Knowable and Unknowable

Unknowable
Reference: Universe and Awareness.

SOMETHING is a manifestation. When there is something, we can look at it and know it. NOTHING is absence of any manifestation. When there is nothing then there is nothing to look at and to know.

Thus, one can only know what is manifested. One may only speculate upon what is not manifested.

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Thus, knowable would be the characteristic of a manifestation. When there is no manifestation then there is nothing knowable. We may regard that as unknowable.

The idea of unknowable immediately invites a definition; and this definition may simply be thought of as the absence of manifestation. This thought immediately becomes known, and it is not unknowable itself. But, through this thought we come closer to grasping the idea of unknowable.

We make the mistake of using “unknowable” as a noun. The correct usage of “unknowable” is as an adjective, but the only problem is that there is nothing to qualify with this adjective.

More accurate than the statement “God is unknowable” would be the statement “Unknowable is identified, or personified, as God, Uncaused Cause, Supreme Being, etc.”

KNOWABLE is that which is manifested. UNKNOWABLE cannot be defined because there is nothing manifested to be defined.

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We notice that there is no manifestation that could be regarded as unknowable. We may notice further that the thought of “unknowable” is, at least, knowable as a thought.

It is hard to conceive of unknowable. The ancients tried to describe it through the process of “neti, neti” meaning “neither this, nor that.” Then they said that even this description is not unknowable; and furthermore whatever remains after going through this process is not unknowable either. The ancients assigned to the unknowable, the label BRAHMA.

BRAHMA has nothing to do with a god.  BRAHMA is simply a label for Unknowable. Ancients used fables to make the meaning of BRAHMA understood. They weaved stories in which BRAHMA appeared as a character, or in which BRAHMA was personified. But these were merely devices to help one conceive the Unknowable. The fact is that BRAHMA never was, nor will ever be anything other than a label for Unknowable.

On the other hand knowable is anything manifested from the flimsiest of thought to the heaviest of heavenly body.

KNOWABLE is the nature of existence.

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Note added December 11, 2010:

Both NOTHING and UNKNOWABLE are relative to a viewpoint from a cycle already manifested.  Please refer to the essay Beginning. This viewpoint uses the cycle already manifested as its reference point.

This universe is a cycle. A super universe would be a cycle within which the cycle of universe may exist. From the reference point of this universe any part of the super universe would be both NOTHING and UNKNOWABLE.

UNKNOWN is more like something manifested but not known. UNKNOWABLE is that which is not yet manifested.

UNKNOWABLE is a theoretical idea that provides motivation to discover what is being assumed or being taken for granted in reference to the current cycle. This would be akin to the discovery of the UNKNOWN.

UNKNOWABLE may also provide motivation to look beyond the current cycle by no longer using it as the reference point. This would be akin to the discovery of the UNKNOWABLE.

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Note added November 3, 2011:

“Unknowable” is just an enticing placeholder that dares one to challenge it. It postulates that there always will be something that is not known no matter how deep one dives into the unknown… somewhat like an infinite series.  It is quite an exciting concept.

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Note added October 17, 2014

The concept of Unknowable is better expressed as the non-awareness part of the “awareness – non-awareness” dichotomy.

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  • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Remote viewing seems to be interpreted mostly as “mental sensing”. There is a lot of guesswork involved. It is not any kind of diect perception.

    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Mental sensing shall depend on working out the consistency among all sense perceptions.

    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Remote viewing (mental sensing) can be achieved at Beta level by focusing on resolving all inconsistencies.

  • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    From http://www.probablefuture.com/p558.htm

    This culminated in the establishment of an effective methodology designed to rapidly shift one’s concentration upon the deepest layers of his/her self-awareness (deep Theta). The goal being thenceforth to operate from that mental level in a passive/active manner by first sending actively out an information request and in turn taking on a passive role when one receives from the Delta level (universal mind), as an answer, a formidable steam of compressed instant (packet) nonlinear sensory and informational data (delta to theta). This information needs to be reconstructed automatically by the Alpha and Beta level of mind when an individual emerges out of deep Theta.

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    This is better accomplished at Beta Level by following the methodology described in Memory Recall. The information request can be received at Beta Level if the mind is not stacked up with filters of unresolved inconsistencies.
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    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      “It was found that the Beta state does not allow for any remote viewing. If an individual perceived that he/she was receiving remote viewing data whilst being fully awake, he had to be at that moment focusing on his thought processes in order to be aware of it and a cursory examination of his/her brain encephalographic tracing would always reveal that the subject had slipped into the Alpha state or very rarely even into Theta. The moment an individual focuses on internal self-reflective thought processes, he/she enters the subconscious (alpha or Theta ) levels of mind operation.”

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      The mind seems to rapidly move among the various levels Beta to Delta. It is not productive to focus on any one level. When remote viewing one needs to put attention on the broadest context possible and rapidly resolve the inconsistencies visible. The needed answer will become available during this process of resolving inconsistencies.
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    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      “The time/space restrictions imposed by our “advanced” societies upon the ability to self-reflect is causing all the modern stress that the mind is experiencing.”

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      It is the inability to deal with complex motion that causes all difficulty. The motion becomes more complex because of the loops of introversion involved. Mindfulness helps respolve a lot of this complexity of motion.

    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      “Young humans (children of less than 7 years of age and especially those of less than 2 years old) and animals of all ages operate mainly at Alpha, Theta and Delta. For them Beta has not hitherto been imposed and learned. The external phenomenal world has yet to take on such a strong concentrated reality. They are less concerned with external stimuli and self-reflect constantly. They learn and evolve through this mental act. They all remote view naturally. They need to. Otherwise, they could not possibly learn and survive. The humans will forget this, for most, when they proudly enter the highly ego-centered world of Beta operation and embrace adulthood.”

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      Children are naturally mindful, because they are not assuming and trying to predict consciously. They ask the question and let the mind function normally without trying to control it obsessively. Anxiety comes in Beta phase because of making assumptions and digging for the answer when it is not there. Obstructions in the mind come from unresolved inconsistencies. Mindful contemplation helps resolve such inconsistencies. After that one can operate at Alpha, Theta and Delta with full awareness.

  • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    From http://www.probablefuture.com/p558.htm

    Eventually, with specialized training, when the concentration has remained at deep Theta for long enough, one seems to span all the levels of the mind and integrate them in a single cognitive awareness. The remote viewer can then operate from the Theta level in concentration and even open his/her eyes and be aware of both his/her external and internal realities at once. With practice, he/she might make a last perceptual jump and realized that his/her external and internal realities are but mirror expressions of each other.

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    Remote viewing boils down to becoming aware of both physical and mental objects as they are without further distinction. In most cases, the physical and mental aspects of what is being viewed go together without any separation. If there is any separation it is because of mental filters. Mindfulness works better and better as mental filters are recognized as inconsistencies and are resolved.
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    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      “The remote viewing techniques taught by the Academy of Remote Viewing are unique in that they concentrate upon the easily attainability by any individual of a state where his/her awareness will be focused upon the level of the Universal Mind (undifferentiated knowing). The trainee is taught to locate his/her awareness at the border of Delta (deep Theta) and operate a sort of “mental dance” where his/her attention concentrates upon the data originating from the Universal Mind on (passive-receiving state) and off (active-questioning state), while avoiding to be sucked in by the powerful pole of attraction of the Higher Delta level (sleep and/or somnambulistic unconsciousness).”

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      Universal Mind = undifferentiated knowing
      Active-questioning state = bring to attention what one wants to know about
      Passive-receiving state = attention focused upon the data originating from the Universal Mind
      Deep Theta = awareness at the border of Delta while avoiding sleep and/or somnambulistic unconsciousness

      I believe that remote viewing is possible without deliberately trying to evoke Deep Theta. It requires focus on the broad context of interest, brief Active-questioning state, followed by Passive-receiving state, and then spotting and resolving any inconsistencies that become visible.
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    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      “The ego can be defined as the ability a life-form has to be able to differentiate between thoughts that it will perceive as being one’s own (self-reflective) and thoughts that seem to originate outside of one’s realm.”

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      Ego is the individuality of the “definition-logic” matrix that is responding to the Universal Mind.
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    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      “Delta is the level of non-individualized non-reflective intelligence. Beta, Alpha, and Theta are but brain-wave epiphenomenona of states of self-reflective awareness by perceptually individualized intelligences (levels of individuated thought-concentrations). One only travels in awareness within these states.”

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      These are interesting definitions based on electric encephalographic tracing of the brain. Such categorization is not really needed when mindfulness is practiced.
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    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      “The deeper within Delta one finds oneself, the more concomitant parallel thought processes there are. Up to an All-aware potential Infinity. The ancient Greek letter Delta shaped like an upward pointing triangle symbolizes this reality of the Mind. Delta (alike its ancient cousin the Hebrew Deleth) means a door, an entrance to another realm. The realm of El (the Universal) and Data.”

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      The Delta level seems to be entering through the curtain of non-awareness to the other side.
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  • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    From http://www.probablefuture.com/p558.htm

    Middle Delta does not use any imagery whatsoever. Only vibratory light, swirling within different levels of intensity, remains. The Light contains, stores, and processes information.

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    Vibratory light is the very form of basic awareness. See Motion and Space-Time.
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    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      “The level of Beta is a level of knowledge where the focus of attention is upon the external material reality and a slow intellectual type of learning is attempted.”

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      It is erroneous human-centric viewpoint that spirit and matter are separate. As long as thinking is going through this filter it will not be able to understand Remote Viewing completely
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    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      “The major evolutionary jumps, inspirational writings, creative endeavors, scientific discoveries and inventions of all times always originate from the level of knowing and not of knowledge.”

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      The level of knowledge consists of many inconsistencies. The level of knowing comes about with the resoilution of these inconsistencies.
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    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      “The search for an unification factor outside of one’s self, within linear space/time, is a perceptual dead-end that, at one point, mankind will need to realize. The unification point is not outside of one’s self, within space or out-of-space, masters, gurus, but within oneself.”

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      The unification comes about with the dissolution of self.
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    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      “Your mind (Spirit) is nor bound by and into a “material” body. It is only bound by and connected to the physical senses that make you aware of a physical reality.”

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      That is an incorrect view that spirit and matter are separate. They appear to be separate, but they are the same. The mind and the body is bound by itself only
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  • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    From http://www.probablefuture.com/p558.htm

    Let go of these senses, by allowing yourself not to concentrate upon them (i.e. physical reality and biology), and you will then allow yourself to unbound your self and expand Everywhere and Everywhen.

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    It is not a matter of letting go of senses. It is not a matter of willing anything. It is a matter of resolving the will itself. That will happen automatically as one spots and resolves inconsistencies one after another as they appear.
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    • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      From http://www.probablefuture.com/p558.htm

      “You create everything, including your restrictions. Argue for your limitations, and/or believe someone else’s opinion about them, and they surely become yours.”

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      Even the sense of “you” and “I” is just how it appears. Even creation is just an appearance. Anything that persists is an inconsistency and must be looked at closely until it is understood in terms of consistency with its background.
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  • vinaire  On October 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    I guess that’s about it. I am done with the review of Remote Viewing.. The basics seem to be as follows.

    Universe and Awareness
    Awareness and Motion
    Motion and Space-Time
    The Human-Centric Fixation
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