"What is Innerstanding?" An interesting question.
Understanding, we all know about, even if we fall short on it sometimes. A great review of its many colours can be found in the Cambridge Dictionary.
What about Overstanding? There is indeed such a word, as defined online:
overstand. Verb. (third-person singular simple present overstands, present participle overstanding, simple past and past participle overstood (rare) to stand or insist too much or too long; overstay. to stand too strictly on the demands or conditions of.
There's another definition in the Urban Dictionary, varying somewhat from the above, and I quote: "The Distinction between Overstanding and Understanding is a matter of context and awareness. To overstand is to comprehend a thing itself AND to have knowledge of why it is the way it is and of its place or role in the grand scheme of things."
This particular definition (in full) is a little challenged in grammatical English but makes a good read, so if you want the whole thing, diamonds and all, click here.
So, is Innerstanding a word? When first contemplating the contents of this post, I didn't think it would be, but it is, and the spiritually minded will be pleased to read Urban Dictionary's definition here.
Given the above, we have three points of consideration. Understanding, to trawl the depths of a person, problem, or situation and subsequently gain knowledge as to the underlying components of the aforesaid, as opposed to Overstanding when we outstay a welcome on our verbosity, presence or limitations. Or conversely, to perhaps overthink it all somewhat.
On being presented with the question, my thoughts turned instantly to wave forms, the peaks and troughs and wells between. Bearing in mind that reality is a continuously shifting sandscape, and that each moment offers a different context to the last, we are nevertheless given to understand - to reach the depths of the matter and form a view from there. To overstand - to see it from above, and be either pious or over-reaching in resultant appraisal. To innerstand - well, the definition given in the link above is very comprehensive. Innerstanding is where the whole picture creates the vista, and it would be a sorry oversight not to quote from the definition given; "absolute, heart-centred knowledge from the core inner being (Source). This word truly requires no description, as it is the zero point to knowledge and being. The knowing that all is perfect and happens for a reason (cause & effect) to move one towards learning and expansion."
Zero point? My kind of language, describing the field where wave forms are unnecessary, the source of all energy, the well of infinite potential. The zero point field is well known to science, but difficult territory for mathematicians to tread (read why in Wikipedia), its elusive quality and breadth of implication making it a ready target for Woo Hunters (dressed in virtual khakis and posing in combat gear next to their latest Renormalised infinity) who'd be loading their weapons with arguments against Innerstanding, even with an Understanding of what the word is trying to say, for they would be Overstanding on their boxes of constants and constraints in determination to be Above All That which is Woo.
On questing for self-discovery, Innerstanding would surely stand us in good stead, were we to have more of it, methinks, and to reach that point wherein the definition lies would be to appreciate the scale of our part in the play, to see beyond ourselves to where all may be illuminated, if only for a moment. For it has to be said that if we understand, we are doing well, and if we overstand, we are dwelling too long, while our Innerstanding may be short-lived but valuable, a hefty contribution to our vision of What Is, and our collective creation of that which may, fate willing in a fair wind, come to pass.
Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met up with quantum mechanics in 1997, pledging allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies.