The letting go of the seeking for answers, for understanding, as well as admitting that you do not know the answer to the questions that appear in your mind can be one of the most liberating things there is – as well as a true portal to deep insight.
DROPPING THE SEEKING OF UNDERSTANDING AS THE PORTAL TO INSIGHT AND UNDERSTANDING
It is so often that we obsess about certain questions, whether it is about us, about our past or quite frequently about our future (“What will happen tomorrow?”), about what others think (“How does that person see me?”, “Does he/she love me?”), or perhaps deep philosophical and/or metaphysical questions about reality.
I know that in my life this is a common occurrence. I get obsessed about various questions, very often philosophical in their nature, that will often drive me to the edge of insanity.
One of the main keys to resolving such issues is to simply ask yourself an iteration of this simple question, that can work as a facilitator for a release:
“Could I let of wanting to figure this out?” “Could I let go of wanting to know the answer?”
Look within and see whether you can let go of the desire to know, to understand. See the resistance within you and ultimately choose to simply let go. Letting go is simply a choice and by answering yes to the above question, that is the exact choice you are making.
Why would you want to let go of the desire to understand? Simply because the very want, the desire to understand the question is the very thing that is one of the greatest impediments between you and the answer.
By letting go of wanting to know, you move into the realm of knowing. You move into peace and the realm of stillness, where no questions arise. From this place it is far more likely that you will find an answer to your question, either through your own internal intuition or by intuitively knowing where to look for the answer (perhaps in a book, perhaps by asking someone that might have the answer…). Though it is not guaranteed that you will always receive a total and complete answer and be given omniscient clarity on the subject of your confusion, it is still far more likely for this to happen after you drop the desire, the burning want to know, then if you keep holding on to it.
The holding on to it is the problem. The desire to know, to understand is born in your mind. But if you keep holding on to this desire, it encumbers you from finding the solution. You will find this is true for all desires. Whenever you have a desire, let it go. That is the fastest ticket to the possible materialization of your desire, either spontaneously, or more often, by virtue of your intuitive and inspired action.
Thus drop the question, drop the desire to figure out your object of confusion, drop the desire to find clarity – and simply trust that clarity will come to you. You will either not be burdened by the question any more (it will seem irrelevant, this is especially true if the question is irrelevant to your life situation right now) or you will receive an answer in some shape and/or form, you will receive clarity on some level.
THE REALIZATION OF LACKING KNOWLEDGE AS THE PORTAL TO INSIGHT AND UNDERSTANDING
The practice of admitting that you do not know the answer is similar. When you see that you are obsessively seeking the answer and perhaps even holding your own answer in mind (that may be correct or incorrect) you fail to connect to your deeper intuition, to your deeper connection with the whole of reality, where true knowing arises from.
“I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do.
In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do not fancy I know what I do not know. “
Thus the Socratean realization, the admittance that you do not know, is the dissolution of your any conclusion that you have come to through the limited intellect of your own mental capacities alone (and thereby connecting to the Universal mind, where intuitive knowledge and deep insights can truly be found), as well as letting go of the question itself, the desire to know.
Realizing you do not know and the question and desire to know serve only as a burden, you free yourself from these limitations and find the true knowing that underlies your limited perception.
The deepest and clearest perception, the deepest intuitive insight always comes from beyond one’s limited mental conception. The more you let go of your own hard and rigid concepts on various topics, the deeper your insight will become, as now it is not only limited to your own mind, but can come from a deeper place, from the Universal Mind as well.