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We are born into a question, the first breath a lament, a separation, a sense that this world is not really "home".

Throughout history perennial questions such as who am I, what is the purpose of my life, have sparked the search for meaning and truth.  Various spiritual traditions grew from tiny seeds into great trees offering shelter and pathways beyond the canopy, then, there have been those who have travelled guided by their own inner light into the answer.

One of my treasured inspirations is this extract from a letter the great poet Rilke wrote to a protege, a 19 year old cadet and aspiring fellow poet -

"I want to beg you, as much as I can, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try and 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".

Live the questions now.......answers come when the heart is fully open and ready to receive and in this moment a circle closes and the first lament becomes a smile.

The little poem below and its sister painting are both called "Questions".

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