Mystery

: a religious truth that one can know only by revelation and cannot fully understand
: any of the 15 events (as the Nativity, the Crucifixion, or the Assumption) serving as a subject for meditation during the saying of the rosary
capitalized : a Christian sacrament; specifically : Eucharist; : something not understood or beyond understanding : Enigma
: a secret or specialized practices or ritual peculiar to an occupation or a body of people
: a piece of fiction dealing usually with the solution of a crime
: profound, inexplicable, or secretive quality or character

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Mystery (n.1): early 14th century, in a theological sense, “religious truth via divine revelation, hidden spiritual significance, mystical truth,” from Anglo-French misterie, Old French misteresecret, hidden meaning” (Modern French mystère), from Latin mysteriumsecret rite, secret worship; a secret thing,” from Greek mysterionsecret rite or doctrine,” from mystesone who has been initiated,” from myeinto close, shut” (related to: mute); perhaps referring to the lips (in secrecy) or to the eyes (only initiates were allowed to see the sacred rites).

Mystery (n.2): “handicraft, trade, art” (archaic), late 14th century, from Medieval Latin misterium, alteration of Latin ministeriumservice, occupation, office, ministry” (related to: ministry), influenced in form by Medieval Latin mysterium and in sense by maistriemastery.”

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed.”

Thomas Moore (1779-1852, Irish poet, lyricist, musician, and one of the first recognized champions of freedom of Ireland)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/thomas-moore

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in waking, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret. In snatches, they learn something of the wisdom which is of good, and more of the mere knowledge which is of evil.”

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849, American writer, critic, and editor, famous for his tales and poems of horror and mystery, including “The Raven” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.”)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/edgar-allan-poe-9443160

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American theoretical physicist, who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics; received The Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.)

Bio Source:

www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1921/einstein-bio.html

“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”

Carl Sagan (1934-1996, American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, editor, professor, science enthusiast and communicator)

Bio Source:

www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-carl-sagan-truly-irreplaceable-180949818/?no-ist

“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 (1858-1947, born Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, German theoretical physicist whose work on quantum theory won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918)

Bio Source:

www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1918/planck-bio.html

“So I find words I never thought to speak
In streets I never thought I should revisit
When I left my body on a distant shore.”

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, born Thomas Stearns Eliot in America, is a British poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, and considered one of the most dominant figures in poetry and literary criticism in the twentieth century)

Bio Source:

www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/t-s-eliot

“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.”

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936, one of the dominating figures of the London literary scene in the early twentieth century; like his friend and sparring partner George Bernard Shaw, he wrote on every topic in every genre, from journalism to plays, poetry to crime novels.)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/g-k-chesterton

Meditation

“So I find words I never thought to speak

In streets I never thought I should revisit

When I left my body on a distant shore.”

— T. S. Eliot

As a ritual, I have incorporated and integrated shamanism in my daily spiritual practice of prayer, mainly by facing the four winds, the four directions, each symbolizing my personal spiritual connections to God.  In the North, there’s Eternal Light; in the East, pure Love; in the South, deep affection; and in the West, The Mystery, the Abyss, and The Great Unknown.

For me, The West Wind, the Mystery of God is a deep and rich dimension, one of God The Mother and the Wound.   At the altar, I often contemplate my own vulnerability, where there’s no room for pretense, only space for absolute honesty.

When I was younger I sometimes went to spiritual retreats, because I could then wade in the deep waters of The Unknown where Love always rose and purified me, inviting me to shift, change and transform my interior landscape.

It became clear, though, that the real gifts came after leaving and stepping out of the cocoon, and coming back to the ordinary reality of my life.  The challenge also became in observing the subtle mysteries of daily life.  My mission has been to train my mind and heart to pay attention less to the big dramas and more to the small Earth-shattering shifts of change.

It became important to sense what and who my heart connected to, and what and who it did not.

We must all stay alert, my fellow travelers, to our soul connections, to the hundreds, if not thousands of soul mates and soul relationships that we have here on our beloved planet Earth.  Our magnificent imperfect lives are all parts of The Great Mystery.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

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