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Let’s not collapse Mystery to something that we think we understand

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

Vincent Van Gogh

Magic, mystery, synchronicity, awe. There is so much we don’t understand. We tend to have a need to explain, but all we can ever do around the big things in life is speculate, theorise, guess. Leaving something as just unexplainable magic is quite delicious.

A few weeks ago, a group of us decided to go to a national park. We had many mishaps – little situations of indecisiveness, of misunderstandings, or walking around in circles. At one point we came upon a little dog, a pup. He was a little hurt and very happy to see us. He was given an impromptu leash and joined us. One person mentioned that she has seen on Facebook that someone had lost a pup, but it was quite far from where we found him and we had no internet.

We returned to the car with the pup and again we were indecisive around whether we should stay there or go to the next place. We all hopped in the car and at the t-intersection we paused as we were not sure of which way to go. The moment we were ready to go, a car was coming, so we waited. This car turned in next to us and the occupant said: ‘That is our dog! You have our dog!’. They could see because the dog had been leaning out of the window, even though the youngest member of the group had been a little concerned.

The dog owner was overwhelmed with emotion as he and his son held and cuddled the pup. He then shared that he was going in for chemo treatment for his cancer the next day and the dog was his support dog.

The reunion was intense and so was the appreciation of how many tiny things had to fall into place for this all to align.

We can become complacent and say, ‘Ah yes, this happens all the time’ or we can take a moment to surrender to all that we don’t know, don’t understand and realise that we live suspended in mystery.

For this Christmas I wish for you that your eyes see magic, that you wonder in awe at the beauty of the colours of a parrot or a flower, that you surrender to not explaining, not knowing the mystery of life.

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.”

Max Planck

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