Cynicism is a habit one falls into when disappointment lands on top of disappointment, without grieving the losses. Disappointment causes heaviness in the heart which makes it easy to become cynical and lose hope.
The nature of hope is to look forward in a positive direction. Hope is not something specific. It is a direction we look toward.
If we place our hope into some specific goal it often leads to more disappointment. It becomes an expectation, and expectations cause suffering.
It takes effort to remain hopeful that things will work out in the highest way for all—with no specific idea what that might be. This requires trust.
When our faith is placed in something tangible, counting on it to makes us happy, we will eventually be disappointed.
The truth is that everything is impermanent. It is easy to agree with this truth and still remain attached to material forms, in which case we haven’t understood the fact of impermanence.
Impermanence is really our saving grace. Something is continually leaving and making way for the new to come forth. This is a powerful truth!
Our ego (the belief we are a separate, independent self) has a tendency to hang onto whatever it calls good and pleasurable, for it doesn’t believe it is connected to universal energy that continually flows through everything.
When we contemplate this invisible, intangible, but very real energy we have hope. We have hope for the next breath, the next movement, the next idea to arrive and help us into the next, and the next after that.
So what do you hope for?
Again and again I remind myself to give thanks for life, for love, for this energy field in which we all live and move and have our being. This is enough. What is is always enough.
Universal energy is the very creative flow of the universe. It is always becoming something greater, more complex, more profound, and more satisfying.
But we can’t put a time frame onto these developments. They are always happening—always taking place.
“Eye hath not seen, nor ear hath not heard the good that God has for us.” Ist Cor. 2:9
Let us hope for this!
The new that is being born is not yet visible. We will enjoy it so much more when we truly appreciate what we already have, whether or not it pleases us. Our life is just the way it needs to be at this very moment. And when we come to accept this, it will change.
The five steps of death and dying lead us into acceptance and renewed hope.
3. Bargaining (with God and the universe, trying to change things)
4. Depression (when we realize that God doesn’t bargain)
5. AcceptanceThese are amazing steps that lead us into the new.
It is a continual process of becoming.
Whatever is here now is on the way out. But this is no reason to feel hopeless or cynical.
The universe is absolutely love filled. We are loved fully and completely just as we are. We are universal beings who are having a human experience.
Let us place our hope in the upward direction of the spiral—for we are that spiraling energy.
And let us remember we are all connected!