“Philosophy 1” Wed. 11 Oct. 2017 Newcastle Emlyn
The original meaning of the word philosophy comes from the Greek roots philo- meaning "love" and -sophos, or "wisdom." When someone studies philosophy they want to understand how and why people do certain things and how to live a good life. In other words, they want to know the meaning of life.
On Trust and Clinging (Revised from Blog Aug. 2012)
On the relief of finding trust, I can let go of all that I cling to. That is, of course, trust in life itself, call that God or The Universe or whatever name you prefer for the infinite power of love which created everything. We are not referring here to trust in another human being.
And what do I cling to?
I cling to desiring certain outcomes.
If it works out this way, or that way, I'll be okay. I'll be able to cope. I'll feel secure. And in that clinging, I feel the energy inside my body and mind as wringing, wrenching, twisting anxiety. But when I trust, it really doesn't matter what the outcome is. I accept where I am and what’s going on for me in this moment. A state of acceptance, enjoyment even, gratitude, love, nourishment. It's all here now, already. I am thankful then, so thankful.
So what else do I cling to?
Well, I cling to wanting more. It never being enough.
I want it and I want it now. Dear, dear! What a predicament. On trusting, I know that I have it all and I have it now. My basic needs are indeed met. In reality, in a state of trust, I know that everything is perfect. So what I have, what I experience is just right for me now. No more, no less. Just right.
So I cling to impatience (or it clings to me).
It has clung to me since I was a tiny child. Mmm. In a state of trust I am already where I am meant to be, and I know it. So there is no room for impatience. Mmm.
I cling to wanting to learn faster.
I always wanted to learn fast, but have had to learn to accept that I am a slow learner. While in a state of trust, I accept that I learn at my given rate, and that I learn all I need to learn in order to lead a fulfilled and purposeful life. And when the time is right, my rose will bloom. I have no doubt.
And something else I cling to. Time. My life itself.
I try to pull back time. I try to avoid seeing my body age. I try to avoid acknowledging that I am now as old as my mother was. I cling to the desire of eternal youth! Whoa! What a myth. What a myth that is. On one level. And yet, when in trust, I realise that eternal youth is mine. Not in the body of course, but as a state of being. Then, I am free to enjoy the ageing process and the riches of wisdom and experience that come along the way.
So may we ask for our own clinging insecurities to be replaced with trust. May we choose acceptance of whatever life delivers to us, trusting that in our quest to solve our problems we will further our spiritual development and growth. In looking beyond the immediate stressful situations, which holds us in chains, we acknowledge the higher, spiritual purpose. Trusting, and more than that, knowing that our life path is tailor made for our own personal growth, bringing about the wisdom and freedom that we truly desire as human beings. Isn’t this what we chose to come here for?
And one last thing to remember – what we resist, persists. When we cling to whatever we cling to, be it other people, our departed loved ones, our work, our health, or illness even, our abilities, the identity we have carved out for ourselves, our feelings of so many things, then these things cling equally to us, and rob us of the peace which we would find in Trust. All I pray for is the eyes to see it, and then to witness the gratitude which flows from my heart when I receive that blessing.