mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up
your whole soil with the ploughshare of self-examination,
but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready
for any seed the winds may bring.
all the words have been written, and all the
phrases have been spoken, the great mystery of
life will still remain. We may map the terrains
of our lives, measure the farthest reaches of the
universe, but no amount of searching will ever
reveal for certain whether we are all children
of chance or part of a great design. And who among
us would have it otherwise? Who would wish to take
the mystery out of the experience of looking
into a newborn infant's eyes?
joy of all mysteries is the certainty which comes
from their contemplation, that there are many doors yet
for the soul to open on her upward and inward way.
most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science. Those to
this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to
and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; their eyes are
|The very commonplaces of life are
its eternal mystery.
and mystery are energies of life.
Don't let them scare you unduly,
for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.
the child's clear eye
is clouded over by ideas
and opinions. Simple free
being becomes encrusted
with the burdensome armor
of the ego. Not until years
later does an instinct come
that a vital sense of mystery
has been withdrawn. The sun
glints through the pines, and the
heart is pierced in a moment
of beauty and strange pain,
like a memory of paradise.
After that day. . .
we become seekers.
faith means holding ourselves open to the unconditional
mystery which we encounter in every sphere of our life and
which cannot be comprised in any formula. Real faith
the ability to endure life in the face of this mystery.
|I am entirely on the side of mystery.
I mean, any attempt to explain away the mystery is
I believe in the profound and
unfathomable mystery of life
which has a sort of divine
quality about it. -
of us encounter a great deal more Mystery than we are
willing to experience.
Sometimes knowing life requires us to suspend disbelief, to
recognize that all our
hard-won knowledge may only be provisional and the world may
be quite different
than we believe it to be. This can be very stressful,
even frightening. But if we are
not willing to wonder, we may have to hang up the phone on
is a resource, like coal or gold,
and its preservation is a fine thing.
does not need to fast for days and meditate for hours at a
to experience the sense of sublime mystery which constantly
envelops us. All one need do is to notice
intelligently, if even
for a brief moment, a blossoming tree, a forest flooded
with autumn colors, an infant smiling.
who dwell among the beauties and mysteries
of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
mysteries, life would be very dull indeed. What would
be left to strive for if everything were known?
something controls you in
a way that
puzzles you, think
it as a mystery.
are best approached by closing
your eyes and mouth
silence. I find new and healing
that dark, silent place
emotions that control
me. Do not be
and be silent in
prayer, meditation, rest or sleep. In
states you may
rediscover a new self.
your life, time and
will become yours
you can live your unique myth.
is nothing beautiful or sweet or great in life
that is not mysterious.
René de Chateaubriand
the person of science and the person of action live
always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.
some day, modern people will learn that mystery is
not the prison of the mind of people, it is their
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
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
I now just offer my companionship and share my sense of
of the possible, of wonder.
is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.
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As I make my slow pilgrimage
through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to
gather and grow.
Mystery has great
power. In the many years I have worked with people with
cancer, I have seen Mystery comfort people when nothing else can
comfort them and offer hope when nothing else offers hope. I
have seen Mystery heal fear that is otherwise unhealable.
For years I have watched people in their confrontation with the
unknown recover awe, wonder, joy, and aliveness. They have
remembered that life is holy, and they have reminded me as well.
In losing our sense of Mystery, we have become a nation of
burned-out people. People who wonder do not burn out.
Naomi Remen, My
Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.
Wolfgang von Goethe
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