“Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?”George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
Do fears, low self-esteem and other self-imposed restrictions hold you back?
Then you may be surprised to learn that developing and nurturing a curious mind can help you overcome these blocks and boost your happiness.
As children we had no inhibitions when it came to expressing our creativity or exploring unknown places.
But while growing up, we started to develop all kinds of insecurities and self-doubt, which have become so hard to shake off.
Curiosity is a surprisingly simple and useful tactic that will help you make some positive changes, and that’s why I included it in the Cosmic Journaling Oracle.
Next time you are fearful of something, be curious instead.
Explore despite your fears. Express yourself and be curious about where it leads you.
Invited to a party, where you don’t know anyone but the host?
Say yes, even if you fear awkward moments or lack confidence talking to people. Be curious about getting to know new folk.
Show off your art anyway, even if you fear criticism or rejection.
Be curious about what people have to say. Even ask them for feedback. Wouldn’t it be great to know what people think rather than making assumptions?
Be curious about different places to visit, different music, food, activities, even a different career.
Curiosity boosts your happiness as it creates excitement and the thrill of conquering fears and self-limitation.
“A much more interesting, kind, adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop curiosity, not caring whether the object of our inquisitiviness is bitter or sweet.”Pema Chödrön
Curiosity in the Cosmic Journaling Oracle asks you to replace any blocks you have with a sense of wonder and the open mind of an explorer.
Explore new opportunities and experiences.
Instead of No, say Yes. Why not?
When this card comes up in a reading, ask yourself:
- When were you last curious about something? Did you ignore the feeling or embraced it to experience something new?
- What do you need to be more curious about in your life? You could draw an additional card to find out.
- How has curiosity affected you in childhood? How does it affect you as an adult?
- Has curiosity at any time got you into danger? If yes, when and what’s the story? How was it resolved? What did you learn from it?
Likewise, when this card comes up in a “what not to do” position, you may want to avoid being nosey, e.g. meddle in other people’s issues that are none of your business.
And curiosity isn’t about being reckless, ignoring your inner alarm bells ringing, getting yourself into danger or gamble all your life savings…