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Beyond the Shadow of Doubt

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

Sometimes, totally unexpectedly, thoughts and musings fit perfectly into place. Imagine a series of lenses pointed at a sought after view, it’s so far away that all you can see is a blurred image at best, then suddenly something shifts and the focus becomes crystal clear. Though I have been graced with these experiences just a few times in my life, they have always been profound and transformational, especially the most recent one:

Reflecting on my belief that we live in a universe where we are all beloved and taken care of on a higher level, I was considering the difference between the times I have asked for a benevolent outcome to when I have instead just blundered and struggled away on my own when faced with challenges. At these times, I’ve felt as if I were carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders - the opposite to being whisked forward to the best outcome, which has invariably been the result when asking and being open to accepting help, even through just a silent prayer. It occurred to me that this didn’t seem fair. After all, haven’t we been taught as children to do things by ourselves and be responsible?

It was at this point that the magic happened. All at once I saw us, all the living beings in the world, as part of a great old tree – a dancing tree of life. We humans were the tender new branches at the very tips, where most movement is possible, having freedom of choice and able to disregard instinct. Yet, from our perspective it’s not easy to see what we are part of, and not realising our deep connection to life we often allow fear to separate us from it until we are almost cut off.

An understanding dawned on me then – even if we can’t ‘see’ clearly we still have the choice to trust and open ourselves to the flow of nourishment sent to us so that we might thrive.

Having experienced both ways of living, the fearful and the trusting, of course I would rather choose to trust. This is easier said than done, as the fearful way seems to be insidiously ingrained in us and in the ways of the world. Yet with clarity comes certainty. Even if the image dulls once more, what has been seen cannot be unseen, and the strength of this vision removes all possible doubt forever.

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