When we are facing doubt and hopelessness…

We remember that hardship, suffering, day to day monotony and feeling trapped are impermanent. Even when we feel like our entire life is made up of nothing but strife and struggle, we can remember that what feels like our entire life is simply our ‘life situation’. Our soul – our true Being – is outside of what we tend to experience on the surface. We are good at forgetting that our Being has more power than the hardships that pepper the current human experience.

When we see and hear others discounting what we know to be truth…..

We remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and their own version of truth, so long as it doesn’t harm anyone else. Words have power – but in the end, words are just marking posts, a way for the human mind to try to convey what is felt in the in the soul.  Sometimes the language of the soul doesn’t translate when we try to speak it in words, no matter how eloquently or intelligently we communicate.  Being has more power than any speech, document or legality.

When it seems like nothing will ever change in our day to day human, bodily experience….

We remember that living in a body is but one part of our Being. We try to give thanks for the experience, regardless of what has already come to pass and regardless of any worry about what is still to come. We accept that whatever our life situation, it is essential – just as it is – for our soul to get what it needs.

I don’t know what it’s like to go to bed hungry after not eating for the third day in a row. I don’t know what it’s like to spend every minute of every day afraid that my community might be attacked by armed forces because there is a war going on all around me. I don’t know what it’s like to survive a physical assault and live with the raw fear that it might happen again. I don’t know what it’s like to wonder where my child is because someone decided to take her from me.

But though I haven’t experienced the deep suffering that so many other beings have, I can say that I do know what it’s like to wake up and feel nothing but sadness.  I know what it’s like to feel isolated and cut off from everything except the melancholy tale that my mind wants to tell over and over again.  I know what it’s like to feel trapped in a system that doesn’t give out free lunch.   I know what it’s like to have a voice that wants to be heard and not know how to use it in a way that others can understand.

And maybe most importantly, I know that the the souls that experience any hardship – regardless of scale or depth –  are wise, and strong.  Perhaps we experience such situations to help the universe know what it’s like to feel separated from others, to sit in despair and to want for something different.  That job has been done, and done again.  And again.

Yet in the midst of such despair and challenge, the thing that we are never cut off from is our Being: the part of us that is completely attuned to the rhythms of the earth and the pulse of creation.  The soul and breath of something greater than ourselves lives within us and remains steadfast at our core. That breath is a light that will not go out.

So when we wonder how things could ever possibly change, and when we have no idea how change might occur on the surface of our human experience, when we are impatient or facing challenge, and when we can’t see past the suffering the world has been though, we can remember that our Being is taking every experience we have in our physical body on the earth and is using it to help us manifest the reality that is ours, and ours alone, perfect in its own right.

At our core essence, there is no doubt, hopelessness or despair.  There is only light, love and the freedom to be.



Why is it that when one little thing during the day goes wrong, it is so easy to focus on that one little thing?  For me, it’s easy to fixate on that one individual that I talked to during the work day who was in a bad mood, was snippy with me on the phone or was upset about something that I couldn’t help them with.  It’s easy to keep going back to that ten minute chunk of the day and re-live it, ruminate in it and let it turn from a ten minute incident into a two hour event in my mind.  And I don’t think I’m alone in this tendancy.  There have been countless self- help books written about “not sweating the small stuff.”  And yet.  The cycle is hard to break.  The six o’clock news, a Facebook news feed, an old fashioned newspaper, or NPR, media of all kinds and even our casual conversations are peppered with negatives.  What is it about negative energy that is so enticing that we get swept away in it on a regular basis?

You might say “well, we are only human, and humans aren’t perfect.”  Which is true, in one sense-we are far from what we usually deem “perfect”.  But as humans we are also made as an image of God – whether that God is viewed through a Christian lens, a Buddhist lens, a mystic lens or a “I have no idea what I really believe” lens.  I’m inclined to think that even those who view God through a lens of disbelief are still created in the same image.  And God is not ruminating with negative energy.  God is filled to bursting with light and love – which means that we as humans are, too.  But it can be all too easy to let that light and love get shoved to the background by the negative energy that has gotten adept at finding little cracks to seep through into many aspects of life on earth.

Negative energy seeping through cracks and into life isn’t a nice image – the good news is that it doesn’t have to be our image. Perhaps if we take the negative energy that does find us and recognize it for what it is – energy, though manifesting in a less than ideal form – we can stop the seeping.  A water leak can only be stopped if it’s recognized.  If we don’t recognize and really look at the negative energy that seeps in, it will just keep seeping. But if we can see it, know it and put the light and love that is at our core into it, the negative energy will fade.  Maybe it will even turn into something else, something brighter and more alive than we can imagine right now.  Maybe what’s so enticing about negative energy is that it can be changed.