* Be Confused About What You Know

“Until you are willing to be confused about what you already know, what you know will never grow bigger, better, or more useful.“                  Milton Erickson

embrace the unknown

We seek assurance in knowing.
When we know, we feel more in control.
But we forget that learning is infinite…

Let’s be willing to be confused by what we know
and in that confusion step into the unknown.

Lighten up to not knowing.
Be ready to be wrong.
Relish our own ignorance.
Get curious about our shadow side.
Fully embrace the power of our ego.

… Can you be with this discomfort?

Growth doesn’t happen in the comfortable.

Just as children must go through a stage of learning as they become adolescents, so must we as adults, go through this stage if we wish to evolve further.

Not knowing opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

And it’s okay to be confused about it all 😉


35 thoughts on “* Be Confused About What You Know

  1. Another ever-thoughtful and ever thought-provoking article Val, for which many thanks. I always liked the Buddha’s dictum to the effect that it is right to be doubtful and to waiver in matters that are unclear and not readily comprehended. In other words, the right course of action is sometimes to rest in confusion rather than seek to fix everything in certainty at the earliest opportunity. I am reminded once again of the folowing words on insecurity, and which apply equally well to matters of the mind:

    “To put is still more plainly: the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet.”

    ― Alan W. Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

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  2. The other day we watched a BBC programme about Quantum Physics. One of the extremely smart persons explaining the bizarre effects was heard to say, “If you believe you understand Quantum Physics, then you don’t!”

    It seemed an apt parallel to understanding oneself – if you think you do, then you don’t!

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  3. Yes indeed, we have to try and learn to be comfortable with not knowing (non-attachment to views) so that we can be open and present to what is here and now. Not always easy though-I have to keep practising 🙂

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