The blessedness of unknowing

As one pursues one’s assignment, one may arrive at situations where one has no knowledge of how to tackle the challenge before him or her. I realized yesterday that this is actually a blessing. When I lack the know-how or the experience to create what I am trying to create, it is a blessing, because I have the opportunity to connect with God (the source of all wisdom and knowledge) and with other human beings, who are God’s creatures, all of whom know something that I do not know.

When you realize that you lack knowledge and experience for the task ahead of you, you can seek knowledge and wisdom from the One in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. That is a blessing because “he that asketh receiveth, he that seeketh findeth, to him that knocketh, the door shall be opened”.

Rejoice that you do not know. Rejoice in what you do not know more than in what you know. Your knowledge and experience can limit you and fill you with pride while your lack of knowledge or experience expands your possibilities and can be a source of freedom and humility.

I got the word “unknowing” from the book “The cloud of unknowing” written by an anonymous Christian mystic in the 14th century. I had heard of the book, but I finally downloaded it yesterday while I was reflecting on my lack of knowledge and expertise for the tasks before me. The writer encouraged seekers of God to come with lack of knowledge or imagination (unknowing) since our knowledge and imagination must fall short of the wonder that is God. He encouraged instead an approach to God motivated only by love. God does not reveal himself to the learned but to babes, who even with the revelation enter into a state of unknowing to catch another glimpse.

By it’s very nature, knowledge is partial and can only increase through unknowing, I think. True mystery is hidden from scholars and learned ones and is revealed to the unlearned who hunger and thirst for more even when they have caught glimpses that will make the learned puffed up.

I think this has major implications for creativity and innovation.

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