Q: I wonder about a lot of these things. What do you think about endlessly wondering about these things, and is there a way to get beyond wondering?
There are a few different kinds of wondering. One is the normal process we go through when we start to formulate questions. However, sometimes we get hooked on wondering about things and can't get beyond it. When I was a Christian Scientist, I was taught that wondering is to be avoided. In fact, someone told me, "Wondering is error."
This means that spending a lot of time wondering what will happen, wondering why it happened or why it didn't - just wondering about this and wondering about that - is not correct spiritual thinking. Correct thinking is that divine Mind is intelligence and understanding, and divine Principle is the only cause, and we reflect that as consciousness, and it is good. And there is none else. Amen!
If you look at it that way, there is no point in wondering. That is an absolute CS viewpoint that has some merit.
I have since learned that true spiritual "wonder" is an aspect of holiness! The Bible frequently mentions "signs and wonders." After Peter and John healed the lame beggar at the gate of the temple, the man entered with them into the temple "walking and leaping and praising God" - and the people "were filled with wonder and amazement ... " (Acts 3:10) Isaiah says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful ...(9:6)
So "wonder" is really a big deal! We should be filled with wonder all the time. But not human wonder.
Wonder is one of those qualities that touches the mystical; it exists in the "level zero" zone, where the words are only really sound when they are infinite.
Like it says in my book somewhere, dwelling on a human sense of such can be alluring, but at that level we aren't able to know that the outcome will be good. Only the infinite idea of these things ensures an outcome consistent with infinite Love.
Listen to the voice that says,
"I am the infinite wonder of the infinite God."
"I am the infinite wonder of infinite Love."
"I am the infinite wonder that I am."
After thinking about this, I keep hearing in my mind the line from the chorus to "Joy to the World."
"And wonders of his love, and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love."
Hyperthot takes words like wonder, that are hard to fit correctly into the human scene, makes them infinite, and uses them to learn more about God. "Wonder, wondering, wonderful, wonderment, (wonder drug?)" are all words connected to God. So as a strict monotheist, I want to have only ONE WONDER. Let God be my only and infinite wonder. Let me have no material, personal, or human wondering. Let all my wondering be infinite. If I have more than one wonder, then my wonder cannot be infinite. And I do so want my wonder to be infinite!
"Human wonder" is inseparable from human mysticism - and that is the road map down the "Alice in Wonderland" rabbit hole. (I didn't even notice "wonder-land" until I just typed it.) But I know that hole. :)
Now thinking about human wondering, and the muttering that goes with it, why am I picturing that Rabbit looking at his watch?
But now, after all this, I see I've not really answered the question, "how to get beyond wondering." I think maybe the answer is obedient action.
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