To Doubt the self.

I am not a believer of individual claims to know. I dont know what I am and doubt all that claim that they do but  I know what  I am not. Collectively I question why humankind puts so much faith in conventional and relative truths that inform their ways. Do we know that much more about our selves and our ways than when Europeans first came to North America with the righteous intent to exploit and manipulate? Why is it that we seem to have such faith in our cognitive capacity to know what is true considering that it is such a new development in terms of having evolved? Some would respond with what else do we have? But it is my sense that there is something deeper, that we are, that we have come not to include in our speculations and consideration and it may be that  this is more of an objective influence in our attempts to understand than this other wisdom that we have been  conditioned into.

Sri Nisargadatta writes in ” I am That ” that “Truth is simple and open to all. Why do we complicate it. Truth is loving and lovable. It includes all and accepts all, purifies all. It is untruth that is difficult  and a source of trouble. It always wants, expects and demands. Being false it is empty always searching confirmation and reassurance. It is afraid of and avoids inquiry. It identifies with any support however weak and momentary. Whatever it gets it loses and asks for more. Therefore put no faith in the conscious. Nothing you can see feel think is so. Even sin virtue, merit demerit are not what they appear. usually the bad and the good are a matter of convention and custom and are shunned or welcomed according to how the words are used.”

Author: Gord Clements

I find some satisfaction in the act of attempting to express my experience of life through painting, writing, language and other art forms. I have been painting for over thirty five years and combine my love of art with a meditative and contemplative way of life. I have an intuitive sense that true creativity is something that arises from beyond and through Qthe self that can be explored and shared through some form of expression although I always hope to open to the influence of that which is beyond my limited sense of self.

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