“There are two types of knowing: intellectual and experiential. The first is an indirect form of knowing that entails conceptual models. The second is a form of direct, intuitive knowing by experiencing the truth of what is known. Only experiential knowing has transformative impact.”
“Philosophy, on the other hand, is about intellectual knowing. It’s based on conceptual models that point to truths, not on a direct experience of these truths. Many of us do not give ourselves permission to embrace a point of view that resonates with our hearts unless and until that point of view can be couched in a logical articulation.”
“Philosophy gives language to experience and allows it to be passed on –rather precariously as the case may be –to those still unable to attain the experience themselves.
Philosophy gives people intellectual permission to truly embrace what their intuitions and experiences are already telling them to be true.”
(Kastrup, Brief Peaks Beyond: Critical Essays on Metaphysics, Neuroscience, Free Will, Skepticism and Culture, p. 142 – 144 *)
I posted these three quotes because Kastrup is making such an important distinction here; one that seem lost in the Western mind. And that is, experiential knowledge is direct knowledge; intellectual knowledge is secondary knowledge. But we have this backwards in our culture, which is why so many have impoverished souls. Even so, we intuitively sense that conceptual models and philosophy cannot change any one in any way that’s important, but only serve to confirm what our heart already knows. We don’t truly know something until we’ve experienced it. This is what shapes us. This, and only this, transforms the human soul.
31-32 Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” (John 8:31-32 MSG *)