We all would like to be happier and suffer a little less. Our tendency to associate doing and having with being leads us to assume that if we try hard, if we do many things and are successful, then we will be happy. We have not yet realized that the voids of being can never be filled with having. That is why any of us can have great comfort and well-being and yet not be happy. Talking about being is anything but easy because the same language that we need to describe it belongs to ontology, which is a part of metaphysics. If the simple fact of talking about being generates such a challenge for us, having the experience of what being is does not seem like an easy task either. The subject is not trivial because it is about embarking on an inner journey that leads us to experience in a direct way, what is in itself a suprasensory experience. For this reason, in this journey, which is still a journey of heroes and heroines, we must know how we can go from a purely conceptual and descriptive world to an experiential and contemplative one.
Our current knowledge in Neuroscience gives us many clues in this regard. We know that we have two hemispheres in our brain. The left hemisphere likes the familiar, the rational, the controllable, and the predictable. The other hemisphere, the right, likes adventure, the new, what is to be discovered. Our society overvalues the left hemisphere and undervalues the right and then, paradoxically, we talk about the importance of “thinking outside the box” to find creative solutions to our most current and complex problems. In this society in which we live, if we really want to prosper scientifically and humanly, we will have to learn to integrate both hemispheres, because both are equally necessary and because in the union, there is the solution. To achieve this, we have to overcome our own arrogance that tells us what is possible and what is not. Furthermore, we have to transcend the discourse of our experience and our reason. Experience tends to make us see that what was not possible in our past will not be possible either in the present or in the future. Our reason tries to adjust reality to what it is capable of understanding. That is why we need humility on the one hand to recognize that we do not know and on the other, a firm will to know. All this is going to ask us to learn to judge less and to ask and listen more.
Human beings also urgently need to get away from that incessant mental noise that overwhelms us and fills us with tension. It is when we come into contact with silence and mental stillness that our deepest intuitions emerge. Although the practice of contemplation is not utilitarian at all, it is profoundly helpful. We know that when the mind linked to the left hemisphere of our brain gives up doing and lets itself be done, something amazing begins to happen. At that time, our two minds, the one linked to the left hemisphere of the brain and the one linked to the right are synchronized giving rise to what is known as unified consciousness or “awakening”. It is as if we had lived our whole lives locked in a cave, thinking that that was the only existing reality and now, we discover that there is another reality much richer and more interesting outside of it. In this it consists of recovering our creative freedom, in ceasing to identify ourselves with having and beginning to recognize ourselves in the light of being.