Thursday, August 20, 2015

Knowing, Reasoning, and Mystery

In order to help people get the most out of a Tarot reading, I began writing a summary of what I believe Tarot to be and how to approach receiving a reading.  As I wrote, I found that the foundation that I wanted to pass on was fairly involved.  So instead of a quick summary, I am planning a few posts that together explain my understanding of Tarot and how I believe you can get the most out of a reading.  Here is the first post in that series.

I believe that navigating through this life and understanding our experiences is a combination of intuitive knowing, logical reasoning, and appreciation of mystery.

Many things we "know" without necessarily having a conscious logical reason.  This is often called intuition, faith, feeling, or sensing.  We consider these things subjective because we have no physical evidence to support them, though as time goes on we can test our intuitions against our experience and the more it matches up, the more we have confidence in it.

Many things we reason with our mind.  We observe and apply analysis and logic and come to conclusions.  We often call this type of thinking scientific or intellectual thinking and tend to consider it objective since it is more readily "testable" outside of our individual experiences.  And while our confidence can be high for this type of thinking, it is not foolproof and is still limited by our collective experience, our ability to observe, and ultimately our capacity to truly objectively examine the evidence and draw conclusions not tainted by our own individual or collective desires.

A balance of "knowing" and "reasoning" seems healthy to me, and I think we all do both to some degree.  Intuitive knowing and reasoning can both be faulty, and like any area in life, the more we are open to growing (and being wrong) and the more we exercise them, the sharper they will each become.

To fill in the gaps between the union of what we know and reason compared to the totality of truth, here we find the place of mystery.  While our natural tendency may be the desire to control our environment by claiming an understanding of the things around us, the reality is that a good deal of life we truly don't understand.  Being at peace with mystery -- and perhaps even enjoying and relishing it -- removes a great deal of anxiety and adds an element of wonder to our daily lives.

We will each have varying strengths and comfort levels with knowing, reasoning, and mystery.  I have found that being able to embrace each and applying each as necessary to life brings a very peaceful, sound experience mixed with confidence and wonder.