Embracing the Unknown

Are you okay with not knowing or controlling an outcome? I have found that the need to control is a result of fear of the unknown.

I suspect that deep within us, or maybe not so deep, we have a sense that if we are not in control, things may stop coming to or happening for us, in the way we want. There is some unsettling insecurity in our ability to attract exactly what we want in perfect timing.

There is a tendency to be attached to knowing what’s going to happen. At the very least, we feel the need to make plans. Of course, there is nothing wrong with making plans. The only problem that may arise from feeling the need to make plans, is our attachment to controlling the outcome of those plans. As wonderful and responsible making plans can be, if we are honest with ourselves, ultimately, there is no true security in making plans.

True security can only be found in the unknown because it is the enduring reality of the situation. In the unknown, everything that is meant to come in this life, will indeed come. As my father has often told me, “If it’s meant for you, it won’t pass you by.”

There can be a resistance to embracing the unknown because we don’t trust life. We don’t trust ourselves. We are scared that if we leave life up to the unknown, we won’t get what we want, we’ll be let down, we’ll be hurt, or we’ll let down or hurt someone else, we’ll be taken for granted, we’ll be disappointed or disappointments to others and the list goes on and on. However, I’ve found that these are all just assumptions. How ironic that we think we can know, how the unknown will unfold.

Also, there’s a very important distinction between belief and knowing. Believing in our self can be very healing in areas of our life that we have not believed in our self. It gives us a sense of power and confidence in our ability to manifest what we desire. However, belief does not compare to knowing. When we know, we don’t need belief. Knowing stirs an even greater power within us.

Even further, truth is transcendent of knowing. The path towards wisdom inevitably reveals to us that even our knowledge has its limits. The path towards wisdom is actually a surrendering to truth. In my experience, the ultimate truth of this life is that it is unknown, and blissfully so.

I’m certainly not saying don’t believe in yourself. Neither am I saying to not know yourself. Both are very important… until they aren’t anymore… but I digress. (Another post for another time.)

I’m simply offering that if you’re suffering in some area of your life, it’s very useful to stop pretending you can know what is unknown. How wonderful that life is unknown! How exciting! How alive!

Imagine going to a sports competition as a fan, and you absolutely know for sure what the outcome of the game is going to be. Would you even go? Maybe. But what makes games exciting is that you don’t know what’s going to happen.

I had NO idea what I was going to write in this blog post. There was a call from the unknown to write, so here it is. Imagine if I’d decided that I can’t start writing until I know what I’m going to write about, and how it will be worded, and how long it will be, and exactly what I want to say. Oh my goodness, what a burden. I’m exhausted just typing that.

Writing from the unknown, is alive and fresh – free from any ideas of an outcome. That’s what makes it fun. Insight into the fun of writing this post is a microcosm of the macrocosm of my life.

I wish you tremendous love.

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