Those who know, know that there is nothing other than knowledge. Whatever is perceived is perceived as knowledge only.
There is truly no such thing as the known, nor any such thing as a knower. Who has ever seen the known without seeing the knower? Who has ever seen a knower without seeing something known?
Know that your experience is made entirely out of knowing, and not knowers and knowns. That way, you cease to commit the error of distinguishing yourself from the things you experienc.
The means of recognising this is direct experience of the falsity of the knower-principle, which is to be had only by investigating the truth of the knower-principle.
When the knower is seen to be known, the known is seen to be no other. That which knows both known and knower is knowledge itself. This knowledge is eternal, impermeable, unchanging and permanent.
Whoever believes something experiences it as true. Those who believe in God experience God as the truth of the universe. Those who believe in no God experience no God as the truth of the universe. The important aspect is belief, not the fact of the matter. Either way, the belief is binding. Be free of belief, and there is no bondage.
What is the nature of belief? It is a thought that is given power over experience.
Originally there was the raw experience: then the thought, “this is such and such” came into the experience; then the thought was believed in, and the experience was fitted to the thought.
Over time, the thought became progressively compounded through continued belief. This is how we come to believe that we are human; that we are of this culture or that; that there are certain principles at play in the universe; that there is distinction between one thing and another; that some people are right and others wrong; that good and evil or no morality whatsoever abound; that the universe is finite or infinite; that there is anything or nothing in existence. All of this is the result of belief alone (what we call “the world” is the result of belief alone).
The fact of the matter is that belief is itself not distinct from the raw experience upon which it is placed as an overlay. What we experience as belief is as raw as any other thought. The thoughts that are held as beliefs are no more or less true than the thoughts that are challenged by beliefs.
All that differs between a belief and a disregarded thought is that the belief has been given power. In all other respects it is merely a thought: it captures the reality neither more nor less accurately than any belief to the contrary.
Disregarding the overlay of belief, reality is experienced as it is. This is the clear way to recognition of the truth.
What is called “enlightenment” or “liberation” by the wise is only the destruction of the belief system. It is the full emancipation from the illusory filter through which our experience is run. The notions of “I” and “you” often lie at the centre of any belief system.
The quickest way to destroy the system of belief is to remove the root by which they are fed. Like the great dragon at the root of the world tree, we gnaw at the root of our belief system – our “world,” as we see it – by the constant enquiry into the nature of things.
By insistently (unceasingly) challenging what is thought and enquiring into the truth of the matter through direct thoughtless insight, the power of thoughts and the beliefs born of them is weakened to the point that the believer of beliefs, the thinker of thoughts, is seen to be distinct from those thought-objects that come to it.
In this recognition, the power of belief is broken. There is no framework. The world tree is ruined. Twilight has been and gone; the new dawn rises, and with it a new order of Gods. This is the Ragnarok that is spoken of by others: both internal and external, it is the renovation of the world, just as night passes into day. This is the obliteration of the first belief – the belief in “my self” – and the reintroduction of the unbelieved – the true being, the one who is without having to claim to be.
We all know that we are. What is questioned is what we are. The matter has to be looked into. If it’s not looked into, we will continue to operate in accordance with assumptions the veracity of which is universally taken for granted.
The Beggar and the King
A man who acts in accordance with a belief that he is a beggar is a fool if his true position is that of a king. All the world will try to tell him, “you are a king,” and he will feel that the world is hounding him and telling him lies. Until he challenges his wrong belief, he will act in the wrong way. When, through investigation, he has thrown out the wrong belief, he will be without belief; then his natural station will come back to him, and he will be able to act in a way that is fitting for his role in life.
We are not here to develop beliefs. We are not here to come to believe “I am the truth; I am God; I am the reality; I am the absolute.” What is the use of believing such things? The one who believes such things is deluded, for the truth, God, reality, and the absolute surely don’t need to believe that they are such. Only something other than the truth, God, reality, the absolute would believe that it is such.
Do you believe that you are yourself, or do you know that you are? This is the whole of our point: know, don’t believe. In the absence of belief, truth is known. When it comes to truth, belief could only ever obscure the matter: for what I believe is categorically not what I know, else I would know it and would have no use for belief.
Thus, belief is useless to us. Cast out all beliefs. Examine everything that is claimed of the self and the world, and if it can’t be rigidly upheld, cast it out. If one thought is supported by another thought, challenge that earlier one; if in turn it is supported by a yet earlier thought, challenge that, and so on, until the root of it all is found.
The root will be found to be the belief that “I exist.” It can take any form, but this is the general way of describing it. Cast out this belief once you’ve reached it. Who, existing, needs to believe that they exist? We will function better if we have no beliefs about ourselves, only the raw knowledge of our existence. This is Woden’s way, at least. Unwavering clarity is the key. All else is foolishness and sleep.