Even the many people who ‘interpret’ their dreams have seldom moved beyond the level of thinking, and know nothing through the experience of the deep waters of the unconscious. In looking up Know or Knowing I found this definition – “most people know that CFCs can damage the ozone layer”.
That is completely false – to know something is to understand it from personal experience. I have read that CFCs can damage the ozone layer, but I do not know it as a truth, only as a belief.
If we are to move with some certainty into the mental and subtle areas of dreams and psychological phenomena we must be careful of how we use words to think with. We misunderstand the difference between belief and knowledge – and even what we call knowledge has to be understood when many people say, “I know” when their knowledge is built upon a belief through reading it.
Knowledge is built upon personal experience tested against the outer and inner world we all live in. Some people therefore say they know the truth, but we could only know what is true if we were conscious of everything happening in the universe – and even before our universe existed; for time and space were created or arose from a condition of timeless and spaceless existence. Most of us cannot even think about timeless or spaceless existence, and so thinking or understanding through thinking is not in the equation.
People say that God revealed the truth, but unfortunately many religions say that they have the latest and best information about truth. Maybe we can say that the universe is so vast and varied that our different views of it are like the blind men approaching an elephant and describing its different feature. Sure they were describing it well, but they did not have the whole picture. Also, the universe, like the elephant, is always changing.
All we can do is to give the best we can in our little world of knowledge.