Walking on Water - Unlearning Our Limitations
Someone may be "walking on water" not because they have got got learned a great secret, but rather that they have not 'learned' that they cannot make such as a thing. Sometimes the rectification for a state of affairs is not to make something more, but primarily to halt what we have got got being doing; rather than learning something new, release limiting information that you have acquired along the way.
Knowledge is gained by day-to-day increment,
Taoist is gained by day-to-day loss
Poetry 48: Taoist Tellurium Ching
Some would asseverate that except in certain medically or psychologically induced statuses unlearning our restrictions is a hopeless fantasy. But isn't the consequence of a Zen Buddhism koan a spot of "un-learning"? In such as things exposed via a koan, the witting head is provided 'enough rope to hang itself' so that the wisdom beyond and before the doubtful acquisition can come up forward. When the blasting flaw in any held/learned conception is exposed, the recognized world of it crumbles.
One mightiness reason that the intent of a Zen Buddhism koan is redirection of the mind. It is generally a inquiry unanswerable in the linguistic context of the logical mind-something like, "what is the sound of one manus clapping?" The logical head will cope with such as a inquiry until it exhaust fumeses itself. At that point, with it defenses-the infallible fortress of reason-down, the head is unfastened for a new perspective...thinking outside the box, as it is sometimes called.
The most common illustration of unlearning is being confronted with undeniable qualities of an individual, situation, or thing that are in direct struggle with a bias we hold. When our perceptual experience is so challenged, we are left with either denial-recede deeper into our delusion-or redefinition, releasing the "education" we had on that topic before.
At this point there is a elusive but powerful difference in the way we choose. Redefinition can be by amending the existent belief, or by completely releasing the old belief and making a new definition. Outwardly the consequence of the two options will initially look the same. With either, one would discontinue to transport on picks that would be contiguous grounds of the previously held prejudice. However, with amendment of a false belief, we are building atop a bad foundation. There is always room for the inexplicit justification of the amendment-the object of my bias is no longer bad 'because'...The deduction here is that-even if it is at the subconscious mind level-the bias is not justified now, but could possibly have got been justified at one time. As if a alteration in the 1 abused by your bias is the ground for the amendment.
"Argue your restrictions and certain adequate they go yours."
Illusions by Richard Bach
Consider how much of what we "cannot" make may actually be what we will not let ourselves to be able to make because we have got accepted some a spot of self-definition imposed on us by another or by a peculiar experience. The job in investment in such as a definition of ego is that we often make not make our "fact checking" before allowing the experience to go a self-creating, self-perpetuating truth.
If the beginning of information was another person, were we at that clip so perceptive as to cognize the motive of the person's assessment? If not, how can we sufficiently validate the value of their input signal as to justify incorporating it into our very definition of self-the pattern that volition define our experience of life? Perhaps they were intentionally malicious, or maybe they were an ally, but factors in their ain life at that clip clouded their perception.
"Truth told with bad purpose beats out all the prevarications you can ever invent." Wm. Blake
Sometimes the individual from whom we have got incorporated the limiting belief truly was acting out of love for us, but they were the owner of a limiting belief. Their purpose was for our best involvement as they saw it, but could offer no more than than they were capable of perceiving. If this limiting perceptual experience come ups from an incontestable beginning of support-parent, teacher, function model, or spouse-it goes a particularly complex construction of overcome. In order to free ourselves from this limiting perceptual experience at the same clip we are seeking to redefine our abilities, we must also accept that our protagonist is fallible, that from even our allies may come up limiting directives-even though unintentionally.
The more than than bases of our definition of ego or world that we are attempting to interrupt simultaneously, the more internal opposition we will encounter. Structures like relationships, self-definition, society, etc favour stableness and generally have got chemical mechanisms to keep that permanence. Abrupt or extended alteration is responded to by personal psychological countermeasures to certain up the existent construction or hindrance reactions to stave in of additional assault. It is much like a spyware or virus software system 'overreacting' to your desired attempts to entree a peculiar website or programme that you cognize makes not present any threat. The structural programme is designed to react categorically, not to a specific point or attempt.
So, how make we unlearn....become less? It is our great approval that our nature have a self-righting ability, a Negro spiritual gyroscope, except when our spirit, mind, and/or bosom have go extremely damaged-and such as scenarios take exceeding chemical mechanisms for rectification like reincarnation, contact with Godhead individuals, etc.
Anything that takes you out of your head, your ego, out of thought, will convey you to a topographic point often referred to as your center. This topographic point of your truest definition of ego existed before and beyond any recognized limitations. It stays forever with you even if doubted and never visited. This slate of your definition of ego is never written upon or marred by your experience. It is what you were in the beginning and what you stay outside the semblance of collected belief.
There are methods and constructions of considerable attempt that tin take you to this place, but it is just as effectual to just allow go-though this way is not correct for everyone and extremely difficult for some. In methods, the most common is probably meditation, which runs the gamut of techniques from very Byzantine combinations of breath, chant and ritual, to just watching the rainfall fall. In the methods of a less defined nature, it mightiness be as simple as laughing with a immature child, lingering on coming out of a much needful nap, or even what some might see a job like lavation the dishes or mowing the lawn. It is not the activity that brands the difference, but the state of mind...anything that pulls you into giving yourself to it whole-heartedly, without thought.
Time spent in such as states novices the self-righting of any host of amends to body, mind, heart, spirit. Such are multiply blessed activities, a joyousness in and of themselves, blessings to wellness and spirit, as well as one of the most effectual methods of releasing ourselves from the chemical bonds of ego limitation.
**Disclaimer: For me, truth is personal and the consciousness that created the human race before us is so complex that it can and makes simultaneously apparent an infinite figure of worlds that sometimes look to the human head to be diametrically opposed to one another.