Posted by: Mark Amador | September 10, 2008

The more I learn, the less I know…

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This famous saying, most likely attributed to Aristotle, describes the philosophy of a “wholeness” that has “synergy” from the individual parts that make it up.  Looking at this in detail:

Wholeness is defined as: an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
Synergy is defined as: “The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects

Love Relationships

So, for example, in a relationship to be part of the the whole, in this case two lovers, is to be complete with nothing wanting and contributing to something greater than the individuals could achieve alone.  How true this is.  We magnify our efforts and capabilities when we synergize in harmony with those we love.

Working Out

Another good example of this is to physically workout alone and then with others.  Comparing the two, each workout can be the same length with the same physical requirements, but certainly participating with a motivated group yields a far greater result.  Not just in tangible terms but also, more importantly in intangible terms such as the emotional, mental and spiritual uplifting the experience can bring.

Perhaps you start your workout feeling a bit “down in the dumps”  But you are carried to a higher level by a positive instructor or group of people working out with you.  Soon you are operating at their pace and you are actually transformed to their higher level of energy.  This is a basic teaching of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim in the art of Jung SuWon.  Great Grandmaster writes about this in her book “The First Element“:

High Energy Transforms Low Energy

Everything around you is made of some kind of energy.  What is the difference between true, pure energy and distorted energy?  The difference is like that between music and harsh noise.  True energy produces harmony and peace; distorted energy produces discord and disharmony.

But again, energy is energy whether it appears in a pure state or a distorted state.  When you feel that wonderful sense of warm love, for instance, you’re feeling your true energy.  When you feel that discordant feeling of bitter hate, it’s that same love energy distorted, colored with particular beliefs and ideas that darken your natural bright love energy.

Generally speaking, true, pure energy is a “higher” vibration than the distortions of it.  Warm love is a higher vibration than bitter hate.  Perhaps you are familiar with the concept of entrainment.  Entrainment refers to the tendency for a stronger, faster vibration to affect a nearby slower vibration.  What is the effect?  The faster vibration tends to bring the slower vibration “up to speed” until both vibrations are moving at the same frequency.  If  you are in a situation of discord, your “higher frequency” love energy can “entrain” the lower distorted hate energy, causing it to come up to speed, and transform back into its original high frequency love.  That’s why love heals.  The energy of love in a discordant situation can transform that situation!”

I am humbled by the simple universal truths that exist around me.  As an adult, I have to attune myself to think more freely, like a child, to see them.  Each day my learning about myself and the world around me grows.  As my understanding of the universe around me expands I am aware of how little I really know and how truly ignorant I am.  Each day I learn that the magnitude of that which I do not know grows exponentially.  The more I learn, the less I know.

I wish you success in your day.  Look around you and recognize who is positive and create synergy with them.  Then you will be the one to lift others up!

Jung Su!!


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