When a good friend of mine loaned me a copy of Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing, I was a little skeptical. I’m so used to finding watered-down versions of Unity ideas in the Social Psychology department of the bookstore that my default reaction is a little negative. I’m working on that. As I’ve said before, it’s a good thing that the ideas are getting out there at all, and the fact that they’re still being entertained means that there’s contemporary interest in something we’ve been talking about for more than a century. We have something that the world wants.
I started this book with a bias, but one offset by a great title and by how much I value my friend’s opinion. I know that if he hands me a book, it’s worth reading. And Nonsense is. The book is a wonderful journey through case studies and personal experiences, all demonstrating that creativity, success, and maturity have to do with being able to release the desire to know everything. The core message of Nonsense is that the ability to embrace the unknown, to remove filters and expectations, and to experience your situation on its terms rather than your own is fundamental.
I found the book to be a wonderful validation. In Unity we teach that while the spiritual and ideal, the image and likeness, is unchanging and permanent, material manifestation is always in flux. The Truth about you never changes, but the facts change all the time. Looking for power and permanence in the outer is a recipe for disappointment (and disaster). Learning to see through the changing facts and find transcendent Truth is the only way to grow.
It’s okay that the universe doesn’t fit between your ears. Let’s be open to bigger and better ideas by stepping into the unknown.