Poorly Lit Parts of the Understanding

November 8, 2017 § Leave a comment

The poorly lit parts of the understanding. Love that phrase. Now if I only knew which parts of my understanding was poorly lit, I might be able to speak intelligently!

This being so, the arcana [secrets] which describe these matters cannot be explained easily and intelligibly since they fall within the poorly lit parts of the understanding. It is rather like someone talking in a foreign language, in that no matter how clearly the thing is explained in that language the hearer does not understand. (AC 3993.2)

This later passage adds some insight to unlit areas of the mind:

As regards the things that enter the memory the position is this: Those for which there is no affection pass into the unlit parts of the memory when they enter it, whereas those for which there is affection pass into the light there. Things present in that light are seen and appear clearly and distinctly when any matter of a similar nature is brought up, but not so the things lying around in the unlit parts. Such is the effect that affection belonging to love has. (AC 4018.2)

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