During our short lifetime on earth, many of us spend our time searching for knowledge, truth and meaning. In the West, this includes trying to stay abreast of the rapid advances in science and technology. By doing so, we are able to ensure that our knowledge base is up-to-date and that those we love (including ourselves) are given the best in health, employment, communication and lifestyle. And, to some degree this is true. However, in achieving this goal (or focusing too much attention on it), perhaps we have created a dualistic relationship with an important complementary aspect of being human, namely mystery. Embracing mystery, and understanding that those more intricate aspects of our world are unknown (and, in some cases, unknowable) is achievable for the human being. We have the consciousness to contemplate life beyond our own experiences and to wonder at the mysteries of the earth, the universe and even entities that may lie beyond the dimensions of this universe.
In every generation there are people who allow mystery, wonder, spirituality to sit comfortably alongside the accepted knowledge-base of their time. These individuals are aware that such things give meaning to the human life when experienced in balance with the acquisition of information. They welcome knowledge from the unconscious mind through dreams and meditation. They allow animals, plants and the earth to impact their lives on a daily basis and expect to learn from these interactions. And, they regularly find time for solitary stillness to focus their attention on unknowing, wonder and awe. Some even discover they are not alone.