“There is more to forget than there is to learn.” ― Guru Tua
Maybe spiritual progress isn’t measured by the amount of information we remember? Maybe has as much to do with the amount of unless information we leave behind?
Student: “Guru Tua, what do you mean when you tell us there is more to forget than to learn? I thought our purpose here was to learn?”
More to Forget
Guru Tua: “Yes. There is much more to forget than there is to learn. First of all, we are taught mythology as fact. We must unlearn these artificial boundaries.
Secondly, when you learn a spiritual technology with a mantra or sutra, you are taught a specific sound and process. These are all new gateways to altered or higher forms of consciousness. But, after your mind has learned the pathway, you exactly where it is located and how to find it. So, once the technique is learned…. You forget and it becomes effortless. So, you learn to forget. You simply sit with the slightest intention, and the mind opens the gateway. You only return to the mantra or sutra and the recommended process if you find you aren’t going through the gateway you intended.
Student: “Guru Tua it seems like there is a common thread to both the seated and standing postures. Is that right?”
Guru Tua: Yes. You are right. The basic foundation and processes for almost all basic techniques are very similar. If you are using a seated posture you must learn to bring your attention to your breathing. This brings the mind away from thoughts and to the body. This achieves the grounding necessary. Then the mantra becomes more effective.
If you are using a standing or moving process it’s the same. First, bring focus to the breath. Then the second step is to engage your far-away-gaze or peripheral vision. When we use our Silat we also add the song and rhythm of the Kendang, Kempul, and Gamelan. This enables us to dance with our opponent while controlling our fear and anger.
When we practice the Shamanic Journey it could be either seated or moving. This guided meditation works the same way. The right rhythm of the drum enables the mind to find its way. You set the intention and you soon forget the process.
Once you ‘learn’ these pathways it becomes second nature to the mind. You forget the technique, and all it takes is the slightest intent to engage the pathway you desire. So, in the end, you will have forgotten much but gained more. In this way, you travel well. So, we say, there is more to forget than there is to learn. The mind and body already “know” what to do.
Above all, develop your own path. If you must fake it in order to survive in the cultural narrative that surrounds you, find ways to connect with the source of your Being. Don’t fake it. Learn about and use the ancient spiritual technologies of spiritual exploration to forge your own path.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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