From a different tradition, but I think this is what Madame de Salzmann speaks of when she says: “Truth cannot be thought.”
“As we all find out, going over and over our problems and trying to seek mental solutions doesn’t work. It just becomes a repetitive, circular, looping thing. And, of course, every time we think of our problems, the whole body is upset, one way or another. Can one see for oneself that with psychological probelms, thinking, trying to come up with a solution, does not bring the ending of the problem? One needs to find out for oneself the limitations of thinking—where it is appropriate, where it can do something, and where it becomes circular, looping around and around and around.
Can thought alone understand this, or to see it does one already need insight—insight into thought and its limitations? I don’t know. Some say thought can see its limitations. My perception is that thought can only think about its limitations—it can’t SEE! Thought doesn’t see—it’s thinking! But thought looping round and round can be seen: insight reveals it clearly, and the futility of it. The solution of the problem lies in seeing it—in the seeing, without wanting a solution, or dissolution—just seeing what’s there…
This seeing is not watching in the way that we usually think about it—with “me” always there as the watcher. Seeing has no seer involved in it, no watcher, no observer. It’s open like the sky, just revealing what’s there without any sense of separation or judgment.”
—Toni Packer in The Light of Discovery (Shambhala Publications), adapted from a talk delivered in June 1991.