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Knowledge: Goal or Path?

Analysis tells us that studying known data will give us answers, the philosophy being that analyzing data will inform us of patterns and trends, which will then project answers.  Or maybe we will see the answers if we look hard enough, and sometimes that is true.  It will give us knowledge.  What are we to do with that knowledge?

All of us are guilty of analyzing everything to death in search of answers.  Most of the time we don’t find answers through analysis though,  we just uncover what we already knew.  We can validate what we believed to be true or untrue (what we learned we already knew), or we can take that knowledge and seek newer unique and creative answers.

It’s hard to find answers from something that is already learned.  If we keep searching for answers in what we already know, it is like the man in a round room trying to find a corner in which to piss.  To find real answers we need to use what we know (knowledge) as the ladder to the yet unknown. 

Rungs and Ladders

There are probably many kinds of rungs and we may have complete knowledge about rungs.  But now you have to ask yourself, where do I go with the complete knowledge of rungs?  Does it stop at rungs or do you then contemplate where the knowledge of rungs will take you?  OK, now it takes you “Up” and “Down”.  What next?  Rungs take you to a place that is typically out of reach without them and then back to the original place.

In the Tarot of the Spirit, by Pamela and Joyce Eakins, the first Major Arcana Key is “The Fool”.  The Fool finds that throughout his journey though life, he always ends up back in the place where he started, but he is changed in the process.  He is enlightened.  Was his journey in vain?

Tarot of the spirit book
Tarot of the Spirit Books
full Tarot of the spirit cards
Tarot of the Spirit Cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The things we learn along the way become “the known” and are the building blocks that will lead us to answers.

Knowing is finite and subject to dying through obsolescence at some point.  Seeking and finding answers can be an eternal process, and if you are doing it right, it is.  It can change direction quickly if we are open to learn.  We are propelled forward to continue, following an ever unfolding path.  If you have only attained knowledge, your work has just begun.

Look for Signs and Wonders

I was just watching an episode of “Gray’s Anatomy” and the metaphysically enlightened patient said to McDreamy (Patrick Dempsy) before going under the knife, “Just remember if you get scared, become inspired.”  Look for signs and wonders that gently lead us through life.  They’re there.  Use your knowledge as the bridge to inspiration.  Be enthusiastic to uncover that which has been elusive, which could only have been attained through climbing the rungs of knowledge.

“There is always a way”, said the patient.

We keep things fresh and new by seeking and learning beyond our knowledge.  It is not free will, it is cause and effect.  It is problems and solutions using the building blocks of knowledge to find answers.  Once we attain knowledge of something, it’s like cement that hardens into the next step toward expansiveness.  Conjecture opens doors.

From a metaphysical perspective, we say God (Universal Intelligence, in my book) is all Knowing, yet is also all Spirit – so what would God know about the human experience?  Perhaps we, as physical manifestations, are here to help God expand and learn beyond his knowing.  If God really was all knowing, why would God create anything?  It seems to me that that would be boring as hell.  It WOULD be hell!  Instead, there is the continuing unfoldment of the human race and life cycles and all the knowledge to be learned from it.  The question is, will you come back to your starting place enlightened?

Knowledge is not the goal, using knowledge to find real innovative, unique answers beyond what we already know is the goal, and when we reach that “AHA!” moment, that is the real high…that swift moment of understanding is orgasmic.  God’s ejaculation?

Who knows?

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

~William Shakespeare