“THE GREATEST OF ALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 20TH-CENTURY SCIENCE has been the discovery of human ignorance.” Lewis Thomas, Lives of a Cell. “OUR IGNORANCE, OF COURSE, HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US, AND ALWAYS WILL BE. What is new is our awareness of it, our awakening to its fathomless dimensions, and it is this, more than anything else, that marks the coming of age of our species.” Timothy Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Feeling the Mystery

  1. All knowledge is secondary, it is knowing about; it depends upon existence itself. Knowing about the myriad stuff that appears can never “catch up” to what always, already IS. 
  1. Knowing cannot apprehend what is prior to the faculty of knowing. Consciousness cannot grasp its own identity. Therefore, Consciousness Itself is never identified, never known, never seen, never objectified, but only understood as Mystery—only intuited and presumed and lived as the Heart of everything. 
  1. Enlightenment is radical intuition, not objective knowing. It is being, not seeing. 
  1. Presume this Mystery as the very condition of all that arises and never falsely identify with anything. Recognize that all of it is forever included in the Unknowable which is Whole and Indivisible, Indestructible and Irreducible. Understand that the Real Condition is not any of the appearing conditions, within or without. 
  1. Presume the Perfect Mystery (Native Wonder) and live. Within this Mystery, everything appears and changes and disappears. Yet That which is the Source and Support of all things and events is forever unthreatened. This Source is Unknowable, yet obvious as one’s own nature. 
  1. In relation to the physical body this intuitive thrill of inherent freedom is felt in the chest; thus the Mystery is also named the Heart.

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