So many years ago when I lived in San Francisco, I had a dear friend who taught me a lot.
I was young and single, never had been married, and I had all kinds of opinions on marriage. I looked down on people who divorced, especially when they had children and divorced. That was irresponsible, and I would never do that.
At the time, my friend said: "Have your opinions, Gloria, but keep them to yourself until you have some experience and know what you are talking about."
I may not have lived up to that advice, but, obviously, I never forgot it.
The other night I was over the Sufi House, and a young woman said some beautiful things about how our world is going to be. She isn't familiar with Heavenletters, yet she was saying much of what God has said in Heavenletters. Effendi listened to this lady and then asked: "How do you know this?"
This young woman said she was a follower of a wise sage who had talked about all the wonders to come. As this young woman tried to relay what she had learned, her words got weaker and weaker.
When she was finished, Effendi said to her basically what my friend in San Francisco had said to me. Of course, Effendi was gentler, yet he got right to the point. "Wait until you know something from your own experience and awareness, and then people will listen to you."
That is wise, isn't it?
Now some authors really do know whereof they speak. They are fine writers, and they own what they write. They understand what they are saying very well.
I find myself in the position of hearing all these wonderful words from God, while I personally don't know much at all. I believe completely in what God says, yet, for me, I don't own the knowledge. Anything I personally might say on spirituality comes from my feelings and from my memory of what God has said -- and I don't remember a whole lot.
I am thinking that I should be very quiet. And yet, and yet...