This is a good time to pray to God in the name of Christ Jesus for help in understanding. Go ahead....I'll wait! You will read with the brain/mind...but can only understand through the Holy Spirit and by the grace of God our Heavenly Father. If you were sincere in your prayer - you will now be able to study under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Might I recommend that you ALWAYS clear your mind and pray to God in the name of Christ Jesus for help in understanding before you begin ANY study of Scripture or ANY form of Bible study. That one extra step has proven to be just what I was lacking when I began studying...that is why I want to share it with you.
Nothing I see with my physical eyes means anything
I have given everything I see all the meaning that it has for me
I do not understand anything I see
Reflect on these three statements for a few minutes - but there is no need in getting bogged down here. This is meant to help clear the mental chatter, help you clear your mind of past associations, and help you see things exactly as they appear now.
Take notice of the thoughts that are crossing your mind right now. Do not allow yourself to focus on just good thoughts or just bad thoughts...just allow your thoughts to flow. Lesson - These thoughts I am thinking mean nothing. Neither the good or bad thoughts represent what you are truly thinking because what you are really thinking is being covered up - that is why they do not mean anything. The good ones are but shadows of what lies beyond, and shadows make sight difficult. The bad ones are blocks to sight, and make seeing impossible. You do not want either. Consider - No matter how hard you try...you can only see the past! For that reason...nothing you physically see means anything, it is why you have given it all the meaning that it has for you, it is the reason you do not understand what you physically see. Whew! Pause and reflect on that for a minute...you can only physically see the past. Ready for one more? The reason your mind only physically sees the past is (1) Your mind can only see your thoughts that are projected outwards, and (2) Your mind is incapable of grasping the present, which is the only time there is - sorry but it's true.
This all took me a while, and some serious prayer, but I did come to understand this cornerstone to the foundation of what is being built (shared) here. There is a method behind all my seeming madness here and it will come together - really! If my simple mind was able to do this than I believe and declare that you will be able to also.