posted on May, 11 2005 @ 06:23 PM
Thanks everyone, all your answers are thought provoking. My own take on this question, is based on what Ishes said ""The absolute truth is the
passing away of all previous truths".
I have always thought that our mind is capable of storing infinite knowledge, and it is good to learn as much as you can. To completely immerse
yourself in books, and gather knowledge in every field. To educate yourself as much as you can, as Byrd said. Now, I am not so sure. In the Reiki
session, masses of mental stress was revealed in me, due to my overactive thinking and excess knowledge. I had too much knowledge. I also had
neglected other aspects of my life, for a life of contemplation, learning and accumulating knowledge.
Incidentally, this is not the first time I have been told this. A time ago, a spiritual teacher(whom I found very overbearing) told me to stop reading
books. I did not heed to the advice, in fact I thought she was simply ignorant. Now, I am beginning to realise the need of what she said. I have been
thinking for a while now, but not as clearly as I have today, more like passing thoughts, that perhaps I have as much knowledge as I need already, why
do I need any more?
I think this is the main reason that has worked against me all this time - too much knowledge. I thought I was calm, peaceful and positive. However,
if I was calm, peaceful and positive, why do I find it so difficult to relax and have fun. Why do I get angry so quickly? Obviously, I am not calm,
peaceful and positive. However, by doing meditation, I had created a false sense of progress. I wasn't meditating at all.
Who really wanted all this knowledge? Was it my soul that already knows all there is to know, or was it my pride? I was simplying feeding my ego, and
at the same time I thought I was egoless. Wrong! It still astonishes me, how easy it is to be fooled by your own mind. Honestly, I could have sworn on
oath, that I was completely transformed and now a calm and spiritual person.
You know in many yogic and Buddhist traditions, they tell you to rid of the ego and become a peaceful and loving person to become enlightened. Now,
just how many spiritual people do you meet, that claim they are ridden of their egos, yet their outward behavior shows something else altogether. How
many people have you met that say they are enlightened, yet cannot teach you anything worthwhile nor can stand against scrutiny. How many people claim
to be psychic, but cannot demonstrate it? We are so sure of ourselves, that we ridicule, condemn or pity their delusions. We are so sure that we are
much more rational and prudish than them to fall into such self-created illusions. Yet, how do we know that we are not deluding ourselves as well?
The ego is so devious and cunning, that it can mask itself in our own false image of ourselves, no matter which philosophies and ideologies we harbor.
Even, when we think we have taken rid of an ego, all it does is change costume. Nothing changes. It's like trying to find your way out of a maze,
only to find you end up exactly where you started.
I've lost count of how many times i've been convinced I've known something, onty to realise later I never did. I've even lost count of many times
I've humbled myself by declaring that I know nothing, yet not knowing that I had declaring a knowing, how do you know that you know what you know?
It's like when someone they say that nobody can comprehend god; how can god be incomprehensible, if we are comprehending him as incomprehensible.
They say imagination is limitless; how can imagination be limitless, if we've set a limit of limitless to it?
So, how I know that I know what I know? Everytime I answer this question, and think I know, later I find out through direct experience, I don't know,
and have to find another answer. False knowledge is not good for you. It does not let you progress. This is why, in my humble opinion, there IS
something called too much knowledge, and it is not good for us, as it gives our minds too much to think about and to much to doubt. It's like
overtraining your mind, just like you can overtrain your muscles. It needs time to rest, and absorb the knowledge, and apply it to our immediate need,
otherwise it is lost in the unconscious of our mind.
Now, if this was not true, why is that so many geniuses are also depressed or socially incompetent? Why do so many serial killers and psychopaths
have brilliant minds? Why do mentally ill paitents have overactive minds? Too much knowledge? When we are reading all these conspiracy theories,
aren't we edging further to the line between sanity and insanity? That is why I've stopped reading a lot on conspiracies. I might just go mad with
Yet, surely that would be a contradiction, if the soul has all knowledge. So, perhaps the more better answer would be, we can only have too much
knowledge if we cannot deal with it.
[edit on 11-5-2005 by Indigo_Child]