Why Should We Trust Life At All?
In my last blog article I answered several of your questions. This question of WHY we should Trust Life, however, I wanted to write about separately, because it can easily fill an entire post all by itself.
One of my dear friends posed the question to me months after I had initially shared my ideas about Trust Life with him. Throughout that time, he and I have discussed many aspects of trusting life, trusting God, what that means, what it looks like, how it manifests in our daily lives, etc. Then one night, I got an email from him asking me “Why should we trust life?” Hmmm….of ALL people, I just knew he got it. So I read further. To my relief, he was asking the question not for his own edification, but for those who may read my blog and wonder why they, or anyone, should trust life.
My first reaction was, as I’ve stated before, to say that I’m not here to convince anyone that Trusting Life is something they should believe, all I know is that it speaks to me. But he had a point. Hence, the unfolding of this article.
There is a simple, one word response to the question, “Why Should We Trust Life?” — and that word is: Peace. Feeling peace in our everyday lives is the ultimate end goal and reason behind why we trust. Trust unlocks the door to peace. When we trust, we stop fear and worry in their tracks!
The Crux of the Matter:
What IS versus What IF
Peace is why we trust, yes, but there’s more. First off, put yourself in the mindset of thinking of Trusting Life as a series of events. The series starts with the Awareness/Acceptance of What Is. What Is, is looking at a situation and NOT inserting layer upon layer of What if. ‘What if I lose my job?’, ‘What if she intentionally ignored me?, What if I…. ?’ No, no, no. What Is means being grounded in seeing Truth, not inventing the stuff that makes our heads spin.
Think —> whatever you are worrying about or holding on to, (the What If) – – – think about letting go of those What Ifs and seeing What Truly IS.
Once you are aware and accept What Is, the enormous amount of energy you were giving to the ‘worry’, or the What If, now ends. This is key, because before we’re able to become aware and accept, our minds race with thoughts of the worry, thoughts of the What if, often leading us to invent entirely fictitious situations (which I might add, often never end up happening). These ungrounded thoughts are what take up so much unnecessary energy. They often lead to more worry, we become restless and/or irritable, we lose sleep…the snowball effect is in full force at this point. I’m going to refer to this as “monkey-mind,” where our minds jump from one thought to another to another, not being easily quieted. I think it’s pretty safe to say we’ve all experienced monkey-mind to one degree or another.
It’s when we become aware, and accept What Is, that the monkey-mind quiets, and we can Be. Once we are in a state of Being, we are able to observe moment by moment, from the highest field of all, Pure Awareness.
Now, if it has all made sense up to this point, but I just lost you with the Pure Awareness comment, you may want to stop reading here. I, however, am going to go a step further and deeper. Once you’re observing moment by moment, no longer in the worry phase, completely out of the monkey-mind chatter, whatever action you take will be in harmony with this field of Pure Awareness. Therefore, whatever action you take will be for the highest good for all. (Refer to the Sufi story for a direct example told in story-like prose.)
By Trusting Life, we Accept What Is, quieting the conflict in the monkey-mind, freeing us to observe, and then acting from Pure Awareness, which will be for the highest good of all. Operating for the highest good of all also takes us to the next level — life is not just about us at an individual level, but as living beings we are connected in a very intimate way, and thus should operate for the higher good of all.
By trusting, we are marrying our free will with the Divine of God to know that we are taken care of. We are not alone in our worries or our struggles.
I have attempted to answer your questions, and with this question, explain in words what is a knowing within me…not the easiest task to accomplish. I encourage you to add to these concepts, question them, and feel free to leave comments.
Let’s share and learn together.
“My life has been filled with many misfortunes, most of which never happened.” ~ Mark Twain
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