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The quotes by Rilke that was read in this episode are from this book -
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I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.
Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
Your doubt may become a good quality if you train it. It must become knowing, it must become critical.
Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you, why something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it, and you will find it perplexed and embarrassed perhaps, or perhaps rebellious.
But don’t give in, insist on arguments and act this way, watchful and consistent, every single time, and the day will arrive when from a destroyer it will become one of your best workers — perhaps the cleverest of all that are building at your life.
Rainer Maria Rilke (December 4, 1875–December 29, 1926)
(more info about Rilke here)
My quotes from the show:
Your life will speak the answers to you as it sweeps back over the same material you are not learning the first time. But the answers will always involve more questions that take you deeper. Deeper into the very heart of yourself and into the heart of Being itself.
The answers about water happen in the water. By splashing and stroking and allowing it to be real.
Feel free to leave your favorite quotes in the comment section.
Please consider the questions below and respond to at least a few of them in the comment section. It may help you live into your questions or help someone else in their journey.
What is an answer you sense yourself asking year-after-year?
What does "living meaningfully into the questions" mean to you?
To you and in your context, what does it mean to "train your doubt"?
What has been a meaningful practice for you (if any) during the time of New Year?
What is an example of a question you have embraced AND an example of a question you have wrestled?
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