Day 8 – Activating the Hope Inside You
“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love.” – Bradley Whitford
In today’s meditation, we discover that to activate hope within we only need to bring attention to the presence of our awareness: the quiet consciousness that is having an experience of reading right now. Activated hope will then begin to gradually exert its transformative effect in our daily thoughts, feelings, and actions. Life becomes easier, more fluid, and more enjoyable.
Welcome to Week 2 where we begin to explore where hope can take you. The journey is transformative. Today is Day 8 – Activating the Hope Inside You. I believe hope flourishes when you are in the flow.
I remember a photo I pulled from O Magazine of a woman gliding through water. It was such a striking image of freedom and possibility. I put it on my vision board. Some time later after a swimming lesson I passed by my vision board and I had an “ah ha moment”. I had become that woman gliding through the water. For years I’d been a challenged swimmer afraid of the water. Fighting it I realized all I needed was to learn to move with the flow…literally.
This is one of the great metaphors of life, “Move with the flow.” Don’t fight the current. Resist nothing. Let life carry you. Don’t try to carry it. Deepak tells us that if you get this idea, that this is the moment, the only moment you that have, then you live in the present and you move with the flow of that. The point of arrival is “now”.
So many of us look to the future for our moment of happiness or contentment. “I will be happy when…” But when we get there we don’t recognize it because we are not present for “it”. And that’s how many people lose hope. They miss the moment.
I also believe that allowing the truth of who you are, your spiritual self to rule your life, gets you into a flow that activates hope and defeats the struggles that show up in life. As Eckhart Tolle says in A New Earth, “There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living. The secret of all success and happiness. ONE WITH LIFE. Being one with life is being one with now.” You then realize that you don’t live your life but your life lives “you”. Life is the dancer and you are the dance. The hope, joy and vitality that being committed that dance are unmatched by any pleasure you can imagine. It takes being committed to experience life’s beautiful essence. And that is the decision that you make daily.
Deepak is going to guide us to activate the hope inside.
By activating hope and awareness you bring new possibilities to light within yourself. You do not have to force yourself to feel hope; you summon it as part of who you are, allowing your trust and optimism to arise naturally. To activate hope we bring attention to our presence of awareness. This awareness is like the screen on which our feelings, thoughts and sensations are projected. Typically we only pay attention to these contents of the mind, but not the presence of awareness which makes all experience possible.
In meditation we experience that inner awareness which activates the qualities of consciousness, including hope. And then what? Daily life goes on as before except that a shift starts to occur. We discover first in small ways that life can take care of itself. This is the activation of hope and consciousness beginning to exert its organizing, harmonizing, and creative power in our life. This is a transformative discovery.
Most of us are so used to the idea that we need to control our lives. The notion that life can take care of itself from our awareness seems impossible. But the infinite intelligence of consciousness has always been taking care of life. Your body has always been functioning and thriving without your conscious direction or control. Your heart beats without you choosing to make it happen.
The struggles and obstacles we encounter in daily life are the result of losing contact with the cosmic intelligence of our present awareness. Hope becomes real when in any situation you trust that your awareness can lead you to a resolution. However, this is not passively watching and waiting. Awareness remains alert to the signals coming to you from inside at the level of insight and intuition and from outside.
In practical terms the process is quite simple. You recognize an issue that needs attention. You hold an open and neutral intention for a creative solution, then you let go and you allow the presence of your individual awareness to join universal awareness and show you what’s next.
This is the secret of creative living. Living with hope and optimism. When you notice hope arises naturally and effortlessly then you will also notice it is truly activated and supporting you. Life takes care of itself more and more as awareness expands.
Today I activate my hope.
Om Shara Vana Ya
My awareness is aligned with the creative power of the universe.
Before getting sober I had no hope. I wasn’t in the flow. The only feeling activated in me was one of feeling shitty. I would open my eyes to blue-bird skies after an epic night of snowfall wishing I would have awakened earlier to make first tracks in the virgin snow. I wish I would have awakened with clarity and purpose. I wish I would have awakened rather than have “come to”. I wish I would have felt energetic and joyful.
“Moving with the flow” is a treasured gift I have today. It did not present itself overnight as living in the disease of alcoholism was a hell I lived through that went on “like forever”. There are many gifts I have today that are the results of my being a work in progress. Yes, progress not perfection. Yes, progress…activation…movement…and purpose.
Allowing the truth of who I am and finding my spiritual self has brought me to a place today of being filled with great hope. This did not happen by coincidence. This didn’t happen by my own accord. This happened because a Power Greater Than Myself knew that I was ready to move on, to fulfill my purpose. “When the student is ready, the master appears.”
So through a series of incomprehensible and demoralizing events, I was able to admit I need help. My HP (Higher Power) I didn’t even know yet brought me to a treatment facility where I learned the truth of who and what I am, where I began to find I had a spiritual self, where the beginning of my new life began. And it was to this HP to whom I learned to turn my will and my life over. So not easy. So against every fiber of my being. But that other way of life was apparently not working for me, so I would just “fake it ’til I make it”. It worked! My life got easier; my brain shut off; I got better!
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*From Deepak and Oprah’s 21-Day Mediation Experience about Hope.