When you think it’s doubtful that anything can get better, remember that’s not your higher self thinking. Take a “thought break,” get still, and listen for a guiding message–it’ll say, “I have hope.”
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”– Haruki Murakami
Meet the Moment with Hope
The way I approach my life situation determines either the depth of my despair, or the span of my hope.
When you approach your life situation with a little hope, you’ll tend to unearth more hope along the way, whichever way you’re going.
Here’s an excerpt from a past post which highlighted 30 quotes about hope:
If you don’t know which direction is forward, consider this: You’re thinking too much. Focus on having fun and enjoying something about where you are. When you’re in the spirit of joy, you’ll attract the guidance you need. It’s not required that you struggle to overcome your obstacles, but that you remain willing to see things differently.
Have you been expecting your life situation to change without you first readjusting your perspective? When you change the way you look at things, you’ll see new things. It’s how you approach life that matters, not just how you respond to what you think it already is.
It’s how we meet the challenge that makes the difference. How we approach, and then respond, to the difficult things that happen can mean the difference between a life of anger and joy, despair and hope.
Instead of waiting for life to bring you what you want, try having fun with what you have, where you are. Be in the spirit of joy. Focus on staying present and aware, awake and alive right here, right now. The energy you generate from doing so will likely bring you closer to what you want.
To make hope a real and powerful force in your life, you need to activate it with self-awareness. Stay in the present moment without anticipating, and anything is possible.
When we recognize that our fear and anxiety is based on the past (which is not Now) and the future (which has not happened at all), we become free to lay down our defenses, and pick up hope.
Everything Will Be Transformed into Something Else
I am in the process of becoming who I really am, and so I have hope in who I can be.
The feeling we have now, which may be a hopeless feeling, won’t last forever, and that’s what hope is: the knowing that the hopelessness, too, shall pass. This is why A Course in Miracles says, “Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety.”
Everything, eventually, will be transformed into something else. There are no stop signs, really, just guidelines. Life is the greatest alchemist. One thing you can learn from loss, failure, or confusion is how the spirit still ushers you forward. There is something else, always.
You can either believe that all hope is lost forever, or that something will rise from the ashes, hence the need for the ashes. Each one of these beliefs will create quite different experiences. What you accept becomes true for you, and is reflected back to you in the form of people, situations, events, and things.
If you’re willing to release how you think life should be, and to affirm for yourself, “I have hope,” and to hold on to that new affirmation, then it will color your reality in a much brighter way.
The great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said it well with the message, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” You are both in the journey, and you are the journey at the same time.
“There Is a Guiding Message for Me, and I Have Hope”
My hope is my rock, a conviction born of trust and belief in a higher order of things.
When you surrender to this one moment (which is not to be confused with resigning yourself to your life situation) you get into the feeling state of freedom. Separate this precise moment from whatever is happening around you, and recognize it without resistance–no judgment, no labels. Basically, just see things from an objective point of view.
The present moment is not the same thing as what’s happening to you. The present moment is sort of like a pool of supportive energy, which you can tap into or not; either way, it’s still there.
Surrender your worries, fears, resentment, impatience, and all negative thoughts to the moment. That’s it. Once you’ve done that–you’ll know it by the way you feel–you can take positive action, which is much more powerful than negative action (usually taken out of frustration, anger, or despair.)
Surrendering is key because it allows you to see uncertainty not as an enemy, but as an opening.
We can look at uncertainty calmly and clearly, and find the opportunities for growth and new possibilities. It’s when we face uncertainty with self-doubt and fear that we become paralyzed and blinded to the good options that are available. In an unsettled state, we cannot hear the guiding messages from our higher selves; we can’t see the light.
In darker times, we are the ones who must shine the light of consciousness, of awareness, like a flashlight and cut through the fog and confusion. Consciousness is the tool we hold that scans the darkness for a message of hope.
With the light in our hands, we learn to be at ease with not knowing, and that ability to “wait without anxiety” is crucial for answers coming to us.
Please share your thoughts, healing insights, powerful lessons in keeping the faith, and any inspiring stories of hope with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone who may appreciate some light today.
In darker times, hope is rising to meet you, but you must be holding the light if you’re going to see it.
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