For young people curiosity is a good quality. It makes you try things, expand your experience and understanding and learning by your mistakes. When you are old and wise you do not need to try everything anymore, you can now learn from the mistakes of others.
Imagine that instead of trying things and learning the consequences, you just put yourself in the state of the others and know. Imagination? Not really.
You can live life at different levels of depth. The superficial is also the most isolated. In the deeper depth you start to merge with your fellow beings. Let us do a simple experiment to illustrate.
As you say a few words, try to make your voice come from the forehead. Listen to how the pitch goes up, how metallic and hollow it turns, feel how distant from you it feels. It is almost like you talk from a place outside yourself.
Then bring your voice back to the throat and feel how you land, become more relaxed and the voice becomes more full, even as having more content.
Finally take a deep breath, close your eyes and speak from your belly, speak from the whole room you are sitting in. Feel the voice become deep, slower and embracing the whole room. Now you are in a state where you can contain any person you are talking with as if your soul or aura enveloped you both.
If you stay in this state and stop speaking but begin to listen, then you can start to deeply perceive, feel and sense the state of the other person, much better than when speaking from your head.
In the first state you create a metallic wall of distance and a superficial external position, you are even distant to yourself, in the last you create a space with depth that can perceive in a quiet sensitive way. Here you are close to yourself and others. (To understand this better see the link under on Agate)
Curiosity is an outward movement, like the superficial state above. There are many things out there to experience, more than any person can complete or even need. There are many consequences of trying out all different things you could be curious about, even dangerous ones.
As you become wiser and wiser you reach a point where you realize you do not need to experience everything yourself, you can listen deeply and perceive others, even everything around you and you can learn from the life of others. You could imagine how it would be to speak with “their voice”, sit with “their body”, walk as “that person”. In the beginning you should try it out, it is fun and a safe way of using curiosity. Try to walk as the person 10-15 meters a head of you on the street, so as not to make a scene of embarrassment to anyone. As you get experienced you can put yourself in the situation of others with increasing ease, doing less.
The wise do not need to experience to learn from his own mistakes, he can learn from the mistakes of others.
Curiosity has its place in the early stages of any process, but not as it is reaching maturity.
Curiosity is never satisfied, satiated or fulfilled. Curiosity often distracts you and might mislead you. Curiosity keeps you young, but it can kill you. As you know, curiosity killed the cat!
You need curiosity when you are young and inexperienced, when you see everything out there as fragments that do not connect or not belong together. When life still is like walking in a strange foreign place.
As you start to realise that you are part of a coherent existence, that all that happens has wisdom and love at its basis, then you start to go deeper, you start to include and embrace life with a higher aspect of curiosity. You could even say the other side of the coin, a state of acceptance, of embracing it all.
Some people have a dominant curios nature throughout life and would gain from doing exercises as the examples above. It would bring a balance of opposite qualities into their life. Instead of repeating the same mistake, driving into the ditch on the same side, they can progress forward.
Curiosity can be seen as one aspect of an archetype, as one facet of a quality that comes with other facets. These other facets are qualities like being superficial, restless, impatient and communicative. Being always on the move. These often go hand in hand with curiosity.
All the qualities we humans have are present on behalf of the opposite quality. Not opposite as good or bad. Both sides are good or bad depending on perspective or purpose.
Every person has a theme that runs through their whole life as their own song or their main challenge. This theme is their strength and weakness. A curious person is always on the way out, they need to step back, step down, embrace and become aware of the whole. A person that is dominated by acceptance and inclusion might have no curiosity at all. You need a balance.
There are many different themes a person could have, are you curious as to your theme? Try to look at your strengths and weaknesses as opposite aspects of the same thing, two sides of the same coin. It is a good start.
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