What is most amazing of all is that we can spend days, even months where we take the mystery for granted. Of course, our automatic habits serve us and help us function. We might have a hard time functioning is we were in a constant state of awe. But the all too common deadening of our senses is far from the middle path. Naturalist Annie Dillard reminds us of power of this mystery. “If the landscape reveals one certainty, it is that the extravagant gesture is the very stuff of creation. After the one extravagant gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down aeons of emptiness….The whole show has been on fire from the word go.”
The poet Pablo Neruda explains, “What we know is so little. What we presume is so much.” We are a part of this mystery. Our eyeballs and eardrums, our voices and emotions, our delusion and awakening are woven together with, contained within the mystery. We are not only witness to this mystery, we ARE the mystery looking at itself. ~Jack Kornfield
indeed, the fire is the first sight we react to in our lives….but what about all that is smoldering underneath? listen and respond…….
At the heart of things is a secret law of balance and when our approach is respectful, sensitive and worthy, gifts of healing, challenge and creativity open to us. A gracious approach is the key that unlocks the treasure of encounter. The way we are present to each other is frequently superficial. We become more interested in ‘connection’ rather than communion. In many areas of our lives the rich potential of friendship and love remains out of our reach because we push towards ‘connection.’ When we deaden our own depths, we cannot strike a resonance in those we meet or in the work we do. A reverence of approach awakens depth and enables us to be truly present where we are. When we approach with reverence great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty of things. When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us. The rushed heart and the arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience to enter that embrace. Beauty is mysterious, a slow presence who waits for the ready, expectant heart.
Wisdom has nothing to do with knowledge,
not at all; it has something to do with innocence.
Something of the purity of the heart is a must,
something of the emptiness of being
is needed for wisdom to grow.