As we move along the path of spiritual growth, awakening and enlightenment, we are invited into a posture of radical trust – setting aside all we think we know about how things happen and how dreams are made manifest. YIKES!
O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come to you.
Hide not your face from me in the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
in the day that I call, answer me speedily.
Working with one of my spiritual teachers yesterday, I was extended an invitation to embrace radical trust. This is not a new invitation, but apparently one about which I needed a gentle reminder. Radical trust is this: believing that the universe is benevolent and is at work guiding and leading us toward and actually manifesting what is in our highest good each and every day! In embracing radical trust there is nothing we have to do but wait, observe and be open to seeing, receiving and believing. In a world that is all about to-do lists, goals, actions and reactions, radical trust presents a scary alternative. Our to-do lists, 5-year and 10-year goals, action plans, strategies, etc. give us a sense of surety and security so the idea of leaving these behind and surrendering to “wait, observe, see, receive,” might feel like a threat to our very existence.
What hasn’t worked
So, let’s take a look at how well our Western, pragmatic, goal-oriented approach has worked. Our government is on the verge of collapse, corporate America is in a state of ready decline, our economy is in the pits, the institutions that have defined our culture – church, education, medicine, are all on the verge of imploding from within. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. The US dollar continues to decline. Global warming. Melting of the polar caps. Earthquakes. Devastating weather patterns. HHHMMMMM Seems like the “to do” model isn’t working so well.
Daring something different
So, what would happen if we tried something else? What would happen if we dropped our to-do lists, quit strategizing, planning, manipulating, manifesting and took the time to SIMPLY BE! What would happen if we took the time to BE QUIET….to LISTEN….to WAIT….to OBSERVE……most importantly…..TO TRUST???? What would happen if we believed the universe/God, had our highest good in mind and is doing the work of leading us toward it? What if we set aside our own plans and let the universe plan it for us, lead us to it and helped us to receive it? We might just find that what the universe draws us to and actually brings forth in our lives might be more magnificent than what we ever could have imagined for ourselves. Cool!
The Resistance Dance
I know, I know….even as I put forth this proposal, every ounce of our beings are doing a little, “No, no, no” dance…a spiritual temper tantrum if you will. We don’t want to give up our plans, our to-do lists, our own ideas of what is best for us. We want to drive the boat and control the outcome. But…..if we really want a life of peace, joy and compassion, we have to step out of our drive to control and let the benevolent universe/God be in charge. AND….in order to do this what do we need? TRUST Radical Trust!
So, I’m not asking you to give up all control immediately. I acknowledge that this might put you (ahem…me!) into shock. But, what if you just tried it on for a bit? Just for today, set aside your plans, your to-do list, your strategies, your list of goals and take a day to simply Be. Spend time in quiet. Observe the movement of your life. Watch for surprises, the unexpected, coincidences and synchronicities. See what shows up and follow its thread. You might be surprised at where you are being led.
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