“”Inward knowledge of time is also the ‘inward knowing outward’ of eknosis.” (Dynamics of Time and Space”, page 159) But which is it? To look inward at time, don’t we have to be outside looking in? If we’re inside looking out, don’t we see the outside and not the inside from which we are looking outwards? This kind of paradox feels central to TSK: how do we observe the mechanisms through which the self projects outwards and attributes to its experience a realm of substance and linear time?
On a retreat at the Nyingma Institute years ago I remember being struck by a practice in which we noticed that our senses are two-way channels. Through the years, there have been times when the wind in the tree branches has pulled my attention into another world. In this world I hear the lovely symphony of the branches dancing and singing in the wind. And I also feel the part of myself that rises in delight to attend to this sound. At such moments the senses are truly two-way channels, and I am inside my own being discovering who I am and what is most alive inside me.
I wonder if eknosis is pointing to something similar, but looking at a different issue. Rather than pointing at how our being rises in delight to certain kinds of experience and in that arising discovers both the world and itself in it, eknosis invites us to notice that we do not have to be permanently sentenced to an illusion that one part, an isolated self, can only look through prison bars at a world ‘out there’.
Speaking of ‘out there”, does anyone not enrolled in the CCI on-line TSK class read these posts? I think it is Jack’s hope that by condensing on-line class posts and general posts into a single place that the ‘out’ and the ‘in’ might start talking a bit? Is there anyone out-there, or perhpas I should say in here?