Trying to Find Certainty


As a general rule, we human beings are not very comfortable with uncertainty. We tend to crave information and answers about how things will turn out. We want to know what is going to happen next week, next month, next year so as find some sense of solid ground on which to live our life. It’s what prompted a song – ‘Be Here Now’ – on my new EP coming out in February:

We watch the news
And search for clues,
Hungry for another muse
To read the runes
The stars and signs
For a fork in the road
Or the end of the line

However, life is full of unknowns and whilst we might say ‘of course, I know this’ it doesn’t stop us trying to find certainty. Many people find themselves frequently experiencing and tolerating an underlying energy sapping anxiety that comes from constantly asking the question ‘what now?’ and not knowing the answer. It’s because we are hard wired to search for certainty. It’s how we’ve evolved. Maybe it served our ancestors as an essential tool for survival but how does it serve us now?

‘Zero Circle’ by Rumi

Be helpless, dumbfounded,
Unable to say yes or no.
Then a stretcher will come from grace
to gather us up.

We are too dull eyed to see that beauty.
If we say we can, we’re lying.
If we say No, we don’t see it,
That No will behead us
And shut tight our window onto spirit.

So let us rather not be sure of anything,
Beside ourselves, and only that, so
Miraculous beings come running to help.
Crazed, lying in a zero circle, mute,
We shall be saying finally,
With tremendous eloquence, Lead us.
When we have totally surrendered to that beauty,
We shall be a mighty kindness.


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