The curse of understanding… Understanding is the booby prize

If I know you well, your relationship to life is mainly through understanding. Which you either have or not.

When you do, you are happy, even though you are just as unsuccessful living well, being fulfilled as you were before.

When you hear something, when you see something, you try to understand it. When people do something, stupid, smart, hurtful, you want to understand why they did it. Don’t you?

When you read, you try to understand it.


People who are successful, high achievers, they don’t try to understand, they may not understand at all.


Understanding is a human concept. Thinking is also a human concept.

Animals don’t understand. And they have been avoiding extinction for as long as humans.

experiencing is the way to learnSo what do animals do?

I asked this question yesterday of a friend of mine. He went into his head to find an answer after I told him it was a real question demanding answer.

He didn’t know.

Animals, who live on the Tree of Life, look and see. and rarely make the wrong decisions.

Being a human doesn’t mean not taking advantage of your senses. Being human is only according to religion is an unrelated species.

Human is an animal with a disproportionately larger brain. Larger so it can process more visual, auditory, and sensory information.

Understanding is the booby prize… ie. consolation prize of no value.

So, what do high achievers do if not understanding, if not thinking?

They go on a journey where they can see.

I do that.

When I read, when I watch a video, a movie, or when I talk to someone.

I follow them to the rabbit hole.

No understanding. I don’t even try.

In the normal course of events this is not obvious to me, but it’s been for the past weeks, months, when I have been reading scientific books where understanding would take forever, and would not contribute anything of value.

I am reading a book of a lot of higher mathematics, on Chaos Theory now. It’s slow going, I can keep up with it only for about ten pages at a time.

I don’t know, by the way, why I am reading it. I have no goal in mind, I have no agenda, I don’t know what I’ll learn from it.

But surprisingly I have already learned something. This. That I am not trying to understand. I am following the book to the rabbit hole.

And I am not even interested in his agenda, what he is going to reveal. I am interested in the journey. What I see along the way.

I have been like this all my life, by the way.

In common parlance, smart people are focused on the prize and miss the journey. From Life’s perspective these people are roadkills.

Hate me if you want, but if you are one of those smart people, you ARE roadkill. You suck and your life sucks.

On the other hand, the meandering people never arrive. Arriving is not the goal of life.

“Smart” people want life to be a smooth ride. Nice interactions, easy tasks, nice weather, nice paycheck. TLB 1.

Because without those nice things life is hell for them.

They have a taste for good tasting foods, salt, fat and sugar. They think I am nasty or mean. They want me to be nice to them. The want everything to work out of the box.

They never actually look. Never look to see. They know, they understand, they conclude. They agree. They concur. They say: it makes sense…

  • I first encountered Robert Scheinfeld some 20 years ago. He contributed two things to my life. One: he promoted the energized water mug by Sante Water. His claim that his pimples disappeared made me buy a mug, $80 dollars plus shipping it was. Without his you would not have the Water Energizer, the concept that coherent water can be made with energy infusion… none of that. Thank you Robert.The second thing he contributed to me is the expression: “from the limited perspective of the human mind”.I always knew that meant seeing. But I bet most of his student thought understanding.By the way, none of his stuff worked for me… so I am not promoting him, not suggesting that you start studying with him… I am just sharing the two valuable things I got from him.

Most coaches, most teachers did not contribute even one thing to me…

  • T. Harv Eker contributed one thing. When something isn’t working there is something you don’t know (and you don’t know that you don’t know it) This bracketed part I have added. Because without this you would think that you need to learn something. But that isn’t what he is saying, that isn’t what made him a multi-millionaire.And what you don’t know that you don’t know is always a seeing thing. Always. Not an understanding thing… It always comes from the part of reality that needs to be unfolded. The hidden part. And that part is always a seeing thing.I bet I have lost you here… lol.

  • Landmark contributed more things… they had 26 years to do so… the most important thing Landmark contributed to me, looking from where I am now, that Landmark contributed is this: Your actions are in a dance with how the world occurs to you.

Occurring is another world to say: what you see.

Not what you think. Not what you understand. What you SEE.

You can’t understand it, not even this statement.

99.99% of Landmark Participants approach life through understanding. Most leaders even. It is the opposite of what that statement says.

Ultimately that is the only sentence that is important about Landmark: every program they created sits on that, and is just an elaboration of that. And different ways to see how you see, and then change that. By looking wider, by looking further, by looking sideways… but it’s all about looking and seeing.

Students that can see grow. Students that can’t see: don’t.

And when a student falls back… it is always that they went into their head, instead of staying outside, where their eyes are.

OK, Eyes… I don’t always mean the physical eyes when I talk about seeing.

You can see with your mind’s eye.

I don’t mean visualize. Visualization is not seeing, it is constructing something with what you know. It is more like understanding.

This is why I hate guided visualization: it’s a trap. It is entirely on the Tree of Knowledge where life gets murdered.

No, what I mean is the effortless seeing. I don’t even mean pictures. I don’t see pictures. I am kinesthetic, so I see with feelings, sensations. I call it seeing. The blind man’s way.

Can I teach you to see? No, I can’t. Asking that question is like asking me if I can teach you breathing.

You are designed to see. I don’t have to teach you. You may even see stuff while you try to understand. You have just been discounting or ignoring what you see.

What I can do is remind you to breathe. What I can do is remind you to look and see. To consider the information that comes through that channel what leads you to a great life.

Now, one more thing about seeing.

If you are the type who looks at a rose, and then immediately turns it into a word, the symbol: rose, then you need to do work to not label things.

If you are the type who looks at the sunset and says: it’s beautiful instead of just taking it in… ditto.

Why? Because the moment you label things, you just retreated to the “limited perspective of the human mind” and left reality. You are now stuck with what you said about what you saw, and not what you saw.

It’s like my dyslexia in a way. I see different words that what are there. So I have trained myself to look again. To not get stuck with a faulty map of reality.

Of course if being smart is important to you, you will not allow reality to “change”… so to say. You’ll be really stuck with your map of reality, the source of your low vibration, the source of your life not working.

Like many of my clients are stuck with their water energizer setup. They are certain it is set up correctly. They see the same thing every time they look… yet there is something amiss… that can only be seen if they clear their “cache” and look with fresh eyes.

True in every area of life, relationships, money, fulfillment.

See with fresh eyes.

Bummer, eh?

PS: “it makes sense” is also a dead giveaway that you didn’t see it, you understood it.

PPS: Einstein talks about experience. That is a misleading word: experience means sensory. That you saw it, with either your inner eye or your outer eye. No difference in terms of experience.

Experiencing means: NOT thinking it. Not understanding it. NOT constructing it to match your knowledge. But seeing it, feeling it, and thus: experience it.

This is how he worked.

It is NOT easy. I force myself to just follow and see, by making my hands busy. Einstein blew soap bubbles to do the same.

Outside of the bathtub he was Tree of Knowledge. In the bathtub, where all he saw that was revolutionary, while he blew soap bubbles. Tree of Life… the Tree of senses. Sensory. Inner or outer.

PPPS: being able to follow is what takes you to modeling. Modeling after successful people. I model after Einstein, for example.

Author: Sophie Benshitta Maven

True empath, award winning architect, magazine publisher, transformational and spiritual coach and teacher, self declared Avatar

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