Curiosity quest leads to conquering fear
I’m on a quest to live fearlessly while I’m on earth. As a result, I have to enter a journey of curiosity and liminal spaces. Would you like to know more? Well, carry on reading…
Curiosity is an interesting word that fascinates me because I think that curiosity about life will lead you along interesting pathways.
What’s the desire of your heart?
Intrigued by this thought, I discovered a James Stephens quote that read, “”Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”” When we battle against fear, the tendency is to give in to its stranglehold. Why is that? I think that it is much easier yielding to fear’s attack than it is fighting that battle.
Therefore, curiosity involves a strong desire to defeat fear’s hold. Firstly, it is the key that turns the lock and opens up new vistas. Secondly, curiosity is the desire to know more, to discover new things and to change. Are you interested in knowing more about life? Do you have unasked or even unanswered questions? Or do you perhaps have a deep yearning within your soul crying, ”surely there is more than this?”
The quest of curiosity.
Curious people are learners. They ask questions, then they seek the answers, and they keep on looking around the corner for things to open up. I’ve heard it said that everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. Think about it for a minute, will you? Imagine with me what a fear-driven life looks like. Perhaps your struggle is that you are afraid of rejection or fear of failure. What would a fearless life look like?
Using what I call “the quest of curiosity,”, you can uncover a strategy to conquer fear. The “”quest of curiosity” is a series of questions that lead you into the next steps on your path of walking into a fearless life. These questions open up things in your heart and mind.
- What am I afraid of?
- What could my life look like if I was to walk free from this fear?
- How can I conquer it?
- Who do I need to talk to help me on this journey?
We can learn from our pets
My Scotties are curious, and they are funny. For example, the way they run around sniffing every tree and looking for squirrels to chase. At the moment, we are busy renovating a property. Interestingly, every time I bring them to explore the land; they run around until their little tongues are just about hanging on the floor.
I think that we need to become almost relentlessly curious. Curious about life again, how deep and meaningful relationships can touch our lives. Finally, curious about how we can break any of fear’s chains holding us back.
Desire to change leads us into liminal spaces
Fear can breed indifference, absence of feeling or lack of desire. It can lead to hopelessness or even a sense of being stuck – and ‘that’s not a helpful feeling or positive space to live in. However, the curiosity is a gateway to something else. When you open that door, something happens. And you enter a liminal space.
The word liminal comes from the Latin word limen, meaning threshold – any point or place of entering or beginning, hence the need for curiosity in the journey of conquering any fear. A liminal space is the time between the ”what was” and the ”next.” It’s uncomfortable. This transitional place is where we wait and also where we don’t always know what’s next, a kind of not knowing.
Curiosity and liminal spaces lead to transformation
A liminal space is where all transformation takes place, but only if we learn to wait and let it form us. In the quest of curiosity, we allow the waiting and the not knowing to lead us towards healing and change. I imagine that if I remained locked in by fear, my life would be a shadow of what it is now or even will become one day. Locked in by fear leads me towards hopelessness, not a life that’s transformed.
“Where we are betwixt and between the familiar and the completely unknown. There alone is our old world left behind, while we are not yet sure of the new existence. That’s a good space where genuine newness can begin. Get there often and stay as long as you can by whatever means possible… This is the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed. If we don’t encounter liminal space in our lives, we start idealizing normalcy. The threshold is God’s waiting room.” – Author and theologian Richard Rohr