Do you remember what it felt like to be a child? Your natural pull to explore? To notice all that was around you, in every scene, and wonder…? Not for the sake of finding the reason for something, the *why*, but the essence of the experience of curiosity was what resulted in the unbidden state of delight… Joy.
Curiosity is an experience… It is a state of holding awareness in the present moment, taking it all in, and steeping deep into the Mystery…
“What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles; it was a miraculous world.”
The HeartPath Journey is designed to guide you in the Return to Curiosity, the Return to Wonderment…the state of SacredAwe, as experienced in the Heart. While the mind seeks answers, the Heart guides us into the depth of reverent Wonder and Awe.
Joy IS the signature of willing curiosity and wonderment. It IS the experience of the Unreasonable…a state of being we can only experience in the Now, in clarity, in contentment, in the Heart.
The HeartPath LivingCurriculum is intentionally designed to facilitate Your Return to your TrueNature., the world and wisdom of Your Heart, the JoyfulCuriosity and Wonderment that we so naturally Are. The group format of the HeartPath LivingCurriculum reignites your Remembering who you Are, as we are here, TOGETHER, in a very large group format, on Earth…! The group format is one of the *why’s* of the LivingCurriculum… it provides participants with the opportunity to travel with others, in a like minded and like hearted setting, and to do so in a guided, skillful way… Participating in a group format, for some people, can seem very scary… the mind can offer up images and scenes as to why the group format is a reason to not join this course, even if the Heart is whispering *yes*…
Rumi describes the *joke* of the Open Secret… we typically walk around pretending we are not afraid of one another. We often resist the temptation to connect in the eyes of those around us, especially people we don’t know, yet are right there, in front of us. We each carry some version of the belief that we are the only ones afraid, and that everyone else has it together. THAT is the joke! Many of us are deathly afraid of others…. The mind races to compensate for embarrassment, and seeks to bury deeper our beliefs of being not good enough or acceptable enough, or deficient in some way, yet we are also equally afraid of the belief that we are alone, and the only one that doesn’t have our sh#t together…This is one of the inner tumultuous wars of the mind, which, if you have noticed, is playing itself out on the global level.
The signature of this silent fear is neutrality and indifference with those *we don’t know*…Our Hearts close, and the pain we suffer is the Love we withhold.
“One of the greatest enigmas of human behavior is the way we isolate ourselves from each other. In our misguided perception of separation we assume that others are not sharing a similar experience of life. We imagine that we are unique in our eccentricities or failures or longings. And so we try to appear as happy and consistent as we think others are, and we feel shame when we stumble and fall. When difficulties come our way, we don’t readily seek out help and compassion because we think others might not understand, or they would judge us harshly, or take advantage of our weakness. And so we hide out, and we miss out.
If you’re interested in the door to the heavens opening, start with the door to your own secret self. See what happens when you offer to another a glimpse of who you really are. Start slowly. Without getting dramatic, share the simple dignity of yourself in each moment-your triumphs and your failures, your satisfaction and your sorrow. Face your embarrassment at being human, and you’ll uncover a deep well of passion and compassion. It’s a great power, your Open Secret. When your heart is undefended you make it safe for whomever you meet to put down his burden of hiding, and then you both can walk through the open door.”
-Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open
If what we want, is the experience of deep contentment, purposeful lives, aligned in the Heart, and a world that reflects that, it can ONLY happen when YOU are deeply content… the ReAwakeing of Curiosity and Wonderment is a critical component on the HeartPath of Self Realization… Contentment requires a ReTurn to the Awe of Wonder…
Do you remember the following teaching?
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Notice, he did not advise become a little child, singular… he spoke of becoming little children, plural… a group… we are here, together, dear ones… humanity IS a group…!
Please consider what might be available to you in the HeartPath LivingCurriculum 7 week course…
The return to surprise, curiosity, and wonder, especially in that which rotely appears familiar… the World of Aliveness, the rapture of the Heart…
Wisdom begins in Wonder. When we Wonder, we Love.
HeartPath Spiritual Director