Trust that everything that happens to you happens for a higher good.
Everything has meaning, and nothing does.
The pain in your life is a contraction that’s unavoidable. But it is also the path to new birth. You are being born again, all the time, every moment of your life. You’re often just not aware of it.
We can’t control people’s actions, and we can’t control the things that happen in the world around us. What we can control is how we perceive the events in our life, and how we choose to spend our time.
So spend your time doing things that make you go deeper into Love.
And here’s the beauty: we don’t have to do this alone.
We have God to help.
Jesus—dare I say his name?—knew this. He came to this world and taught people how to embrace their pain and misery and live beyond it. Not for some end-of-life reward for following the rules. Absolutely not. No, he was here so that we could learn to live in the here and now.
And everyone around him was like, “Huh? Waa?”
So be it. People choose what they want to do. They choose whether they want to believe, to be open, or to live in darkness and shadows. The shadow is fear and resistance. The light is awakening.
The Light cracks you open. And it doesn’t mean you feel less. You feel it, but it doesn’t overtake you. You move through it and come out on the other side wiser, more fulfilled, richer for the experience.
Are you going to avoid what’s good in your life and keep your eyes closed, living blindly, mindlessly? Or are you going to open up your arms and say, “Here I am, all of me. Let’s dive in!”?
If you choose to swim in this pool rather than simply play around the edge, however, you’ll have to be brave. It takes a lot of courage. Courage doesn’t mean never being afraid. It means being afraid and doing it anyway. And living in Light and openness to the One doesn’t mean saying yes to everyone all the time. In fact, Love often means saying no. And “no” is a brilliant word.
In order to swim and find abundance in your life, you’ll have to make a commitment to yourself. We commit to other people, all the time. We commit to marriage, to parenthood, to jobs, to friends, to family members. But we rarely commit to ourselves. We have to become our own best advocate, the way God is our advocate. We have to be constantly on our own side. This is not the same as being selfish. It is not that we are looking out for ourselves only and leaving everyone else’s goals and desires in the dust. In fact, committing to your own soul will make you a better friend, employee, and partner. It means you’ll begin to view everything as a lesson, an opportunity to grow. As long as you don’t become self-righteous about it, and you remain humble, you will become, in fact, more generous, more giving, more aware of the right path and the wrong, more capable of saying no when something doesn’t suit your higher good or the good of others.
The catch is that you have to be disciplined. You have to take time out for yourself to be in the arms of your Creator. Your Creator is always there, always holding you, ever-present. But we are too bogged down by our thoughts and responsibilities that we don’t acknowledge that other realm. In order to dip into it, to experience it and begin to feel fully alive, we need to set aside time every day. Maybe it’s five minutes, or twenty. There are no rules. There’s only intention and willingness to see. And when you make that offering of yourself, however feeble and minimal it is, your Creator will respond with so much joy, and will comfort you and guide you, and smile so widely and squeeze your arms, and tell you, Baby, you’re home!
Faith and trust is fucking scary. It’s like walking on a tightrope. But it’s the most true thing there is. Everything else is just pretend. In reality, you have no idea where God is going to take you, what may be revealed, what parts of you will be stripped away to reveal the pearl within.
But at least, on the journey of Faith, you’ll finally come to know who you are.
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