2003-06-20 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand
The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

I have written a number of columns on trust. I rarely write about trusting another person, but rather the focus is about trusting oneself and God/Universe. As the ability to trust deepens, future outcomes become less fearful or insecure, and the focus is on my own right action today. If I am doing what I know to be correct for me, then I have to let go of the future. One never knows how others will react to our actions, nor do we have access to the big divine plan of our (and those we are involved with) lives. With trust, it will be okay whichever way it goes because I will trust my instincts to guide me to safety. God or the Universe does not bend to my script of life, but rather I choose to align with the big picture of which I am a piece of a puzzle. All the puzzle pieces are important and need to fit in to create a picture. If each puzzle piece looked after itself and was as happy as it could be, the whole puzzle would be very strong. So many of us try to bargain with God to create our own idea of what the big picture of the puzzle should be.

When one lives with trust, then a personal strength develops within the individual which in turn leads to self-love. With self-love comes the ability to be oneself. Other people’s opinions matter far less, and there is always love in one’s heart no matter what action is taken or outcome develops. I know it is not selfish to be concerned about myself and my life, while I try to live with the good of all concerned. I really do know that there may be others who will misinterpret what I do or react in ways I may not like, but my loving energy inside myself will always be present.

I can give up trying to control people, situations, outcomes, and instead focus on empowerment. It is much better to be independent and to create independence in our children. Through freedom from timing or my attachment to certain desires, I use my intuitive wisdom instead to decide what my actions will be. It is easier to be spiritually cleansed when one is not so caught up in one’s own script of how things should be. I can instead try to focus on what I am feeling in the present moment. Then my instincts will be clear to me, and I can let my life be an exhilarating adventure.

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