“Life is not a problem. To look at it as a problem is to take a wrong step. It is a mystery to be lived. Loved. Experienced.” ~ Osho
While most will agree that the mystery of life and the secrets of the universe are most likely beyond the comprehension of our little human minds, it doesn’t stop us from trying.
The hunger for knowledge and the thirst for the ultimate “understanding” can often become insatiable for those of us who have dared to ponder the deeper meanings behind life itself. In our quest for the highest wisdom, the ultimate truth and deepest meaning behind the things that happen to us, we begin to take on the role of a “riddle solver”.
It’s as if we have this spiritual fantasy that once we figure out the deepest secret of the universe then that will be the day that everything in our lives will start to make sense.
We will no longer have any problems, have to deal with any difficult emotions, and we will then be able to face our fears head on. Once we solve the riddle, everything will fall into place. So we search.
We read books, devour every piece of material we can get our hands on that we believe is going to help us to not only reach a higher state of consciousness, but is going to make sense of everything so that we no longer have to feel unprepared to face life. Once this ultimate understanding has been reached, we believe all perceived “problems” will suddenly be solved, and then our life can truly begin.
However, by approaching life as a problem to be solved we fail to realize the one and only thing that will satiate our hunger. Life is not a problem. Life is not a riddle. It is only a mystery to be lived and experienced. And it is as a result of this realization that three major “hurdles” on our truth-seeking/spiritual journey are crossed.
“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple and yet everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.” ~ Alan Watts
The Ultimate Clarity is in Confusion
No matter how hard we try to understand some things, there are some things that just aren’t meant to be known. We’ve all been at that point in our lives where we’ve desperately tried to figure out why something happened the way it did, why someone acted in a certain way, or why the universe works and acts in the manner that it does.
The stronger our desire to know an answer to our issue, the more elusive the answer becomes. But what happens if instead of trying to “figure it out”, we instead just embrace the fact that we are confused. By making peace with confusion we not only stop wasting precious time trying to solve a riddle that may not be meant to be solved at that particular time, but we come into a complete surrender to the “what is” of the present moment.
In a total acceptance of confusion, we become the space in which confusion can be experienced rather than seeing it as an obstacle to be conquered. True acceptance leads to inner peace.
“Everyone is one hundred percent intuitive about the things they need to know. If there are things that aren’t known, it simply reminds you what doesn’t need to be known at this time. While so many beings work diligently on developing their intuition it is done in an attempt to know more than each moment provides. No matter how crystal clear your intuition becomes, you will never see or know more than is meant to be revealed.
In fact, without even working on honing the power of your intuition, you will always know exactly where to go and what to do at the moment you are meant to move. Until further instructions are revealed, intuition is not about imagining all the insights and messages you are missing. It is more so centered in this grace of ever-expanding faith to trust what already knows everything as it blossoms into being.” ~ Matt Kahn
Wisdom is Revealed the Minute it Needs to be Known
By shifting the focus from everything we don’t know about our present situation to accepting the fact that all the information we have in this moment is exactly everything that we need to know we are able to align ourselves with faith. With faith, we stop trying to acquire more evidence, facts and information and instead trust that everything is working out exactly as it’s supposed to.
Even if it means for the time being we have absolutely no clue the reasons behind our circumstances. Through faith, we realize that the universe has our back and the minute we are ready for or need to know a higher wisdom or deeper understanding, it will undoubtedly be revealed to us.
“Listen to your life. See if for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less in the excitement and gladness. Touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis, all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” ~ Frederick Buechner
There’s A Part of You That Already Knows Everything
The irony to all of this is that there’s a part of you that already knows everything. From this perspective we see that the journey of our life isn’t about solving any problem or gaining any insight. It’s merely about letting the mystery unfold as it may, in the ways that it is meant to, at the time that it is supposed to.
Our souls are having fun playing as a person for the time being, so allow it to play! True joy comes from embracing the mystery of our lives, discovering the miracles in our day to day existence and loving every part of it.