Monday 28 November 2011 – How to know oursleves?

“……. be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue”   –  Rainer Maria Rilke.

We strive to know ourselves, yet we all have unsolved questions in our hearts.  We don’t need to answer them to achieve self-understanding;  all we need do is accept them and
understand ourselves as creatures with questioning hearts.

When we’re ready to receive it, the answer will come within our grasp.  Perhaps a lot of work will be required of us: as much as learning a  foreign tongue.  Or perhaps the answer will be as simple as a key that fits the door of a locked room.  But no effort will get it until we’re ready.

Patience seems like such a dull virtue, especially when we’re young and eager for accomplishment.  But patience is another name for love.  If we’re patient with ourselves, it’s because we’ve achieved self-acceptance, and because we trust that, when we need it, the secret language and the locked room will be open to us.

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