Encouragement for the Journey 12 / 6 / 16

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Encouragement for the Journey 12 / 6 / 16

Encouragement for the Journey


Greetings fellow traveller,

For my final three Encouragements for the Journey offerings, I intentionally return to three of my favourite words, which I regularly use in my written and oral communication.

This week it is MYSTERY.

I readily admit, when we use words, we donít necessary communicate. I like this quote from Alan Greenspan:

ď I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meantĒ

Communication is not an easy process, with all kinds of variables present. So when I write the word: MYSTERY. What arrives into your awareness?

Maybe, itís a particular genre of fiction, which involves a mysterious death or crime to be solved, or, the mystery of the ever expanding universe with its billions of galaxies, or, why is there suffering and pain in our world?

Mystery for me is not a problem gap, which silently waits further knowledge data for the said mystery to be solved, or a set of questions waiting to be answered. Then once data is present the mystery will be solved.

Mystery can be known without being solved. It may be experienced, sensed, felt, appreciated and loved, without being fully understood. This requires a surrendering the need to control, allowing intuition and imagination to be present. It is whole brain thinking, not just focusing on the left-brain or logical thinking.

Mystery is an essential and vital aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, modern Christianity offers a diet of answers, rejecting any possibility of questions and uncertainty. However, the opposite of faith is not doubt but certainty. Mystery enables us to live faith filled lives.

Mystery is all around and within us, inviting us to become vulnerable in the presence of the Sacred Mystery of Eternal Loving Goodness, we name as God.

Meanwhile Peace in the presence of Mystery