Dear Barbara --- Thanks for your letter. I agree that your post-modern model of humans can best approach the world of thoughts and beliefs. We do, indeed, benefit enormously from looking deeply at our own biases and beliefs.
The point I was hoping to make in the book The Holy Experience is that not only do we need to look at and be familiar with our own beliefs by gathering all the data we can about them, but we need, as well, to be able to free ourselves from the dogma and doctrines behind them.
Of course, we can’t free ourselves from something if we do not know what we are freeing ourselves from. As you point out, “We all stand somewhere and we are often unconscious of it.” So the first thing we have to do is be conscious of where we stand now. Or, as my writing put it, “We can’t be meandering about our world bumping into things, as it were; breaking lots of glass and stepping on the shards. We have to know what’s out there, and where and how we fit in.”
I hoped I conveyed this when I said, with regard to our own belief: “...we have to know it, but we have to have none of it matter—except when it does.” I then said that “Non-Awareness allows us to use the data that we have gathered about Life and Self and God, without having the data use us.” So I think that we are saying the same thing, Barbara --- and perhaps this week’s article, above, gets my thoughts across a bit more clearly. I hope so. Sincere thanks for your reflections, which I found to be far more articulate than mine!
Hugs & Love,
Dear Neale...I have written to you a couple of times and I don't expect a response, but I understand that you do read the emails. You invite comments on the Weekly Bulletins (thank you very much for them, by the way!) I am an absolute believer in all that you have brought forward in CWG and I read the latest about Non-Awareness and I discussed it with Peter, who is somewhat of a skeptic, but is prepared to believe that "there are more things in heaven and earth..."
Anyway, we have developed a view where we say that the beliefs that we grew up with about 'how things are' were believed by us as truth because there was no need to challenge them -- and now we are able to consider (Peter) and believe (me) that there are infinite other possibilities to awareness and existence -- so not to be constrained by limiting beliefs....practicing Non-Awareness seems to me to be saying just that --- or have we misunderstood?
Thankfully - Anney
Dear Anney --- You’ve understood perfectly, Anney. The idea I was hoping to get across was not that we should be somehow blissfully unaware of our beliefs, but that we should we very much aware of them...and also very much aware of how meaningless they are. That is, we should consider them as simply ideas held in the mind, not Truth Written In Stone. Then, we can approach other ideas --- perhaps even new ideas that we have never heard or seriously considered before --- with an “open mind”, weighing them against our own prior ideas, and giving Old Ideas and New Ideas equal value. This, as opposed to seeing new ideas as “just some wacky thing someone said,” and old ideas as “The Foundation of My Life.” You see?
So Unawareness is about being unaware of the “importance” of the old ideas we’ve been given by others (parents, school, culture, etc.), realizing that this sense of importance is something that we, ourselves, have attached to those told ideas...for no better reason than that others have told us to. That is, our old ideas about things do not hold any more importance intrinsically than new ideas. When we become “unaware” that these old ideas are “really important!”, we enlarge the possibility of our expansion into full awareness of what really IS “important.”
The book The Only Thing That Matters discusses fully what “really is important.” You may find it wonderfully beneficial reading. Of course, it is filled with lots of new ideas about that, and you may have to be “unaware” of the “importance” and “truthfulness” of your old ideas in order to embrace the new ideas found in this book.
I wish you good reading.
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