Most of what we perceive does not touch us at the conscious level; it flows to the vast sea of unknown knowledge.
The Book of Rhino
The Time Project originated from a sense of urgency coupled with social isolation. I was not aware of this when I first thought of the project; I only knew that the prospect thrilled me. As I began working on the project, I occasionally wondered why I was so taken with it but did not actively pursue an answer. I figured that understanding would eventually percolate to my conscious thoughts. The sense of urgency, I knew, was connected to The Book of Rhino; it has been for the past year. Since the publication of the first book, I have been working on the second in the series. However, in recent weeks the sense of urgency has taken on a new flavor, and I wanted to find out what it was and what it meant, so I began an inquiry.
Accessing the Reservoir of Unknown Knowledge
Whenever I have a question to answer, a problem to solve, or an issue to consider, I fully participate in the process. By that I mean I sit with my mind, my body, and my emotions in the present moment and let the vast sea of unknown knowledge flow around me. Eventually, I experience an awareness of ideas poking at me and begin to examine them, one by one. I call this process “de-gestalting.”
A gestalt is something formed by two or more parts in such a way that the parts are virtually indistinguishable one from another. Webster’s dictionary defines a gestalt as “a unified whole; a configuration, pattern or organized field having specific properties that cannot be derived from the summation of its component parts.” A cup of coffee with cream and sugar is a simple model of a gestalt; a tossed green salad is a non-model.
When I sit with something long enough, its parts begin to separate themselves. It is not like a random train of thought that travels from soup to nuts. All of the parts are connected to the parent component–like cream and sugar separating from the coffee. It’s these distinguishable parts that are so interesting to me. I know they are connected; I know they mean something. The inquiry process is a guide into what, how, and why.
Knowing the Unknown
The inquiry process is a journey into knowledge. It begins with me in a box; I am unaware of the box for a while, and then, I realize I am in a box. I decided to think “outside the box,” but sometimes all I do is build a bigger box or redecorate it. I have to keep sitting and waiting for the flow of unknown knowledge. Eventually, I am able to step outside the box, and if the tides are favorable, I will come to a place where the box no longer exists. (The latter is rare.)
The Time Project
What this means is that as I embark on the Time Project, I will stop to examine parts that detach themselves from the whole. It means that I may write about seemingly unrelated topics. However, I will write and research from the assumption that they are connected and therefore worth examining. Who knows? I may eventually learn that the box never existed.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and wild
With a faery, hand in hand
William Butler Yeats ~ The Stolen Child
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