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Surpassing Understanding

We prefer explanation over mystery.

We worship answers in lieu of honoring questions.

But what if we began to accept that rune is the place where comfort and peace reside?

I bet we’d start to enjoy drawing from the universal deck of surprise and delight over playing our victim and comparison cards.

Let it be.

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DisCOVERy…

…won’t happen unless we pull back the curtains…

…we won’t pull back the curtains as long as we’re content with the status quo…

…and we’ll be content with the status quo as long as we boast more in the certitude of our answers than we do with the mystery of our questions.

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Podcast 38: Grounded with Diana Butler Bass

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Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books, including her latest, Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution.

Diana regularly speaks at conferences, leads educational events for religious leaders, and teaches in a variety of venues. She also writes at The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA TODAY, Time, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR.

Diana joins us in this episode of Let The Music Play Podcast as we discuss the connection of awe, compassion, and action, how we may collectively relocate our idea of God to reground our very lives, and how we can be moved by the Love that enlivens the earth and the Mystery that is with us, for us, and ahead of us.

You stream and download this episode and all other episodes in iTunes or at AshtonGustafson.com.

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Ahead

Vacant horizon
A mysterious welcome home
Unknown
Learn to love thee

Behind us the known
The tasting of touch, the feeling of sounds
Eyes unwrap ahead
Who would want to turn around?

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Seaside, Florida May 25, 2016

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What explanation doesn’t do…

Think of the places where you’re currently operating in and out of awe and there will be the places you’re most likely in some state of love.

Now think of the places where you can justify, explain, and rationalize things. Chances are that is where you can most likely be offended, quick to defend, and dualistic in your thinking.

Eugene Ionesco said it better than I ever could…”Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.”

In the end, wonder has always better been a better friend to beauty than certitude ever has.

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