Stony Batter, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
We act as if the universe is out to get us. We are anxious and depressed and blame it on circumstances outside of ourselves. We believe that the world is driven by negative impulses and random events. Our desires are rarely fulfilled, and, when they are, the satisfaction is hollow and short-lived.
There is only one solution to this dilemma: spiritual awakening.
It is our desire and expectations which cause our unhappiness and despair. We suffer because we believe things should be different than they are. It is only through acceptance and allowing everything to be as it is that we can experience the peace, love and joy which is our very nature. That does not mean that we do not take steps to change our circumstances if they are not fulfilling. Indeed, true change can only come with acceptance. Once we accept that things are just as they are, we can begin to effectuate changes.
We think we know what will make us happy. We think we know what will make us fulfilled. We want material things, relationships and status because we believe that when we have those things, we will be happy. It is the thinking and the wanting that create our suffering.
The Universe is as benevolent as we allow it to be. We do not have enough information to know what will truly make us fulfilled. Our dream job could turn into our worst nightmare. Often, getting fired or becoming ill allows us to experience growth and fulfillment.
If we give up our desires and expectations, and allow the Universe (otherwise known as God) to lead us, we will find our life's purpose and our lives will unfold in ways beyond what we can imagine. As we turn towards the Universe, the Universe turns in our direction. The Universal Spirit will never intrude in our lives unless we ask it to by opening ourselves up to it.
Let's surrender to life just as it is..