What do you know? How do you know that what you know, you really do know?How do you know that what you know is true? We spend our lives accumulating information. We try to gather as much information about as many things as we possibly can, after all it has been said that knowledge is power. If we have power we might be able to supersede the vulnerabilities of our humanity. To a degree that is true. If we know that proper hygiene is essential to limiting the spread of disease that information could save our lives. The power of information has dramatically changed our world. We have begun to unravel the mysteries of our origin, the conception of our galaxy and its approximate timeline of extinction. We have analyzed and dissected our bodies to understand how they function. How to treat illness and prolong life. Through quantum physics we have discovered that we exist in a unified field of consciousness. This field has been defined as dynamic and self-aware intelligence that generates energy that is virtually infinite. Our interrelatedness has become an indisputable fact. This knowledge has had a profound effect on how we perceive ourselves and our world.
Yet ironically enough no matter how much information or knowledge we acquire it remains an empty acquisition if we cannot derive personal meaning and value from it. We know something is true by our immediate and direct experience even if it remains inexplicable. I have known brilliant individuals possessed with incalculable knowledge who were completely exiled from any personal sense of Self understanding. They had been completely absorbed in gathering data even if it was completely devoid of any relevance to their experience. My own bias is that knowledge should in someway have a direct and lasting impact on the quality of our lives.
To know ones Self is to know the divine, the immortal aspect of our nature. The human being is after all a microcosm of the entire universe. Within you lie all the forces of nature. Somewhere in you are the remnants of the Big Bang. Your DNA contains the entire genetic code of human life. How more spectacular do you need to be to gain your interest?
I remember being asked as a child what I was most interested in studying. I responded without hesitation, ” I want to study the unknown.” I had no interest in learning about what had already been discovered. Memorizing facts seemed irrelevant and a useless waste of my mind. The unknown had always intrigued me. Being curious I was always wanting to see what would happen if… I am grateful for this inquisitive and adventurous part of myself that seeks to experience everything in lieu of knowing anything! In fact the thing I love most about life is that I never know what is going to happen. The unpredictability makes it more of an experiment, an opportunity to “play.” It is liberating to know that none of us really KNOW. I have always made my Self the destination of my inquiry. In doing so I have realized that no matter how long or how diligently I sit in the silence of my own interior it will remain a mystery. This gives me a strange sense of fulfillment and peace in knowing I will never really know. It makes me feel childlike and innocent. In fact I no longer have a desire to define what cannot be known. The more I have experienced the more I realize how little I know. I can rest in that. In the vast presence of that ineffable field of pure consciousness one is immediately humbled. I continue as a venturing pilgrim in the home of my belonging. As I wander I thank all of those brave adventurers who have gone before me. Into the mists of the unknown I linger, longing to experience the borderlands of human endeavor. Follow me.