Albert Einstein once said that the most important question a human being could answer is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ A spiritually optimistic point of view holds that the universe is woven out of a fabric of love. Everything that is happening is ultimately for the good if we are willing to face it head-on and use our adversities for soul growth. The opposite of spiritual optimism is religious pessimism. This view sees God as judgmental, punitive, and ready to send us to eternal damnation if we make a mistake. This kind of belief in an unfriendly universe is toxic to the soul, rather than soul nourishing. As soon as we begin to question toxic beliefs and open to faith in a friendly universe, the proverbial path opens before us. The people, events and teachings we need are supplied. This is the action of grace. When we are open to grace, we find that people appear in our lives who encourage the growth of souls…….Joan Borysenko
dealing with challenges always calls us to a crossroads? will we fall into the same pit of pain and smallness or can we just sit for a moment and move into it? can we then expand just a little?
soul nourishment can be compromised by weak boundaries…..soul energy becomes frenetic and disconnects through fear and reactions….no compassion there….lean back into our hearts and let the questions go…..
An excellent way to practice love is to set your intention on seeing beyond someone’s behavior or personality. Try to realize that beneath the surface insecurity, negative thinking, and poor behavior, everyone is connected to God. Just as you wouldn’t get angry at someone simply because he or she is in a wheelchair, you need not be angry because a person hasn’t yet opened his heart to the nourishment of his Soul. When people act in unloving ways, it means they are out of touch with their Souls and aren’t feeling spiritually nourished. When that happens, there is no panic. The best we can do for ourselves is nourish our own Soul by looking beyond the behavior we don’t care for, thus practicing the art of love……Richard Carlson