Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Letting go of our fear of uncertainty

Guidepost #5 in Brene Brown's book 'The Gifts of Imperfection' is on "Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of The Need for Certainty." It deals with the importance of intuition and faith to wholehearted living.

Honestly, I'm losing interest in blogging from this book - actually, I've kind of lost interest in blogging at all for now - so I'm just going to drop a couple things I underlined in this short chapter.

"Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty." (p. 90)

She also discovered that it's not always the scientists who struggle with faith and the religious who fully embrace uncertainty. She quotes theologian Richard Rohr:
"My scientist friends have come up with things like 'principles of uncertainty' and dark holes. They're willing to live inside imagined hypotheses and theories. But many religious folks insist on answers that are always true. We love closure, resolution and clarity, while thinking that we are people of 'faith'! How strange that the very word 'faith' has come to mean its exact opposite."

Once again, this was a good chapter. I just don't have the energy right now to process it fully in a blog post.