Do my beliefs about myself prevent me from learning and understanding myself?
Remarks by José Parés Pérez. Concepción, Chile.
It is very often the case that we see ourselves while failing to observe…
It’s as much that we have to see permanently that we can’t be bothered to stop and examine details of what we’re seeing.
What’s more, the vast majority of things that we look at, we don’t really see. This has always been true. We don’t observe what we’re seeing because we quickly learn what interests us to redefine our sight in a generic way. And with that, we give up. We apply this to object, nature, others, and to ourselves. In the last two cases, the way in which we think we know people includes the rest of our senses and even our own thought.
We believe we know ourselves and others by what we perceive, because the effect that what we perceive has on us feeds our imagination and our thoughts. We tend not to go much further than that, both with knowledge of others and of ourselves. We have established beliefs about what we are like and what others are like. We don’t really know what we’re like. In general, we’re very superficial when it comes to this type of knowledge. We stop with what we perceive. The consequences of this reality is that we spend our lives acting upon a strong base of ignorance about what we are and with very deformed and distorted visions of others. We take for granted that we possess the truth about reality and we consider that enough to live our lives. It’s easy to see the consequences of this when – and we see these situations around the world on a daily basis – this ignorance is harmful to those with wealth and power. The key detail of this reality about belies that direct our lives is that, because of their very existence, it’s impossible to become aware of our own ignorance. We project our own imaginary life based on our beliefs, on how we think the world works. It’s impossible for us to break the vicious cycle of our own ignorance.
Our beliefs prevent us from observing ourselves in order to learn about and ourselves and. In many cases, the incidence of this form of ignorance about ourselves or others covers only a few aspects of what we are, aspects that we can always discover if we attend to the present moment and observe how we act upon what we feel.
Consequences? The same as always: the harmony, coherence, and peace within us will grow.