mind with the idea you are trying to understand. Study the idea until you build what is called “creative tension.” 
  • After the creative tension reaches a certain intensity, you must let go of the idea. Simply relax your mind and take it off the idea or problem.
  • After you let go, keep part of your attention focused within, and listen for an answer. 

To use intuition successfully, you must apply all three elements, and for many people this can take some practice. When faced with a difficult question, many people find it easy to build tension, but it is often stress rather than creative tension.

Many people find it difficult to let go of the question after the creative, or not so creative, tension has been achieved. However, letting go is the most important part of the process, and the reason is simple. When you build creative tension, you saturate your mind with the question until there is no longer any room for the answer to enter.

To receive the answer, you must let go of the question and allow your outer mind to become still so that the answer, which is already there in your higher mind, can surface in your conscious awareness. As long as you maintain the tension, the answer has no room to surface.

The key to better intuition is to consciously apply these steps:

  • Start by letting your higher mind know about the idea that you want to understand. 
  • Build intensity to make sure that the question reaches your higher mind. 
  • Let go of the question with your outer mind so that your higher mind can formulate the answer. 
  • Listen for an answer coming from that higher mind. 

The steps are simple: think, let go and listen.


A step-by-step approach

In the beginning, you might benefit from a step-by-step approach. As you encounter a new idea, on this site or elsewhere, do the following:

Stop you outer mind from making a judgment about the idea. The intellect is always ready to judge everything and everybody. If a judgment has already been made, you must overrule it with your conscious mind. Simply make the decision that you will not accept the judgment, but will seek an answer from your higher mind. Neutralize the judgmental part of your mind by contemplating how an open mind is the key to progress. 

Decide to take an open-minded look at the idea. Apply a technique used by many scientists and ask yourself: “If this idea was true, could it possibly explain something that my present knowledge and beliefs cannot explain?” You are not trying to determine if the idea is true, you are simply considering the “explanatory power” of the idea.

Decide to consider the idea from several angles. Focus on the idea until you feel that you have reached a certain intensity of concentration.

When you feel that you have established creative tension, make the decision to let go of the idea and send it to your higher mind. 

Now send the idea to your higher mind, along with the question: “What is a better understanding of this idea?” Don’t ask if the idea is true or false, and don’t ask what to do in a particular situation. Your higher mind is not your inner “psychic hot line.” Simply ask for a higher understanding so that your conscious mind can make better choices.

Let go, relax and listen for an answer. 

If you do not receive an answer, make a firm decision to move on without making an outer judgment about the idea. Simply remain open to the possibility that your higher mind might answer you later. While they are new to this technique, many people find that they don’t get an immediate answer. Instead, the answer comes later, often when they least expect it.

Make a decision that you will allow the process to run its course and that you will keep practicing. You will gradually become more comfortable with the technique, and this is the key to getting answers. To get answers you must make room in your conscious mind for the answer to enter. The answer is already there in your higher mind. You simply need to invite it into your conscious mind.

In today’s world, many people are so caught up in a stressful daily routine that there is no opening for new ideas. Take a “time out” and listen to the silence inside yourself. That silence can give you many golden answers.


Copyright © 2008 by Kim Michaels



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