I like the way this presentation uses the word ‘knowing’ to point to our underlying condition. This usage is clearly separated from everyday knowledge of or about (something), or even of wisdom and understanding. It also avoids the term ‘consciousness’, which tends to invite metaphysical and scientific debates that lead us away from direct experience. ‘Awareness’ is a noun and so seems like a thing – we don’t generally talk about ‘awareing’. I personally like ‘being’ as an alternative, but it carries philosophical baggage and is not specific enough for the context of this presentation. Current usages within the Western Way of the term ‘gnosis’ do not generally reflect the view discussed here.
It may be true, as the Tao Te Ching says, that the Way that can be named is not the real Way. But we still need language, as a pointer, for that in us which needs to make sense of experience and to share it with others. Here, a skilful choice of words can make a difference, and I think this presentation models the skill. Dzogchen is a tradition within Tibetan Buddhism. ‘Rigpa’ is the Tibetan word used to describe ‘knowing’ in this sense.
I really like this, makes sense in a very immediate way.
Welcome Rosa, and thanks for your affirming comment.
Knowing is a learnt sense and come from a deep feeling (gut instinct) rather than thinking comes from the mind and therefore can be tricked/distorted and move away from your deep sense of knowing.
Thanks for your comment highlighting this important distinction.
James, in my ebook I wrote:
Spiritual knowing, mystical gnosis, is complete intuitive insight. It combines the very definition of all three words. Complete: “The entirety needed for realization; consummate.” Intuitive: “Knowing something without rational processes; the immediate cognition of it.” Insight: “Discernment of the true nature of a situation; the penetration beyond the reach of the senses.”
Thanks Ron. When putting the post up, I did notice its resonance with your own work – and indeed that of Eckhardt Tolle and Douglas Harding to name two people I have worked with. So important. Needs saying often and in many ways!
It is suprarational, beyond reason, logic or images.