Wonder is the default state of mind. It’s the childs mind or the beginners mind. Losing wonder, we lose perspective. We lose touch with reality. Wonder isn’t some clean and sanitized thing suitable only for ivory tower philosophers. It’s terrible in both it’s beauty and it’s ugliness. In it’s morbid moments as well as it’s inspiring heights.
With the sword of wonder you can wonder in all directions and your world can become very clear, but you need something else in order to move forward in your life. The companion sword is affinity. We know our affinity when we experience rapport with a situation. Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened unto you. You seek with your wonder. You knock with your affinity.
“From wonder into wonder existence opens.” Lao Tzu (Chinese taoist Philosopher. 600 BC-531 BC)
“Wondering’s healthy. Broadens the mind. Opens you up to all sorts of stray thoughts and possibilities.” Charles de Lint (Celtic folk musician and story teller, b.1951)
“Wonder rather than doubt is the root of knowledge” Abraham Joshua Heschel (Polish born American Educator, Writer, Philosopher and Theologian of Judaism, 1907-1972)
We are talking about wonder. What is wonder, my friends? A sense of awe. A state between knowing and not knowing. Finding something to question and explore. An expectation of delight about discovery. All of these are true. The needs… Seek More
When I travel, I see people in other countries with wonder on their faces, but in America most people look jaded. Do Americans tend to stifle wonder? Americans as individuals do not stifle wonder, but the society does. Institutions create… Seek More
The way of the sage is simple, and every culture across the world has had it’s own understanding of this. The sage does no great thing, and yet nothing is left undone. This is wonder in action. What makes a… Seek More
Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result? Insanity is a sane response to an insane situation, but the situation was insane because there was no wonder. We have a quote on our calendar right now from a… Seek More
I will draw from Miyamoto Musashi’s work for a bit here. The Book of Five Rings. The Book of Five Rings is about swords and the use of the sword, and it is also about life and the use of… Seek More
Those who will accept no connection will show power with nothing. Those who will embrace no definitions will recognize the worth of no other thing and fail to recognize what any other person has to offer. “Know yourself.” Yes, and… Seek More
I think it would be helpful to talk a bit about affinities. The things we have rapport with, then wrap up on wonder. You want an example of an affinity? Yes. A personal one. You know your affinity by the… Seek More