Worthy of Contemplation

Rodney Smith writes that “we are immediately confronted by the conditioned tendencies that have unconsciously driven our life. Our history, with its expectations and fears, is embedded within these conditions. These tendencies contain our preset ways of relating to this moment and cannot be perceived as long as we are unconsciously acting from them. These unconscious patterns assure that our present actions will be based upon our history and that we will endlessly repeat this conditioning into the future. Every unconscious action strengthens our preconceived view of the world and assures our reactions within that view.”
What is it “to be” in this universe without the influence and interference of all that we have become?  How can we know for sure that what we so vigorously  perceive and assume to be  true is in fact so? What can we know of our origins that might be beyond what we have  become? Does our learning (conditioning) as children defer from “being” or does it add to the  experience and does a reconnection with that  experience of being enable us  in a way that may not be realized through conventional ways of understanding.

For the most part of my life I have been at the mercy of what I was raught and what I learned. I owned no other tool that I knew of. I now question how much one can know of an authentic  experience of being through this process of becoming conditioned as a human being.

I am quite sure that this question of direct experience of being can not be known through conventional means. Turning towards a more meditative and contemplative life has helped me to relax my learned responses and assumptions about life and existence. What I know of “being” I  experience through attending in direct awareness. I realize that I must return to my acquired conventions in order to communicate the experience,  however it is that  ” being” is not definable through the use of those tools that humans typically define things  and as well  find meaning and negotiate our every day life.

2 thoughts on “Worthy of Contemplation

  1. I think we can become very alienated from direct experience by acquired habits of thought. They can be thought of as dogma – habits of thought that are not questioned. But if we do come to question them we may find less crooked ways of thinking which connect us more directly with experienced reality. More direct, more flexible, thinking works better and tends to breakthrough the less efficient pathways. While all thought filters existence to some degree, there is much that can be achieved between the conditioning we recognise as so flawed and that direct experience. And this is crucial because it is through rational thought that we can communicate and that we can manage our lives.


    1. Yes absolutely. We cant really communicate efficiemtly if we cant differentiate between direct experience and what has come to us through conditioning


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