By Julian Wash
Today I wish to remind you of something very fundamental to the human condition —an important “truth” that has fallen below radar and has been all but forgotten. This truth will resonate with some people, assuming of course, they’re willing to consider it for both its simplicity and unique complexity. What is this truth? It’s been right in front of you all this time- hidden in plain sight. The simple truth is you already know everything there is to know. Absolutely everything.
How is this so, you may ask? The answer is closer than you think. The state of being “Human” includes a consciousness that is part of “all that is,” a fractal within the infinite tides of time and space. And that beautiful fractal just happens to have your name and walks in your shoes. So what do you know? Plenty!
It’s been said that as one reaches higher levels of enlightenment they realize “they know enough to know that they don’t know anything at all.” This is one path, but not the only one. I’m suggesting to the reader that they consider the path that takes the position of “knowing” as opposed to not knowing.
Does that mean, for instance, you already know how many grains of sand are on any given stretch of beach? To that I answer yes …but with this caveat —truth is a direction as much as it is a destination. We know from the onset that there’s a better way to present the question and a better way to quantify grains of sand. There’s much we know from the beginning- and we will likely redefine our models of understanding and our concepts of “knowing” in the process of remembering.
Sunsets and Sport Cars
A majestic sunset may captivate your awareness with a beauty that fills your senses. An “inner-knowing” reminds you that you’re witnessing something extraordinary, a sight to behold. —In this case, a big orange ball melting into the horizon, emanating through clouds in a spectrum of colors before slowly yielding to a star laden cloak of darkness. —Or how about the scintillating lines of an exotic sport car? Much more grounded here, admittedly, but for the aficionado, there’s still that inner sense that recognizes extraordinary beauty, and in this case, the beauty that exemplifies the accomplishment and celebration of Human creation. And that’s the key—the “recognition” and “awareness” of beauty.
How is it that we recognize the sunset or the sports car as “beautiful?” Who taught us that these manifestations are things of beauty? Maybe sunsets and cars are not your bag, that’s okay -they’re merely suggestions. But the underlining question here is how do you know, I mean how do you really know, that these are examples of beauty? Answer: You just know.
Don’t Let Anyone Tell You “You Don’t Know”
I always feel my regression back to the age of 4 when I put things in such simple terms. For those who have been reading my past material, they already know that I place much significance on this age- a time I remember where I was simply “me.” So be it. A four year old just “knows”- but trying to convince grownups is a whole different matter. We’ve been conditioned to believe we “don’t know” and that our brains are “mush” until we receive some formal measure of indoctrination. We are repeatedly told what we can’t do, what we can’t say and even what we should or should not feel. Curiously, the Human mind will adopt this level of conditioning over time.
The mind is powerful and will accept the condition as a sort of game —a game of self-deprecation and disempowerment. Over time “the game” morphs into a new reality. At some point we manage to convince ourselves that we are more about limitation than potential and more about imperfection than infinite ability. We adopt diminutive titles like “consumer,” “worker,” “middle-class,” or “subject” and the list goes on. My dear Humans- you are neither of these. You are a divine spark of creation and a being of infinite knowing.
A Thought for the Naysayers
So what do you say to someone who implies that “you don’t know everything?” The simple response could be- “I do know all things -but the answers are not presently within my awareness” (then wait for the ensuing chuckles). So even if you don’t say it aloud —think itto yourself. A very empowering feeling will envelope you. When people “teach” you by example or explanation, they are simply bringing a thought back into your awareness. Upon hearing a satisfactory answer, people may respond by saying “yes, of course” or “that makes perfect sense” or something very similar along those lines. But once again it’s my position that such a response is congruent with recognition and acknowledgment of truth —not learning. You are not “learning” anything -you are remembering!
It’s okay to remind the teacher that they too know everything or else they may think you’re suffering from delusions of grandeur —which, by the way, is defined as “a delusion (common in paranoia) that you are much greater and more powerful and influential than you really are.” Imagine the dysfunctional aspect of feeling more powerful than “you really are.” Tsk, tsk.
The Human drama plays out on a stage of mass confusion, misinformation and self-doubt. These are all illusions. Let me help you pierce that curtain to the other side.
I trust now that you see that I’m not trying to “teach” you –I’m only here to remind you.
Memory- It Ain’t All That
Our culture puts much emphasis on memory. Memory is a vital tool necessary to function in this three dimensional space we call reality. It also operates at our “point of focus” -a time when we’re concentrating on problem solving or reflection. It serves an important role and needs to be nurtured and cared for, stimulated and stretched on occasion. But we live in a society that places perhaps too much emphasis on rote memory, our ability to recall “stuff” that was taught to us by teachers and other administrators of information who assumed we were “limited” in our scope of knowledge. The more stuff you know the more successful you’ll be in society. That’s pretty much a given.
There is however another side, a darker side to this state we call memory. The “stuff” we’re told that lingers in our memory can also taint our own understandings and unique perspectives. That’s why it’s so important to retain only that which resonates with you. If one latches on too firmly to the ideas and points of view of others then they might find themselves coiled in a self-imposed prison of limitation and thought entrainment with compromised ability to present even the simplest original idea.
Yes, memory is good and a good memory is even better- it operates much like the memory in a computer- helps perform basic operations and allows the “programs” to work more smoothly. But memory does not define the functional aspect of “knowing” nor does it adequately explain the abilities demonstrated by so-called “savants” who obtain their ideas, solutions and awareness seemingly out of “thin air.” Inventors and songwriters have also attested to this ethereal space- a living, floating universal consciousness that the Human mind can tap into —and where powerful ideas or melodies seem to surface from nowhere and into their heads. Memory helps to retain, organize and translate these thoughts- a most useful tool indeed.
Memory is a useful tool but it’s our innate awareness, our state of knowing that’s infinite in nature. Your ability to recognize beauty should be your first clue that you are a sentient, “all knowing” spiritual entity. Take the position from this day forward that you DO know all things —though the answers may not always be at your fingertips. That’s okay because your Human (not “only” human —but Human).
—Until next time.