The Journey Progresses With Knowing
Developing Self-Knowing is what will move you forward on the journey of Self-Transformation.
Self-Knowing is the key to creating progress because we can only address our Negativities / Sufferings as much as we are aware of them.
For instance, it is highly unlikely that an angry man would address his anger if he is not aware of it.
Self-Knowing is The Heart of The Self-Transformation Journey
To develop the Knowing of The Self is to become aware of our Actions.
And even deeper, to become aware of the Reactions (Thoughts/Emotions ) behind the Actions.
And then even deeper still, to Know the Deeper Cause behind the Reactions.
Like this, we journey to Know every inch of our infinite being.
An Enlightening Journey Indeed!
And the more one Knows Oneself, the more one will come to know the Cause of one's problems, which will lead one to naturally realize its solutions.
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. We can learn about tennis from reading a book.
i.e. We can get health advice from our doctors.
i.e. We can imagine the personality of the stranger sitting in front of us.
2. Experienced Knowledge - This is the knowledge gained through actual experience
i.e. Learning about tennis through actually playing tennis
i.e. Gaining knowledge about a diet from having trying it.
i.e. Getting to know a stranger through spending time with them.
It is important to become aware of the differences between these two types of Knowledge because the aim is to develop the Experienced Knowledge of ourselves - i.e. to develop the Knowing of The Self not through simply reading about it, but rather, to Know The Self 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 can at best give us a Temporary dose of inspiration.
But when we actually go through an intense experience that creates Realization within, that experience can be Life-Changing.
To understand better, one can compare the difference in the Power of realization gained between a smoker being told that smoking is bad for the health and another who has gained that Knowledge first-hand from having experienced lung problems from smoking. For the latter to have realized the Truth from actual experience can be Transformative as long-held beliefs and habit patterns can be shifted through the experience.
The other reason for the importance of Experienced Knowledge is that when we have become attached to the knowledge about ourselves through Unexperienced Knowledge, we can block ourselves from refining the Knowing of what we already Know.
I.e. When we do not take steps to validate the Truth of something through experience, we can end up blindly following and believing information people, schools, religions, philosophies, all of whose information can be out of date/sync with the Truth of who we really are in the Present Time. This can can create a great deal of Confusion, Fears and Limitations for those who are on the journey of Self-Knowing.
So the journey of Self-Transformation begins with the taking of responsibility for our own Self-Knowing.
So how can we develop Experienced Knowing of The Self?