Knowledge Vs Action

Posted by Phillip Gordon on Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I have listened to many speak of what it would take to live this life well, to transform oneself, to become more conscious and authentic.  Some propagate the idea that learning is the path, some say action is the way, others to be, listen, and on and on.  What amuses me is that all of these mentioned above are aspects of life that will assist you to come to yourself and live in harmony with all life.  If it is action alone that leads you to transformation, who was it that told you that, who passed on that knowledge, and if you learned it your self, then that in itself becomes knowledge.  If you consider knowledge to be your path, all good and well, though without taking action upon what you know, you are left sitting on your lounge room floor staring at the walls. 

Wisdom does not separate one aspect of human nature and resource from the other.  To be wise is being in touch with all of you and choosing when to use your natural abilities in a given situation.  Action is a fine thing, and provides you with deeds in the world.  One learns from what one creates.  Being immersed in creating brings about a state of mind and being that is contained within the moment and reflective of your creation.  This is powerful and transformative in itself.  Yet this is something one learns, and often in it’s subtly a piece of knowledge that is passed down. 

Being is also a great skill, and something that one learns from those who know this.  To be with oneself, to be with life as it accompanies, provides and challenges you, is a beautiful art form.  We learn this from those who know it, and if we don’t learn it from the wisest amongst us, we will be directed to such knowledge from those who read it from some other and hands it on to us.  What we do with that knowledge, how we live with it is our choice.   To integrate it takes practice.  To fully comprehend knowledge demands you act.  Both hand in hand. 

Why must we pit this thing against that, why must we continue to divide the human experience in to little parcels of understanding and create platforms to launch ourselves from.  Every great truth is a half-truth; what we polarize against is equally part of what we promote.  Cold does not exist without hot.  Courage is non-existent without fear.  Death is very much part of life.

Knowledge and action go hand in hand.  They are companions on the path to transformation.  What you do with them, the choices you make with what you know makes you wise.  Wisdom comes from being with what you are doing, with who you are being with, and behaving accordingly to that occasion. 

Division of what is obvious and human is like taking oneself to the abattoirs and making an offering.  We are whole as we are.  The task is to use yourself wisely.  Be with yourself and the people and events around you and you will know what action to take. 



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Phillip C Gordon I am an Alchemist, falling into the fires of transformation over and over as I realise the gold that I am. I choose to serve all humanity to that end, to raise the consciousness of humanity, one by one if that be the case. I am a writer, a speaker, an actor and fool.

Knowledge Vs Action

Posted by Phillip Gordon on Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I have listened to many speak of what it would take to live this life well, to transform oneself, to become more conscious and authentic.  Some propagate the idea that learning is the path, some say action is the way, others to be, listen, and on and on.  What amuses me is that all of these mentioned above are aspects of life that will assist you to come to yourself and live in harmony with all life.  If it is action alone that leads you to transformation, who was it that told you that, who passed on that knowledge, and if you learned it your self, then that in itself becomes knowledge.  If you consider knowledge to be your path, all good and well, though without taking action upon what you know, you are left sitting on your lounge room floor staring at the walls. 

Wisdom does not separate one aspect of human nature and resource from the other.  To be wise is being in touch with all of you and choosing when to use your natural abilities in a given situation.  Action is a fine thing, and provides you with deeds in the world.  One learns from what one creates.  Being immersed in creating brings about a state of mind and being that is contained within the moment and reflective of your creation.  This is powerful and transformative in itself.  Yet this is something one learns, and often in it’s subtly a piece of knowledge that is passed down. 

Being is also a great skill, and something that one learns from those who know this.  To be with oneself, to be with life as it accompanies, provides and challenges you, is a beautiful art form.  We learn this from those who know it, and if we don’t learn it from the wisest amongst us, we will be directed to such knowledge from those who read it from some other and hands it on to us.  What we do with that knowledge, how we live with it is our choice.   To integrate it takes practice.  To fully comprehend knowledge demands you act.  Both hand in hand. 

Why must we pit this thing against that, why must we continue to divide the human experience in to little parcels of understanding and create platforms to launch ourselves from.  Every great truth is a half-truth; what we polarize against is equally part of what we promote.  Cold does not exist without hot.  Courage is non-existent without fear.  Death is very much part of life.

Knowledge and action go hand in hand.  They are companions on the path to transformation.  What you do with them, the choices you make with what you know makes you wise.  Wisdom comes from being with what you are doing, with who you are being with, and behaving accordingly to that occasion. 

Division of what is obvious and human is like taking oneself to the abattoirs and making an offering.  We are whole as we are.  The task is to use yourself wisely.  Be with yourself and the people and events around you and you will know what action to take. 



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