The great zen masters and mystics all tell us we must transcend our thoughts. Reality is more than concepts. To see truth, to become fully present, the mind must be conquered.
Forget the mind, forget your plans, forget your wishes, forget your beliefs. Just for a moment. Explore the world without them and you will begin to see what you never could before.
“I have lost my mind, but I have come to my senses.” How wise.
Your thoughts are yours. They are a product of your experience, your fears, your desires. Look: what does truth have to do with you? Truth is for all of us. Tap into those senses which we all share and you will find the beauty and love that comes with understanding. Common sense. That which we all have, that which all life has. Those sensations which are common to us all. In them is truth.
The more common the sense, the more wise. The more brilliant. The more ingenious. The more true.
That which is real. That which is true. That which exists. That which is.
All one and the same.
Reality cannot be that which is not. That which seems is not. That which appears is not. That which thinks is not. That which feels is not.
Is. Focus on is. All things real come from pursuit of is. Anything else is illusory.
Reality is found through the senses. The senses are not the gateway to reality, the senses are reality itself. Without the senses there is no reality. If you are sensing, you are real. If you are not sensing, you have died. To live is to be real.
Life is lived in reality. Be present.
Do senses record or do they project?
Perhaps we are passive observers, watching the world around us. There are “objects” and then there is “us” and we watch the dance of life go on. But then… where do the objects end and us begin? We say we can observe ourselves, but is it truly possible for that which observes to see itself? Mustn’t that mean that anything we can sense is not us, but apart from us? It seems we can never know ourself.
Consider this instead: perhaps our senses are projections. Perhaps our senses do not record but create. There is no way we could know for sure, after all. It is possible that we do not see the apple in our hand, but that our eyes put it there for us. Perhaps we are the creator of all things. But again… where are we? We cannot be those things we create, but do we create ourselves by observing ourselves? And yet for something to create itself, it must already exist.
A paradoxical choice between paradoxes. What a mess.
The problem and the solution lie in “you.”
What makes “real” knowledge different from “false” knowledge?
A distinction must be made before you go after it, but ultimately the question does not matter.
Quite literally, the question does not “matter”, as the spiritual entertainer Alan Watts would cleverly state.
The word “matter” in the English language comes from the Latin word materia which, as I’m sure is easy enough to guess, means “material”. This word is a derivation of the Latin word for “mother” which is mater, which in turn can trace its root to the Sanskrit mata and which Sanskrit, and a majority of European, Levantine, and South Asian languages can trace back to the original Proto-Indo-European stem.
It is fascinating how many words we have now are derivation from this one root. There is of course matrix, matriculation, mark, and surely enough, mature, and a host of others.
Any esoteric and mystical rationalizations as to the connection between discrete quantity and the “eternal feminine” will not be the subject here, but rather the simple use of language.
Asking if something “matters” is asking does something “measure up”?
Does it have form and substance?
What is the gravity of the situation?
Knowledge, even though it might not “measure up” or hold weight and gravity, that might not mean that it doesn’t exist.
The quantum mechanists showed the breakdown of classical physics in that observable phenomena cannot be described in terms of only particles or only energy in wave form, but characteristics of both.
This could possibly be the situation between “knowledge” and “reality”, where the reality is the concrete thing that can be experienced; the “matter”, yet knowledge is the thing that is “there” but elusive.
Knowledge is the energy in this circumstance. Even the questions of “real” and “false” reality breakdown. There might only a difference between the various knowledges that we have secularly in society, such as that which is gained through our branch subjects and disciplines like that of science, and a more subtler form of knowledge that we have as living individuals. The knowledge of existence, but not actually “knowing” it as relating it with something else.
It is like the old saying that I know what it is, but when you ask me, I can’t articulate it.
The only way might be to just feel it.
What are some of your favorite paradoxes?
The ubiquitous Catch-22 is probably the best known, even though it might not be people's "favorite".
But paradoxes are very fun, especially if you know how to solve them while watching someone else flounder over them.
You see, I know how to solve every paradox there is.
You want to know?
Well come closer...
Paradoxes need logic in order to solve, what you do is go beyond logic in order to solve them.
You'll be a hit at your next party.
You see, paradoxes are paradoxes in themselves. They are apparently illogical conclusions based on true premises, but you see, if the premises were truly "true" the conclusions would not be illogical.
Speaking of kindergarten, it is like the first-graders playing kickball on the playground, and then the fully adult fifth-graders come and chuck the ball into the freeway, clearing the space for the grown man's sport of football.
Don't waste your time playing child's games.
Take it from the fifth-graders.