Hope is an orientation towards a livable future.
Hope is a direction of mind and spirit.
To have hope is to have the courage to know that whatever comes will be workable.
Extrinsic hope lies in something outside us, a specific outcome. This often disappoints.
Hope has often been given a bad rap. It is often confused with wishful thinking.
Yet if we don’t have hope what do we have? Bitterness and cynicism is about all that is left.
The writer of Hebrews explains hope and faith this way in Ch 11:1,3:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen……..Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Yes, the things hoped for are evidence of things not seen!
I take this to mean we live in universal energy that flows everywhere invisibly and intangibly, and that everything we see and sense arises out of this great ocean of energy—also known as the word of God.
Our hope is in this all sustaining energy that is always giving us just what our soul needs—not necessarily what we want.
Hope is vital to life.
My greatest hope is to find meaning in all that has happened; to know that nothing is ever wasted—not even a single tear.
I believe it is the dark times in life that brings forth the true meaning of events. It is as if the tears of our heartbreak fall into the earth of our soul and cause something new and beautiful to grow and become. And through these times we evolve spiritually.
I believe that everything lost in the outer returns to our soul causing greater depth of compassion and understanding to burst forth.
But when we hope for a specific outcome, we lose as often as we win. This leads to disappointment and despair. Fear accompanies this kind of hope.
If our hope is for the highest outcome and we are willing to give up the idea that we know what needs to happen, we build a faith that gives us something firm to stand on in the dark times.
Jesus gave us a parable about the wise man who builds his house on rock, rather than sand. Matt 7:24-27
Building on the shifting sands of the material world is dangerous, for everything formed changes constantly. That which is born will die.
Let us not place our faith in that which is formed for it will eventually disappoint. It is already on its way out.
Intrinsic hope is like that rock Jesus spoke of. Hope is where our future comes from.
So let us continue to hope. But not for a specific outcome.
Specifics are extrinsic—live in the outside world, the world of form. As opposed to intrinsic—within us.
Intrinsic hope points us toward the true, the good and the beautiful that is available to us.
Let us hope that the right thing that needs to happen will appear in due time. Let us hope and have faith in Universal Energy that knows how to become. This energy has been evolving the world for 14 and ½ billion years. What else has that kind of track record?
Let us trust Universal Energy to evolve.
And let us remember that hope doesn’t stand alone. It moves into the world by our actions.
If this subject interests you I strongly recommend the book INTRINSIC HOPE by Kate Davies, M.A., D. Phil.
It will give you great hope in meeting the difficulties of these troubled times.
In great hope,