“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.” ~ Albert Einstein …
For some of us, mystery can seem threatening simply because it involves a touch of uncertainty and the unknown. Many of these individuals spend countless hours and vast reserves of energy trying to understand and explain the mysterious in order to ease their anxieties and bring a sense of comfort into their lives. Of course, that is how our minds work–they crave answers, explanations, and reasoning. Yet even Albert knew that to live our lives fully, we must experience all of life–including the mysterious–with amazement and wonder. Not doing so would be as if we were dead.
So how do we experience the mysterious in life? I believe that the answer is found in letting it remain mysterious. When we allow things to simply be as they are, without trying to explain them or place unrealistic expectations on them, we enable ourselves to experience them in their true form. Life, death, celestial objects–when we get so concerned with explaining everything, we forget to look with wonder and awe at the mysterious in life that exists perfectly–the enduring divinity that ceaselessly exists everywhere, always.
Our lives need not be ordinary… for there is mystery everywhere. And if we can but look with wonder and amazement at the world around us, we will see some of that boundless mystery surrounding us each moment we are alive.
Look with awe and wonder at the world around you.
Questions to consider:
What does Albert mean when he says the mysterious is a “fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science?”
What does the word “mysterious” mean to you?
Why do so many individuals try to explain away the mystery and wonder in life?
For further thought:
“I no longer feel that life is ordinary. Everyday life is filled with mystery. The things we know are only a small part of the things we cannot know but can only glimpse. Yet even the smallest of glimpses can sustain us. Mystery seems to have the power to comfort, to offer hope, and to lend meaning in times of loss and pain. In surprising ways it is the mysterious that strengthens us in such times. I used to try to offer people certainty in times which were not at all certain and could not be made certain. I now just offer my companionship and share my sense of mystery, of the possible, of wonder.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen