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.
Developing Self-Knowing is also about developing the Knowing of the cause of our Sufferings. Because without realizing that the seed cause of Suffering comes from within, we will never be able to properly address it.
Self-Knowing thus is the heart of our journey.
To develop the Knowing of The Self, is to
Become aware of our Actions,
Become aware of our Reactions (Thoughts/Emotions ) behind the Actions,
Become aware of the Deeper Cause behind the Reactions.
To know every inch of our consciousness.
This is how we can discover the cause of our Sufferings, it is then we can transformit at the seed and be fully released from it.
It is thus an Enlightening Journey Indeed.
Now let us examine the ways in which we can develop the Self-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 something.
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 the truth of your ideas from actually testing them out in real life.
It is important to become aware of the differences between these two types of Knowledge because ultimately 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
Experienced Knowledge has 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 arouses 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 first hand from getting lung cancer.
The other reason why Experienced Knowledge is important is because when we become attached to the knowledge about ourselves through 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. This can cancreate 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 your belifs through Actual Experience.
So how can we develop Experienced Knowing of The Self?