Rediscovering Mystery


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By Stories of the Journey Home with Leo Sofer. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

For thousands of years our ancestors would tell stories about the Great Mystery. On every continent, and in every climate where humans had learned to survive, the stories they told addressed the question “how did we get here?”

That’s such a big question that other questions easily tumble into the space it creates, such as “what’s the point of us being here?” and “where is all this heading?”

Many of those who created these stories would hear them in the place where this world meets the Great Mystery itself: poised between everyday consciousness and a mind that expands upwards and outwards to touch the edges of an answer.

When stories come from a place of not-knowing they convey a reminder that none of us really knows for sure where this world came from and where it’s all going. Only when the stories we tell ourselves are full of certainty does this reminder fall away.

And it’s the latter situation that we have today. In the modern industrial societies in which we live, the origin stories we tell ourselves have come mostly from scientists rather than shamans. And scientists live in the world of observable facts rather than mystery.

But mystery is vital to us, because not-knowing opens doors that certainty closes. Not knowing who we really are leaves us open to some wonderful answers. These come not from rationalily but from that place that straddles the known and the unknown, that we touch when we enquire with all our capacities: heart, mind and body.

Some people call this the mythic realm, and it is indeed the place where many of our ancestor’s stories came from, rich with images so outlandish that they really couldn’t have been spotted here on Earth. When our storytellers were shamans rather than scientists, we were never far from a reminder that we are all imbued with a mystery so vast that we’re nothing but open doors inside.

I believe we need that kind of reminding, especially today. Humanity is facing such a pressure to change that we need as many options as possible. Who we might be and who we might become are vitally important questions, and I don’t want to rely exclusively on observable data for the answers. I want to step into the unknown, and like my storyteller-forebears, dance on the edge of this world and the next, wide open to the possibility that everything I ever concluded about myself and humanity is false.

My latest live stream story is all about this. In it, a Queen and a master of listening go in search for the God of Mystery to rescue her realm from an impending darkness. Listening to or watching stories like this is a way of stepping into that between-worlds zone of dreaming, and imagining what it could be like to live with mystery at the heart of us.

You can listen to the audio below, and here is the link for the video.


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