Living by the Light of Hope
“I find hope in the darkest of days and focus in the brightness. I do not judge the universe.” – Dalai Lama
Hope is a light that shows our way along the path. This light of awareness is also a light of insight and understanding, giving us the strength of our convictions as well as lightness of heart. Our meditation today shows us that the light of hope is, above all, a light of love uniting our lives and liberating our spirits.
We’re coming to the close of week 2, a week of hope should be opening you up to clarity, calm and power, no matter what’s going on in your life. Welcome to Day 14 – Living by the Light of Hope. It’s a bright and reliable light if we let it guide us and it shines in every area of life from friendship to partnership to family and beyond.
One of my favorite super-soul conversations was with trail-blazing author and psychologist, Dr. Shavali-Sabari, about her book The Awakened Family. Dr. Shavali says that when we try to control our children or put our own expectations on them or even try to live their lives for them, it creates confusion, disruption, and separation; in essence, we’re dimming the light of hope for them.
Well, I’ve been guilty of this myself a couple years ago I encouraged one of my daughters from South Africa to attend a college in America. It was a school that she knew in her heart wasn’t right for her but it was a school I’d always dreamed of going to. At the time I pushed her to go to that school, unconscious of my reasons why. And after our conversation Dr. Shavali opened my eyes to what I was doing. I was dimming hope for her. I’ll always be grateful for that lesson.
Dr. Shavali believes that the root of all the world’s problems of violence and conflict is our loss of connection especially between the parent and the child. We can all see that playing out in our world today. She said there was some big forgetting that occurred in our history that made us believe we are separate from this oneness that surrounds us. The awakening, the soul lighting up, happens when we realize that we are one with God, one with the Universe, and one with each other. One of the greatest gifts you can give to your children, to yourself and the world is to grow in the awareness of this connection. It is the light of hope.
We have learned that hope is a powerful guide from our true self that leads us out of a mindset of struggle. But more than that when the light of awareness guides you away, you are no longer dependent upon external beliefs, ideologies or politics to give your life direction and meaning. Buddha’s last message to his followers was simply, “Be a light unto yourself.” When you discover your presence of awareness you can no longer be mislead or disappointed in the messages and actions of leaders and authorities. The light of awareness resides in us already, waiting to be recognized and activated. As this happens the light expands and every action, thought and feeling springs from that light. This is the light of hope.
It might seem that living by the light of hope is too far removed from the cares and demands of everyday modern life. But the light of awareness is not remote or unworldly. It is the most intimate and real thing about you. If you didn’t live in the light already, you wouldn’t exist. It takes awareness to experience anything.
There is spirituality in seeing a tree outside your window, or clouds, mountains, or the sea, because everything springs from consciousness and can only be known by consciousness. So if you are individually guided by a light of hope, how does that work?
In a world of conflicting beliefs and ideologies can we really be our own light, guidance and authority and still be effective and engaged in life? Yes. Enlightenment is spiritual freedom but it is also practical and effective and harmonizing. The light of awareness is the shared level of all life where there is no conflict, no divisive beliefs, or need to defend oneself.
When you are a light unto yourself you may still practice the same religion you grew up with and hold the same political and cultural values you’ve always had, but now you’re not threatened by any values or beliefs that are different from yours. You recognize the good that is there and celebrate the differences. There are as many evolutionary paths as there are people in the world which means there are 7 billion ways to live in the light. When you make the shift you live completely in the light and the journey of hope has found it’s destination.
My future unfolds with hope and joy.
Aroot Perum Jothi
I invoke divine grace light.
Sometimes I wonder were my personal individual gifts as a child emphasized, talked about or even mentioned, how my life would have been different. My mom gave me heaps of praise about my talents, yet I still ended up living fear-based. I still ended up an alcoholic.
I guess where I’m going with this is once I got into a program of recovery for alcoholism I started to work on myself through the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. In Step Four where I took my own personal inventory I discovered that my whole life, my “me”, lived in fear of your opinions and expectations of me. Where did that come from? I was given numerous strokes and praise for excellent grades, talents, services, etc. Yet I still lived in fear of what you would think of me. And I lived with this internal fear for decades while you loved me for who and what I am until I could love myself the same way.
No, the substances I abused were just symptoms of my fear-based living. I believe I would have still misused and abused drugs and alcohol even if everyone in the world told me daily how unique and gifted I am. To love myself just the way I am. I’m an alcoholic. Period. No amount of praise and applause would change that.
But the fear-based thing is what I wonder about. How much praise and accolades does a child need to not end up living fear-based?
I believe my fear comes from growing up without a purpose. And I lacked a purpose because I lacked a power greater than myself. That’s what we didn’t talk about. That’s what I didn’t understand. That’s why I had this void in my gut.
From working the Twelve Steps I was blessed with a Higher Power of my own understanding. That’s when everything started to make sense and fall into place. I all of a sudden had hope. I had relief from the power of self and thinking I had to do it all, alone. That’s where the fear comes in.
Now that my life has made a complete turnaround with this revelation and I can turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understand God, I shall still try to stress to our children and to you how important your unique personal gifts are. I shall plead with you not to compare yourself with others. I shall help you learn to love yourself and be grateful for who you are with your special gifts. This is what living by the light of hope means to me. I am so blessed.
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From Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience about HOPE.