Zen Flash got me thinking from this one.
I’ve found most negative affect comes from uncertainty. Anywhere from fear and apprehension to anger or violence, uncertainty causes suffering (and begets more suffering). I’ve also found positive affect can come from uncertainty. Anywhere from excitement and curiosity to romance and generosity, uncertainty causes comforting (and begets more comforting).
As Zen Flash notes in his post, enlightenment comes with acceptance of uncertainty as part of being, not part of a struggle. Being at peace (not in struggle or turmoil) – regardless of certainty or uncertainty – is freedom.
In this sense, being certain that uncertainty is certainly a natural certainty makes the uncertain certain to make you feel certain your alive. By making uncertainty part of your being rather than a resistance to your being, you can eliminate the negative affects that uncertainty encumbers upon the “unenlightened”. Uncertainty will conjure states of anxiety only if you see uncertainty as alien to your world. If you accept uncertainty as a family member in your world, then it is just another element of life; and one that like all others cannot harm you, truly.
The dynamic elements of life can be labelled good or bad, negative or positive, and the like. However, they can also be labelled neutral, existing, natural, or even empowering. Likewise, upon your label comes your cognizance and interpretation with respect to your label. Instead of seeing your lack of knowing as something debilitating, you can see it as something enabling. To not know means you have work to do, life to live. It does not mean you have things to fear, life to cripple. Be certain of how you perceive uncertainty and it will either disable you or enhance you.
Ultimately, to be uncertain means you are a human, you are nature, you are being as you should be. Life is innately uncertain, so if you are certain, you must not be alive.