True knowing is inherently within all of us. It is not something that we learn from others. It is in our heart, it is our intuition, it is something that we can all feel beyond any perceptional layers we may have taken on. And this knowing is experienced beyond the rational mind.
For example, a child can look at a bird and simply say: what a beautiful bird. It can see the glow in its feathers, be grateful for the sight, feel the life emanating from it, hear the melody it sings, and experience it fully… yet a dictionary, that supposedly signifies “knowledge”, will describe a bird as: Birds (class Aves) are feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic (warm-blooded), egg-laying, vertebrate animals. (had a great trip to wikipedia)
Which statement KNOWS more, feels more, is richer in experience, and perceives more purely?
True knowing is not something that we learn, but is simply what remains once we allow ourselves to “unlearn” everything, even if just for a moment. We have been taught to associate concept, with knowing, compulsive thinking, with knowing, or years of study, with knowing. Yet could it be that true knowing is that which observes all concepts purely? Could it be that pure knowing is what has always been there in the first place, while concepts were later birthed as a mean to interpret or overcomplicate what just IS? Could it be that true knowing is experienced the moment we stop defining ourselves as a definition creating definitions out of definitions, and instead allow ourselves to fully experience and see this moment exactly for what it is?
“When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought. (…) When your sense of self is no longer tied to thought, is no longer conceptual, there is a depth of feeling, of sensing, of compassion, of loving, that was not there when you were trapped in mental concepts. You are that depth.” – Eckhart Tolle