Others know something fundamental about life

Other people know something fundamental about life that I don’t.

That seems to be a common thought or feeling, and one I recognize from my own life as well.

It is easy to understand why we have that assumption. We are more familiar with the facade of others than what is going on internally. And that facade is often one of being in control and knowing what is going on.

The sense that others know something fundamental about life is also a projection. Others are a mirror for myself, so it is a good guess that I know something fundamental about life, but I don’t quite notice or “own” it.

Do I know something about life’s fundamentals? Do I know something that is similar to what I imagine others know?

When I look for myself, I find one major “hidden” insight: I don’t know. However much I know in terms of practical knowledge or about theories and maps, and whatever insights I may have, I don’t really know. They are all stories. Some of them may be very useful in a practical sense, in terms of guiding attention, choices, and actions, but I still don’t know.

So perhaps the most fundamental knowledge about life that I already have, which may be partially “hidden” from me by unquestioned assumptions that I do know, is that I really don’t know. Recognizing this, I also realize that it must be this way for others as well. And this takes care of the projection. I find, over and over, in more and more areas of life, that I really don’t know. And it is a good guess that it is quite similar for others.

Another hidden insight is what we really are. Empty. Awake. Allowing and appearing as any experience. As Douglas Harding puts it, capacity for the world. We all know this, somewhere. It is all obvious. And yet, it is covered up by numerous beliefs and assumptions going counter to this simple insight and recognition. We may even glimpse it, but even then it takes time to get more familiar with it, try out living from it, and trust it.

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  • others know something fundamental about life I don’t
    • seems to be a common feeling/thought
    • easy to understand, have more info about the facade (of being in control, know what is going on etc.) than what is going on internally for others
    • also, a projection
      • how do I know something fundamental about life (similar to what I imagine others know)
      • “hidden” insights – what we are, that we don’t know etc.
      • perhaps the real “hidden” knowledge – that we don’t know, not even the ones who seem to know and be certain about it

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Do I know something very simple and basic about life and existence?

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