Mystery is a beautiful subject for many reasons. But as it is, living in an era of instant gratification, mystery is frequently lost. This is profoundly seen in the conventional education system where children have preplanned curriculum, scheduled lessons and limited timed activities, leaving little to no room for the unexpected or unfolding growth. To allow education to be placed in a box, clearly labeled, and tied with a shinny red ribbon would be to downgrade human potentials and preventing them form ever being fully unwrapped. Restricting our education system to what we understand is immaturity at best. As a result, mystery is often treated as something intolerable, instead of a real treasure.
When I was younger my family would hide Easter eggs for us to find. The measure of difficulty in the search was always determined by our age and capabilities. They never went outside, dug a hole and buried an egg hoping a 2yr. old would find it. When children are of this age, eggs normally are placed on a chair or tabletop. But as I got older they would make it more difficult, but never impossible. I still remember the golden egg. The greatest treasure was always found in the golden egg, for this reason it was also the most challenging to find. A scavenger hunt is another popular mystery excursion among families. Parents delight in their child’s curiosity, and live to see them enjoy the process of discovery. Children enjoy the pleasure of the search, and revel in the affirmation of their parents delight in their searching and discovery. Such is the pleasure of a Montessori Tides teacher who pursues this realm of mystery as a gift.
Maturity actually requires a heart-felt embrace of what we do not understand as an essential expression of grace. Grace freely given creates opportunity for new discoveries, not just for the one administering it, but more importantly for the one who freely receives it. On a daily basis a Montessori teacher and student walk into a prepared classroom environment surrounded in an eerie of mystery. The grace displayed through this kind of an environment allows children to freely make their own discoveries lead by their own desires to educate themselves and uncover the awaiting mysteries while the teacher utilizes the breakthroughs of Dr. Maria Montessori to accomplish and discover something new in their environment.
We are blessed to live in a time when the tide is turning and an increasing number of people are learning how to capitalize on their place of influence. More and more we will be learning and expanding in wisdom throughout life, which means mystery will always exist, however; mystery is not something kept from us, but for us. Just like in an egg hunt, we should pursue the treasure hidden for us in the midst of mysteries we can’t explain. For today’s mysteries are tomorrow’s discovery.