Just What Do I Believe?
(And Other Questions Straight from You)
Wow, friends! What an overwhelming response I’ve received from you. For as many of you who are complimentary (a sincere thank you), I must also acknowledge that there are others who are not exactly clear on what my beliefs are and more importantly, are asking the questions, “Just what do you believe? And what exactly do you mean by Trust Life?”
I respect these questions, and quite frankly, I welcome them. And besides, it’s only fair. In the last article I asked you what YOU believe. Thank you to those who sent me emails sharing their beliefs, as well as (delicately, and not so delicately) asking me to now share what I believe. To those who have sent me private messages, I have responded to you individually. However, for all of you who are wondering, but have yet to ask, this article is for you. I will attempt to address the most common questions I’ve received so far.
A Word on Language
Before we begin, I must state a key point: it’s about language. Since what we use to communicate and exchange ideas with one another is language, I think it’s prudent to acknowledge differences in the usage of language right from the beginning. Different people will use different terminology to communicate the same idea. It may stem from the household you grew up in, the region of the world you were raised, your culture, your experiences, or dozens of other places. My request to you is that you not get caught up in the language as labels. Be open with your mind, with your heart, and concentrate more on the message.
Where Does God Fit In Trust Life?
The most common question I’ve received is whether or not God is present in my message. Let me respond by being very clear. To me, Trust Life IS Trust God. So, why not just say that? I’ll get there in a sec. For now, I want to discuss the word God. God, or the Divine, are the words I choose to describe who I consider to be the most high. There are lots of other words people use, and I’m sure you’ve heard many of them. Some very common ones are Source, Universe, Intelligence, Energy, Nature… the list goes on and on. What I’d like to be very clear about is that it’s not my place to defend what I call God or the Divine, just as it’s not my place to have an opinion about whatever term(s) you choose to use. Each time I hear a new reference to something that I call by a different name, I believe it presents an opportunity for me to investigate and learn. How open will I be to this new word? To this new concept? I might walk away wanting to learn more. I might not consider it ever again. But I pray I always remain open.
Is Trust Life Religion Based?
Another common question I’ve received is whether or not Trust Life is a religious message. To that I answer no, it is not based on one religion. I believe Trusting Life is bigger than any one religion; that’s why it feels right for me to refer to it as a ‘knowing.‘ It’s like how I know that God exists, even though I can’t SEE the energy that is God physically. Trust Life is applicable across many different belief systems, just as God is bigger than any one religion and he spans over any and everything.
Why Not Call It Trust God?
In a previous article, I went into detail about how the idea of Trust Life Today (TLT) first came to me. What I deliberately didn’t share with you was a conversation I had with a very wise person when I was trying to decide whether or not I should share my ideas about Trusting Life in a public way. One of the reasons I didn’t share the conversation with you was because this wise person is eight years old and I needed to know if I had his parents’ consent. I have since been asked to keep his name private, but have been given permission to share stories about him and conversations he and I have shared.
So to answer the question, “Why not call it Trust God then?” In order to answer the question, I must tell you about the conversation with Mr. 8-Year Old .
See, I had so many thoughts about Trust Life — they were all very clear to me, but I wondered if they would be clear to anyone else. Would anyone else get what I was saying? Feeling? Thinking? Would anyone even care? So who better to practice on than a kid? Kids are honest, straight forward, they haven’t developed poker faces yet, so I’d know if I had lost him. And in this case, this particular kid is sharp as a tack when it comes to this kind of stuff, so I sought out an opportunity to explain it to him. His first reaction was to grab his sketch pad and draw what he understood me to say. Well, his drawing looked okay to me (more than okay — it later became the logo for this website), but I wanted more from him. I needed to use language as our common denominator since I don’t speak in drawings. But I didn’t get language. What I got was a drawing.
Until the next day….
He came right out and said, “I don’t know if you’re going to get this or not, but I was thinking, if God has a soul, it would be life.”
“Huh?” I asked him to repeat it so I could make another attempt to understand.
He repeated, more slowly the second time. “If. God. Has a Soul. It would be life.”
Okay, I think I get it, but I still needed more. When I asked him to expand, he explained that he simply didn’t know enough about God to know whether or not he has a soul, but if he does have a soul, it would be our lives, our human lives. He said that WE are what help God to “breathe,” although he wasn’t sure God even needs to breathe.
Bam! Yes! He had understood, well beyond what I had even anticipated! Through his words he confirmed that Trust Life = Trust God. The more I’ve thought about it (and I’ve thought about it a lot), Trust Life and Trust God are so intertwined in my heart and in my mind, I couldn’t separate them if I wanted to. And so it is.
There you have it. These are my beliefs as they relate to Trust Life. They resonate with me and they feel good and pure, just like love. But I’m open to, and even understand if they don’t resonate with you. And that’s okay, too. There’s plenty of other good material out there to read — TONS! Find what speaks to you and own it.
Now you know what I believe. Are you still curious, wanting more? If so, check out the article on “Why Should We Trust Life?”at all?
Thank you Angelic, for being brave to ask the first question. To you, I also express my gratitude for allowing me to share your words: “I think any belief system that brings hope, faith and happiness to its followers is a good thing.”
Your words are as strong and as beautiful as these:
“God made Truth with many doors to welcome every believer who knocks on them.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
“To ignore people of other faiths and ideologies in an increasingly plural society is to be willfully blind…. We are severely impoverished if we do not encounter people of other faiths with reverence and respect for their beliefs and integrity.” ~ Desmond Tutu
“Treat the other man’s faith gently; it is all he has to believe with. His mind was created for his own thoughts, not yours or mine.” ~ Henry S. Haskins
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