This is going to be a fairly short entry but I thought it was worth writing. In pretty much all branches of “philosophy” the acceptance of what is seems to be the key to understanding ourselves and reality. This seems fairly easy at first, and we are very happy to accept what we think “is”. The problem with this is that our mind is based on labels, ideas, and concepts…truly, we never really look at anything without referring to our idea of what that thing is.
For example, looking at a tree you would immediately think of the label “tree” and all the things you have learned/memorized about “trees”. The problem is that your idea of a tree is not the tree itself, it’s just an attempt to understand and define what you are seeing. So how do we accept “what is” if we cannot label or define “what is?” Simple, stop trying to define it…it only limits the experience.
I’ve often said that our need to define and label anything comes from our need to make things “solid”. If we can say that “this thing is this” then it can no longer be anything else and thus, we no longer have to question it. It’s very comforting to limit things because, in defining the thing, we are escaping the “unknown” and ultimately the feeling of uncertainty that goes with it. Once we have a solid idea of something it is no longer believed to be “unknown” because now we can classify it as “known”.
But what are these things without their labels? “Energy”, “matter”, even “thoughts” or “illusions” are all labels implying a specific meaning…and thus denying any other possibility.
But without the labels we are simply left with “what is”…we are left with an ever-changing amount of perceptions of everything. That “tree” could teach you about life, about death, about your own inner turmoil or the thoughts of people around you, it could even teach you lessons water or even chocolate…but only if it is not limited by the definition we have given it. Truly, without definition, the tree could be nothing at all, or everything possible…and this is how we can truly “see”.
In accepting the unknown we are no longer limited by the known. The unknown is the door to infinite perception and thus infinite and endless growth.