[I already asked this question some time ago but I felt like asking it again, this time with additional information and possible answers]

Maybe it sounds silly, but one of my biggest desires for some time now is to have knowledge/be skillful in any subject or skill that interests me, without needing to invest massive amounts of time on it.

Let me explain a bit.

So, allegedly, people are born in this world skilless and ignorant. We need to learn to know things, and it takes time. There are claims by scientists that in order to be fairly good in something, one needs to invest approx. 10 000 hours of work on it. Ten thousand hours only for one subject! Well, I'd call that brutal and very very unfortunate. I mean, we only have a limited amount of time here on earth (I won't go into the "but actually we already lived many lives here due to reincarnation" thing.) and, speaking for myself, I would like to spend my time using my knowledge and doing things and not learning how to do them. I want to spend my time conversing in German and enjoy the magnificence of the language and not spend years struggling to learn it.

Just recently I took up computer programming because I was excited by the idea of its creative nature. As it was something completely new to me I was spending my whole days on it, getting familiar with all the theory behind it and all the tools that are needed to start programming. Needless to say, I started to feel bad and frustrated because I was spending so much time on it, learning it; I have many other things I want to do and need to do.

Now, how should I exactly approach manifesting this? I am aware I create conflicting energies by wanting something but not wanting it to happen a certain way - in this case, wanting to know things but not wanting to learn them.

Is there a chance, because everything is one, and matrix-like, that one could theoretically be able to access knowledge, through meditation maybe..?

Also, if someone knows something, but wouldn't like to discuss this publicly let me know please.


asked 18 Nov '18, 07:04

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edited 18 Nov '18, 09:03

It would be Heaven to learn all things without trying; savants seem to be able to do this, but the price into that club seems rather high to me. I think that the best of both worlds is to learn those things that we are passionate about; doing this feels less like learning and more like remembering to me. I love classical piano, and do not mind practicing at all. The same with learning new words, or doing sudoku; I enjoy these activities so much that it is bliss to engage in them.

I always cringe when I meet a person who despises learning; often, at the bottom of that problem is too many crummy teachers when young. Nothing turns a person off to learning faster than a bad teacher. I was so very lucky; my childhood abounded with enthusiastic and dynamic teachers who could have made the art of cleaning toilet bowls exciting and riveting! The fact that you wish you could just absorb knowledge rather than learn it makes me wonder. I wasn't just taught information- I was also taught how to absorb, process, and retain information.

Stick as much as possible to learning the things that you enjoy; stick to your bliss! This works for everything in life.



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answered 19 Nov '18, 19:16

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@Jaianniah ahhh, there is so much to learn and explore but so little time. Seems like I will need to abandon my desire, or at least modify it a bit to feel more realistic. Thank you for your effort

(21 Nov '18, 12:31) Marin

@Marin-Ah, time!!! If we had endless time.... I could spend decades like pennies, and learn about butterflies, and all the planets, and geography, etc. If only childhood extended fifty years.... Such a dream. But thank you for your kind comment!

(22 Nov '18, 06:19) Jaianniah

Except spiritual knowledge,all other things are to be learnt.You do not learn breathing.To live in world you have to learn .What you are is not learnt .what you learn is what you are not .If you unlearn that what remains is real you .I answered from noncoceptual plane . spirituality is the only thing where learning is obstacle .


answered 06 Dec '18, 14:07

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Interesting perspective. It seems that the process of learning is contrary to the principles of spirituality. There are countless recordings where we can hear Abraham saying to follow the path of least resistance, not to force things, not to try so hard to get things etc. But to learn something, one must do exactly opposite of that. To master a skill or a subject, one must devote a great amount of time and energy. The process is often all but easy and cheerful. What are your thoughts?

(06 Dec '18, 14:30) Marin

Your understanding is perfect.

(06 Dec '18, 14:39) Guru

@Marin - When you are passionate about a subject, learning is not work at all. Think of someone learning guitar, playing til their fingers bleed. The hours pass unnoticed, they're "in the zone". They emerge from the experience with deeper appreciation and satisfaction. It's a wonderful feeling, and it doesn't ever have to end. When you are following the excitement or your bliss, the whole process is the joy. :)

(06 Dec '18, 14:44) Grace

@Grace Yes, of course it can be pretty fun but it isn't always. It's still work. As a matter of fact, it can be pretty dark. I'm sure you're aware of the alarming subject of mental health amongst PhD students around the world. One study from this year says that out of all PhD students that participated in the study 39% of them were depressed and 41% suffered from anxiety! Sure, there are multiple factors at hand here but one major factor is the amount of work they need to do.

(06 Dec '18, 15:34) Marin

Majority of them are in the lab from morning until sunset, buried in books. And, I don't know the statistics at this moment but I'd say that surely at least 90% of them would claim they are very interested in and even passionate about the subject of their research.

(06 Dec '18, 15:35) Marin

So PhD students are the ones who spend the most time studying and are passionate about their research. But, at the same time, it seems they are far from being happy.

As I think about it, I know many people who are passionate about their work but it does not mean it doesn't wear them out. It's still work. They get tired, unhappy even if not given time to rest well.

(06 Dec '18, 15:43) Marin

@Marin - I think the difference in our two examples is that I'm thinking of the process of following excitement, and the learning that is involved in that, and the PhD students are in the process of attaining a degree from a university. In that case, the research is the bleeding fingers...

(06 Dec '18, 16:00) Grace

...I suppose it depends upon how you feel about the "work" involved. I love seeing people who "geek out" about their chosen subject. They are glowing with excitement about bugs, or weather, or planets and stars - whatever it may be. They go without sleep or meals when a breakthrough is imminent. I always think those are the happiest, most self-actualized people. I love seeing them do their thing.

(06 Dec '18, 16:00) Grace
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