Our thinking is only as flexible as our minds are open to incorporating the Unknown as a value. The Unknown, hereafter referred to as Factor X, is a symbol to help us refer to a Concept-Free Zone...one which we have no preconceptions about. Integrating Factor X into our psychology enables us to operate in an open-ended system...one which can change and adjust itself to the incessant stream of new information arriving at each moment. In relation to the Unknown, the term "information" takes on new meaning. With Factor X as part of our conceptual framework, information becomes *the unpredictability of a message*. This means that the more unpredictable a message, the more information there is in it.
Factor X makes it possible for new information, not necessarily in agreement with previous concepts and beliefs, to be received and reviewed. One particularly humbling method of including Factor X in our thinking is through the task of Confessing Ignorance. When we are not "in the know" it is suggested practice to say so. Rather than feigning knowledge, the magical words I DON'T KNOW suffice to complete the experience. The honesty and courage it takes to confess ignorance renders our real knowledge as accessible as the light of day. It's also a terrific way to introduce our conscious mind to subconscious depths, until there is no division at all but only deeper levels of consciousness.
Alli, _Angel Tech_, P51