To be spiritual is to have an abiding respect for the great mysteries of life — the profound distinctiveness of other souls, the strange beauty of nature and the animal world, the ineffable complexity of our inner selves, the unfathomable depths of the Inexplicable One. The first step in the practice of mystery is to cherish the baffling, curious, hidden, and inscrutable dimensions of your existence and the world around you. The practice of mystery enhances our understanding of the complexity of reality. It is an affront to the modern need to have answers to every question and to our tendency to create tidy systems with a cubbyhole for every problem and aspiration. If you sometimes think that answers are wisdom, it is time to try practicing mystery.
Spirituality and Practice
O God, give me the wisdom to live in hope, to be in awe at the knowable and to
accept the unknowable.
Take time to really see what is right in front of you.
Pay attention to those moments when all separations disappear.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable God’s judgments,
and God’s paths beyond tracing out!
Who has known the mind of God?
Or who has been God’s counselor?
Paradox is in fact a hallmark of western spirituality, an ongoing reminder that mystery is the heart, the atmosphere and completion of our spiritual quest that the ultimately untouchable is forever at our fingertips.
John Kirvan, God Hunger
The human mind makes foolish divisions in what love sees as one.
Anthony de Mello, The Heart of Enlightenment
Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.
Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.
It’s a mystery. That’s the first thing that interests me about the idea of God. If there is one, it’s mysterious and powerful and awesome to even consider the concept, and you have to take it seriously.
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.