If January feels like it’s speeding by, if our life is feeling a lot like “here it comes, there it goes” since the holidays, a good way to mentally slow our life down is by synchronizing with the rhythm of appreciation. We can take the opportunity each moment offers us to be still and notice the richness of life while it’s happening. We probably all remember how time seemed to go so slow when we were children. It seemed to take forever for summer to come or Christmas morning to arrive. Time may seem to move more slowly for children because there is not as much past in their life to distract them from finding joy in the here and now. And, there’s not enough worry and anxiety about the future to keep them from focusing on life right where they are, which is another reason for us to become more like a child.
But, if we want yet another reason to pay more attention to our life as it’s happening, astronomers have empirical evidence that the Universe is expanding at a faster rate than ever before and the Earth is spinning faster than it ever has before within It. The twenty-eight fasted days ever recorded on Earth occurred in 2020. Scientists who measure the speed of the Earth’s rotation think 2021 may be even faster, i.e., that 2021 may not only seem like a very short year, according to the atomic clock it actually will be shorter in time and space! Which is all the more reason for us to pause in the moments of our life, to stop and smell the roses so to speak. Such practice will help us to snap out of a mind that is set on automatic pilot that causes us to live in the world without feeling alive while we’re in it.
Abraham-Hicks tells us, “If you are not finding pleasure in the here and now, you’re not doing it right! You are bringing too much of the past or too much of the future into the now and you are messing up your vibration.” Our non-physical spiritual vibration naturally resonates with the dancing, pulsating energies of the Universe that occur in the here and now. We experience our natural state of being when our mind is present right where we are, in the here and now, so that we can feel joy, appreciation and gratitude for life as we’re living it. Each time we are aware we’re alive and appreciate that we are, we bring Positive Energy into the experience we’re having that deepens our awareness of the goodness of life in that moment.
Dennis Merritt Jones wrote, “Minding the Altitude of Your Attitude is a Wise Thing to Do.” Paying attention to our life as it’s happening, as if that moment is the most precious moment there is (and it is), draws into our life more we can enjoy paying attention to because attention and appreciation aligns us with the Universal Source Energy of Love and the Being of Love we are in It. If we want to experience the power we have been given to create a life we enjoy living while we are in the world, we’ve got to wake up to our life as it’s happening. Otherwise we may find our Earth life is over and we’ve been too groggy to enjoy it!
We read in The Science of Mind, “We know that man’s life in reality is spiritual and mental.” We are Spiritual-Vibrational Beings right now. Our being immersed in this human experience hasn’t changed anything true about us. In Truth we’ve never sinned. In Truth we’ve never lost our innocence, though we may wonder from time-to-time where we put it! All that shame is a waste of our greatness. We remain even now a miracle of creation. A Course of Love tells us that we are the “Thought of Love in form.” And, because we remain inseparable from the Spiritual-Vibrational Universe Love Created with us us in Mind, there are no limits to the happiness we can draw to us in form, expression and experience while we’re here in these human forms. There is no shortage of the beauty, joy, peace, health and love we can attract into our life through the vibration of the thoughts we emit. That’s why we don’t want to mess up our vibration!
We read these words of Jesus in the Book of Matthew, “Therefore I tell you, everything you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” All that is required of us is to believe with ease in Answered Prayer, to believe we’ve already received permission by the Holy Giver of All Good to receive our good. Many of us may have come to believe that we’re being tested in life with a curriculum that’s hard or impossible to figure out, much less ace. We may have learned from others that trial and tribulation are the Will of God, part of His Divine plan. And that there can be no gain without pain. That belief is so ingrained in the human mind that we build monuments to those who’ve overcome the greatest hardships or died trying. We tell our stories of struggle as if talking about them enough will make them a bestseller! But if the Universe always answer “yes” to whatever we ask for, could it be the only struggle for us is how soon we’ll allow our good into our life.
There’s a term, “bada bing, bada boom” that most of us are familiar with. The Urban Slang Dictionary tells us that it can be used in place of “never mind the details” or “voila.” The New English Dictionary adds that it can also be used to emphasize something regarded as “effortlessly achieved.” Abraham-Hicks tells us, “When you believe something is hard, the universe demonstrates the difficulty. When believe something is easy, the universe demonstrates the ease.” If we want to know what we believe, all we need to do is ask our self: “Does life seem hard or easy to me? Am I struggling with my health, relationships, finances, or any area of my life?” Nothing is too difficult for a Universe of Unlimited Creative Energy to manifest for us. We could say that It always responds to our desires with a “bada bing, bada boom, no problem!”
Shakespeare wrote in his play, Julius Caesar, “The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” How often do we walk through our day as the powerful Spiritual Beings we are, confident that the Universe has our back? How often instead do we ask for things we don’t believe we can have? Writer and film producer, Darryl Anka, said, “Everything is energy. That’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” It’s easy for us to believe that no matter how solid something appears to be, that it is actually made up of atoms and subatomic particles we can’t see. But when it comes to the Pure Positive Energy of the Universe that responds to vibrational frequency, we act as if the frequency of what we think doesn’t exist or doesn’t matter.
For example, we may ask through prayer for healing of our physical body or healing for someone else, but believe that the healing will be difficult or impossible. In this way our mental vibration doesn’t match the frequency of reality that would bring about a healing. Doubt messes up our vibration and makes healing appear hard. We read in The Science of Mind, “Never say: This disease is hard to heal while another is easy.” There is no difference in a healing of Covid or a cold. It’s our fearful doubt that changes the frequency of our energy and causes a healing to be hard or impossible. As we know, a belief is a thought we continue think. If we ask for a loving relationship but continue to think we’re unlovable, if we ask for increase in our financial flow but continue to believe we’re unworthy, our energy is split between what we want and what we believe we can have. The vibration of the resistant thoughts we’re emitting doesn’t match what we’re asking for. In the same way a radio tuner must be set to match the frequency of the broadcasting station we want to hear, the vibrational frequency of our thoughts must match the frequency of our desire.
Abraham-Hicks tells us that we’re not responsible for manifesting. Our responsibility is to create the mental-vibrational environment that allows the manifestation to come into our experience. How we look at life creates a vibrational environment that allows what we want to become our reality, or it keeps it away. Life is only as easy as we allow it to be. If we believe God is love and God loves us, if we believe the Universe is always conspiring to bring our good to us, our good will come easily to us. And, if we don’t believe that’s true, we’ll continue to struggle through. We can choose to think only of our good, and want good for others, and the frequency we emit will match the frequency of the reality we want. And then, bada bing, bada boom, it’s ours. It can be no other way.
We are looking at the number “1” in this designated Year 2021 as a cause to pause. Because it seems to abruptly stop at the end rather than going round and round like those two zeros did last year that as the year progressed began to look more like hamster wheels, the “1” in 2021 seems to say to us as we look at it and write it, “Stop a moment, pause from living life on automatic pilot. Be aware of what you’re thinking and how you’re feeling right now. Snap out of those habitual thought patterns about yourself and life that are keeping you mentally going round and round, repeating the same old thoughts in mind and getting the same old results in life.
Thich Nhat Hahn wrote, “It is only when we stop that we can encounter life. When we stop, body and mind can reunite. Then we can experience their oneness.” Often our body can be doing one thing and our mind can be off thinking about something else as if our body and mind don’t belong to each other and can actually live without each other in this Earth life. When we’re not paying attention to the present moment, when our thoughts are off in past or have taken flight into the future; when we don’t consciously unite our body and mind as one happening, we miss our life as it’s happening. Life can only happen in the moment it is happening, which is always now. It’s our awareness that we are where we are that allows us to experience the power of who we are in the moments of our life.
When we stop for a moment and “encounter life,” we become aware of our self. We realize what we’re thinking in that moment is affecting how we’re feeling about our self in life that moment—confident or doubtful, calm or anxious, peaceful or angry. When we truly encounter our life as it’s happening in present moment we feel more alive, more alert to what’s going on right where we are, and more awake to the fact that we exist. When we encounter now, if only for a brief moment, we realize that it is a miracle we are at all! We notice we can individually think for our self whatever we choose to think for our self, and no one can stop us! Taking a moment to stop and be fully present right where we are is a powerful thing.
That attention-getting “1” in 2021 can remind us to stop and remember “the one” we truly are—an individualized expression of God in form filled with the Creative Power of Divine Energy and the freedom to use It. We read in The Science of Mind, “Individuality cannot be automatically produced. It must be free spirited and unconstrained with the ability to think as it chooses, and backed by a power to produce those choices.” We can use 2021’s call to take a pause to encourage us to check in to see if we are thinking individually, spiritually and powerfully while we’re immersed in this human experience.
Being alive, alert and awake to our moment to moment existence, and being enthusiastic about being our self in life causes us to “rise” spiritually. Enthusiasm is the catalyst that lifts us into that high vibration of creation that draws our good to us—good health, positive encounters with others, happy relationships, abundant financial flow, and all that feels good to us. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Every time you praise something, every time you appreciate something, every time you feel good about something, you’re telling the Universe, ‘More of this please. More of this, please.’ ” If we want to draw to us a life we want to experience more of, it’s not enough to say “no more of this please.” In fact, it’s counter-creative to try to wish away what we don’t want. We have to focus with enthusiasm on what we want to experience more often.
When our thoughts go round and round like they’re on a hamster wheel, we’re unaware of what we’re thinking and the power of our thoughts as we think them. And, since we don’t know what we’re thinking, we let old attitudes automatically decide what we think about a current situation. We can be easily influenced by others and what they’re think about the situation. We may adopt certain behaviors and make different decisions than we would if we were alert and awake to our power to think individually. The appearance of mob mentality and the resultant behaviors we witnessed at our nation’s Capitol last week were very much like the episodes of “tarantism” that broke out between the 11th and18th centuries in the province of Taranto in southern Italy. Back then people who believed they’d been bitten by a tarantula began to dance hysterically until they were “cured” by a special type of music featuring a tambourine. But there was no evidence that the people affected had actually been bitten. And, even if they had, the result would not have been a frantic dance or musical cure. While being bitten by a tarantula may cause some pain, it isn’t going to cause the one who’s bitten to go into a dancing frenzy, unless that one believes that it will! In The Science of Mind we read, “Thought is the most subtle of all the forces which we know anything about, but few understand what a tremendous power it has either for good or for ill. To learn how to control one’s thought means knowing how to control one’s body and destiny.” When we don’t pause to consider our individual freedom to choose our thoughts, automatic habits of thought that are often based on fear take over our words and actions as if we have no choice. It’s only as we awaken to our individual spiritual privilege to think for our self, and stay alert to what is influencing our thinking, our holy mind or the world at large, that we begin to experience the powerful spiritual nature of who we truly are.
No matter what may seem to be in this physical world we see, because there is more to us and the world than can be viewed with the physical eye, any moment we choose to we can turn to the non-physical Power of our spirituality, which has no set boundaries or limitations, and with no effort to try to get rid of what we don’t want to see, we can create the good we want to see more of in the world. No matter what anyone else is saying or doing, no matter how anyone else is behaving or reacting to what’s going on, and no matter how anyone else thinks we should react,
we are free to stop and decide for our self how we will view, and respond to, anything that arises in this world. For example, we are free to decide for our self how we will view a disease we can see with our eyes, whether it is in our own body or threatening to invade it. We are free to decide how we’ll meet and greet the chronological number of our years, no matter what anyone tells us we’re too old to do! We are free to choose how we’ll respond to the behaviors of others towards us, or in world, with good choices in alignment with Love or choices completely out of whack with anything close to Love.
If we’re waiting to see punishment take place before we let go of our anger and disgust at the behaviors of others, then while we’re waiting every time we disparage something, every time we depreciate something, and every time we feel mad about something we’re saying to the Universe, “more of this please.” What we’re thinking about in every moment is a conversation we’re having with the Universe. Anita Moorjani wrote, “Take what makes you angry about the world and flip it around and ask, ‘What would I rather see instead?’ ” It is as we realize there is more to us than meets the eye, even while we’re looking at the images our eye meets, that we begin to awaken to the Spiritual Truth that no matter what appears be going on in the world, we can decide what we’d rather see instead, and when we do our choice is backed by a power to produce it.
In The Science of Mind we read, “Say within yourself, ‘As I let fall the forms of my thought they are operated upon by Principles I believe.’ This is the Law of God, the law of man, and the Law of the Universe.” We need to trust the process of sequential spiritual unfoldment rather than trying to push it along with our need to see a certain outcome. Everyone reaps what they sow. There are no exceptions or those who hold “worldly privilege” that allows them to avoid the Law of God, the law of man, or the Law of the Universe. Every living being is a spiritual being out-picturing in this world as a human being. It is vital for us to pause and remember that God is the source of all reality, and is present even within the illusions we see. Not one of us lives as a separate human being even if we’re unaware we are a spiritual being. What we see is not all we get even when we’re unwilling to receive more. Because we are One with all Life, and One Life together, who we choose to be individually in the world, and how we choose to respond and react individually, is a spiritual responsibility. Every moment is an opportunity for us to utilize our freedom to live that moment without fear, blame, drama, or hysteria. Every moment is an opportunity to make good choices in alignment with Love. And, every moment we don’t is a lost opportunity to experience the Holy Divine Being of Love that we are.
Our spiritual awareness rises as we stop as many times as we can just to be in awe of our existence. That we are able to think for our self, and that what we choose to think is backed by a power to produce our choice, is a miracle. That we live in a Universe that responds to us is beyond amazing! It up to each of us to take a stand individually, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally for what we want more of in the world. It’s only in moments of inner reflection and self-wonder that we can live deliberately and intentionally as creators in our life. If we’re going to know the One we are created be, we must choose to live consciously—to be alive without restriction, alert without distraction, awake without limitation, and enthusiastic without condition.
Without gratitude for our life we are unable to live life as we’re created to live it, and to experience life as we’re created to experience it. Being grateful we’re alive gives us a passionate curiosity about who we are and why we are. It gives us enthusiasm about the world around us. It connects us with life because we appreciate life. We look upon everything with gratitude, grateful we’re alive to look upon it! Vincent Van Gogh said, “I would rather die of passion than die of boredom.”
Gratitude causes “things to be grateful for” to arise in the field of our awareness. Things to appreciate come forward and fill our senses—the sight of the moon and stars, the fragrance of cut grass and honeysuckle, the taste of water when we’re thirsty or the taste of honey on our tongue, the sound of a cat purring, and the feel of a soft, warm blanket. Gratitude fills up our senses until we’re overflowing with appreciation for being alive. It transforms our experiences of life into experiences we love to live.
Author, Melody Beattie, wrote “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life…It turns what we have into enough and more.” If we’ve been feeling like something is missing in our life, we might want to feel more gratitude for what we already have. Gratitude helps us to see what is there, instead of what isn’t. Without gratitude we don’t notice the good around us, or the good within us, that would cause us to be grateful everyday we’re alive. When we don’t like where we are, or what’s going on in our life, we don’t look for things to appreciate. We look for things to validate our lack of appreciation. And, we will find plenty of them if that’s what we’re looking for.
Every living being, with perhaps the only exception being human beings, is in love with its own life. We, humans, seem to need a reason to be grateful we’re alive, rather than our being alive being the reason. Life is for living as fully as we can. It’s an active event, an experience of happy existence in the world. “Happy” comes when we don’t oppose it. But we won’t attract it to a life we don’t appreciate. Like every attribute of our spirit, gratitude is an inside job. It is something we can only experience for our self. Even if the whole world were grateful we’re alive, unless we are we’ll miss the richness that our being grateful brings to our life. All that is required of us is a heart open to life. Emily Dickinson wrote, “Find ecstasy in life. The mere sense of living is joy enough.”
Deep within all of us, even within the most miserable complainer among us, is an inborn, spirit-driven impulse to live a joyous, fulfilling life. That’s why we feel so grumpy when we’re not! The life within us, the life that got us here in this human experience, wants to live fully through us, as us. We are the One Life being alive. But being grateful we’re alive is a choice, and that choice will make our life on earth either a joy or a struggle. We might want to ask our self: “Is it more important to me for others to feel my pain or to feel my joy? Do I want others to understand my limitations, or do I want to live as free from limitations as I am able to live? It isn’t possible to feel grateful we’re alive and ungrateful at the same time.
How do make the essential shift from painful ingratitude to the pleasure of appreciation? Joseph Campbell wrote, “Find a place inside where there is joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” No matter what we learned as we were growing up about the difficulties and hardships of life. At this point in our life are we willing to settle for struggling to make ends meet, even if what we’re doing to make them meet is done without joy, just so we can pay our bills and die debt free? Do we really believe that an All-Powerful Creator, the Unlimited Sacred Source Energy of Life, would cause such a limited human experience to be the purpose of life on earth? And, if we don’t believe that, do we believe it’s just us who has been left out? When we insist on being an exception in a Universe of Unlimited Joy, and we are convinced that the Powerful Source Energy of Life isn’t sourcing us with anything that would cause us to be grateful we’re alive, we forfeit the amazing opportunity of a joyous life on Earth. Gratitude opens our heart to the blissful Energy of Universe in which we live. It causes us to “sense that living life is joy enough.”
Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, “Every morning when we wake up we have twenty-four brand new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy and happiness to ourselves and others.” Gratitude is the attitude that will get us there no matter where we want to go or where we seem to be now. We can live as expansive a life as we choose to live because we have an Unlimited Source that supports us. We’re free to double our pleasure and double our fun whenever we choose to!
When we were children, especially when we were teenagers, and we got in trouble for something or were disappointed about something, we might have said to our parents, “I didn’t ask to be born!” Some of us may still believe that’s true. But, it’s not essential whether we believe we came into this world through intention, or we believe that our being here is an accident or the choice of two people who didn’t ask us first. If we’re still here having this human experience, if we took that first breath, and the one after that and the one after that, and we are breathing still, with so many ways everyday to leave this world, if we didn’t want to be here, we wouldn’t be. That is how powerful intention is, even when we’re unaware of our intentions. All of us in this moment intend to be alive. But the question is: Are we grateful that we are?
Ernest Holmes wrote in the 1951 issue of Science of Mind Magazine, “It is a great mistake to feel that everything is all over, and that our future is already lived in the past. Everyone stands at the doorway of limitless opportunity, for the world of the future will be created and molded out of the will, the imagination and the feeling of the present.” It is important for us to notice what we’re thinking, imagining, and feeling in the present moment. Through our mood and attitude in the moments of our life, each of us is molding the future, not just for our self, but for the world because together we are the world. It would seem almost selfish, then, for us not to try to live as full a life as we can, grateful we’re alive to live it!
The powerful civil rights leader, author and theologian, Howard Thurman, wrote, “Not only is faith a way of knowing, a form of knowledge, but it is also one of life’s great teachers. Faith teaches that God is.” Though the manifestations of God are everywhere Life is, we won’t learn that God Is the One Unseen Cause behind all that exists without faith that all that we see right now originated in a realm of invisible vibration stimulated by thought, and that “what’s next” has already begun within the Creativity of Divinity, the Source Energy of the Universe.
We learn we are one with that Source Energy as we feel Its Invisible Presence within us as stillness, peace, power, love, joy, and well-being. And then, as we focus on thoughts that feel Good to think, and that keep us aligned with Source Energy, we come to know through experience that the “things” in our life begin invisibly as thoughts before they visibly appear around us. We read in The Science of Mind, “The more spiritual the the thought, the higher the manifestation. Spiritual thought means an absolute belief in, and reliance upon, Truth. This is both natural and normal.”
Faith isn’t required if we believe that what we see is all there is to what is True. Faith isn’t required if we limit our knowledge of what is possible for us and the world to our observations of the circumstances of the world and what it has already become. That’s old news, like learning from outdated books! What is visible has already completed its journey from the invisible to visible. We come to know God Is as we focus beyond “what is” and on “what’s next.” Faith by its very nature requires we believe in something before we see, hear, taste, smell, or touch it. Faith requires our reliance on the Truth that God Is, and God is Love. The experience of trust shows us that as we maintain positive thoughts that cause good feelings to arise within us something good cannot fail to appear in physical form in our life—healing of our body and relationships, and resolutions to life issues. We come to know, without doubt, that there is so much more to see and know about this Life we are living than is visible to our eyes.
When we trust that God Is, we’re at peace with whatever appears to be going on because we know that something Very Good is on Its way! God’s Love is All-encompassing. It never leaves anything or anyone out of Its Embrace for any reason. That is why It is the Power that keeps all things safe. The Unseen Power of Love has woven all of life together with Infinite Grace into a beautiful, seamless Tapestry of Love we share. Love is the unseen Substance of the Universe that holds each of us gently and safely within It, even as It powerfully Sources us with all we need to be, see, do, know, and experience in this life while we’re here. But we have enter fully into Life to win all life has to give us. Deepak Chopra wrote, “Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a difference.” Every one of us is here to make difference. Not just the famous, the wealthy, the seemingly powerful, not just the influencers, the inventors, or even the essential workers, but each of us is here to make a difference in our own unique way. The difference we make while we’re here depends on how much trust we have that the Universe knows exactly where we are, exactly what we want, and that It is willing to deliver. The difference we make while we ‘re here depends on how much love, peace, joy, happiness, and enthusiasm we’re willing to allow within us and to emanate from our own unique strand of being so that we add our unique colors to the intricate color and beauty of God’s Design. That’s how valuable each of us is to the extension and expansion of Creation. We make that difference by living fully in the world we see, even as we trust in the One Source of all Life we can’t see.
Despite appearances these days that might suggest there has been a snag in the web of Life or a tear in the fabric of the Universe, and that some us may have inadvertently, or intentionally, fallen through, no one has because no can no matter how out-of-touch with Love anyone may seem to be. We remain, now and forever, One Life created with threads of Unity that are unbreakable. It takes Trust to accept that no matter what we have thought, said or done that seems contrary to Love, Love is loving us still. It takes Trust to believe that no matter what anyone else has thought, said or done that seems contrary to Love, Love still embraces all that lives. Most of us learned from our parents, or Sunday School teachers, that bad behavior must be punished, and we’re all for that as long as they get theirs! But, we read in the Book of 1 Corinthians, “Love holds no record of wrongs.” It is we who do, and there are often enough records in our mind against our self and others to fill the Library of Congress! We might even check out certain volumes to read again and again so that we don’t forget who it is we’re blaming for our not fully living life now, who it is we’re holding responsible for why we’ve stopped believing in our dreams and trusting that we are precious and valuable to life.
We may be thinking that it’s this pandemic, or the problems in our country, that’s holding us back right now. But, if we’re withdrawn now, it’s likely we made a choice not to fully participate in life long before now. Maybe we opened our heart, and expressed our authentic feelings, and we were rejected or misunderstood. We felt criticized for being our self and decided to protect our self from being hurt again. And now we are allowing past hurts to harm our present experiences. What we’re willing to give to others and life may seem enough to get us by in life. But unless we begin to give wholeheartedly now, we won’t feel truly alive in life even when the pandemic has passed. Kahlil Gibran wrote, “Many of us spend our whole lives running from feelings with the mistaken belief that we cannot bear the pain. But we have already born the pain. What we have not done is feel all we are beyond that pain.” It’s hard to trust that it’s okay to let go of past hurts and injuries, and to forgive our self and others, because our painful stories seem so much a part of us they influence almost all we perceive about life. And, they cause us to worry about what others think of us. Often in our relationships we’re more interested in how someone responds to us than in fully engaging from our authentic self. We work to extract approval from them even if we don’t approve of what we’re saying or doing. But there’s really nothing we can do to keep anyone’s approval coming on a regular basis because it’s never really about us. We all look at each other through the filters of our life experiences. Those who are unhappy with who we are, are unhappy with who they are. We can never really know what someone is thinking or why. It’s our worry about what we think they’re thinking that holds us back in life.
Fear of hurtful criticism, or the fear of looking foolish “at our age” if we really let go and live as we feel we could, keeps us off the dance floor of life. We’ve all heard the say, “dance as if no one’s watching,” but it’s hard for us to trust no one’s really concerned if we make a misstep, if we make a point to watch for the missteps of others. We are here to learn from our missteps, as well as our coordinated steps, how to dance with each other. We learn to dance by dancing, just as we learn to trust by trusting, and we learn to live by living.
We can’t control where anyone is mentally and emotionally coming from when they meet up with us, but we can control where we’re coming from when we meet up with them. If we trust in the Goodness of Life, and maintain good feeling thoughts, we’ll be ready for whomever comes our way! It’s not how much we’re loved, but how much we love that matters most. It’s how much we appreciate, and not how much we’re appreciated, that matters most. We can choose to let past hurts remain a hindrance or stumbling block to our willingness to fully live, and fully give, now. But, if we do we won’t discover who we are beyond the pain. The good news is that every moment is a chance to choose to dance, no matter what the current conditions in our life may be. We can decide today to jump into life with both feet even if we’re sitting on the couch because it’s our heart that dances to the rhythm of our soul.
Hafez wrote, “You carry all the ingredients to turn your existence into joy. Mix them!” All the ingredients to turn our existence into joy are still within us. And, unlike the ingredients in the kitchen pantry that get old after awhile, the sacred ingredients we carry within us are ageless! It’s never too late to mix it up with life. It’s never too late to allow unrestricted movement within us that causes us to feel spunky and want to live fully. But, we’ve got to enter into this wondrous, mysterious Earth life if we want to find the treasures we came to discover. The prolific French writer, Emile Zola, said, “If you ask me what I came into this life to do-I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” Are we ready to live out loud? How much love, peace, joy, happiness, and enthusiasm are we willing to express and allow to emanate from our unique strand of being? We all matter to the God of our Creation because the Divine Thread count of every radiant thread is essential to the Beautiful Tapestry of Life. Whether we’re sheltered in place, wearing a mask, or standing six feet away from each other, now is the time for us to choose to live out loud, to enter into this life with the fullness of who we are. How else will we bring about a “what’s next” that will be a joy to live?
Deepak Chopra wrote, “In the light of trust, as it develops slowly over time, you will find that you are a privileged child of the universe, entirely safe, entirely supported, entirely loved.” In a month like October that includes ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night, in a year such as this one that has often felt more frightening than any Halloween night, and in these seemingly uncertain times where so many of us may feel unsafe, unsupported and unloved, developing trust in the Universe is a very good thing. In fact, trust is vital for our health, happiness, well being, and peace of mind.
Now some of us may trust that God has a plan for us and the rest of humanity, but that it’s either an afterlife plan waiting for us beyond “the pearly gates” if we can just sacrifice enough here to get in, or that it’s such a long-term Earth plan (because we, humans, don’t seem to be interested in doing things any differently) that we may not live long enough to see the Divine plan manifest—to actually experience in our lifetime a world living together in peace, love, safety, health, and abundant good for all. The good news is that the Power of Trust we’re focusing on allows all the good we desire for our self and the world to manifest here and now, while we’re still here to enjoy it!
In A Course in Miracles Manual for Teachers, we read, “The teachers of God have trust in the world because they have learned it is not governed by the laws the world made up. It is governed by a power that is in them but not of them. It is this power that keeps all things safe.” The Power we’re focusing on as we talk about the Power of Trust is the Power that keeps all thing safe: The Power of God’s Love within us. We are so loved that we’ve been given power by Love, Itself, to create for our self forms of Love and expressions of Love from within us that can manifest as a world of Love around us. The Trust we’re focusing on as we talk about the Power of Trust is our trust in the Intrinsic Goodness of the Universe of God’s Creation, the very Universe in which we live right now despite any appearance that seems to contradict that Goodness. And, we’re talking about our trust that no matter what we’ve thought, said or done that seems contrary to Goodness, that Goodness lives in us still and is there to guide us whenever we choose to trust It.
Still, because we rely so heavily on what we can see physically, and trust and faith require our believing something or believing in something that we can’t see, hear, taste, smell, or touch yet, we may be wondering how we can be expected to trust the Universe, or even slowly develop trust over time, when so many things these days almost everywhere we look seem to be going in the opposite direction of what we want to see and experience in this Earth life. We might even be thinking “This isn’t why I came!” But, then again, maybe it is because there is nothing like vivid contrast between what we want to see and experience, and what we see and experience we don’t want, to encourage us to learn to trust in more than what we can experience with our five senses. Oscar Wilde wrote, “All good experiences have come from trusting the universe. There is no other way to live or love. Otherwise you create your own prison.” We create our own prison with thoughts, words, conversations, and actions that are dominated by what we don’t want and why we don’t want it, and why we’re not happy that whatever is going on is going on! We’re so used to not seeing what we want—not because we can’t have it but because we’re not looking in the direction it’s coming from—that we’ve stopped asking for what we want in life and settled for complaining about life. We settle for such a small, lackluster version of our self and life when we’re created to extend and expand a Universe of limitless possibilities!
We’ve forgotten our life, in all its ways, arises from within us, and that within us is a realm of unlimited power and potential no matter what may be going on along our life path in any moment. In the Book of Hebrews we read, “Things that are seen came into being out of those things which are unseen.” We’ve forgotten that our thoughts and feelings are the unseen substance out of which our life comes into manifestation. We may be a little rusty when it comes to faith and trust in those things which are unseen because we’ve been relying so much on what we can see physically and “the laws the world made up.” We’ve been focusing so long on what’s already in front of us we’ve come to believe that it’s all there for us to experience in this life. We look at our body, relationships, and everything else around us, and then focus so often on what we don’t want, e.g., illness, conflict or lack, that we forget our life is governed by the Power of the Love of God for us that is within us and ready to give us whatever we want.
We live in a cooperative Universe that always delivers. All we have to do is ask and it will be given to us. But, we have to let it in, and we won’t if we don’t trust in the Goodness of Life and who we are in It. We resist our good with a belief in own unworthiness and our stubborn view of what is possible (or not possible) for us and the world around us. The poet, Rumi, wrote, “Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a Divine Love letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself. Everything that you want, you are already that.” We’d have no problem trusting that the Universe has our back 24/7 if we had faith that our safety, support, health, and well being are already ours. The Universe always answers “yes” when we ask for whatever we ask for, but we have to anticipate that “yes,” and expect to receive what we’ve asked for. The Universe always supports us in all we desire to be, do and have. We just have to let go and stop resisting being, doing and having it!
We read in The Science of Mind, “A marvelous sense steals over the one who waits on Good, and in patience bides his time. A feeling of some Unseen Presence silently creeps over the waiting thought. Though you cannot trace it, you must trust it.” Still, so often we want to trace it before we trust it! We want definitive proof before our eyes. “I’ll believe it when I see it” is such a human mantra that we’re used to looking for physical evidence of what to believe before we believe it! In 1989 Wayne Dyer wrote a wonderful book titled, “You’ll See It When You Believe It.” Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus said basically the same thing, “It is done unto you as you believe.” We’ll see it done when we believe it will be done “unto” us. In other words, we learn to trust the Universe by trusting the Universe! So often we’re afraid to dream because we don’t trust that our dreams will come true. We’re afraid to ask because we don’t want to be disappointed if we don’t get what we want—better health, happier relationships, increased financial freedom, or inspiration when we feel stuck in some situation. We let past disappointments cause us to resist our Present Good.
We can only develop trust that the Universe will give us what we want by finding the feeling of trust first, by letting our self feel what it would feel like to have whatever it is we want. Whatever it is we want, we want it for the feeling it will bring. What does good health feel like, ease and happiness? What does a loving relationship feel like, intimacy and contentment? What does financial abundance feel like, freedom and peace of mind? What does inspiration feel like, excitement and enthusiasm for life? We increase our trust by letting that good feeling grow within us before it physically manifests. It grows as we feel the reality of the inner evidence of it, like a baby moving in our womb, and we abide in patient trust in the unseen out of which everything is made. Trust opens us to receiving the wanted in our life because we’re looking in the direction it is coming from.
We read in The Science of Mind, “My confidence in The All Good is complete. My faith in the Power of Spirit is supreme. I have no doubts or uncertainties. I know my Good is at hand and I realize that no fear can hinder that Good from making Its appearance in my life and affairs. I know that my Life and Good are complete.” The Universe always has something very, very good up Its Holy Sleeve. It gathers all the unseen cooperative components together just for us. We just have be a cooperative component in our own desires by celebrating the Good even before we see it, and then looking for it with trust that It’s there.