“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass
Have you ever watched a child fully in their zone of curiosity, exploring a new environment, particularly one that truly delights them? Listening to their giggles and outbursts of belly laughs. And the questions, the steady stream of what and why questions!! Their curiosity and fascination propelling them to discover more and more! It’s fascinating watching how, in certain environments, children keep getting curiouser and curiouser, taking the time delighting in their ability to explore and discover.
As we grow up, our sense of curiosity and wonder and fascination are slowly replaced by a certainty in knowing what we know and knowing that’s usually enough.
It’s not that our curiosity isn’t still there, it is. Only now we’re more likely to experience it as a passing interest in something we hadn’t been aware of before, and think “Oh, wow, isn’t that interesting!” as we let the moment slide by.
Or we convince ourselves that what caught our attention and interest might be something that works well for someone else, but it’s not really something that works for us.
But, that interest you feel, or curiosity you have about something that’s drawing your attention to it – those are winks from the Universe, messages from your Intuition telling you that there’s something there that you should be curious about. Something that might, in fact, surprise and delight you.
My most surprising curiosity experience happened about 10 years ago. I was at a personal development retreat that was focused on helping attendees become more aligned with their authentic self. One of the activities we participated in was to explore the small town we were staying at and take a picture of something that drew our attention to it. We learned that it was our intuition that drew our attention to the item, and that that specific item contained a very personal message from our intuition. In order to identify the item we were to photograph, we needed to stay mindful, pay attention to our surroundings, but above all, we need to be consciously curious while we explored. Then we had to follow our curiosity to uncover why we were drawn to that specific item, and to figure out what the message was.
Being led by curiosity that day resulted in my not only seeing that town from a different, deeper perspective than if I had just been a tourist looking at the sights.
This experience also showed me how powerful taking the time to follow your curiosity can be. For example, the outcome of that retreat was that I started being curiouser and curiouser about what I needed to know and what I needed to do in order to become more aligned and coherent with my authentic self. This curiosity led me to discovering a number of amazing Tarot and Intuition mentors, and to exploring how Tarot and Intuition and other passions that I’ve uncovered along the way, can help me and others manifest our best lives!
I would have missed these passions, these experiences, and the resulting personal transformations if I’d allowed myself to dismiss that first experience I’d had following my curiosity!
Oh, and the intuitive message I received from that specific item that day, was also surprisingly meaningful!
Even as an entrepreneur, I now view business building and development techniques that interest me through the lens of curiosity – how can I make that technique work for me and what I’m doing? What aspects of that technique excite and energize me?
So… what’s peaked your curiosity recently? Have you taken a moment to explore where that interest or curoisity might lead you? To understand why that specific activity or technique or place or person or…..attracted your attention in the first place?
The next time you find your interest being drawn to something, take a moment to be curious. You never know where that curiosity might lead.