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Have you ever thought about the difference between faith and hope? It’s really worth considering. If you’re going on a trip and you tell me about it before you leave – which of these two statements would you rather hear me say:
“I trust you’ll have a safe journey.”
“I hope you have a safe journey.”
For sure, I’d rather hear someone say they “trust” I’ll have a safe journey. When we’re living in faith we place our trust in the Divine. Hope is a kind of wish or possibly even a fantasy. For some people hope can be like a drug.
One teacher I’ve learned a lot from is Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. He’s a beautiful teacher of mindfulness and his book Peace is Every Step is one of the best books I’ve ever read and studied. I go back to it again and again. In this wonderful book he has an essay entitled “Hope as an Obstacle,” in which he shares:
“Since we cling to our hope in the future, we do not focus our energies and capabilities on the present moment. We use hope to believe something better will happen in the future, that we will arrive at peace, or the Kingdom of God. Hope becomes a kind of obstacle. If you can refrain from hoping you can bring yourself entirely into the present moment and discover the joy that is already there. Enlightenment, peace and joy will not be granted by someone else. The well is within us, and if we dig deeply in the present moment, the water will spring forth.”
I encourage you to look at where in your life you are waiting in hope, in expectation, wishing for something better rather than seeking the Kingdom, which IS within, in the present moment. We cannot enjoy peace in the future. Peace is now. If we can be satisfied with hoping then we may never seek the Kingdom.
If we settle for just hoping things improve, we’re not actively involved in improving our life.
Trust and faith are extremely active.
They require our mind to engage and make a decision about the future. Hope is quite passive.
If you have someone on your team, who is helping you to bring the deep desires of your heart to fruition, would you rather they hope for a magnificent outcome or would you rather they have trust and faith?
Will you consider giving up hoping and wishing? Will you trade them for faith and trust?
I can tell you that the #1 issue people bring to my Masterful Living Program is a desire to develop true trust and faith.
It’s the #1 result people have and that’s what brings all the miracles.
If you’re willing, all else will be added unto you too!
STARTS MONDAY Jan 24 – Register now! My Masterful Living Program supports people in establishing an effective spiritual practice. It’s not intellectual. It’s from the heart. It’s about loving ourselves so much that we eliminate the habits and thought patterns that keep us in worry, doubt and fear. We use real tools that actually work to undo these chains that bind us to keep repeating the past.
In my year-long Masterful Living Course a number of people have healed these self-destructive habits such as rehearsing disappointment, failure, depression, and addiction. Many have gone off anti-depressants, let go of old hurts and sadness that has troubled them, even chronic pain seems to disappear for many.
I share what I learned that shifted me out of my habits of ignoring my intuition and all the healing opportunities that God gave me in my Masterful Living Course 2022. At no charge you can also book an exploratory call to speak with one of the spiritual counselors who has already done the program and they can help you be clear if this is right for you right now.
Let’s heal the past and live a life we LOVE! Let’s ROCK this new year!
If you’ve been saying that “someday” you’ll do Masterful Living, make it this year. Each year we prove that spiritual practice saves time, money and prevents suffering, plus it’s profoundly healing to body, mind and spirit – as well as relationships and careers. Who couldn’t use some of ALL of that – act now and you really CAN have it all!
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