not-knowing IS the unknown
If anyone wants to bare with me, I’d like to emphasize the practice of not-knowing. It is essential to deconstructing one’s view of the world/certainty.
It’s funny how an idea can be with one for a long time and yet one may never truly acquaint oneself with it. For me, I was associated with a nagual that I’d meet with now and then for a period of over a dozen years. One of his concepts was that human beings, as awareness, had the task of making known the unknown – evolution. Part of my efforts were to perceive this unknown as a void, the void: one vast nothing materially, yet all things potentially. But it was many years before I understood what the unknown was/is.
Anyway, as you can see for yourself, the mind can’t think about the unknown. All of its material, its inventory, is composed of knowns – knowledge.
People don’t normally realise that they can drop knowing anything, and THAT THAT STATE IS THE UNKNOWN.
This is what all the not-doings are for, why it was significant that CC should see a dying animal in a piece of cloth.
Not knowing anything for certain has a magical effect. It bridges the first and second attentions. Think about it – if you don’t know anything for certain, how do you know which attention you are in? How do you know you’re not dreaming now?
Don’t answer! The point is not to answer, but to pause, and lengthen the pause. How do you know this is ordinary? How do you know that you’re not already dead and this is the afterlife (check out the movie “The Others” with Nicole Kidman).
The fact is, and it is a fact – if you never question, never investigate what you take for granted, you won’t know it’s a fact – you can’t know anything absolutely. The fact is that there is no difference between the first and second attentions. I know that sounds stupid, but it’s true. Awareness isn’t divided up, save by minds that divide it for their convenience. This isn’t just a logical conclusion. I know what I’m describing. The thing that makes them seem different is your belief – your “knowing” that they’re different. If they were actually different, you wouldn’t be able to go from one to the other. You don’t really “go” anywhere. Everything, all attentions, are right here, right now.
Anyway, practice not-knowing and see for yourself. You can do it right now. Everything you know is merely an agreement to know. Stop agreeing that you know anything. Not always. Just to familiarize yourself with your true nature, so you won’t take things so seriously, so definitely.
If you want to access the unknown, it’s right here. Just stop knowing anything. You don’t know anything anyway. So stop believing that you know something.