Most esoteric teachings divide knowledge into several different levels. It’s important to differentiate between these levels of knowledge since a magician or shaman must know what kind of knowledge is trustworthy and what is not.
In the ordinary world, almost anything can be categorized as knowledge, including what you read, what you hear from other people and what the experts tell you. Magically, true knowledge is quite different. Here are different levels:
IGNORANCE: You do not know about the existence of something.
KNOWLEDGE OF: You have heard of the existence of something but don’t know anything about it.
KNOWLEDGE ABOUT: You have heard other people or sources talk about something. This is also commonly called hearsay.
KNOWLEDGE: You have directly observed or experienced something. Magicians and shamans consider this true knowledge.
KNOWING: Information you receive through your spirit senses which you may or may not be able to validate through your physical senses.
Most esoteric practitioners consider only knowledge and knowing to be trustworthy sources of information – everything else is open to question. Because magicians and shamans are the researchers of the metaphysical world, their job is to verify everything they read or hear about through actual observation and experience.
Why are these levels of knowledge important? Because when you’re traveling out of body or working with high level magical techniques that could have serious consequences you’d better be sure of your knowledge. The Universe judges you on what you do, not what you meant to do (based on faulty information).
In daily life if you choose to only put your faith in knowledge and knowing you will find that your life becomes much more harmonious. Why? Because most of our daily problems arise from trusting information that we only know of or know about. If you validate what you believe through actual experience and observation you won’t fall into the usual societal traps. Good luck!