Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Things we can't control...like the wind



I had an interesting interview on New Age Spirituality vs Orthodox Religion on The Breakfast Show this morning.

I was born into a Catholic family, and try and attend mass every Sunday. I believe in God. The Father Almighty. Creator of Heaven and Earth. And I believe in Jesus Christ, his son, our Lord.

But I also believe in New Age remedies like crystals and meditating. And I read my horoscope daily and have dabbled in Feng Shui and astrology.

So not all things in life is Black nor White.
Everything is grey matter. Some probably darker shades of grey, or some deem paler in colour.

And just like the wind, we cannot help it if there are whispers in the wind that carries untruths, lies and stories that are not based on facts.

The idea of trusting the universe is a popular one these days, but many of us don’t know what this really means and we often have a hard time doing it. This is partly because the story of humankind is most often presented as a story about struggle, control, and survival, instead of one of trust and collaboration with the universe. Yet, in truth, we need to adhere to both ideas in this life.

On the one hand, there is much to be said about exerting control over our environment. We created shelter to protect ourselves from the elements. We hunted for animals and invented agriculture to feed ourselves. We built social infrastructures to protect ourselves and create community. This is how we survive and grow as a civilization. However, it is also clear that there are plenty of things that we cannot control, no matter how hard we try, and we often receive support from an unseen force – a universe that provides us with what we cannot provide for ourselves.

It is a good idea to take responsibility for the things in life that we can control or create. We work so we can feed, clothe, and shelter our loved ones and ourselves. We manifest our dreams and visions in physical form with hard work and forethought. But at a certain point, when have done all that we can, we must let go and allow the universe to take over. This requires trust. It requires a trust that runs deeper than just expecting things to turn out the way we want them to. Sometimes they will, and sometimes they won’t. We develop equanimity and grace as we learn to trust that, with the guiding hand of the universe, life will unfold exactly the way it should. We are engaged in an ongoing relationship with a universe that responds to our thoughts and actions.

6 comments:

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  2. very well written Daphne. As a catholic and totally believe in your creator of heaven n earth are u allowed to believe in new age remedies?Does it come between your faith?

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  3. M trying 2 live a good life as a Catholic should..but though i rarely turn up 4 sunday mass God has that special place in my heart...i guess faith rules more...^-^

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  4. Hi,I'm a Catholic too.Still trying to do personal research on the New Age belief.Um..I think one danger in New Age is the trust in the 'power of the universe/energy', that might make us forget in the ultimate power of God.

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