It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires. Hilary Mantel
This empty space, the unknown, the silence… where our brain has been trained to search for proof, evidence, facts and found none. Where do we go then? Is it an opportunity as Hilary Mantel suggested, to pour our fears, fantasies and/or desires into the gap?
Do we question this alien space, fearing the worst thus preparing for the worst by shoring up our defenses, putting on our armour, readying for battle? Do we dread the nothingness and proceed to fill it with our fantasies, taking ill-informed risks, imagining a place of unknown thrills, dangers, pleasures, or mere difference to what is known? Do we relish this place without facts and taking advantage of its lack of boundaries, pursue desires that would in ‘normal’ circumstances be censured, to say the things that would be judged unconventional or even rude?
Where is this gap Mantel refers to? It is in our minds when we fail to grasp certainty or reasoned ‘truths’; it is in our daily life when things happen that don’t make sense, that don’t accord with our plans; it is in our spirit when we continue to seek elusive ‘truths’ without faith in our unfolding lives.
And what do we do when facts don’t exist? What can we do? Is faith enough to see us through? I believe so. Sometimes it is enough to just allow life to unfold, to attend to its messages, to manage only that which is within our control; it is enough to listen to and follow our instincts, to be patient and wait.
How do you respond when you are in the gap?
Wishing you faith,