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Outer and Inner Knowing of Reality – Peter Russell

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Conscious Evolution, Meditation with 0 Comments

Source: Peter Russell

The next stage in knowing reality is knowing ourselves. To our mastery of matter, we are adding a growing mastery of mind.  Transcript follows:

I think the whole direction of evolution in the most general sense is towards, the most general way of putting it, is towards more full knowing – more full knowing reality. And, this time in history through the whole scientific endeavor, we are coming to a really fascinating and getting fairly full knowing of the physical reality: looking out to the edges at the universe now – just in the last ten years, twenty years with the Hubble telescope. We’re looking out all the way to the edge of the universe. I’m absolutely amazed at what we're finding.

We’re looking back in time at the same time and trying to understand how it began. We’re looking deep, deep, deep into matter. We're understanding how DNA works. With all of this we've got a lot further to go and knowing of the world is increasing rapidly. We may be reaching in physics a unified field theory, where we understand how it all leaks together into one single mathematical equation.

And that impulse for knowing is also driving a spiritual journey, which is about knowing ourselves. It’s that same impulse to know more. I would say that this is the post that the universe – is to know itself more and more fully. So as we begin to reach, not the limits, but reach a fuller and fuller knowing of the outer world, the urge to know more and more about the inner world arises at the same time.

And that's one of the reasons why I think we have this whole fascination in spirituality, which is about knowing ourselves, arising at the time we're beginning to fully know the outer world. So, I would say the next stage (natural stage) in that development of knowing is the knowing of ourselves.

And, as we begin to know ourselves better, the fruit of any knowing is the ability to master to what you know. As you know something better, you understand how to master it. And, this has happened in the physical world: as we learn how things work, we've begun to develop technologies which master that.

Quantum physics is a wonderful example. Every single iPhone computer, any bit of electronics you've got, is based upon quantum physics. The chip, any microchip is based upon quantum physics. It’s the tunnel effect in the transistor which only works with the quantum physics. We've taken the understanding of quantum physics and we're using it to change the world. And, so knowledge inevitably is put to use one way or another.

Everything around us, everything in this world, we've taken the Earth and we’ve reshaped it into all of this stuff because of our knowledge of how to do it, how to build things, how to make materials – all that knowledge leads to the applied.

The same is true of inner knowledge. As we begin to look at ourselves and understand ourselves, we begin to see how we limit ourselves psychologically and spiritually. I think this is what all the spiritual traditions have pointed towards it one way or another that we live a fraction of our potential. We get caught up in ego-centered mindset, a materialistic way of thinking that both holds us back individually and also creates suffering for other people. It gets in our way of our natural love of other people. It could lead to cruelty. It could lead to many, many things.

Basically, as Buddha said, it leads to suffering. Not knowing ourselves leads to suffering in one way or another. So, as we begin to understand ourselves better and begin to understand how the ego was created, how it works, how we could begin to undo it, how we could dissolve it, we can begin to apply all that understanding of our inner reality to the betterment of humanity – to betterment of ourselves and the betterment of humanity. And, so we will see more and more inner technologies

Meditation is an inner technology. It’s applying what we’ve learned to actually allow the mind to become still, and so be more in touch with ourselves.

So, as we do that we are going to be liberating ourselves from many of the handicaps and impediments that come from our limited way of being, a limited way of thinking, our self-centeredness. As we free ourselves from that, then we are going to become more compassionate, loving, and wiser people – not so concerned about ourselves, not coming out of fear, and not out of wanting things so much. Our whole way of living will change.

We're talking about becoming saints. If you look at a saint (our average image of a saint), a saint is not somebody who's running to the bank the whole time, being cruel to other people, or caught up in themselves. An image of a saint is somebody who's generous, they’re loving, they’re caring, they’re simple, they’re happy, they’re enjoying life.

So, if we free ourselves up, we are moving in that direction. And, I think all these great visionaries (Pierre de Chardin, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and all of these other people), they see that is the direction we’re moving in.

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