'I' Is The Reality Of All Possible ThingsI'm sure you're giving a different sense to the word "Knowing" and I'd be very grateful if you could explain it to me.
First of all, I want to thank you for the amazing job you did with “The Transparency of things”, taking such a debated matter to a fresh and new perspective, and also for the time you hosted the OA Study Group. You are one of the principal reasons I dropped all my books and happily stopped my “spiritual search”.
However, a friend sent me one of your essays by email, about what you call “Knowingbeing”. I had already read your explanation on it, but a doubt has arisen, maybe because of my imperfect knowing of the english language, so I´d greatly appreciate an answer. It´s a very brief question:
In that essay( in which you put the example of a car in the garage, whose observable qualities belong to the mind, not to the car per se), you say:
“Obviously the car, whatever exactly it is, is present. Something is. That is, there is Being. And likewise in order to assert the experience that something is, that Being is present, it must be known. In other words, as we have seen before, it is not possible to have Being without Knowing and vice versa”
Obviously, in order to know something, it must “be”. There must be “Being”. But I’m having a hard time understanding the contrary . Is it really true that in order for something to be, that “something” must be known? I’ll elaborate:
I mean, the “car” as a mental construction, with its visual and sense perceptions, is a by-product of the mind, and I agree that, for example, the colour of that car is not an inherent quality in it, but just a mental formation that does not stay with the car when we’re not in the garage. I also agree with the fact that there’s something there that exist independently of a mind which superimpose mental qualities on it. Of course, in order to know what “that independent thing” is, it must “Be”. But I don’t understand you when you say that in order for that “something” (which is independent from the perceivable qualities) to “be”, it must be “known”. My question is what’s the sense you give here to the verb “know”? Are you implying a mental knowledge or are you referring to the kind of knowledge through which Consciousness knows itself, that is, without a mind?
I’ll illustrate it with an example: Let’s say you’re in a lonely beach in the middle of nowhere, just taking a sun bath. You fall asleep and, while you’re in deep sleep, a big wave catches you and throws you to the sea. That wave was not known by anybody, but it certainly IS. It threw you into the ocean, even though it was not known. And that can be applied to any other example. A seed does not need to be seen and known in order to become a tree in the middle of an depopulated jungle.
Obviously you would not make such a simple mistake, so I’m sure you’re giving a different sense to the word “Knowing”, and I’d be very grateful if you could explain it to me.
Best wishes, Rogelio.
Thank you for your email and I apologise again for taking so long to respond.
Yes, by ‘knowing’ I do not mean ‘knowing’ as it is normally conceived, that is, in subject-object relationship.
If we divest any object of those qualities that are not inherent in it, that is, all the names and forms that are supplied by mind and senses, we are left with the ‘isness’ of the thing, the ‘thing in itself.’
What this ‘thing in itself’ is, is unknowable by the mind.
What is the nature of this ‘isness’ or being?
Let us admit first that the car in the garage or the wave that washes us out to sea, as we normally perceive it, may be, as it were, as cross section of a four, five or infinitely dimensional object, of which the human mind, due to its limitations, sees only a limited three dimensional cross section.
For instance, imagine that a creature, with a mind that knows only two dimensions (forwards, backwards and sideways) living on the surface of a pond, were to look at the two arms of a forked stick that is lowered into the water. It would see only two short lines.
The creature may build up a theory as to what these two lines are and what their relationship to one another is, based on its observation of how the lines sometimes get closer together (when the forked stick is pushed down into the pond) and sometimes further apart (when the stick is withdrawn).
The two dimensional creature would not be able to conceive of the stick as it truly is (I mean, relatively speaking, that is, three dimensional) due to the limitations of its mind.
We, as humans, may well be in the same position: our three dimensional world, or four dimensional, if we include time, may be an extremely limited version of the ‘world as it is,’ which may comprise innumerable dimensions.
However, we can be sure that, just as the essential reality of the two lines is the same as the essential reality of the three dimensional stick (because they are two different views of the same object) so we can be sure that the essential reality of this world, the car or the wave, is the same as the essential reality of whatever the world, car or wave truly is, in its full multidimensional form, because each is similarly only a partial view of the same ‘thing in itself.’
And just as the two dimensional creature is itself a part of the world in which the two little ‘stick’ lines exist and therefore only needs to know its own essential reality in order to know the reality of its world, so we as humans are made out of the same stuff as the world we inhabit, whatever that world truly is, and therefore only need to know our own reality in order to know the reality of our world, whether it is observed in its totality or not.
And if we go to our reality, to the being that ‘I am,’ we find that it is not dead and inert, but full of Consciousness and Love. It is for this reason that I suggest that the essential being of whatever the world truly is, and that inevitably lies outside the mind’s power to grasp, must be not only present, but also conscious (knowing) and loving.
In other words, we cannot be sure that there is nothing outside mind but we can be sure that there is nothing outside Consciousness, because Consciousness and Being are one.
Of course, relatively speaking, we cannot discount the possibility of new minds evolving which may have a broader scope than our own and therefore greater access to the real form of things. But such access will always be limited by the constructions of the mind.
The same applies for any object that is unseen by the human mind. That object must have a reality and there cannot be two realities for, if there were two realities, one would be more real than the other and would therefore be the reality of the ‘less real reality,’ leaving only one absolute reality.
So, whatever the ultimate realty of THIS current experience (and indeed every current experience) must itself be the reality of all possible things in all possible worlds.
The name we give to that reality is ‘I.’ It is what we intimately know ourselves to be.
I hope that helps.
With warm regards,