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When we start to make something explicit and bring it to consciousness, we’re doing what the universe itself does, and something in us thrills to this and is reinforced by it… You and I know more than we can tell. Life is lived out of this tacit knowing. But what helps, and is often crucial, is to make what is tacit, explicit. To make the implicit, explicit. And in doing that, we enact what the universe itself is doing, and everybody can do that. The divinity which is implicit was implicit at the big bang, is made explicit in the course of time. The picture gets richer and richer and richer about what is blossoming in us. Again, making explicit what’s implicit.

When we start to make something explicit and bring it to consciousness, we’re doing what the universe itself does, and something in us thrills to this and is reinforced by it… You and I know more than we can tell. Life is lived out of this tacit knowing. But what helps, and is often crucial, is to make what is tacit, explicit. To make the implicit, explicit. And in doing that, we enact what the universe itself is doing, and everybody can do that. The divinity which is implicit was implicit at the big bang, is made explicit in the course of time. The picture gets richer and richer and richer about what is blossoming in us. Again, making explicit what’s implicit.

A very big part of individual and collective evolution and development has to do with the way we understand our experience and the way we interpret our experience. There’s a very big difference between the experience of intensity, no matter what kind of intensity it is, and actually understanding what it is that’s happening to us. As our own interest in the human experience deepens, and we become interested in the philosophical and spiritual context of our own experience and of the human experience, that interest will have a dramatic effect on the way we interpret the experience that we’re actually having. The bigger the philosophical and spiritual context, the bigger the context we have on our experience. That means the way we interpret it is going to change. It’s going to deepen, it’s going to become more profound.

A very big part of individual and collective evolution and development has to do with the way we understand our experience and the way we interpret our experience. There’s a very big difference between the experience of intensity, no matter what kind of intensity it is, and actually understanding what it is that’s happening to us. As our own interest in the human experience deepens, and we become interested in the philosophical and spiritual context of our own experience and of the human experience, that interest will have a dramatic effect on the way we interpret the experience that we’re actually having. The bigger the philosophical and spiritual context, the bigger the context we have on our experience. That means the way we interpret it is going to change. It’s going to deepen, it’s going to become more profound.

Not knowing means to be open to all eventualities, to not prejudge a person or situation. If your mind is full of preconceived notions, there is no room for an unbiased view. It is like when your hands are full of objects—you cannot pick up anything new. A closed mind causes separation and suspicion. Like an umbrella, a mind is only useful when it is open.

Not knowing means to be open to all eventualities, to not prejudge a person or situation. If your mind is full of preconceived notions, there is no room for an unbiased view. It is like when your hands are full of objects—you cannot pick up anything new. A closed mind causes separation and suspicion. Like an umbrella, a mind is only useful when it is open.

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Inconvenience or Opportunity?

Spiritual practitioners thrive in unpredictable conditions, testing and refining the inner qualities of heart and mind. Every situation becomes an opportunity to abandon judgment and opinions and to simply give complete attention to what is. Situations of inconvenience are terrific areas to discover, test, or develop your equanimity. How gracefully can you compromise in a negotiation? Does your mind remain balanced when you have to drive around the block three times to find a parking space? Are you at ease waiting for a flight that is six hours delayed? These inconveniences are opportunities to develop equanimity. Rather than shift the…

- Shaila Catherine

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