The Book of Not Knowing

Book cover of The Book of not KnowingThe package from Amazon arrived and I thought: “Wow, quite heavy for one single book!” Opened the box and first of all I had to laugh ­čśÇ
Does it really take 581 pages to learn how to NOT know? In one word: Yes.

In the past I wrote about two other books of world champion┬áPeter Ralston:┬áCheng Hsin and Zen Body-Being. The Book of Not Knowing is basically a manual how to dismantle Your-Self. Let’s do a flight through the table of contents┬á(only a few extracts!):

  • Questioning the Obvious
  • A Powerful Openness
  • Beginning to Wonder
  • Knowing and Not-Knowing
  • Learning to Not-Know
  • Empty Your Cup
  • We Are Culture
  • What Is an Insight?
  • Authentic Experience
  • Honesty
  • What Is a Concept?
  • Concepts Dominate Our Perceptions
  • Masks and Hats
  • Looking for Self in All the Wrong Places
  • The Origins of Your Self
  • What Am I?
  • “Doing” versus “Being”
  • The Never-Ending Story of Me
  • Life in the Loop
  • Living as a False-Self
  • All about You
  • Social Survival
  • Survival Is Not Being
  • Changing from Reaction to Experience
  • On the Shoulders of Giants
  • Feeling Trapped
  • Creating a Place to Stand
  • Looking Both Ways
  • The Nature of Emotion
  • The Paradox of Being
  • A Final Word

Keep in mind, there are even more chapters/ topics in the book! My favorites are in the chapter The Nature of Reality: Fear and Anger

Peter leads the way a bit, provides reflective questions to help us to keep on going the path ourselves. If we would only believe the insights Peter talks about, we would just drop into another concept trap. Have you ever thought about how fear can exist? Fear is only possible in a future space-time and maybe you have already noticed, we live in the Now… A hint: fear is not pain…

Anger and a feeling of being hurt are close friends. You find the fuel for anger in your past. It’s up to you how much you feed that fire. Some let it burn until the therapist fires up the three silver bullets: “You have burnout!

If you know a lot, you are considered clever. If you don’t know much, you are labeled as dumb. Breathing in is a wise move if you like to stay alive –┬ábreathing out is considered as intelligent, too!

Besides being a manual, The Book of Not Knowing is also a kind of a dictionary, a travel guide, fun, a translator and liberator. If you are lost in translation at daytimes and are tired of your life in the loop at nighttimes, this book is for you. Thank you, Peter!

Amazon.com The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness

Short feedback from Peter:

Chris,
Thanks for writing about NK. Glad you enjoyed it.
Not sure if “Fear is not pain” will give readers a correct impression, but I doubt it really matters since they’ll have to read up on it anyway.
Thanks for the support, I appreciate it.
Peter

Deutsche ├ťbersetzung
Als das Paket von Amazon ankam dachte ich: “Wow, ganz sch├Ân schwer f├╝r ein einziges Buch!” Ich ├Âffnete die Box und musste erst mal lachen ­čśÇ
Braucht es wirklich 581 Seiten um zu lernen, wie man NICHTS weiss? In einem Wort: Ja.

In der Vergangenheit hatte ich schon über zwei Bücher vom Weltmeister Peter Ralston geschrieben: Cheng Hsin und Zen Body-Being. The Book of Not Knowing ist eigentlich ein Handbuch wie du Dein-Sein zerlegst. Lass uns einen Flug durch das Inhaltsverzeichnis machen (nur ein paar Auszüge! INFO: Bisher gibt es das Buch nur in Englisch):

  • Questioning the Obvious
  • A Powerful Openness
  • Beginning to Wonder
  • Knowing and Not-Knowing
  • Learning to Not-Know
  • Empty Your Cup
  • We Are Culture
  • What Is an Insight?
  • Authentic Experience
  • Honesty
  • What Is a Concept?
  • Concepts Dominate Our Perceptions
  • Masks and Hats
  • Looking for Self in All the Wrong Places
  • The Origins of Your Self
  • What Am I?
  • “Doing” versus “Being”
  • The Never-Ending Story of Me
  • Life in the Loop
  • Living as a False-Self
  • All about You
  • Social Survival
  • Survival Is Not Being
  • Changing from Reaction to Experience
  • On the Shoulders of Giants
  • Feeling Trapped
  • Creating a Place to Stand
  • Looking Both Ways
  • The Nature of Emotion
  • The Paradox of Being
  • A Final Word

Merke, es gibt noch einige weitere Kapitel/ Themen in diesem Buch! Meine Favoriten sind im Kapitel The Nature of Reality: Furcht und Zorn

Peter f├╝hrt uns etwas auf dem Weg, bietet reflektive Fragen an, um uns zu helfen, auf dem Pfad selbst weiterzugehen. Wenn wir einfach Peter’s Einsichten glauben, w├╝rden wir in eine weitere Konzept Falle tappen. Hast du jemals dar├╝ber nachgedacht, wie Furcht existieren kann? Furcht ist nur m├Âglich in einer zuk├╝nftigen Raum-Zeit und vielleicht ist dir aufgefallen, wir leben im Jetzt… Ein Hinweis: Furcht ist nicht Schmerz…

Zorn und ein Gef├╝hl der Verletzung sind enge Freunde. Den Brennstoff f├╝r Zorn findest du in deiner Vergangenheit. Es liegt an dir, wie du dieses Feuer sch├╝rst. Einige lassen es brennen, bis der Therapeut die drei silbernen Kugeln abfeuert: “Sie haben Burnout!

Wenn du viel weisst, giltst du als clever. Wenn du nicht so viel weisst, erh├Ąltst du die Bezeichnung dumm. ┬áEinatmen ist ein weiser Zug, wenn du am leben bleiben willst –┬áausatmen wird ebenso als intelligent angesehen!

Neben einem Handbuch, ist The Book of Not Knowing auch eine Art von W├Ârterbuch, ein Reisef├╝hrer, Fun, ein ├ťbersetzer und Befreier. Wenn du dich tags├╝ber lost in translation f├╝hlst und dein Leben nachts im Loop abl├Ąuft, dann ist dieses Buch etwas f├╝r dich. Danke, Peter!

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