The 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 😀
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 Peter Ralston: Cheng 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 (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
- 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 – breathing 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:
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.
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