Trust Without Reservation And Take A Leap Of Faith
Adventures are how we grow and realize the hidden strengths that are inside each of us. Each day we have the opportunity to start a new adventure. We can go on this adventure solo, or we can have partners that join us. It can be a business adventure or a personal journey to explore who we are now and who we can grow into. The choice of destination can be a fixed point, or it can be left open for divine guidance to take us to where the most growth can happen. The trust in the first case is that we did our homework and prepared for everything possible, and are ready for the impossible to show up. In the latter case, the trust is that whatever the divine throws at us to stimulate the growth is something that we can not only handle, but conquer and be victorious over.
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
– Henry Miller
Martha Beck in her book, “Finding Your Way in a Wild New World” speaks about leaps of faith. She says that the term for a collective (like herd of cows) for leopards is a “leap”. A leopard will leap up into the branches of a tree with an antelope carcass in its mouth that outweighs it. Each time the leopard leaps, it is an act of faith that it will make it up onto a branch 10 feet above it. If the leopard doesn’t make it, it could mean it’s death, as it would most likely land on its back with the weight of the antelope on top of it. Put yourself in that space and ask yourself – have you have truly ever taken such a leap of faith?
Everyone needs someone who will call and say, “get dressed, we’re going on an adventure”.
She goes on to say that each time we face an unknown, with creativity instead of grasping at known quantities, we leap. Each time we dare to think that our art (I insert here whatever your personal genius is) can sustain us financially we leap. She reflects that each time we surrender to the way things want to happen (not under our control), we leap. When was the last time that you truly surrendered to the divine guidance? That you truly followed the saying , “let go and let God”? It is the acknowledgement that we don’t have the answers. That we want to continue the adventure. That we are letting go of expectations. That we are letting go of our own brains “ideas” of how things should be. That we are letting go of the safety nets. That we are stepping out onto the tightrope,and one step at a time we are walking across,. That we are trusting our inner guidance to be the balance we need to get to the other side – whatever and wherever that is.
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What we discover when we leap, is what we are really made of. Do we shrink back at the challenges or opportunities that present themselves to us? Do we pass by the aid of angelic guides, because we think that what we see isn’t the answer we were looking for? That one is too easy, this one is too hard? Then when we find what we think is the perfect one, we get scared off by a family of bears?
The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest is being happy with what you find.
Today I took a leap. trusting in the magic of my soul. Today was the day that I took a deep breath, let go of certainty, trusted my heart, and leaped into “seeing what happens next.”
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
– D Elton Trueblood
So today we traded in all of our fears for faith and trust without reservation in divine guidance. Those who are curious have the best adventures, just ask Alice about her adventures in Wonderland. In traveling, we think that we are losing ourselves. Leaving behind the world that we know with all of its limitations and obligations. Instead, when we travel we find ourselves. We rediscover who we are and what is important. We open ourselves to the infinite stream of possibilities and wonder. Adventure fills your soul.
Only those who will risk going to far can possibly find out how far they can go.
– T.S. Eliot
I think of Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz. She learned so much about herself with her adventures. She had her companions with her, just as I do today. I don’t know the “how” part of this decision. But I listened to my heart, which said that it is the right decision. Dorothy didn’t know the “how” of getting home, but she listened to Glenda and set out on the journey.
It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
– Ursula K. LeGuin
Glenda the Good Witch tells her at the end, “you had the power to go home from the very beginning”, so Dorothy of course asks, “why didn’t you tell me?” Because Glenda said, “you would not have believed it. You had to learn it by yourself.”
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have always imagined.
– Henry David Thoreau
The same is true for me, and you. Adventures is how we learn what are powers are, and what we are capable of creating together.
Faith is the daring of the soul to go further than it can see.
– (from Godfruits.com)