A mystery is something we stand before in awe and do our best to relate to, for we are definitely not in charge.
Wise are we when we bow to the great mystery of life, rather than try to master or control it, which only leads to despair.
I believe Jesus and the Buddha did not attempt to teach us mastery, but, instead lead us into a profound sense of co-operation and surrender to that which is higher and greater than anything the human mind can comprehend, to that which fulfills and brings joy.
The mystery of life is that an acorn becomes an oak tree. And that a baby grows, and flowers bloom. How does all this happen?
All around us is a great web of mystery.
And here is even a larger mystery: how does suffering transform into happiness?
Yet each moment contains this possibility.
Habits of mind keep us from seeing this, or moving into it, and we remain stuck in all the “re-runs” of the old stories we believe.
In truth every moment is a mystery. You and I are standing in one right now. It is this present moment.
Every moment is filled with the potential to become something new, beyond our ability to figure it out. We can learn to co-operate with it, rather than direct it, if we wish happiness. This is our choice.
What will we go for? A fixed sense of who we are will bring us some comfort, but not lasting happiness.
We can give this up for a sense of “awe” and instead say, “I wonder what could happen here.” And remain in the wonder, the unknowing.
“Awe is the beginning of wisdom,” as the proverb tells us.
Otto Rank, renowned psychologist of the early 1900’s, tells us, “Human nature is at bottom irrational.”
We are not as rational as we think.
It isn’t rational that hope springs eternal in all of us, bury it as we sometimes try—which leads to depression causing our anger to make us give up and close off.
Yes, hope is irrational, as are our deepest values, for they arise out of intuition, imagination and dreams.
And here is another great truth that seems even more irrational: Whatever difficulty we presently face is the very place where new possibilities can be born.
Our beliefs form our experience of our life.
As we learn relate to and authentically engage in what we presently believe, we will find the seeds of our suffering and despair.
These seeds t have been nurtured through our choices of our thoughts and actions.
Trying to control, banish or pound our suffering into a shape that suits us better just doesn’t work.
Trying to master our suffering, blame it on someone else or deny it will just add to the pain.
Perhaps the first step of transformation is to see every difficulty as an opportunity rather than an obstacle—to alter our view.
And then to ask questions. To investigate.
Do you remember Colombo, the detective in the 1990 TV series played by Peter Falk?
He successfully solved the mystery of each crime by patiently asking questions while being very agreeable to each person he interviewed.
He simply watched, listened and waited for things to reveal themselves. He didn’t make assumptions, argue or get angry.
That’s a pretty fantastic way to meet the mystery of why things happen.
Instead of fighting or running away, we can simply observe, wait, and continue watching, and remembering that a mystery is at work.
When anger arises, as it probably will, note that this is anger arising. It is not our anger. It is an emotion. Then note the sensations that are arising. Keep noting rather than making assumptions.
Keep watching. Patiently.
Colombo knew the answer will eventually come forth. As can we.
My belief is that everything happens to birth more beauty, goodness and truth. That is its only purpose.
Whatever is present has come to help us grow spiritually.
Rather than trying to figure it all out, change or manipulate any situation, we might practice letting go of our opinions.
Loosen up the tightness of our view and allow more spaciousness in our mind.
A new possibility awaits. The present obstacle is here to help us grow into a being we have not yet manifested. And the seeds are already here.
All things oppositional have a way of bringing forth something new. It is love that can bring them together.
Love in the form of recognizing, listening to both sides, caring about and patiently letting the small threads of lovingkindness weave things together into something new and amazing.
Only the mystery of a loving energy (that we can’t control) has the power to unite opposites, creating something new and awesome!
This love is the unknown and unknowable God.
There is no way to define God.
God is happening within us right now, this moment, and we can learn to relate to this Great Presence!
The present moment may look empty, desolate, and may seem to be filled with problems, suffering and pain. These are simply our views. But there’s more—much more.
There is the Essential Goodness in this seeming emptiness that has not yet taken form. Let our hearts open to this.
Allow the unseen to inform us. Patiently wait for it.
When we live in this mystery and allow it to be what it is, we have stepped into grace, which may be the greatest mystery there is.
When we fight the unknown—the not yet—we suffer and feel dissatisfied. Fighting and arguing come from fear.
The legendary Bagger Vance described golf as a game that can’t be won, only played.
It is so with life. We can play it, engage in it, but not control it. We can’t even win it, for the losses about equal the wins.
We learn to bear it all, letting go our attachment to winning and losing.
Something deeper is playing out. I call it spiritual growth. Which cannot be mastered, just opened to.
We can only respect the journey, set our intentions, and pay attention.
Patience, waiting on the unknown to guide us, while giving thanks for everything will serve us well.
Trusting the great mystery,