the intellectual poise of not knowing

1-DSC03075 copy

As the great mystic Saint John of the Cross said, ‘In order to come to the knowledge you have not, you must go by a way in which you know not.’ I love this quote. It’s entirely paradoxical. It is what I spoke about earlier in what my teacher referred to as ‘the backward step:’ coming to knowledge not through knowing, but through not knowing. When you find yourself at this boundary of your mind, when you’ve gone to that place where you realize that you can’t go any deeper within the mind, then you begin to stop. You begin to let go. You begin to embrace this unknowing. Embracing the unknown makes us wonderfully and beautifully humble- not humiliated, but truly humble. It’s a state of great availability, and it’s from this state of openness, from this willingness to realize how little we really know, that our consciousness begins to shift. This is the doorway in. Dive fully into this openness and avail yourself of the intimacy found there, in not knowing……Adyashanti

discernment is beautiful when not laden with judgment, habit and fixed values…..it is here, between these layers we find the soft creamy heart of beauty and deep listening…..may we seek into and around, peek down and behind, and shape our story anew…..

What does habituation have to do with spirituality? In its most profound sense, habituation is more than just a chronic indulgence in routines and ruts. On a deeper level it can be looked at as the polar opposite of the mindfulness and attentiveness which are the pillars of spiritual life. The Bible enjoins us: ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ The goal in contemplative prayer is likewise to anchor our awareness to the present moment, and to keep our minds free from the stream of worldly thoughts that usurps our attention. If we do this long enough, and if we are able to still our minds in the proper way, something strangely wonderful happens. Some people experience a sensation that they are moving from a familiar dimension to an unfamiliar one. Others feel a sense of expansion, of moving outward beyond the ordinary limits of everyday perception. Still others discover a boundless space inside themselves that seems to contain everything. Words pale……Harry Moody

somewhere late, late into dusk

Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness:  touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and life itself is grace…..Frederick Buechner

2 thoughts on “the intellectual poise of not knowing

  1. Step one – forget everything. Step two – begin. Eternity unfolds in the space between winks, in the light pouring soft beneath the door……… Beyond what I know, a universe…….. or two. ~ Love you, Bobbie

    • Step one, two and three…..to love in the eternity in between forgetting and beginning……love to you Bobbie……a cozy weekend to you…..

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s