I am driven to understand my world. I share Anthony Kronmans reflection that “every increase in our understanding of it, and in our power to sing its song, is a further, deeper experience of the deathlessness of the world.” A meditative and contemplative life allows for greater seeing and clarity and If I am able, at all moderately, to move from the distraction of the fixed and deluded and conventional self that I have known myself to be, to a place of greater clarity than this is a more suited place from which I can look to understand and be in my world.
Meditation has been a key part of my way back to clarity of consciousness and through the time that I can find for contemplation I am able to question directly what I have been spoon fed to be true. Inquiry involves reflection and questioning such things as how I am to know for sure the truth of what I perceive and if there is something of our inherent being that we have lost our way from; that is a better guide than our conditioned conscious self. I can explore and discover for myself these and other questions without the need for outside expertise. In fact the only way to know for oneself is to be involved in inquiry in this way. It leads to a questioning of what is beyond the ego consciousness; something I have been trapped within; at the same time yearning for a way to see what lay beyond it.
Something has guided our evolving planet and all its creatures prior to the development of the human brain and ego. In fact it seems that since the human began using the higher cognitive processes such as discursive reasoning we have done more collectively to perpetuate crisis and abuse of the planet in a shorter time than ever before. I am not sure that human kind is clear at this point in time what the benefit has been. Our human, over reliance on words, perceptions, cultural and religious dogma, and rigid and closed conceptualization of our world seems to have enveloped us in fear and a fragmented envisioning that has closed us off from an openness required in a greater understanding of truth.
There is something of the mind that is, albeit, a product of evolution itself and perhaps it is in a more inner connection to something more of us, that has been excluded with our modern development and use of knowledge, that we will find our way. Maybe it is a re-orientation to something more Devine of us that all humans and all of earths creatures are inseparable from that we are best guided. Through a contemplative meditative way we can discover that what we have been led to believe; where the focus has been an external one, is only part of the way to be wholly in life. In that re-orientation it may be that we will all find greater clarity although it may not be familiar or perceivable to the mind that has become separated through conditioning.