Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with creating a manifesto reflecting wonders, curiosities, and delights currently captivating me – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words.
Z is for…
zetetic – (n) seeker; inquirer; skeptic; one of a group of Pyrrhonist philosophers
While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism can be quite useful, and I have nothing against philosophers, including Pyrrhonists, for purposes of my manifesto I’m honing in on the seeker and inquirer aspects of this word.
I sometimes joke that I have an eye for wonders – I see them everywhere. But I secretly believe it has more to do with my heart than my eyes. My heart delights in that feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. It naturally seeks to slip into that state, and so it leads me places where I can make discoveries.
Perhaps sometimes it’s enough just to be delighted by something, to know that it is a transitory experience, and accept it as such. But sometimes wonder is more akin to meeting someone and suspecting you might like to have some sort of friendship. It takes some work, you need to invest time and nurture.
This is how I think of inquiry – a process driven by curiosity, wonder, to understand something; something that is new or doesn’t make sense in relationship to my previous experience or current understanding. What starts with observation and noticing, continues with action. More observation, raising more questions, rarely a linear path for me, although I imagine it is quite linear for others. Deeper connection, deeper interaction, all increasing the potential for further development of understanding – that in my mind is the work of inquiry.
But what ultimately IS the purpose of inquiry?
In many ways I think of it as the driving force of this Earth walk.
I like playing with the convention of writing notes to myself from some future other version of self. And isn’t that a sort of form of inquiry? I’m going to conclude this traverse through the alphabet, creating my manifesto, and hence defining what is important to me, with precisely that sort of letter.
Dear Me –
What an interesting journey you set upon – forgetting who you were and then embarking on remembering. Your path has been littered with clues, some you’ve missed, but it hardly matters because there was never the possibility that you wouldn’t find others. And it’s been entertaining and interesting to see which ones you did find. Remember when you first read that old book by Alan Watts On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, and it was like some sort of cosmic déjà vu? Each time you’ve been at the end of your rope in despair and uncertainty you let yourself receive a clue. A reminder. A delight that intrigued you enough to stick around and soon get swept up. First you learned to use your eyes, then your ears, then your heart, and now Beautiful You, you trust your own knowing. Your curiosity is a gift, as is your love of beauty; and your ability to recognize the sacred in everyday living is what keeps the Divine up front and center for you. Way to go!
Letting go of the old stories was such a valuable thing to do. Clearing the slate from the pulls of the past, and not projecting yourself endlessly into the future, is exactly the way to keep you anchored in the now, present moment. Available to current wonders.
How wonderful you’ve chosen to embrace beloved Rumi’s admonition to “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” You embrace the balm of loving-kindness, and you believe you are a powerful co-creator in collaboration with a benevolent universe that wants nothing more than for all of you than to live as yourself full-out in vibrant joy. You know yourself to be a transceiver, sending and receiving your soul’s vibration loudly and clearly and listening for those whose own vibrations resonate with yours. How does it get any better than that?
You will always be a seeker, because that is what you see as drawing you forward into an ever-expanding unfoldment. But when you understood what you were seeking lay not in books or other people, but the teachings of your own soul, you stepped onto your true path.
When in doubt lavish love on everything, but remember you’re a sovereign being and you get to choose what you’ll pay attention to with both your mind and your heart. Laugh more and keep wearing red shoes. And remember as Ram Dass has so profoundly said, “we’re all just walking each other home.”
Love you! Me
As a zetetic, I’m looking for clues to keep my feet on the joy path and my heart attuned to loving-kindness.
What about you? What are you seeking? What inquiries are you undertaking? Do you ever write letters to yourself? Do tell – you know I love to hear.
My thanks to everyone who has stopped by, whether once or faithfully or any permutation between, for listening as I’ve created a manifesto reflecting wonders, curiosities and delights currently captivating me – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words. Your support and engagement have been fabulous and much appreciated. I’ll be assembling my manifesto, in its 26 complete declarations, as part of my reflections post next week, and hope you’ll stop by then as well.