Thanks for your thoughtful responses, @jenniferl. To be accurate, it was @aurorac who offered that lovely definition! I feel we are all blessed to share in the wisdom of all those participating in this discussion. It is cause for much soul growth–towards the generative impulses of spirit.
To your question, How do we know? That is, indeed the beautiful mystery of life. It is certainly not through the thinking mind. And the qualia through which we experience reality in this embodiment is a limited instrument, except when it comes to the deeper knowing, or Akasha, that, to my mind, is in the Mind of God–outside direct experience, beyond our senses and emotions, non-measurable, silent and all-knowing.
I am curious to hear how my fellow travelers in consciousness “know”?