When life throws all sorts of traumas and challenges at you (which it seems to have been doing a lot over the last few years), do you often think, as I do, that “I know nothing” . . . or struggle to make sense of, well, anything and everything?
The more chaotic and uncertain life becomes, the more we’re likely to think “What IS it all about?” or “There must be something more.”
After 17 years as an engineer (in Quality Assurance of state-of-the-art electronics), then 17 years teaching Reiki and the last 5 years completing my PhD (on ‘Transcendent Thought’), I’ve concluded rationally what I probably knew at other levels all along: Yes: there is more!
There is more to work than box-ticking; more to life than trying to satisfy (other people’s) expectations . . . and more to what we know, and how we know it, than what we’re taught.
I’ve found it useful to consider three, inter-related, ‘ways of knowing’ (or WoKs). There’s what we’ve been formally taught, and what we’ve learned through first-hand experience. There’s also a deeper, more profound, inner knowing: just as an acorn knows how to turn into a might oak tree and a chrysalis knows how to become a butterfly.
At any given moment we might be engaged in a combination of these ways of knowing: Intellectual Knowing, Experiential Knowing and Direct Apprehension – as shown in this diagram.
If, at a given moment (or on average over a period) our knowing is in the centre of this circle, we can equate this to our Being ‘in the Zone’, in the Tao, etc..
These are the times when we feel centered, connected: when we naturally and without thinking (!) just do what we need to do. The more aware we are of the various processes involved, the more able we are to respond to the here and now reality.
You may be saying, quite reasonably, that all this is common sense and what many teachers have been saying for decades centuries. True, but it’s only when we start to question what we know and how we think, that change occurs.
All too often we’re locked into conventional ways of thinking and at such deep, subconscious levels, that we’re not aware we’re doing it. But eventually something, some article read or experience shared for example, encourages us to question what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.
And behind all actions are thoughts. Behind everything we do is a perceived knowledge. Now, when that perceived, accumulated knowledge becomes genuine knowing, that connects us to the world in which we need to BE, then life starts to make more sense!