Hidden Knowledge

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” (Matthew 11:25-26)

Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” (Luke 10:23-24)

For Contemplation

Many teachers draw students to themselves with the promise of “hidden knowledge” or “secret teachings” that are unavailable anywhere else. The truth is that spiritual knowledge is available at all times to anyone who wants it. But there is a catch. Those who consider themselves clever, or wise, or intelligent, do not have the humility required to see things right in front of them. The means to receiving this knowledge is not granted by someone outside of ourselves, someone we must follow or give special honor. Spiritual wisdom and knowledge, knowledge of God, is hidden from those who would use it for selfish reasons. Our own pride and selfish perspective is the veil that hides the knowledge. Humility, respect, and sincere acceptance of God are the requirements needed to remove the veil. As is true in many situations, we are the stumbling block to our ability to connect with God.

Prayer

Gracious and loving God, help us overcome our inability to surrender our desire for personal gain to you. May we acknowledge the obstacles we place in front of ourselves through pride, selfishness, and holding ourselves above others. May we come before you with humble hearts, open minds, and clear of self-deception and self-aggrandizement. May we give up ownership of truth and all things good and true that come only from you. Thank you for the gifts of life and love that hold us in your heart. Amen.

From The Readings

2012-176 Revelation is a difficult process to understand. Jeffrey wants to believe it is the same and that it is available for everyone; and this is where, though it is possible, it is not probable. And this is the reason that many spiritual teachers use the language of secrets and special knowledge. Both aspects of the two can be found to be true: that the knowledge is freely available and it sits in the open ready for anybody who is willing to look, but at the same time the same knowledge is hidden from those whose egos seek that knowledge for their own gain. And so the spiritual teacher, when speaking to the ego, explains and describes the knowledge as hidden. And when the teacher speaks to the heart of another human being, the knowledge and wisdom are available to everyone.