“Iwent to the doctor, I went to the mountains
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountain
There’s more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in crooked line
The less I seek my source for some definitive
The closer I am to fine”
This song resonates with me because it is a reminder that the road to self-actualization can be a confusing one. We strive so hard to seek out the absolute truth that will set us free. We have so many questions along the journey and yet it seems every answer we get points us in a different direction – a crooked line.
If you are anything like me, you will have endless questions about life, about truth, and about meaning. It seems it never ends. You go down one path, only to realize there is another one that might be better or might make more sense, and then another, and then another.
The fact is, much of what we, (or I), learn is theory. And what I have learned from reading theory is that it seems there is no certain absolute about life and living, or anything else for that matter. We need to untangle the tight knots of information that we accumulate, and find whatever it is that feels right to us. There are hundreds of psychological theories about the mind, the psyche, life and meaning, happiness and fulfillment; the list goes on and on.
It’s all very fascinating to be sure, but you can get so tangled up in all of the theory that you can easily forget to breathe in the very life that you own. It’s too easy to forget to just live. To see those mountains, and to enjoy drinking from that fountain. And life will stubbornly go on – and it will do so quickly – with or without you. Like it or not. Happy or sad.
I tend to think that the issue is not that there is more than one answer to our questions, but rather, that there are no pre-determined or generic answers to our questions. There are no simple answers that apply to all of us. No “one size fits all”. You have to dig deep, really deep, and find your own answers to your own questions. Those answers are standing by within you and you will find them if you look, if you trust, and if you can allow yourself to accept.
Nonetheless, I continue to love theory and will always be curious to know more. But I have come to the conclusion that only we can be sure of what is right for us and our own lives. And, like the song says, maybe we need to slow down the search sometimes; maybe stop asking so many questions and just live life, pure and simple and in that way, get closer to being fine.
Have a listen : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miqUNlX6ig8