Questions on Mystery

Read over the questions and notice which one captures your attention. Read it over a few times and keep the question at the back of your mind through out the month.

Our first source of spiritual nourishment is the “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life”.  Describe a time when you had a personal experience of mystery and wonder.  Describe it in as much detail as you can, the place, the moment, your feelings.  What was meaningful for you? What lingered?

From a theological perspective, what does the word mystery mean to you? What word do you use to describe God or the sacred or the greater whole?  What does it mean to you? Each of us develops a particular understanding of the mystery based on our own experiences. Unpacking our language can help us better understand the meaning behind the words.

Monks and nuns of all traditions have been called caretakers and preservers of God’s mysteries. Who else performs that function today? Who has inspired you?  Teachers and guides can help open our minds and hearts, point us towards wonder, and shape our understanding of our experience. Think of someone who has helped you develop spiritually and what it meant for your life.

“The fundamental wildness and mystery of existence slip every leash we try to put on them…” Writer Jane Hirschfield suggests writing poetry and meditating are two ways to “slip the leash” and experience mystery. What actions or activities have helped you to experience – even briefly – the mystery? 

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