The changing of the year is a natural time for us to evaluate where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going next. It marks the possibility of something new in our lives.
In reality, each day is a chance for us to choose something new, even if that is doing an old thing in a new way. And yet, even with our most focused efforts, we often encounter surprises in the quest to create our own lives, surprises that can discourage, delight and/or distract us.
True creation of any sort (in business, art, childrearing, gardens, science, relationships) involves both a knowing of the medium you work in anda great deal of mystery. This goes against what many of us learned in school, where we were supposed to know all the answers, where we got marked down or punished for not knowing the answers.
Almost 90 years ago, the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote this passage on how to work with mystery:
“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” (Letters to a Young Poet)
The embrace of mystery is one of the reasons I love this way of healing I practice, Niasziih. As a practitioner, I am constantly asking questions. I strive to explore more and more of the places in myself I have not yet seen. I work to help my clients discover their hidden beliefs, patterns, and reactions to emotions that, though unseen, influence the direction of their lives. When we shine light on these darkened places within us, we have the ability to more freely choose and create.
And yet, even when we make some great discovery about ourselves, there are always more questions surrounding what makes us who we are, and even surrounding the discovery itself. I find this to be exciting, fascinating, and yes, at times difficult—perhaps it’s the mysteryin a quest that keeps a person really alive and interested for a lifetime.
As we turn over the page to 2016 tonight, this is my wish for you: that you may honor what is present in your life AND honor the mystery of things yet undiscovered in your miraculous being. May we all “live the questions” toward what we desire.
Happy New Year!