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Dancing Among Clarity, Inquiry, Mystery…

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Clarity is vital in the midst of chaos, confusion and misdirection. Inquiry is vital to evolve beyond incomplete knowledge. Recognition of omnipresent mystery is vital for humility, the source of all truly new realization. So treasure all three for their complementary gifts and don’t let them get in each other’s way.

  • What’s clear to us at this point about this situation? What do we most need to find out at this stage? What important factors will we probably not be able to clarify in the time we have? What shall e do about all that?
  • What does clarity feel like? Is it the same as or different from certainty? How do clarity and certainty relate, in your own thinking and feeling?
  • When does your clarity shift gears into inquiry? What goes on in that process? How does it feel?
  • To what extent do you think of mystery as something to solve and to what extent does it feel like an existential fact or presence? Can you see it both ways? How do you deal with it?
  • What relationship or dynamic do you experience between clarity and mystery?
  • What are the positive and negative manifestations of doubt? How do I/we/you manage them?
  • What can we gain by “dancing” among clarity, inquiry and mystery?
  • And how might that play out in our work together, in general and right now?

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