Once upon a time, learning was considered precious. Books were painstakingly written out by hand and accompanied by beautiful illustrations. They were considered to be treasures. Today whatever you want to know is pretty much at your fingertips. But information is not understanding. They are two entirely different things. Information can be obtained anywhere. You can have a pile of information on your shelf and it will do nothing for you. You can know everything about everything and still you will know nothing at all. The quality of your awareness and essence of being will remain exactly as it was before. There will be no change. Essence of being is developed through the experience of living. Understanding arises from deep reflection and observing with openness both within and without. The power of the flame of awareness develops in proportion to your own distractedness diminishing. Awakened awareness is created. It is not a given.