Sunset, Jersey shore
I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. ~Rainier Maria Rilke
We know a lot, it’s true, but we don’t know everything. Even though we act like we do.
We worship scientific materialism–the belief that the only thing that exists is physical reality and we look for reasons to debunk any evidence to the contrary. If we can’t see, hear, smell, touch it, how can it exist?
We believe that our particular form of religious practice is the one true path. That the Bible was written by the hand of God and should be taken literally. Or we interpret the Buddhist teaching life is about suffering to mean that it’s not about anything else, either.
“What is the mechanism behind Reiki?” my friend, the mathematician asked me. Because in his world of logic, order, numbers and science, there must be an explainable mechanism.
I’ve come to believe that much of what we take for granted as fact is narrow and limited.
That there’s plenty of evidence that mechanisms outside of physical reality and science exist and can be harnessed for our greater good.
That there are many paths to the truth and no one religion has the answer.
One of my dearest friends brought this Rilke quote to my attention because, she, like me, is interested in knowing the secret things.
The things many are afraid to look at, much less accept as possible.
The things that people work overtime to not believe.
Here’s a Buddhist maxim I believe in:
Open heart, open mind.
There’s no end to what we will encounter when we open our hearts and our minds to the possibilities.
Because if we’re not looking for the secret things, we’ll never see them.