Equally Balanced Research
This topic revolves around the concept of research, and the acquisition of knowledge, through awareness. This is my research methodology.
One of the biggest flaws seems to be that when we are approaching a research topic we immediately assume a position, which is based on prior choices, or assumed positions. Think about something you have desired to know recently. For example more information on a topic, or research on a herb, or research into the dynamics of a philosophical concept…
What have you assumed before you started to do your research? What ‘choices of beingness’ (1) have we made, which are determined by prior choices of beingness. This is critical to ascertain right at the very start, because the choices, or, positions we adopt, form our expectations on what we ‘expect’ to find in our search.
From out expectations, we then approach our research with pre-determined attachments and choices, which shape our desires, which then determines what we want to find in our research. Naturally we tend to exclude anything which is not in line with our pre-determined expectations and choices, that way perpetuating our comfort zones.
Things are far my partial, when coming from a position where we are governed by restrictions and any overarching system of governance. For example, researching the impact of an oil and gas project’s impact on native fauna. Because we have assumed that there is an impact, we tend to search out and find what impacts have been found in the area of consideration. Our position and initial conclusions, before we even start our research, have already determined our conclusions, and research…
Think about what is behind the research proposal, if the researcher is working for a charity or social activism group, what ideologies are controlling and regulating our research. Now, reverse the position, what if we are researching from within the oil and gas company, how would this effect our research?
The initial conclusions from our awareness, based on pre-determine choices of beingness, no matter how subtle, have already controlled the flow of information on what should be excluded and what should be earmarked as being important.
Consider the word pattern ‘I want to find what impact the oil and gas project is having’ or ‘ I want to find research that concludes our oil and gas project is safe’ or a more subtle version ‘what outcomes will the oil and gas project have on the region’.
Awareness, then, in these situations is limited by the controlling dualities, underlying the outward activity, and dominating the landscape of our research. Awareness should not be based on pre-determined conclusions(3), but based on simultaneous two way thinking(2) where the intelligence is not limited by a series of dualities.
When we research, we must put ourselves into a position of freeing any expectation of illusion of conclusion(3), which might pre-determine our choices and expectations. Then and only then, are we capable of having true awareness in that area of consideration. This then re-shapes our research questions, and desires. Another way of thinking about it, it re-shapes our perspective when we are researching.
Think about it, we, now search for the answer to a question. Firstly, we resolve any dualities(1) based on choices of beingness in the area. Now, we search out an answer, however, when we search the dynamic has totally changed, we now search for something that we are equally looking for, but also, not, looking for, thus there is no resistance, and our argument for or against is equally balanced.
Krishnamurti puts it like this;
‘You can have such insight only when the mind is not conditioned, not attached to any particular belief… Now having an insight… you then draw a conclusion from that. But when you draw a conclusion, you terminate that insight. You put an end to it by drawing a conclusion from it…I act from the conclusion and not from that insight. So my action from a conclusion is mechanical…when I act on a conclusions, my action must be continuously mechanical, though at the beginning I may have had an insight. (3)
Krishnamurti goes on to explain a solution;
‘Now, if one doesn’t draw a conclusion at all, and there is only insight, then action is non-mechanical. There that action is always creative, always new, always living. So a mind that has insight and acts from that without drawing a conclusion is in the movement of continuous, constant insight’. (3)
Through insight, we are in a position of being free to view the simultaneous nature of duality, and thus, any research or knowledge we seek is not governed by restrictive choices of beingness, and, polarisation of conclusions based on flawed choices of beingness. Rather, we are free in our minds to view all aspect of a given situation.
- Concepts defined in the Logic in Sequence Series, John Whitman Ray.
- THINK, Walter Russell – explaining the concepts of two way thinking.
- Krishnamurti, J. FACING A WORLD IN CRISIS. p 17-18.