If you’re struggling with change, resisting what you don’t want to face, or confused with what you’re supposed to be doing, may these messages encourage you to trust the process once again, or for the very first time.
“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” – Elif Shafak, Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi
In any given moment, we have two options: (1) to step forward into growth, or (2) back into safety. Sometimes, it’s hard to even decipher forward from backward. How can we trust that we’re on the right path and moving in the right direction if we don’t even know what our path is?
The key thing to remember is that trust does not come after we know the answers; trust comes first.
“To have faith is to heal,” says A Course in Miracles. “Faith is the opposite of fear, as much a part of love as fear is of attack.” To have faith is to give up the fearful perceptions you hold of whatever you’re having a hard time trusting. Trusting the path is akin to loving life, and yourself, enough to enjoy the journey while it’s happening, knowing the journey is your life. This moment is your life.
Here’s an excerpt from Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulos that I think speaks clearly to the beauty that trust can impart:
“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” “You mean to die?” asked Yellow… “Yes and No,” he answered.
With a more loving perspective of your world, limits fall away and new opportunities arise, seemingly out of thin air (though they’ve always been there). With new, faithful eyes looking out into the world, you see new things and feel new energy moving through you. A little trust can change a life, because it changes how one lives their life.
A Few Healing Thoughts to Help You Trust the Process a Little More
Your direction matters more than where you now stand.
“The greatest thing in this world,” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once noted, “is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”
Direction is more important than both speed and the placement of your feet. You have all the light you need for today, and tomorrow’s light will be given to you then. You do not need more than you are given, for you are always given all that you need for peace and happiness in this moment. What you need comes through you, not to you.
When you’re confused about where you’re meant to be standing, you can say this to yourself: “I don’t know where I’m meant to be in the future, but I’m supposed to be right here in this present moment in order to learn what I need to learn, and see what I need to see, so that I can be where I’m meant to be tomorrow.”
Change is nothing to fear, just something to strengthen our trust in the process. Life changes every single moment, and so can you; in fact, you do. The cells in your body are constantly dying and being born; yet here you are still. Life is not taken away, only transformed.
You are in the process of becoming who you need to be. For now, you need to be who you are, and where you are, to get anywhere else. And it’s okay to not know who you might be–you may not know your exact purpose in its entirety, but you can be willing to find out. Be willing to find out.
Slow and steady, because there is no race.
Strengthen your faith in something larger than yourself.
How can my life be wrong when I am a portal where the universe has come alive? The universe has become conscious of itself from a unique angle through me. I am my own sun, and I need not orbit other stars. If I am at peace with who I am now, I make way for who I might be. And so it is with you.
You will be at peace when you become willing to trust the process of a higher calling. You don’t need to understand the bigger plan or control it, just make space for it to unfold. Contrary to mainstream thinking, you don’t need to make everything happen, and you don’t need to create the conditions for perfect miracles–just relax and don’t interfere with the higher plan that the universe has set in motion.
Trust the process a little bit, because there’s something bigger going on, and you’re not responsible for that plan. Isn’t that a relief?
Visualizing abundance fuels positive change.
In her book A Year of Miracles, Marianne Williamson writes this healing message: “Surely the future will be abundantly blessed if we envision it now as a beautiful thing.”
The only reason we don’t visualize the lives we want every single day, giving those visions power, is because we don’t believe it can make a difference. The successful people in this world know the truth, and that’s that the visions we hold in our minds, and the supportive energy we generate from within, does make all the difference in our world.
Visualizing the positive possibilities enables us to bring our destination into each step, thus allowing us to enjoy the journey and to wait without anxiety.
Happiness is not a far-off dream or wishful thinking; happiness is when we are in harmony with our highest nature.
For one thing, our highest nature is not jealous of another person’s success, because that only curtails our own chances for success. That resentment would cut us off from abundance. Don’t envision being in someone else’s shoes, for they’re not yours to wear. Be happy for the happiness of others; their success is proof that you too can succeed. We are each capable of living in harmony with our highest nature.
We all have stars in us.
The joy you manifest here and now, and the visions you hold for your personal journey (which cannot be identical to another person’s journey), will enhance your likelihood of living out those visions. Trust that the path need not be perfect, just yours.
Release resistance to the unknown.
Resistance is avoiding something–not trusting, not embracing, and not accepting something. Resistance isn’t always bad (sometimes you need to resist the temptation of a toxic situation, for instance), but we can be resisting a relationship, a feeling, change, a decision we need to make, a health issue, a financial issue, and any number of things.
What you resist persists. Be willing to look at the consequence of what you’re resisting. Resist a cavity and it becomes a root canal.
By facing what’s showing up for us, we increase our power to transform it into something positive. Be honest with yourself about what you’re resisting, and identify the source of that resistance: the source is always a limiting belief fueled by fear.
Limiting, fear-based beliefs which fuel resistance and starve faith could be: “It’s too hard, “I can’t do it,” “I’m not good enough,” “I might miss out on something else,” or “I will have to sacrifice something.”
Identify what’s causing you frustration or confusion, and you gain a new vantage point from which you can move beyond the limiting belief and make positive change happen in your life. Calling the resistance by its true name takes away its power to control your life without you even knowing it.
What are you resisting? Are you willing to identify its source? Can you accept that being uncomfortable might mean you’re growing?
Sometimes, we need to be shaken to be awakened to new and better ways of living. We can only appreciate this signal from the universe, though, if we start trusting a little bit.
Letting go sets you free to feel more alive.
When I let go, I feel that all is well. When I let go of attachment to who I’m supposed to be, I feel closer to who I really am. The bliss of eternity rests its hand gently on my shoulders when I let go of all the “shoulds” that have left me feeling small, incomplete, incompetent, and out of touch with my highest nature. And so it can be with you.
Practice letting go of thinking the world is here to give you what you need; you are alive, which means life has already given you what you need to be in this world. Consider the belief that you’re here to bring joy into the world, and let that belief come alive in how you choose to live your life today.
Trust that you are always being given what you need to experience joy. Sometimes you just need to open your mind and your heart a little bit more–let go of any preconceived beliefs you’ve been holding–to see the beauty that exists here.
Letting go of what life “should” look life is akin to forgiving yourself for impressing upon the world those insane and stressful beliefs; to want to live a life that’s anything other than the life you’re living is the definition of stress.
Place into the hands of the universe what is not yours to fix. You don’t need to control other people, fix the world, or heal every broken heart. You need to be fully alive in who you are, that is all.
You are powerful enough to transform every experience.
Concentrate on the bad, and you bring more negativity into your day. Negative thinking fuels the problem. Concentrate on the good, and you bring more radiance and hope into your day. You are gifted, because you have the power to transform negative thoughts into new, positive points of view. Do not doubt what you can do.
Your thoughts and attitude absolutely matter; they color your reality and co-create your destiny. You can either water the flowers or fertilize the weeds; the choice is yours, and that’s your power, so don’t disown it, give it away, doubt it, or forget it.
Trust the power of the whole universe and trust that power to be inherent in you. First and foremost, you are a child of the universe. You are trying to make sense of the stars in you, and it’s understandable that it’s a lofty concept to grasp. You don’t need to grasp it, and when you let go of trying to understand everything, you can live in the energy of peace, instead of frustration.
The energy you radiate out is absolutely up to you. That’s your power, and it’s one this world can never take away. This is your power to enrich life as you experience it, and that means everything.
- Did any of these messages encourage you to trust the process as it’s unfolding?
- What’s one area of your life that’s lacking in faith; what are you having a hard time accepting or letting go of? What’s holding you back from being able to trust?
Please share your thoughts, healing insights about trusting the path you’re on, lessons learned along the way, and any inspiring stories with me in the comments.
Share these healing messages with someone who might appreciate them.
It’s okay to not have the answer yet; that’s the stimulus for trust and discovery.