New Thought teaches us that there is Something that is both us and greater than us that we are intimately and intricately and inexorably one with, and that when we are able to know this, and know this deeply in the deepest part of our being, in the most complete way possible, we come to know that we are a love that transcends the deepest love we think we can know, that we are wise and creative beyond our wildest reckoning, that we are power that is deep and wide and that we are drenched in boundless possibility. And that we can draw and draw and draw upon this inexhaustible wellspring of the Infinite and never come up empty.
I find that I must lean hard into this truth as I read about yet another senseless death at the hands of hate; when I read about earthquakes with a rising death toll; when I read about yet another war based on greed and the pursuit of power. I find that I need to lean hard into this truth when my own life seems to veer off course; on those days when I feel discouraged; on those days when I am afraid.
It can be so easy to fall prey to despair and hopelessness when times are troubled, when the world seems devoid of kindness and goodness.
In the Lord of the Rings, when Frodo was sinking into the mire of despair, overcome by the events of his time, he lamented, “I wish it need not have happened in my time.”
“So do I,” responded Gandalf the Grey, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
And so, it falls to us now, in these times, to decide what to do with the time that is given us. It falls to us now, in these times, to determine what our choices will be. What will we release that no longer serves us? How much will we allow our hearts to open? What fears will we release that will allow us to step bravely into a new paradigm?
And so, I choose to lean in hard, I choose to be willing to open my heart yet again and even more to this universal love, this eternal wisdom, so that answers that weren’t even in the realm of apparent possibility can make themselves known to me. When I listen in the quiet, leaning in to the knowing that I am inseparable from this precious, sacred Presence, I see myself in a new way, I find that I understand in a new way, in an expanded way, and this makes space for a different response, a more loving one, a more creative one, a more conscious one.
Will you lean in with me?