Saturday, November 16, 2013

Adyashanti - knowledge through not knowing

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……

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