Only Don’t Know

There are many revelations and, for lack of a better word, experiences such as bliss/joy/love or wisdom/insight/recognition that are transcendent to the person and their biology, and do not fit neatly into any human conceptual category. Words are used as humans try to communicate with each other, but words lead many to thinking they know what is being pointed to, when clearly they don’t. They also may assume that because they haven’t had the insight, experience or revelation, then it must not exist, can be explained away or is some form of delusion.

“The Tao that can be spoken about is not the true Tao.” ~ Lao Tzu

I usually just don’t talk about many things as it leads most people to look for the lost key under the street light of their personal knowledge and experience rather than where it actually is. Not within the known.

In Zen it is said, “Open mouth already a mistake.” And for good reason.

The human mind likes to make sense of experiences and put them into nice little conceptual boxes. So the tendency is to think, “Oh- I know what that experience is. It must be neurotransmitters, or hallucinations, or wishful thinking, or delusions.”  “If it is not within my experience or realm of knowing, then it must not be valid.”

“Everyone takes the limits of their own vision for the limits of the world.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

The elephant in the room is not only different than we think, it is different than we can think.

As Shakespeare points out, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Only don’t know.

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