Wonderful Wonder!

pink sky moon Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder. – Socrates

 I love the word, “wonder;” it sounds so melodious. According to Merriam-Webster, wonder means “rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience.” Beautiful. The definition alone feeds the soul.

I also love feeling wonder. It usually catches me unaware and whisks me to a deep, still place inside that feels like home. And it is a home, of sorts. It’s the home of the feminine principle.

Anything interior, mysterious, or extremely personal usually speaks of our yin energies, which are feminine energies. Conversely, yang energies are externalized. They are logical, linear, and rational, which aptly describes the masculine principle. There’s nothing rational about mystery and wonder, yet Socrates claimed wisdom, which we think of as seated in rationality, actually begins in wonder. How is that possible?

I believe Socrates meant that to be truly wise, we must tap into the feminine principle and be open to the diffuse, messy, yet wondrous realizations that reside there. Wisdom often begins with intuition, which also sits in yin energy.

If we can embrace the wondrous and mysterious, not only will we be wise (according to Socrates), we will also be taking a huge step toward reclaiming balance. More feminine energy, more depth, more wonder are excellent ways to balance the over-abundance of rational fact so honored in our patriarchal cultures these days.

What a fantastic move for us, and our world. Go, Socrates!

Seek Balance: When was the last time you felt a sense of wonder? Did you enjoy the sensation, or was it disconcerting?

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About Vicki Matthews

Award-winning author, naturopath, and teacher who is passionate about establishing balance in our world.
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2 Responses to Wonderful Wonder!

  1. Tim Farage says:

    This is related to a problem I have with some (mostly atheist) scientists. They think that if it’s not science, then it is not worth considering. Now I’m a mathematician and a scientist, but their position on this is ridiculous. The things we value the most, such as love, compassion, friends, family, helping others, and even the joy of understanding a math problem, have nothing to do with science.

    You have no idea how many people feel this way. It is an uphill battle for me. Maybe I can sprinkle some ‘feminine’ fairly dust on them. That seems to be the only thing that would help. 🙂

  2. Excellent idea, Tim! We could sprinkle feminine fairy dust on the world!

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