In facing a practical challenge this week (learning to use an interactive website), my responses are: it’s too difficult; there’s not enough time; what will it lead to? (more complication, responsibilities, pressure…etc…!); feeling trapped.
I notice I am at a borderline – an edge of myself, an edge of available knowledge, an apparent constriction of time and space – all sounds like ‘lower level’, doesn’t it? But it offers an invitation…
A ‘12 step approach to TSK’ presents itself as an idea
As in a classical 12 step programme to cure addiction, what if I confess myself powerless in the face of this habituation to ignorance, powerlessness and emotionality?
What if I invoke the ‘higher power’ of Great Knowledge? Can I let Great Knowledge do it (instead of ‘me’)? Can I become an ‘agent’ of Great Knowledge; allowing it to be recognised in this realm of ‘lower’ time and space?
In an attempt to get clearer on the significance of symbols in TSK, I turn to Topic 21 which is found in Level Three of Space in When it Rains, and discover the reading at page 475 of KTS:
Great Knowledge is active as the inner light illuminating all that is known./ So long as it is not ‘assessed’ from a lower knowledge point of view, Great Knowledge conteracts all limits. / Though the conventional ‘order’ is potent in its effects, Great Knowledge recognizes it as neither substantial nor fixed, but as a ‘read-out’: a unitary ‘expression’ or ‘embodiment’ of Knowledge. / Within this creative realm, the symbols and concepts that unfold to knowledge in ordinary space and time are accepted without being binding.
Putting my faith in the befriending of Great Knowledge, this remains work in progress; appreciating, nurturing and valuing the approach of allowing what KTS calls increasingly Greater Knowledgeability of the Whole seems a creative way to open up and invite the presence of expanded time, space and knowledge into any seemingly intractable problem.
This approach calls forth that other favourite servant of TSK – imagination. It brings into play a much wider range of considerations and resources than I might normally take into account, including such things as viewing the problem from as many angles as possible, and distances than usual, and from the perspectives of how it might affect others now and at different future times.