12 Powers: Understanding

Affirmation: My understanding of Truth deepens and directs my life.

Understanding—The ability to know, perceive, comprehend and apprehend.

The disciple is Thomas. He represents the ability to see beyond appearances to reality.

The corresponding color is gold and the location is the front of the brain.

Build Something to Stand On

By Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann

Understanding is important in developing our spiritual nature, because it is the faculty which puts feet under our prayers and gives our spiritual activity something to stand on. Blind faith, faith without understanding of the spiritual laws, may get results on occasion, but our spiritual growth demands a base that is more dependable … understanding that is grounded in spiritual Truth.

Thomas … is the disciple who stands for the faculty of understanding. A study of his contact with Jesus gives us some insight into the way we must develop our own ability to think and learn to make deductions and draw conclusions so that we may awaken this spiritual quality in us.

Thomas didn't always have spiritual understanding but he wanted to learn. He didn't mind asking questions, and he listened to Jesus' answers. … Thomas is probably best known for doubting the news of the Resurrection when he heard it secondhand from the other disciples. Jesus respected Thomas' need to know firsthand.

… The awakening of our own faculty of understanding starts with questioning—questioning the old ways of thinking that may have been taken for granted. … The desire for understanding leads to thinking about what is learned and seeking to put it all together in a body of information that will provide a basis for living.

Understanding is different from … wisdom. Charles Fillmore defines wisdom as “intuitive knowing; spiritual intuition,” … and understanding as “the ability of the mind to apprehend and realize the laws of thought and the relation of ideas to one another.”

… To put it more simply, wisdom knows. … Understanding knows why. … When your understanding is developed in both head and feet, not only will you have the light in mind, but you will also have the ability to apply it in your world.

Twelve-Power Meditation Exercise on Understanding

By Charles Roth

With the center of attention at the crown of your head, affirm:

The Christ of God is quickened in me.

Moving to the forehead, to acknowledge that you are aware or conscious of this spiritual awakening, affirm:

I am aware that the Christ of God is quickened in me.

Now to the solar plexus region, the emotional center, feel the emotion of gratitude in response to this Christ quickening. Affirm:

I am grateful that the Christ of God is quickened in me.

Now gently and easily let the focus or spotlight of your attention travel to each of the physical centers we have studied:

• Faith (Pineal gland in the head)
• Strength (Small of the back)
• Wisdom (Solar plexus)
• Love (Behind the heart)
• Power (Base of the throat)
• Imagination (Between the eyes)

Now let your attention rest at the forehead and spiritually quicken the faculty of understanding by affirming:

The light of understanding enables me to see clearly and to take right action.

Conclude your meditation with the “Prayer for Protection” and feel that you are standing in a shower of light as you speak the words:

The light of God surrounds me;
The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me;
The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is!