Kill Your Curiosity

[Note from Jonathan: This is a guest post written by Jeremy Bennett.]

curiosity
–noun, plural

1. the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness.

Curiosity is over-valued in our society, and one of the top causes of distraction in our increasingly information-saturated world.

Mind you, I’m not completely opposed to curiosity. Children are curious about the world, and that’s usually a good thing! Indeed. What I am proposing, however, is a proper understanding of curiosity; what it is useful for, and some things that it is not useful for.

We are, in fact, multi-dimensional beings. This has been my experience. We have a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspect to ourselves, and so on.

Curiosity comes from, and largely works within the level of the mind. It is a desire to learn new information — to help create a framework, or frame of reference — that our minds can use, to make sense of the world we find ourselves in.

This can be very helpful, especially when one is studying a new domain of knowledge, like a child learning about the basics of life in the physical world. For example how gravity works, the fact that even if someone face disappears behind their hands (in the case of peekaboo) they will look to see if they’re still there …Surprise!

Where curiosity can be not-so-helpful, is that of being curious… about irrelevant information, that can serve as more of a distraction to your task at hand. That doesn’t mean that the curiosity, or the object of it is bad per se. it just means that perhaps it’s not the most appropriate time to view (and think about) a certain topic, item or information. In my case, I enjoy practically anything about traditional Japanese hobbies, works of art, and martial arts. Even so, it not the most useful use of my time to pore over the latest model of this uniform, or that tea set, or … (you get the idea)

So instead of curiosity, try wonderment!

wonderment
–noun

1. the state of being in wonder

2. to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel

While curiosity exists at the level of mind, being in a state of wonderment, enables you to “see” and be receptive to the mysteries of the universe. This is what you may feel looking up at the sky in a moonless night, away from the city, with millions of sparkling stars and the milky way, stretched gracefully across the center… or the amazement of looking at a delicate buttercup, perched on a tuft of moss, on the side of a trail… It is that openness to the divine mystery, both the visible, and unseen, what is spoken, and the silence behind it all.

We are moving to a time in our planetary evolution where the distinctions between dimensions are blurring. This process could also be described as Heaven, coming to Earth. ; )

No Time to Wonder…

Another interesting aspect of curiosity; is that it usually pulls the attention of our mind out of the present, and into the future, or the past “I’m curious what’s around the corner…” “I wonder what would have happened if…” our mind can weave an alternate future, a fantasy of it’s own choosing.

When this happens, we can tend to overlook what is happening, right now, because we’re so excited about what will happen… next! From an energetic standpoint, you may find that the energy of curiosity, has an outward, explosive, expression to it. This can be well and good, especially if the goal is increasing knowledge, or it’s framework, as mentioned above.

Wonder, on the other hand, gives us the experience of having all of our senses completely in the present. It is very difficult if not impossible to truly be in a state of wonder, and be thinking of something else. Wonder is immersive, and allows us to surf the crest of the wave of experiencing the present moment. You may notice, that when you are in a state of wonder, that you are in a receptive mode – as if the energy of your attention is like that of a bowl, willing and receptive to experience whatever the present moment offers you.

While building “a bigger (mental) framework” can assist, at this stage of our human evolution, it will not be the most helpful to us. As we tune into the other multidimensional aspects of ourselves, it allows us to access our intuition, and our inspiration, to flow through us. These are not aspects and faculties of the mind, but of our higher selves.

…Except in the Present

When we experience wonderment, and it’s close counterpart, appreciation, we allow ourselves to be open to the goodness in our lives, and the abundance we have yet to fully comprehend. Being in a state of wonderment, can then truly be a multi-dimensional experience.

As each of us do this, we invite the wonder, marvel, and beauty of the divine in every moment that we choose. That said, I invite you to sell your curiosity, and purchase wonderment.

About the author: Jeremy Bennett is a Soul Realignment Practitioner, and helps healers and innovators know who they truly are (and find their purpose)t, to fulfill their unique role with joy and service to the planet.

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Duff
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So instead of curiosity, try wonderment!

Reminds me of James Arthur Ray’s “balance is bogus” and emphasis on harmony. This kind of reframing is lame in my opinion.

I prefer instead to go to the root of a word, usually etymologically, to find renewed understanding and insight. (Of course there is less rhetorical power in using words other people understand.)

j-e
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Interesting. I like the idea of curiosity/future
and wandering for the present
we just have to find the right balance which just pushes us forward
+1

Carl
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As a huge proponent of curiosity, I think you misrepresent it here. Curiosity is a desire to learn. Wonder is a state of awe. However, the notion that curiosity is a distraction from the present is wholly misrepresentative of what it means to be curious. The example chosen: “I’m curious what the future holds.” could just as easily be replaced with “I wonder what the future holds”, an example you use. However, you seem to give wonder an exemption from your own statement. Also, if I am to agree with the statement that we are multi-dimensional beings (which I’m not… Read more »
Cedric
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@ Duff & Carl: I think Jeremy’s point was to bring awareness to the fact that too much curiosity pulls us outside of what we would most like to focus on, and receive fulfillment from focusing on.

Perhaps a better choice of semantics could have been used to illustrate the point. But I think the heart of embracing awe for the present and moving away from that which pulls you out of that state (whether it’s curiosity or something else) is a worthwhile pursuit.

Tomas Stonkus
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Can’t say I entirely agree, but I do understand where you coming from. From the way you describe curiosity and wonder, I see why you come to the conclusions that you do. Yet, it is just a matter of semantics. Labeling things, from my own experience, is pretty pointless. Each of us has our own tweaked interpretation of any given concept. That is why communication of ideas can be so difficult sometimes. What is more important is the underlying emotion or feeling. It is the experience what matters, not what we call it. If we were to give a rose… Read more »
Carl
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@Jonathan – too much of anything in a scattered fashion, even awe can pull you out of fulfillment. Curiosity can lead deeper into fulfillment.

Semantics are important, especially when you’re talking about issues like this which are attempting to aim beyond a trivial discourse.

However, I’m still not sold on the premise that a sort of spiritual awe should override others aspects, or dimensions in Bennett’s word, of a persons being.

curiousjessica
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I like the way this article uses such an example to illustrate what happens if we are curious about too many things and don’t focus on any one thing deeply enough to get results.

Even though I like being curious, I’ve had to learn to narrow my objects of curiosity to get ahead in my personal projects. So, I totally get where you are coming from – great guest post.

Richard | RichardShelmerdine.com
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Exactly! Curiosity should be selective and being in the moment in a state of awe and wonder is a beautiful and natural way to live.

B @ logos coaching
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interesting view Jonathan but I also like the comment by Tomas.

Cath Duncan
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Jeremy, it might just be a matter of semantics, but I’m afraid I don’t get it. You seem to have added your own interpretation of what curiosity is, and your description of curiosity seems inconsistent within this article, so it doesn’t really make sense to me what you’re saying. And I’m trying to work out why it would be useful to interpret the term “curiosity” the way you’ve done (a state of mind that distracts us from the present, causes us to lose touch with experiencing reality as it is, causes us to miss out on the “wonderment” of the… Read more »
Craig Thomas
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Even though curiosity can be a huge distraction I always value ideas I achieve when in curiosity mode. I also find curiosity a very attractive quality in a woman. Overall, I don’t agree particularly but I understand your point.

DiscoveredJoys
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I guess you can tell from my (comment) name that I value the experience of joy. I can also confirm that distraction is a major way of for your own mind to sabotage your endeavours. But ‘discovery’ is the other part of my name… Many people have a key passion. A single fundamental driver. For some people this may be ‘intimacy’ (moments of deep connection with others). (see http://goodlifezen.com/2009/01/26/what-is-the-one-thing-in-your-life/) For others this may be ‘service’. And for some it is ‘curiosity’. Now if you are not driven by curiosity you may well value other passions more highly – but to… Read more »
Fantasia Lillith
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AS soon as you label anything you destroy it. Study Philosophy long enough and you know this to be true.

Basically what you are saying is live in the moment, don’t let the noise distract you and remember that … gratitude is key. In the end, curiosity, or wonderment … to me they are twins – to try and separate them leaves you missing more than just the other half.

Gianpaolo Pietri | The Optimalists
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When I first read the article, I found its premise intriguing. Although certain things struck me right away, I found it insightful and an interesting take on two of the most important elements that make us who we are (homo sapiens). Our ability to be curious, as well as to wonder, is one of the fundamental traits that separates us from our (let’s say) more primal neighbors. Curiosity spurs ideas (like making a hammer out of a piece of stone). Ideas become innovation (the hammer helps build a shelter), and innovation leads to development of those ideas. This is what… Read more »
Marc Winitz
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I was curious about your post so I clicked on the snipped URL. I am reading the comments with wonderment :)

Interesting take on curiosity. I don’t particularly find anything wrong with unfocused curiosity. It can lead to great discoveries, especially if leads to something that benefits you personally.

Nate
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Jeremy – I actually get where you’re coming from….I think. I’m interpreting it like this: Curiosity in and of itself is not a bad thing and I don’t think you’re stating that at all. I’m not even sure if being overly curious is a bad thing. What you might be getting at in an indirect way is that more and more we are getting distracted. In my opinion, this is largely a result of the increased amount of information that is pushed at us on a daily basis (e-mails, Twitter, blogs, etc.). It’s this certain level of information overload that… Read more »
Jeremy M. Bennett | Purpose Without Fail!
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Hi everyone! First I want to say thank you so much for all your awesome comments! – I was suprised and overjoyed to see all the great thoughts and discussion that has come from it =) @Carl – I totally agree with your definition, and that few have true curiousity. I have always been intense curious One of my housemates said about me ” Jeremy could find the inside of a wet paper bag interesting…” my response: “well, there is the fiber length…” ( I was being serious.. if you’re curious, look at the stages of paper recycling) ;) –… Read more »
rish.patel90
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Are we ever going to beat curiosity? or is curiosity going to beat us?

Ethan M
Guest

It seems the drawbacks of curiosity may be goal-specific. Perhaps Isaac Newton may not have completed his Principia Mathematica in as timely a manner if he had been so curious (or distracted?) by music, painting, or botany – to take a few years away from mathematics. Here’s a test: can you read an article online to its finish without branching to a different topic found within that article? Or do you find yourself several hyperlinks or Google searches away from the original text after fifteen minutes. I struggle with this.

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