– The Great Formless –
“Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find” - Neil de Grasse Tyson
Yesterday, I was very lucky to be invited by the beautiful Karen Raimbault to a meet-up in Paris with Jack Pransky, as part of his European tour and I wanted to share with you some beautiful insights that I had following the conversation with Jack.
I’m relating here, not what Jack said, but what I heard in what he said…
As we were discussing the Three Principles and the nature of the human experience, at one point Jack told us something that Syd Banks had said and that he’d stopped saying – that he’d stopped saying because Syd himself saw that it was too much for people to take in but, my God, am I happy to have heard this…. happy, confused and mind-blown.
What he said was, or at least, this is what I heard; “we decide on our physical bodies, physical form before coming into this world in order to learn what we haven’t yet learned”
My immediate question was “well, wouldn’t that mean that somehow our paths are already set out for us?” to which Jack replied “no”
My next question, which has sparked off a profound debate within me was “doesn’t that imply conscious Thought before form?” and Jack said “yes” – at least, I think he said “yes”
This is what I heard and I spent the rest of the afternoon turning it over and over without being able to get my head round it and then I had a few insights:
Firstly, I could see very clearly that I was trying to get an intellectual understanding of something impossible to understand on an intellectual level.
Secondly, I saw that we are like very small children with so much to learn
And from that I thought, again, of Blaise Pascal’s “from the Infinitely Big to the Infinitely Small” realizing that we are only just at the very “beginning” of the spectrum of the infinitely small and that there is something so vast, and so immense that is of us, around us, prior to us and after us, so vast and immense that we can’t even begin to comprehend it.
Well, I still tried to get my head around all of that – andin the end I gave up just before going to sleep when I had one final insight around this and that is, “we’re not supposed to understand it, we”re just supposed to know that it’s there”
A few days ago I wrote what I consider to be one of the most spiritual pieces that I’ve written, a spiritual “fairy story”, a magical tale of insight – I can tell you right now, even though that it was from a very profound level of wisdom that was not from me, that story is peanuts compared to what’s really out there…
We know nothing! And that is awesome!
And my words here, to attempt to describe it, are useless! And I’m happy about that because my words being useless demonstrates just how great the formless is – and knowing how massively infinite is the formless fills me with such a wonderful feeling of awe, inspiration and love!
If, just for one tiny instant, we could see where we, as human beings, are situated within the sheer scale of what’s out there, then all those little worries we have… are we successful enough?… are we nice enough looking?… are we better or worse than that other person?… is our country more or less important than another?… if we could just stop for one tiny instant, step outside of ourselves and see how beautifully unimportant all of that is simply because we are surrounded and upheld by the infinite formless… then we would see that it’s all okay, that we don’t have anything to do and that there is really nothing to worry about…