The Journey Progresses With Knowing
Developing the Knowing Of The Self is what Creates Progress on the Path.
This is because we can only address as much of our Negativities/Sufferings as we Know is there.
For instance, if an angry person is not aware of his own anger then he/she would never address it.
And also if we are not aware that the Seed Cause of Sufferings comes from Within us we would never be able to truly address it.
So that is why it is important to develop the Knowing Of The Self,
The Goal of Knowing The Self is to develop the Awareness of all Levels of The Self.
i.e. To become aware of our Actions,
To become aware of our Reactions (Thoughts/Emotions ) behind the Actions,
To become aware of the Deeper Cause behind the Reactions.
And like this we develop the awareness deeper and deeper into The Self so we can come to Know our Sufferings deeper and deeper until we reach the Seed of its Creation - it is by addressing the Seed Cause of our Sufferings that we can be released from it permanently.
The Journey of Knowing The Totality of The Self is a Journey of Self-Discovery -
Of not only Knowing The Self at the Physical level but also at the Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, Energetic levels so that we may come to know every inch of our consciousness.
It is thus an Enlightening Journey Indeed.
But before we develop the Knowing, we need to become aware that there are Two Types of Knowing.
Two Types Of Knowing
1. Unexperienced Knowledge - This is Knowledge gained not from one's actual experience but from somewhere else.
i.e. reading a book about playing tennis, health advice from friends or even ideas that you have created in your mind about someone that you have not even talked to yet.
2. Experienced Knowledge - This is the knowledge gained through actual experience i.e.
knowledge about tennis through actually playing tennis, knowledge about health from actually trying out a new diet, Knowing someone from actually having spending time with them in reality rather than in imagination.
It is important to become aware of the difference between the two because our aim is to develop the Experienced Knowledge of The Self - i.e. to develop the Knowing of The Self not through simply reading about it but through actual experience.
Power Of Experienced Knowledge
This is because Experienced Knowledge has a greater Power to Transform The Self than Unexperienced knowledge.
For instance, reading an inspiring quote may give us a Temporary moment of inspiration.
But when we actually go through an intense experience which arouse a realization within, that experience will be Life-Changing. For instance, one can compare the difference in the Power of realization gained between smoker being told that smoking is bad for the health and the smoker actually experiencing the Knowledge through getting lung disease from smoking.
The other reason why Experienced Knowledge is important is because when we construct a lot of beliefs about ourselves and the world through our attachments to Unexperienced Knowledge we can block ourselves from any further Knowing of the Truth.
I.e. When we do not take the steps to validate the Truth of something through experience, we can end up believing in a lot of information from people, schools, religions, philosophies that are either out of date/sync with the Truth of who we really are. And when we create Beliefs out of these types of Unexperienced Knowledge we can Create a great deal of Confusion, Fears and Limitations for ourselves.
So the first step in beginning the journey of Self-Discovery is to take responsibility for our own Knowing.
Realize that Truth comes from one's own Experience.
So validate the Truth of anything you read or hear by putting yourself through Actual Experience.
So How can we develop Experienced Knowing of The Self?