Emptying the mind may be more effective than filling it up
In Western culture, there is a pervasive belief that more is better. This sentiment is particularly strong when it comes to the mind and learning. The only way to improve intelligence is to learn more and fill the mind up. However, Korean culture has taken a much different approach to knowledge and wisdom.
The Korean phrase Mu-Shim refers to a state of mind in which the individual has emptied their brain of unnecessary thoughts and feelings. This allows them to pursue creativity and public service with a true heart and an open mind.
The approach to learning comes from the idea that the mind has a finite amount of space. Once that capacity has been reached, it is impossible to input new information. Older thoughts and ideas must first be eliminated.
Once an individual is able to pare back their burdensome thoughts, an entire world of creativity and truth may open up before them. This state of mind brings one into contact with their true self and the false image that is often projected to the world disappears. This is one of the most effective paths toward spiritual growth.