By Tara Judelle
I have been thinking a lot about questions.
As a child who asked questions about everything, sometimes to the annoyance of the adults around me, I can attest strongly to the part of us that wants “to know” from those experts around us that seem to know everything. So tempting it is to passively receive information and let it explain the truths of the world around us. We all love and seek answers, that is the quest… the challenge is can we hold the question.
When I first met the world of Body Mind Centering it was common for facilitators to answer a question with, “that’s an interesting question.”
Yes, I knew that, and patiently waited for the answer. Which was not given to me. Sometimes I would walk around in a pout, wondering why would they stimulate all these questions and not give me the answers. Then, at some point, sometimes weeks, months, years later — from a place deep within, an answer would arise. I no longer knew if it was “right”, but in essence, I became not as interested in right. What became more interesting is, what is right for me?
As Einstein famously said;
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
The culture that is so ready with answers to so many questions is a one that creates an endless desire for answers, for which there are many experts with answers. It is all just one Google search away. And you can “know” anything. But a culture that teaches us to ask better questions, and encourages us to discover the answer for ourselves, is one that will create a rich tapestry and fabric of possibility for the future.
Again, our friend, Einstein:
“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”
In Embodied Flow™, we often ask people to hold their questions. We don’t mean to stop asking, we mean to sit with them until an internal answer is revealed, or perhaps, a different question arises. So many thinkers that I admire and wish to emulate have done this: “Why does the apple fall from the tree? What if I could travel the speed of light? Who or what am I?” Such questions incite discovery and stimulate the mind-field. These questions set in motion an entire chain of evolution in experience.
“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
My wish is to provide conditions to learn from each other in every meeting.
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