“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental
emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows
it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead,
a snuffed-out candle.”
Albert Einstein from The World As I See It
“Awe is an intuition for the dignity of all things, a realization that things not only
are what they are but also stand, however remotely, for something supreme. Awe is
a sense for the transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel from Who Is Man?
Spirituality and Awe
Any definition of spirituality begins with awe. Awe is about the wonder that we experience when we stand still and observe reality closely enough to really take it in.
Contemporary spirituality, mindfulness practices and experiential psychotherapy all encourage this kind of stillness; they help us to focus on and experience the richness of the present moment and the fullness of our possibilities as people. Much of what unites experiential psychotherapy with contemporary spirituality is this emphasis on leaving room for awe by remaining receptive to what the present moment offers.
For further discussion visit “Awe and the Celebration of Life’s Mystery” and “Parallels Between Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Practices and Spirituality.”