Many of us are facing sadness, depression or scarcity or even just fear right now. When we get caught in this whirlpool life can quickly become difficult, and it becomes increasingly hard to pull back from our issues and see the bigger picture.
What helps us is to recognise we can have two views of the world we occupy. The first view is that all we see and all that we experience around us is the only thing going on. This is an easy point of view considering the widespread use of news and our scientific perspective. If you can’t see it or touch it or eat it then it is not real so let us just focus on what we see and act as if that is all that is happening. When we take this view then we really are in trouble and our response has to be one of mostly silent despair that occasionally comes to the surface and manifests itself in many forms considering our creative nature. Our depressions, sense of hopelessness and pointlessness, the desire to give up, our desire to get as much as we can in as short a time as possible, all this is truly a spiral into increasing levels of despair interspersed with moments of magnificent indulgence.
Or we can take another point of view, which is that there is so much more going on than we can see. As a metaphor, 94% of the universe is missing or more accurately it is beyond our conscious horizon which is just away of saying it is alive and well but we are not capable of seeing it. This point of view recognises that we are a very small part of a gigantic tapestry and there are forces at play that are beyond our imagining. If this is our worldview then there is hope, there is a possibility of our survival and even of our living a life of abundance. We are all called to play a part in that but for most of us that part is not fully comprehended; all we are called for is our willingness to make our contribution in any way we feel called to.
The most common phase in the bible is “be not afraid”, and the Dalai Lama says the same thing when he says no matter what is going on in your life do not give up. Jesus said blessed are those that believe when they cannot see.
Take a quiet moment and reflect on your life and the points of view you are choosing. If there are areas where you are choosing despair or depression, imagine yourself handing the negative outlook out into the vastness of the universe. See and feel what you are given back to replace the old point of view for yourself and for your world.
We all face this simple choice every day and in every possible circumstance and while it is essential to continue cleaning up our emotional baggage we do need to have the awareness of which path we are choosing and recognise that by the territory of our lives.
With our love,
Jeff and Sue