I’m still jumping with excitement (I literally have ants in my pants) about this 4-part series, How Do I Begin a Spiritual Practice? Today is Part 2, simply called Curiosity.
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What is curiosity?
CURIOSITY – the desire to know more about anything; inquisitiveness, from the latin word “curiosus,” meaning “careful” from cura “care.” It also means “careful, delicate construction, fine workmanship, delicacy of building.”
Curiosity implies intention, “the tendency to ask and learn about things by asking questions, investigating, or exploring.”
We all know the cliche “Curiosity killed the cat.” But the original proverb is “care killed the cat,” and the actual meaning of “care” was “worry” or “sorrow.”
I want to take a moment here to to acknowledge that curiosity, the act of investigating, asking questions, or exploration while not the same as worry or sorrow, does carry with it risk. Curiosity is risky.
Last week I said,”as you breathe, your spirit dwells inside of your body for a reason, a purpose, and a plan. Your life, your very breath, is your spiritual practice.” If the very act of breathing and living is taking a risk, what are we risking?
I also said that Reiki is my spiritual practice, and this last week I learned this truth:
The greatest risk in life is to love.
Yes, I’m saying that curiosity in a spiritual practice is a risk, and that risk is love.
Here’s an example: You’re attracted to someone either romantically, professionally, or by way of friendship. You’re curious about the potential for this relationship, but you stop short of approach, of asking the first question, introducing yourself, or even getting to know the other person because you’re afraid of the risk. What if you’re rejected, ignored, hurt, or humiliated? What if you find out something about yourself that you have been avoiding? Or what if your curiosity will lead toward a really painful outcome?
This same risk can be applied to the self and the risk of beginning a spiritual practice. What if my pain is exposed, or my anger? What if I find something out about myself that’s uncomfortable? What if my curiosity leads me to take great risks? What if it’s really hard to love myself?
Curiosity is a spiritual spark.
Curiosity really is the spiritual spark that creates a connection to yourself, the deeper desires of your spirit as well as the spiritual purpose and plan of your life. The things we are most curious about are the soul’s clues leading us toward a spiritual practice.
My Reiki practice was born out of curiosity with multi-layered experiences, but I particularly remember one day when I asked my father what had led him as a young man in college pre-med to decide to go to divinity school and become a minister. His abbreviated answer was curiosity.
So, once you accept that as you breathe, your spirit dwells inside of your body for a reason, a purpose, and a plan, then you begin to get curious.
What are you or what have you been most curious about? Penney Peirce in her book The Intutitive Way suggests that curiosity stems from a need and our needs direct our paths. Try this exercise from her book:
“List your curiosities and feel your true desire to learn about them.”
Have you been curious about…
- your dreams
- how stars are born or die
- your desire to create art, music, food
- your habits
- what annoys you
- your religious affiliation
- your body
- the career you wish for, or the career you love or don’t
- your emotions
- your relationships or family dynamics
- that person you can’t stop thinking about
- why you’re so talented at that thing you do
- the unseen
- your childhood
Make your list and as you keep thinking add more things to the list. Make an effort to choose one thing from your list one thing at a time and make an intention to go on a personal exploration. Find out why you’re so curious and what this curiosity means to you and only you.
From curiosity to exploration, then from exploration to discovery. From curiosity to creativity.
Perhaps your own curiosity about Reiki therapy has landed you on this website. If you’re interested in Reiki as a way of exploring your body in a relaxing, safe, and caring environment, then I would love to work with you!