“Embrace the Mystery” – by Thomas Lloyd Qualls
To be lost is to be fully present. Rebecca Solnit
We’re afraid of the unknown.
It is fact of recorded history, of psychology, of spirituality. As
a result, all manner of myths have been created and
institutionalized to make us forget the world is uncertain. When
this doesn’t work, we develop obsessive-compulsive disorders in
order to perpetuate the illusion of control.
Our best minds, our brightest souls continue to tell us otherwise,
still the vast majority of us cling to an imaginary belief that
certainty is possible.
More profound than this, we humans continue en masse to operate
under the illusion that certainty is desirable. To believe that
flexibility, surprise, curiosity, spontaneity are not far superior
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not
certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to
reality. Albert Einstein
Most of us live in a world that is not real. The government is not
what we think it is, and neither are our friends or foes. Those we
blame for our woes are almost entirely without fault, those we
believe are aligned with our best interests are in truth aligned
only with their own, and a shocking number of the things we would
call important are really just meaningless distractions we’ve
pasted to the walls of the imaginary dioramas in which we live.
This phenomenon of not having any true grasp of reality necessarily
means that most of us are, in spite of all our beliefs and quite
often because of them, the secret harbor of our most debilitating
delusions. And these delusions are snakes that feed on their own
There are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion
of a solid. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.
We say, over and over again in countless different ways that we
want certainty, that we need it in order to get up and tie our
shoes in the morning. That we must define all the things and places
and people around us, so we understand exactly what we are dealing
with. All the while, we become depressed when our lives become
dull, routine, and predictable. We are torn between wanting to be
surprised and not wanting any surprises. The mind wants certainty.
The soul wants mystery.
To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may
annihilate the question and the questioner. Anne Rice
In order to make peace with the dualistic ideas of certainty and
mystery, imagine for just a moment a life without uncertainty. What
would be the point? No adventure, no new discoveries, no
anticipation, no inspiration, no desire, no growth. This would be
enough to kill even the most risk-averse of us out there. What if
there were no mysteries to investigate, no stones to turn over, no
wonder to wander through.
Think of the excitement and possibility of a first kiss, the
longing, the uncertainty, the hope, the thrill, the waiting that
almost drives us mad. What if we knew exactly what would happen
while we stood on the threshold of that sacred space. What if we
knew how a painting would turn out the moment we picked up the
brushes. What if we knew exactly how our characters would tell
their stories, our children would live their lives, our gardens
would yield, our loves would unfold.
Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.
The truth, of course, is that the mysterious holds sway over our
hearts, our bodies, our souls, in ways that certainty can never
even aspire towards.
It is the unspoken, even if minuscule danger of the unknown; it
is the possibilities of flowers, of color, of kisses, that makes
life worth getting out of bed for, that moves us towards today and
tomorrow and tomorrow. It is the search of that indescribable and
almost invisible feeling of aliveness in all the little, daily
unknowns that gives life purpose, meaning, depth, feeling.
So the next time you find yourself walking the razor’s edge between
knowing and unknowing, dont panic. What youre feeling is simply
the exhilaration of what might come next. It’s called life. Drink
it up. Thats what its there for…
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