The purpose, significance, or nature of something; how it relates to or affects the larger whole. The real sense or import of a communication. Real meaning is of God and can only be understood in direct knowledge, in Heaven. Our own real meaning is part of God’s meaning; we can only know our meaning by knowing God’s. We cannot understand real meaning while in this world. Our attempts to interpret meaning will always obscure it. The Holy Spirit, however, can convey to us a reflection of true, heavenly meaning. He can tell us what the people and situations in our lives mean. He communicates meaning in whatever form we can receive. He can be flexible with form because He sees no meaning in it and ultimately disregards it (see form/content—content being a synonym for meaning). The ego, on the other hand, destroys meaning. It breaks things into separate pieces, substituting chaos and fragmentation for meaning, whereas meaning consists in wholeness, in a unified relationship between parts and the whole.