Knowing/Doing/Being

Three is a powerful number.
The Greeks had The Three Graces—beauty, mirth and elegance. In Christianity, three is The Trinity—the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And, from a numerology perspective, three is connected to inspiration, kindness, compassion, energy, and joy.

In my reading, I come across a lot of “threes”:
beginning/middle/end
heaven/earth/waters
past/present/future
examination/elimination/re-creation
thought/word/deed
conceive/create/experience
The list goes on and on.

Today, let’s think about knowing/doing/being.

being-knowing-doing

Knowing is a construct of our brain. Everything we know influences our day-to-day lives in ways that we may not even be aware of. The mind-blowing amount of information you’ve been exposed to in your life, has shaped what you believe right now.  

The knowing is initially wonderful and exciting. It challenges you to think “outside the box”, until it doesn’t and you’re stuck inside that box! You become unable to move beyond the constraints that your life to this point (abetted by the knowing of your brain) tells you is reality. It’s ironic that we think of our knowledge as “wisdom”, when it’s that very “wisdom” that often betrays our spirit.

The knowing, then, creates the doing.

Doing is the physical, experiential part of  human life: what you tangibly accomplish, what you do with your days, how you choose to “spend” your time. The doing mimics the knowing—believing it has to answer to a “judge and jury” that dictates its actions.

We become masters of maneuvering through the day, keeping up with what we have come to believe we’re supposed to do, instead of listening to a voice that’s been silenced for so long.

So, where does being fit into this?

There’s this intersection that we
often run right through,
instead of stopping at to
decide which road to take.
We’re so programmed to just keep on
knowing and doing,
that we don’t even see the cross streets—
the opportunities around the bend.
We ignore the yearnings of our spirit
to slow down and choose.

 

Being is what our spirit—our soul, our connection with God—wants us to experience. Sadly, it’s what many of us experience least.
We sometimes (maybe often) become afraid of simply being.
Being is not familiar.
It’s not busy.
It seems like it’s not achieving anything.

We fend off the incipient light,
because to allow it in
would mean challenging the now,
the where we are,
the what we’re really doing.
Extinguished, spirit-led dreams become
simply part of the tapestry of
“what could have been”.

 

We live in a very subjective context. We can’t easily step out of our reality and see it objectively. Out thoughts and behaviors are influenced by our lives to this point—
how we grew up,
how we see others who are “different” from us,
what we believe is right or wrong,
what we know we’re supposed to do.

The integration of knowingdoing and being is challenging for many. Those of us who have been taught that pursuit of knowledge is paramount, may have missed the opportunity to do, let alone be.
Those of us who have been taught that life is all about what you accomplish may be stuck in a routine that has no legitimate connection to what our spirit wants.

And, my hope, yea my desire,
is to be an intrepid seeker of
truth and light and honesty.
But, I know that I will often fail—
slipping into a prosaic existence
where I don’t allow my spirit to challenge
the knowing/doing parts of me.

 

So, how do we marry enlightenment and real life? How do we discern what has us living into our highest selves, and what’s simply a placeholder until we figure out who we really are?

The answer is so complex in it’s simplicity:
we have to begin by simply being.

What if we honor the knowing, the doing and the being?
Maybe then, they’ll meet in the middle in harmony and totality. Maybe then, we will be completely at peace.

Kay

©peace full home™/intentional living

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