I want to beg you, as much as I can, to be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. Resolve to be always beginning – to be a beginner! – Rainer Maria Rilke, On Love And Other Difficulties
Let’s embark together as beginners on the journey of life.
To create our dream life, dream work, and dream relationships, we need to move from the inside out. Meeting what’s inside first and doing so with with sustained attention makes us feel vibrant, content, and lucid.
Only after we focus on what’s within can we connect with openness and feel love for everything outside of us—our partner, family, friends, community, life work, and purpose.
Then, we can make contact with our dreams and create them in a way that’s vivid and rich. When connected to our own true creative essence we inhabit the moment from there—and our dreams come to life.
As beginners on this journey, we have the power to shift perspectives: to find opportunities, initiate our own freedom, step back into joy after a dark cloud passes, and discover a new sense of self even after it seemed lost forever.
This doesn’t always happen in big, grand revelations. Often it comes to us in simple, sustaining, or connected moments.
True wisdom comes from a place of awareness, not intellect. When we have an insight or an “aha moment” it’s not always easy to define or label it, and many times it’s difficult to even find words to tell someone about our experience.
It’s these moments that we’re going for here, the kind of experiences that we cannot translate. It’s more like, Hey, that’s cool what just happened. I feel great! Something big just took effect and I feel changed but I can’t really explain it…
The point is to arouse our own curiosity. We can do that by asking compelling questions that spark the unusual, new, or fascinating, and captivate our interest so we keep stepping towards them with an unrestricted sense of freedom.
The trick is not to “effort” an answer, it’s about “living the questions” in hopes that you’ll receive an insight you couldn’t otherwise encounter. Consider questions like these: What if…
- You could you take a step back, relax, and lean into the moment?
- You created whatever you wanted, even if you’re afraid?
- You didn’t worry about mistakes as you go about it?
- You couldn’t go wrong?
- You couldn’t go backwards, only forward?
- You were interested in breaking all the rules and letting go of any expectations?
When you ask open-ended questions you are shifted out of one reality into a whole other dimension. They invoke imagination, inventiveness, inspiration, and inquiry. They enable you to hold on to that sort of “beginner’s mind” that frees you to create your life anew.
May you continue to ask questions and live them eternally!