There is a magic living in the question. In the question, everything is possible. In the question, there are infinite answers.
When we select a specific answer and become attached to that single one… Our world suddenly becomes smaller, boxed, limited.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with boxes, they are great for protecting things. The need for protection though, implies that their is danger a foot… Something to be protected from, and this fundamentally alters our approach to things.
It is not the answer to the question that creates the need for protection, but the attachment to the answer.
If it must turn out ‚”this way”, then we set about organizing the world around us and stepping all over the natural flow of things to ensure our answer is the right one.
If however, we live in the question, even when we see ‚”an” answer, yet remain open to the limitless possibility of new answers, we live inside the flow and natural order of things.
In this state everything is new, abundant, full of experience. Effortless. Fulfilling.
Yes, i am fully aware that this idea flys in the face of conventional wisdom. Especially trendy business wisdom… Commit, push, push, force, pressure, make it happen.
There are some seemingly fantastic quotes that lend credence to this counter. In point of fact i have espoused their virtues on countless occasion.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Consider though what this truly means. What is the commitment to?
Is it commitment to the decision, the answer we have decided is the one we want? Or might it be a commitment and respect to the forces that move heaven and hearth? A commitment to the flow of Providence?
An agreement to flow with all things that occur, things that might not have, should we stubbornly stand in their way and insist upon our pre-concived notions?
Can you imagine for a moment that you are allegedly forcefully committed and anxiously awaiting heavan and earth to tremble at your display of fortitude…
What would that look like? Would you be disappointed if the wind did not swirl the clouds? If doors did not swing subserviently open at the mere hint of your arrival?
I submit that it is indeed a commitment – a commitment to recognizing the flow. A commitment, a willingness, to set our raft upon the current of providence and be a part of the experience.
It comes as happy coincidence that as i write this article I find the quote above is a case in point. Most attribute the quote above to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In the question however, one might find that the words are those of William Hutchison Murray.
It’s a wonderful thing to live in the question as it leads us to rich experience. Now there are two references of insightful wisdom, Murray and Goethe, rather than just one. It is the insight of Murray’s interpretation of Goethe’s words that compound his thought further to our benefit.
In the question there is magic. The magic of Providence, of abudance.
Be as you will my friend.