Thoughts on wordless understanding – unlearning – a technique of contemplation

Over the years I’ve found great benefit on having a wordless understanding of the world.  I believe it is the greatest of all understandings.  It’s not an easy feat to perform though.  A person must teach themselves to do it. 

As we grow up we learn to speak and put all our energies into it.  Because of the importance of speaking we put a lot of ourselves into it.  As a result, we begin to perceive ourselves and the world through speech.  In addition, our life becomes focused through the medium of speech.  It’s only natural that this medium would begin to achieve such importance and influence in our life.  It becomes such a part of us that it becomes ingrained into our selves and into our minds.  It becomes so critical in our lives, and such a part of us, that it’s hard to ‘unlearn’.  Because of this, to learn wordless understanding a person must ‘unlearn’.  

Unlearning is not easy.  It’s basically like breaking a habit . . . and that can be difficult.  Unlearning, really, takes years.  It’s not something done in a day.  In fact, breaking the habit of speech and developing wordless understanding is something that requires a complete change in life and the development of a new lifestyle. 

One of the biggest things to do in developing wordless understanding is to not speak or think for periods of time.  Sit for a long period of time and empty your mind.  This is not easy.  Struggling with thoughts, passions, emotions, etc. is common and, I don’t think, will ever go away.

In wordless understanding it is as if a part of the mind rises up to replace the lost words, concepts, and thoughts you normally have.  It’s as if the wordless state creates a void within ones mind.  This void needs to be filled.  Initially, out of habit, we try to fill it up again with ideas, emotions, and thoughts.  Like an empty vessel, the mind tries to fill it back up with what it’s used to all these years.  This tendency will be a struggle. 

Now, I see two paths that the mind takes:

1.   Passion filled.  Here ones mind is filled with what I call passion.  Passion is an energy or like an energy, or that’s how it feels to me.  This passion has within it this sense of life or a living, I think.  To me, to begin to feel it a person must feel what I call the ‘yearning’.  This, basically, is a yearning for life, which is God.  Within this energy is felt a sense of self.  But, I should point out, that there are two selves: 

a-      The inner self.  This is generally a sense of us as a person.

b-      The outer self.  This can be described as a sense of God.

2.   Without passion.  Here the mind is more like a trance.  It becomes as if transfixed and quiet.  I consider this the inferior path, since it has nothing to do with passion.  Often, it just becomes like a sleep, a resting.  This means it only encompasses a small part of the mind. 

In wordless understanding there becomes a greater sense of self, it seems, and of a sense of God.  Now, God can be described in different ways.  I’ve spoken of it in ways like the ‘presence’, the ‘something’, the ‘life’, ‘existence’, and so on.  God really refers to reality and existence as a real living thing. 

In wordless understanding things are experienced, not thought about.  What you think is not important.  What words you use are not important.  How you describe things is not important.  Remember, it’s all wordless.  It seems that a new way of experiencing and looking at the world is opened up to you.  The mind as if expands into a new world or reality. 

Now, I do not believe this is an ‘ultimate understanding’.  I don’t believe that form of understanding exists.  This wordless understanding is useful for only those who are inclined to it.  For them, then, it has benefit.  It can be described, I guess, as a ‘school of thought’ or a philosophy or something similar. 

What I have described above is a technique of contemplation.

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