Not Knowing

 

Another, briefer, way of looking at not knowing…

When we rest as space & awareness, we find ourselves as distinct from the world of phenomena. There is naturally not knowing. Knowing does not apply, as it is just a thought – an abstraction.

And on the level of the small self, of the world of phenomena, there are also approaches we can use to help us loosen up ideas of knowing.

We can explore a variety of views, and find the (limited) validity of each of them. In this way, we learn how to fluidly move among a variety of views and not get stuck in any particular one.

We can use Byron Katie’s inquiry process to allow beliefs into particular thoughts (and eventually the whole tapestry of beliefs) to unravel.

We can use turnarounds, especially when we find ourselves attaching to a particular thought. If I turn it around to its opposite(s), in what way are each of the new statements true?

When we then rest in the holarchy of our being, from the small self through to space & awareness, we find an inherent not knowing in the Absolute, and a fluidity of views on the level of the small self. We are free to apply any one, or any set of views, in any particular situation – depending on what the situation seems to call for.

We apply it, see it for what it is – just a thought, and abstraction, one of many valid and possible views – and release it. It is the catch & release approach to views.

The effects of this are many. On a practical level, it means that we can see any situation in a more comprehensive way and that we are free to apply any particular view(s) depending on what seems appropriate. Our toolbox is larger. It also means that we are free to experience more directly, with fewer filters of particular beliefs and abstractions. And it helps us not take our views so seriously – we have a lighter touch and a sense of humor about them.

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