Deep in the night in the privacy of my sheets I confessed—I really don’t know anything. This would become the theme for my life in 2017. There was a growing comfort inside of me in the understanding that I am not in charge of anything. Just weeks into acknowledging the state of my unconsciousness I would be woken up rather abruptly by a couple of suits at my work activating their positional power to rescind the offer they made to pay for my Masters of Business Administration qualification—at one of the most prestigious Business Schools in South Africa. It was stated in their subsidized Education policy that they will support the development of their employees to give rise to a competent human capital that can tactically and strategically bring real time transformation to the lives of ordinary South Africans. What the policy forgot to relay was that there was an invisible quota to the amount that can be used to subsidize transformation; and only sub-standard institutions will get preference. There in the boardroom I put on my business brain and was ready to debate and poke holes into their bureaucratic ways. Critically engaging made-up minds allows for greater opportunity of forced consciousness in one’s own biases. I refer to this type of consciousness as the light that glows when truth meets ignorance.
I did not get to the glow immediately, first there was a storm; a raging tear storm that filled my aching reality. The obvious solution was to drop out of school. How was I going to cover tuition, books and the global study tour without my development agenda partner? This was an ultimate betrayal; for a woman that has survived life’s most hurtful surprises before now; this pain was fresh… like the road less travelled. I sensed a new way of thinking creeping into my alertness, like the dimness of my light forcing its way into life—I felt a warm glow of light emerging into my consciousness. This new light was forcefully announced to me through the pain that accompanied the possibility of dropping out. I began to look beyond the teary storm and the choking pain for a solution. Then I remembered! I don’t know anything.
This transformation—emerging consciousness is a process. It is a series of steps that begin and end with the Lord. When the spirit is awakened, God takes over. The greatest truth for any New Church person to embrace is that The Lord always works in his providence to put things back into place. When the world seems to be falling apart—God is really putting things into place. But in our freedom; we must choose the road less travelled; we must push our thinking into seeing other possibilities; besides the one that is in front of us.
I went back to my office and typed a rather concise letter to my red tape guardians: “Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to defend my position the other day… I have decided not to escalate this matter any further. I will find a way to self-fund. This will require enormous sacrifices from my end but the possibility of dropping out hurts me too much.” In essence I was reiterating—I don’t know anything; but I know my God knows everything. And in that I can rest.