I have been inquiring much lately about this topic "I Don't Know" that Adyashanti and other teachers suggest. Adya discussed it on a recent radio program. This is the realization of "no-thingness", which is a gateway to the formless Self, or pure awareness; through disengaging from thought or mind. We talked about it recently on the Tolle forum. By asking the question: What do I really know for certain, absolutely, 100%. Not just 99.9999%?
I could elaborate on this subject of "I Don't Know", (I have made a few notes to myself), but how much could I actually say about nothingness, without veering into mind formations again? OK I'll try a few more words.
Basically the ego/mind structure cannot survive in a state of unknowing, its very make up is to know and have certainty. The human species depended on this certainty to navigate the natural world and flourish. It was a necessary tool, and not something to be loathed, in my view. Self preservation dictated a need for certainty, at least that is how it appears. But now there are over 6 billion of us individuals, and this ego/mind state of accumulating knowledge and everything else under the sun, seems to have worn out it's welcome. The collective dysfunction is actually threatening planet Earth's survival.
Does that matter if Earth and man are destroyed? Relatively speaking perhaps, absolutely speaking perhaps not. I don't know the answer. It seems all an individual can do is free oneself from mind/ego identity and realize the true Self, as formless awareness. Collectively this may benefit the whole of mankind, as we are actually one and of the same essence. This is not another belief or concept to know, to add to the pile, not another religion, but something to be realized individually, beyond words and thoughts, in the state of "No-Thingness."
So for now, I don't know what else to say, but would like to hear a little from others that may be using this type of inquiry, or had a similar experience using another approach. Or anyone that would like to add some inspirational words or contemplation on the subject of Nothingness.
Here is a quote from an Eckhart Tolle interview that is relevant to this topic (the entire article is available on this website, at the link below):
http://www.inner-growth.info/power_of_n ... de_mag.htm“It is a challenge to be seen by others as ‘special’, while I know that the truth is quiet the opposite,” he says. “The lessons come from a state of presence. And that state can only be, because the person has become so unimportant. It is precisely the absence of the person that makes that happen. If I forget that, I fall back into the egotistical illusion. This has happened to various teachers, after years of being bombarded with projections of ‘being special’. They started believing it themselves. The essence is that I continually remain aware that I am actually doing nothing. I realise I am no one.” He falls silent. And then, with a burst of laughter: “That’s not exactly something to be proud of, is it?” ~Eckhart Tolle~
The Adyashanti Radio program referenced above, is May 15, 2008. Description: Let Spirit Lead ~ It's a strange thing for the mind to suddenly be thrust into a different perspective. Some minds surrender and let spirit lead.
The recording can be purchased for $10, at his Cafe Dharma Store. Try this link: http://www.adyashanti.org/cafedharma/in ... c&stitle1=