All of our knowing isn't contained in language. Or in thinking.
Said another way, we know more than we think we do.
For the past few years I've been walking around with a sticky note inside my head.
It reads, "Say it out loud. If you want to know something, say it out loud."
There's an unconscious question that's asked when you decide to express an idea: what do I know about this?
The obvious comes fast. It's the facade out in front of the idea, the part that tries to convince you that you already know, that it's not worth doing the work to explore.
Behind the obvious lies the rest of the story. The recollections. The threads. The cross-references.
Deeper and deeper the rabbit hole goes.
If you really want to know what a rabbit is all about, you need to go where it lives. You need to follow the rabbit hole.
Be willing to challenge what you think you know by saying it out loud. Or by writing it on paper. It works just the same.
Be willing to express it.
Turn it inside out.
Discover your knowing.
Hear me say these words out loud: