Openness is the door through which wisdom travels and contemplation begins. It is the pinnacle from which we learn that the world is much bigger, much broader than ourselves, that there is truth out there different from our own. The voice of God within us is not the only voice of God. Openness is the munificent abandonment of the mind to new ideas, to new possibilities. God comes in every voice, behind every face, in every memory, deep in every struggle. To close off any of them is to close off the possibility of becoming new again ourselves.
Joan Chittister,OSB, The Illuminated Life
See I am doing a new thing.
Reflect on your own openness especially to ideas that may threaten your deep seated beliefs.
Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.
Openness means keeping our minds and hearts available for new experiences, ideas, and relationships. It means working to move beyond the boundaries of the familiar, in particular the walls that can be erected by tribe and tradition.
Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview – nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.
Stephen Jay Gould
We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
God’s Spirit moves through us and the world at a pace that can never be constricted
by any one religious paradigm. I love that.