December 2, 2015
Why it is so hard to gain knowledge about Reality
Frank graciously asked if I was interested in using his microphone as a guest blogger on a more regular basis. I couldn’t help thinking, “If he’s crazy enough to ask, I ought to be crazy enough to accept.” The following is offered from the heart with no expectations.
There is a treasure-trove of information in the material that Frank has brought us, and I believe there is much more to be learned by marinating it and internalizing it in ways that enable it to make a substantial difference in us. My hope is that by resurfacing some of the material from Rita, TGU, Jung and Hemingway, and adding to it with some of my own, we will develop new perspectives on specific topics of interest. I know that some readers review Frank’s material on a regular basis, and hopefully this process will complement that.
Any comments are greatly welcomed, especially if you have changed your own point of view on the subject.
With some help from my friends, the topic is, “Why it is so hard to gain knowledge about reality.
Before I share “their” answer, it would be productive to review Rita’s most recent input to Frank on September 22, 2015 on Why Life Isn’t Easy. Excerpts from that are provided below.
F: 4:55 a.m. So, gentlemen – or, in fact, Rita? I assume you have been following, if not participating in, if not precipitating, this recent return to activity? Your book comes out soon, or the first half of it anyway, and I had the feeling that we would continue after a pause. Our pause has been since May, more or less. Ready to go again?
R: You will notice quite a change in yourself since we left off, as the material sinks in.
F: So where are we now? In a pause, in an advance, or where?
R: Everybody who reads this will be in a somewhat different place. If you are in a pause, you will find nothing revolutionary or incendiary. If you are ready for a new leap, you will. And every stage between, as usual. Coming back to the material when you are at a different point, it will affect you differently, accordingly.
F: Okay. So the text for today’s sermon?
R: Life isn’t easy, and that’s the value of it.
F: That’s going to be a popular sermon!
R: Nonetheless, I think you will find that it rings true. Recall for your readers how children’s bones grow.
F: All right. I see where you are going. Children’s bones alternate growth patterns. First they extend, then growth in that direction pauses while they thicken. Then they extend again, [etc.] until they reach their desired limits. And I will anticipate (I think) by adding that their growth in one direction may look like a pause in the direction 90 degrees opposed to it.
R: Your lives meet obstacles, and dealing with the obstacles changes you, or causes you to resist changing, which changes you in a different way. There may come a period of consolidation which may look like a pause—a breathing space, say. You see the analogy.
Now, when I say your life meets obstacles, a more careful rendering would be, when your psyche has to work to overcome. It may be confronting “external” events or conditions; it may be confronting “internal” events or conditions; it may be confronting stasis. Whatever the obstacle, the effort to adjust, to overcome, is the work being done.
F: I take it you intend to spell out these three conditions.
R: External means in this context (only), conditions or events that appear to be imposed from the rest of the 3D world. Internal means those that appear to be imposed by the rest of (i.e. other) the non-3D world.
F: And stasis?
R: I separated that because sometimes it appears one way, sometimes the other, and often enough, both. Pushing against an obstacle that can’t be seen can be more frustrating than anything!
R: These obstacles are real. They cannot be wished away, or talked away, or assumed away, or “intended” away. They are real, whether they appear as a stone in your path or an ungovernable leftover emotion.
It is a universal condition, problems, and I am attempting to explain why. I remember well enough, first hand, there is a tendency to think that if you “do it right” or “get it” or even if you intend strongly enough, your life will cease to present you with problems.
Just the opposite!
Just the opposite, and – bearing in mind that all is well, just as we were told so many times – you should be glad of it. Problems are opportunities, invited or not, welcome or not. They are the opposite of stagnation, and the cure for it, and the generator of new standings and understandings.
F: But – on behalf of others as well as myself – what about when you can’t resolve a problem? What about if you keep meeting it and meeting it, and it doesn’t go away, it doesn’t get resolved, it doesn’t seem to lead anywhere but back through the same door it just came out of?
R: You are braced for an answer you may not like, but there’s no need. All really is well. Discovering the mainsprings does not lead to despair. That is, the truth is not bad news. As long as you are still in the body, you are being carried along, and so your “external” conditions are changing, which means your internal conditions are changing relative importance to each other. “Where there is life there is hope” means more than “some miracle may happen,” though of course it means that too. It means, really, life will provide assistance if only by shifting the scenery. What doesn’t work for you today may work tomorrow. What didn’t work in the past may work today. Sustained intent is the key, and if you cannot manage that, renewed intent will do just as well.
This is why, by the way, people say that work on yourself is harder after death. After you drop the body, you realize that you are living in a world in which nothing is “external” to you. It never was, but the moving point of the present moment made it seem so. Without that automatic continual reorientation, you see that if you are to change, it is up to you as it always has been.
Back to the corollary question, Why is it so (darn) hard to gain knowledge about reality?
First we would point out that you are potentially trapping yourself by believing that a) you can actually (eventually) know most everything about reality, and b) that the knowledge itself is all important. The fact that statement a) is a fallacy may seem obvious in retrospect, but that’s not the worst of it. You may actually NEVER know enough about reality. If you contemplate Rita’s words again, it will become apparent that this is not a bad thing; in fact, it’s important for your eternal development.
Secondly, perhaps you should start every morning by reminding yourself: this day and everyday is all about making you. In the long run, it’s not about knowing, it’s about being. (This is a tough message to swallow for an engineer.)
To simplify, there are two kinds of knowledge: that which has no internal effect on you, and that which changes what you are. Any piece of knowledge could be in either category for any human. Most would agree that knowledge obtained on the direction to the nearest supermarket is unlikely going to change you. But knowledge about who you really are and your place in the Universe is a different story.
Knowledge that changes you is not about having THE answers, it’s about moving you to a new perspective, which impacts all of you, and that’s a lot. That knowledge becomes a part of you, so that like experience, you and the knowledge are one and inseparable.
Knowledge that changes you pulls you away from your comfort zone, drags you out to sea, and sets you adrift to flounder until you work your way into a new understanding. It’s very discomforting to know that your previous “place of being” no longer exists, and your new one is still out there somewhere. But you will never get beyond the horizon without losing sight of home. It’s hard work.
Now wouldn’t it be nice if there was a “Handbook on Reality” which started at the Dick and Jane level, and was complete in its description with a vocabulary of 2000 words or less? Or maybe better yet, that there would be a wisdom pill: “Take this with water once every morning, and in one week you will possess all wisdom about everything!” Ludicrous and sarcastic, but perhaps it will clarify by contrast the difficulty in trying to understand a reality that is highly complex, unbounded, simultaneously part and whole, completely interconnected, not governed by the apparent laws of 3D, and not describable accurately in the English language.
Be thankful for the discomfort; be thankful for the hard work required; let the knowledge change you step by step.