When we believe we know we are blind
The quote is from page 122 of At Your Heart’s Pace, Exercise 8. “When we believe that we know, when we believe that we understand, we become blind to further understanding and other ways of experiencing”.
Contemplation is something we can do for our self in that it offers the opportunity to stay open to more understanding, a deeper understanding to whatever it is we decide to hold in mind. It takes the natural tendancy we have to decide “I-know” the answer to a question or a situation and offers an openness to the situation.
Contemplation encourages us to assume there is more than the obvious answer available. We become more willing to be open and flexible. We are less caught in instant decisions. It gently dissolves the “I-know” part of us, allowing us to move towards a new paradigm of understanding, That new paradigm, we are told, does not include the particular, the separate but instead includes the all-ness.
Enjoy your contemplation, peace to you.
Hello and welcome, I am Ellen Sutherland and we are Being Spiritual.
I wanted to take the quote today from the contemplation section in my book, At Your Heart’s Pace. Contemplation is such a potent part of being spiritual. Taking the meditational attitude and living it so that you don’t stay on the meditation mat forever but that you actually take that essence and feeling with you throughout your day.
The quote is from page 122 of the book, Exercise 8. “When we believe that we know, when we believe that we understand, we become blind to further understanding and other ways of experiencing. The “I-know” part of us, the “I-know” this, “I-know” that part of us is really one of the major things that we bump up against in moving – it is what stops us from moving into another paradigm. “I-know” I am a physical body, “I-know” I am a personality, “I-know” myself as me with all these memories, that “I-know-ness” will keep me here and prevent me from experiencing all encompassing Fields of Consciousness, will prevent me from being aware of and part of the Higher Fields because the Higher Fields are not particular, which is what the “I-know” mind is all about, being particularly knowing about self or an idea or concept.
One of the most wonderful things that we can do for our self in spiritual practice, is to seriously contemplate. Contemplation…what can we do to contemplate? What does contemplation really mean? I think that I have mentioned before that contemplation is more like a marinating. You soak in the quote, or the idea that you are being with. You soak it in, allow it to be with you and every time a conclusion rises up in your mind, you just let that conclusion be and keep your self open to more. You may go from a particular answer: (such as) “He did such-and-such and that means…such-and-such.” (for example) “He looked angry, so that means he was angry at me.” That is how the mind quickly concludes. I am giving you a common assumption. We never look beyond that for we are so sure that we “know” how that person feels and what is going on with them that we never look beyond that.
There is a wonderful story in one of the books I’ve read about a man who is riding a bus and he has a couple of children and they are just running wild on the bus. The person writing the story is annoyed with him, asking “Why isn’t this man taking care of his kids?” The writer is also practicing unconditional love and forgiveness – he’s a spiritual person – so he decides to go sit beside this guy and find out why he doesn’t want to take his kids in hand, only to find out that this man is devastated by the loss of his wife and hardly notices his children’s upset.
Normally you would look at that father and say he just doesn’t bother taking care of his children and doesn’t mind upsetting all sorts of people in this room, on the bus, when in fact, he is totally engrossed in some great pain that he is as yet to move out of and doesn’t notice what is going on.
“I-know” “I-know mind” it is a wonderful awareness and you need to be aware of the part of us that has it. The part of us that says, “I know what is right; I know what that means; of course I know I am a teacher, of course I know I am a healer; of course I know I am a Reiki Master; of course I know.” That kind of “I-know” rises up in us naturally, you do not have to beat yourself up about it. There it is. If you look around, you will see it all over the place.
What we can do with contemplation, is to catch the “I-know” coming up; “Oh there I am, shutting the door, making that answer finite…” and (instead) leaving it open by saying, “Well that is what I think, but I am willing to know, to be aware of, to be open to more.”
I invite you to be with the quote and let it work with you and through you.
Peace to you.