Our factual and perceptual knowledge is pure vanity

She writes:

But it isn’t seizing is it? What you describe is letting things wash over me, through me, choosing to be passive. Perhaps I have a difficult time assimilating what is meant because I do not have my definition of happiness yet. I do accept that projection is not reality but what you have described to me about happiness sounds a lot like the expanding universe. Let me try to explain what I mean, I have never understood what they mean when they say the universe is expanding, what is the space it is expanding into? Do you understand where I am coming from? If, when I reach this state of happiness, I am more than my thoughts and emotions, what is that exactly? Lets say I am disconnected from everything and there is no ebb and flow and just a stream of constant non reaction, how is that happiness? I agree that it is freedom to an extent, from pain and loneliness perhaps, but is it happiness?


Just linger a second with this question:
Who is the inner authority wanting to find the definition of happiness?…I am not playing with words?…Who is it…?

Every definition deals with “the known”, doesn´t it? Just consider: Whatever is “known” is an invariable reiteration of the old, can you see this…? Happiness belongs to the “unknown”, as it is ever “new” – It is as fresh as every single breath of yours. Thus, how can something old grasp something vividly immediate which escapes name…?

Is there any definition to be applied to Happiness…? Let´s face it – there is not. Understand that every definition is the derivative of knowledge, and whatever we know is outmoded and conditioned.

The known is constant boundary whereas the unknown is blissfully boundless. Our actual perception fails to rightly connect with “the unknown” – it´s like trying to measure the ocean with a cup of tea…not so wise…isn´t it? And yet that´s what we and our science invariably endeavour…

You come to realize more and more that our factual and perceptual instruments to measure The Unknown are totally ineffective…If you use your cup to drink tea it´s all fine, but the moment we try to empty the ocean with it, transforming the cup into The Only Instrument of knowledge, we obviously have a serious problem.

It can be fun maybe to try to empty the ocean with a cup – after all, it gives many something to do – but if you go on trying “to reach this state of happiness” through definitions, through purposely inquiring helped by your intellect – your cup of tea -, even in 10 lifetimes you will be still searching in vain…

Very few are willing to admit this – our tools to understand Life or Happiness, are preposterously inadequate. We are caught in a paradoxical hopelessness: if our knowledge and its factual and perceptual instruments are pure vanity, do we then have any ability to fathom anything at all?…

This hopelessness is a real blow for the ego…I have faced it…it is utterly disconcerting. Many cannot take it, cause who would they be if it shows that whatever they consciously believed in and struggled for shows to be nothing but futility…?

In this state of realizing the vanity of whatever “conscious strife” something happens within…You realize your impuissance, and let everything crumble. Realizing your powerlessness means “to let go”…This can cause tremendous pain, or not…It is all depending of how “heavily armed” your ego is…your so-called inner authority.

Having faced this hopelessness you begin to be quiet inside of you – there is nothing to do…You start maybe realizing that “thy will be done” are not mere words…You begin to quietly and efficiently observe you egotic “emptiness”. You understand that life or happiness is not about being either passive ar active. All concepts begin to dissipate. Neither action or inaction. Neither thought or emotion. Neither ebb nor flow…No pain, no loneliness.


You´ll also realize that Life is also a sum of all these things too. Both the presence and the absence of everything there is…Immediate comprehending this is also part of the deal…

Accordingly, Happiness is not freedom “from something”…Happiness embraces all there is, and yet it has no thought, it has no mind…

It is nothing to reach. as it is there all the time…


About julienmatei
I feel an inner urge to express what I see, to communicate and share with others all these impressions. Often the things I see are there, not yet manifest, but waiting... to be observed, talked about, and embraced. These new insights need another approach, a more vivid curiosity... Due to fear and prejudice we prefer to see only "the official" truth - but THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS DEAD - being dead, it has nothing to give... We can continue pretending Death is fascinating or... we can take the trouble to LIVE... THE NEW has no definition yet... Again, IT requires another "perception", the courage to apprehend everything differently, from a totally new angle, with new confidence and inquisitive touch. This blog is not about interesting concepts, it is about participation... finding new solutions, inspiration, togetherness.

7 Responses to Our factual and perceptual knowledge is pure vanity

  1. Pingback: No, this is not a new truth, but terribly painful evidence « Mirrors of Encounters

  2. julienmatei says:

    Reblogged this on Mirrors of Encounters and commented:

    I find this post worth reading.

  3. delicatestrength says:

    Lol I see we’re up to no good again Mr. Matei, another marvelous post by Mirrors of Encounters; your posts truly live up to the blogs name.
    Loved this, “The known is constant boundary whereas the unknown is blissfully boundless.” At some point in life we realize that not knowing is knowing, until then we are a mere puppet dancing to the tunes of our emotions driven by the discontent of our egos.

    Love the cup and ocean analogy as well. Happiness is a change in perception not a state of mind.

    • julienmatei says:

      Ha…good to hear that you hear the meaning behind these words.

      For the record, when something really lives, there is no need to “live up”
      to anything, even if the name may be right and appropriate – like Mirrors of (all) Encounters 😉

      When definition crumbles, we are free to live, to impartially examine, to experience and be “experienced”.


      Not knowing can be “knowing”, but also an invitation to further unknowing…an invitation to do away with, and realize the inadequacy of Fear.

      Shortly put:

      When ego is not, Happiness Is… – That discontinuously blissful Presence with no absence…

  4. delicatestrength says:

    Lol I feel like I’m going to be going through Mirrors of Encounters all day today; seems like there is a hidden treasure amongs the mirrors. Maybe I’ll stumble upon a true mirror amongst the facade of Mirrors of Encounters today ^_^. Have a wonderful day 🙂

    • julienmatei says:

      Oh, that hidden treasure which I also sense when the Mirrors whisper through my words…

      Who knows, maybe you stumble into a “truer” reflection of your own mirrors…

      And, like always, a pleasure to unfold your words.


  5. delicatestrength says:

    Shortly put:

    “When ego is not, Happiness Is… – That discontinuously blissful Presence with no absence…”

    Wow, you really have your shit straight 🙂 ….um I mean very eloquently put Mr.Matei (Heheh sorry my era was showing :P)

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