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I am experiencing so much unknown and worry right now. I keep praying that God has a plan and hasn’t abandoned us during this strange time in the world. I hope that there is still hope for a good future in the world and a chance for love.
Today, I startled when I saw that the geranium cutting sitting in a jar on my window sill had bloomed. Multiple pure white blooms! It must have been working up to that for a long time. Today this flower reminded me there are wonderful things going on that I don’t know anything about.
It’s slowly becoming an every day state. It’s knowing that I don’t know. From the small stuff to the big stuff. It’s a letting go. But it’s slow going. My wiring is to nail down 100 per cent. 99.9 just doesn’t cut it. So slow awareness that I don’t know what I don’t know is how I step.
The best lessons are the ones you learn after you think you know.
I know that I haven’t experienced the transformative power of not knowing. I want to know all the answers to the mysteries of life. Where do I go when I die? Do I go anywhere? What is the purpose of this life? Do I get to be with family and friends? All the things one meditates, prays, ponders I still have not been able to give up “not knowing” and be still, calm, relieved with not having those answers.
When I study mystical phenomena like near-death experiences, I grow in appreciation of the mysteries behind what is really happening. Some cases seem to have verified cases of veridical perceptions; accurate precognitive episodes; remarkable aftereffects that give people special abilities; and remarkable consistencies in what is revealed through the NDEs. At the same time, there are cases that seem somewhat fanciful, like cases of children seeing video game characters in their NDEs or people having slightly inaccurate veridical perceptions in their NDEs. What is really going in is uncertain, but contemplating these experiences inspires a sense of wonder in me that is fascinated with what is really happening in these phenomena.
Have I experienced the transformative power of not knowing? Is there a transformative power of not knowing? How are others answering this question? Those are 3 not-knowings –
Since my late youth, every time I’ve risked, and that means every time I’ve had to choose between a true life or a flat, colorless, flavorless life.
At work, whenever I had to use my creativity to find solutions.
When I ask myself those questions and apply a raw honesty when seeking an answer. What am I? When I truly drop all the life attached labels and seek to see what is. By dropping all those things which separate. Paradoxically, it is a solitary place, but at the same time all inclusive.
By not knowing we can then discover. We can ask more questions, admit to what we don’t know, and learn to see the genius in others. Personally this has impacted me on a spiritual level and made me seek out what God truly means to me. I heard just earlier this morning that God can mean, Good Orderly Direction, and I think that’s just wonderful that people can find a way to connect to God if it’s nothing other than just an acronym that helps them to live in peace. Furthermore I’m grateful that I live in a time that I can explore spirituality without repercussion. I can both listen and learn from you and your views on God as well as make my own assessments. It is in that way that I experience the transformative power of not knowing.
this made me reflect on my ex father-in-law – he would always sign his cards ‘from GOD, good old dad. 🙂
Today ! We don’t really know anything for sure now do we ?
When I moved across the country about 2.5 years ago. I was at a crossroads in life and could choose more of the same or try something new. I chose the unknown and while that didn’t eliminate all of my problems, it did open up a new chapter of my life for which I am grateful.
i am at a crossroad where i dnt know where i will be exactly one year from now and i feel thats wonderful because i am no more in charge, the universe is in charge of my life and how could he do or be or send anyone apart from the best that there is.
This is a transformation that I have felt quite recently. At times I’ve struggled heartily against being a worrier and “what iffer.” Over the past few years certain practices and rituals have helped me to stay more grounded in the present. Terry Tempest Williams says, “Peace is the perspective found in patterns.” And I’ve found that to be true.
Letting go of expectations is hard for me. Wanting to be in control and guide things along seems to be my insecure way of operating. The experiences I’ve had and connections I’ve made when I could just be in the moment, going with the flow and observing, have always been transforming and amazing.
When I look back on my life, it is transformative in that you see and are so grateful for what you couldn’t see in the midst of those moments of life. For example, when I married many years ago, I left a corporate training position which I enjoyed, and could only find a position training a simple order entry computer program. As the decades passed by and I progressed in this type of training, it turned out to be the “wave” of the future, as more and more companies needed to learn how to offer this type of training to employees and clients.
I could not have known what that little step backwards would mean for my future.
In another example, I have shared a thought with another only to be told later from that friend, that it was what that person needed to hear. Yet I had no idea at the time – I didn’t know the other’s situation.
When I occasionally look back at my life, there were these moments of unknowing that changed my life and that awakens a trust in me.
So true Carol!
Abtoinette, This is a letter Carl Jung wrote to a woman he had never met who ask him “how to live?”
“Your questions are unanswerable because you want to know how one ought to live. One lives as one can. There is no single, definite way for the individual which is prescribed for him or would be the proper one. If that’s what you want you had best join the Catholic Church, where they tell you what’s what. Moreover this way fits in with the average way of mankind in general. But if you want to go your individual way, it is the way you make for yourself, which is never prescribed, which you do not know in advance, and which simply comes into being of itself when you put one foot in front of the other. If you always do the next thing that needs to be done, you will go most safely and sure-footedly along the path prescribed by your unconscious. Then it is naturally no help at all to speculate about how you ought to live. And then you know, too, that you cannot know it, but quietly do the next and most necessary thing. So long as you think you don’t yet know what this is, you still have too much money to spend in useless speculation. But if you do with conviction the next and most necessary thing, you are always doing something meaningful and intended by fate. With kind regards and wishes,
Selected Letters of C.G. Jung
Every morning …when I wake up , I know some things will happen such as the rising of the sun but most things we do not know. Particularly with the actions of others. This has been a root cause of lifelong anxiety.. the fear of not knowing or fear of what might happen. I’m attempting to learn to be grounded and to accept what happens. I have some control of things such as my reactions to others or situations but thats it. I am seeing a transformation of myself as I continue working on this.
Yesterday as a Tour Leader, the first day of a tour, meeting the participants for the first time. 22 people whose names I know yet have no faces to the names. As the afternoon drew into evening, at dinner, curiously observing them with one another as they got to know who each other were. This never ceases to delight me. The graceful way the individual characters emerge in the story being told this week of who we are as a group. The building, slowly and methodically, of a community of spontaneity, who have come together from disparate places for a communal experience. It is always filled with unexpected treasures.
When the sunrise brings a new day full of unknown possibilities and opportunities.
Grateful unemployment opens every minute to the transformative powers of not knowing. I stay pretty busy for a guy with no fixed schedule.
Every day since I got a promotion and started running a new department! So a little over two months now!
Just yesterday, actually. Our Quaker Meeting has a long standing tradition of holding what we call our Annual Advent Sunday Potluck at which, following worship, we gather for food, fellowship and singing in our Community House located beside the meetinghouse. But with Covid, we haven’t held it for two years in a row. This year, desperately feeling the need to attend to our spiritual condition in ways that we could do so as safely as possible, and realizing how much we were missing all being together, our relatively small community decided to hold a crock pot soup, bread and hand-held desert outdoors around two fire pits, followed by singing our off-key hearts out. We had no idea if it would work or not, or if many people would want to come. But they did come, with crock pots filling two long tables and by all accounts our special gathering was a momentous success!
How wonderful! And you were all safe…..great idea.
Wonderful! Last Christmas Eve we held an evening service around a bonfire at -6 degrees. All of us were cold and yet definitely heart-warmed by the experience and by just being together…. the bleak midwinter made less bleak by fellowship and a deeper understanding of the message of love coming into our darkness.
Wonderful and safe!
That sounds wonderful, Kevin! A genius idea.
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