Knowing, not believing

Carl Gustav Jung, in a famous television interview, responded to the question, ‘Do you believe in God?’ with ‘I don’t believe: I know.’ As Jung wrote elsewhere, ‘Suddenly I understood that God was, for me at least, one of the most certain and immediate of experiences.’ Belief in a God is not dependent upon going to church, temple or synagogue, and observing all the rules and regulations, which can be but just a matter of form. It rests upon an inner conviction of a relationship with that which is beyond our intellectual understanding but which, deep down in the very centre of our being, we recognise as the Absolute in our lives.


3 thoughts on “Knowing, not believing”

  1. Dear James, I agree totally with Margo Ford-Johansen – you have expressed this superbly.
    Much love,

  2. Dear James,
    This expresses perfectly what I experience, and fumble to find words for. I recognise from time to time, ego or doubts assail, and I forget so am surprised and am humbled to find myself learning the lesson I have learned before….!
    Thank you,
    With Love

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