Living in the question…

In May 2002, I found myself in Are, beautiful northern Sweden, at a SoL workshop, part of a small group of 24. This was a transformational experience for me on a number of levels.

As a fledgling consultant, I was leaving the nest so to speak, learning to fly ‘solo’. I was stretching my wings, working on intuition, what I had learned and observed from others, and what I has experienced as ‘working’ with clients.

The focus at Are was: ‘The Nature of Knowing or Living in Reflection and Action: An interactive workshop, through facilitated conversation’ – the three day workshop was framed in a long ‘World Cafe (link takes you to my business website to learn more about this methodology if you are interested.)

I’d like to share one reflection from this event – one of the participants shared at a ‘Check-in’ a Rilke poem. Actually, I found it as a letter to a young poet, nevertheless is struck me:

‘I want to beg you, as much as I can, Dear Sir, to have patience with all that Is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books that are written in a very foreign language. Do not now 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 then, someday in the future, without noticing it, you will live your way into the answer.’

–Rainer Maria Rilke Letters to a Young Poet

This resonates somewhat with the words of Jesus who said to his Disciples just before he left them: ‘I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear’. John 16:12 (NIV)

I’m learning the importance of being at peace in the question, rather than frantically looking for ‘the answer, trusting the process.

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