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Monday, February 29, 2016

Accepting Good Fortune

Trusting the Gift

Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move.”
Allan Rufus (The Master's Sacred Knowledge)

Right now, several people in the Spirituality Group are trying to make decisions that include moves to other states. They are weighing the pros and cons, and anticipating the pain and separation anxiety of leaving the familiar and launching into the unknown. We talked about how difficult it is to trust enough to make that leap when you don't know for sure what the outcome will be.

We also spoke of the difficulty of accepting the good that comes to us—sometimes more difficult that accepting the misfortune. It's all about trust. It is as though the universe holds something sweet out to us, and says, “Here, this is for you.” Most of us immediately begin to question: Why me? What did I do to deserve this? Are there strings attached? We would likely accept the gift, but with almost as much hesitation as we accept hardship.

In truth, many of us will not make the move. Like a hermit in a cliff-cave, we will content ourselves with watching shadows on the wall rather than jumping into the abyss. Better the known, we say, than the unknown. Better to endure stagnation and boredom, than risk failing at something. But there is another solution. One can climb that cliff wall, one notch at a time, accumulating experience along the way. If we can muster enough courage to face the climb, we may find freedom at the top. For certain, if we never leave the safety of the cave, we will never know the fresh air of new life.

                                                 In the Spirit,


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