Risk and Trust, Learning to Ride the Wave of Change

We are confronted with risks everyday and those risks enable a low level fear that ticks away slowly beneath the surface. In order to get through life, we trust in many ways, but when that trust is broken in some way we are confronted with an overwhelming fear that is like a tidal wave. The danger is that instead of riding with this tidal wave, through balance and strength, then we allow this wave to crash over us and we are seemingly drowned and overwhelmed, no longer able to trust again. However, this tidal wave crashing over us is often the possibility to have catharsis and create a new start. However, often the tidal wave will appear once again, much to our dismay, but this is only something that can be feared if we let it. Would you try and tame a tidal wave? How can we possibly tame nature of such force and magnitude and if the sea is representative of our feelings and our subconcious then we must confront the fear so that it doesn`t overwhelm us. The fear is repeated again and again, but this is not a bad thing. This is giving us the opportunity transform our experience with it so that the fear becomes an intense kind of pleasure and awe we are are completely at one with, so that it no longer conquers us anymore and we no longer conquer it. It is ever present and we are able to understand it and feel it, not suppress it, we let it be and ride with it. The natural forces of fear are no longer seen as something that is beyond us but rather they are seen as simultaneously within us and outside of us and not something to be tamed, but something to peacefully evolve within, around and together with us. That is really the powerful and strong one, that is not separate from each other but a part of each other. Once we have a recognition of our interconnectivity, we are then able to tap into an innate wisdom that is beyond our tiny selves into something greater that has the ability to influence so many more people for generations to come.
There are many choices that we are faced with in life. Two of the biggest choices that lead to many of our little every day decisions are the choices between love and fear. When we make a decision against love we create fear and we keep running from love continuing to create more fear, until it becomes larger than the very thing that we are running from. This choice of fear creates by-products of self-pride and arrogance that will be tested and backfire upon us only reinforcing that every action has an opposite reaction, that if one is not careful then one will have to balance later.
There are only rare occasions in our manic contemporary times where we can glimpse the blinding light of our connectivity. Without deep trust of our collectivity then we are lost. We are lost in desperate separation, seamlessly going nowhere and constantly against each other. On a micro-scale the effect is loneliness, depression and hate. On a macro-scale there are wars, famine and disasters. When large organisations get fearful, there is a real danger of using bureaucracy as a means to control and dictate each other`s actions so that “the other” which is actually ourselves has no freedom. We trap ourselves by trapping each other.
In dialogue with each other there have been certain revelations. One of these that has held steadfast is a glimpse of our freedom from fear toward a limitless sea of choice. Could it be that we are not banished from the garden of Eden but we are living within it? A world of limitless possibilities covered by a veil of fearful illusions?
Through dialogues, meetings and seminars with each other, the illusions of smoke and mirrors fade away and what is left is the clear sight of freedom and yet it raises the perennial question: Why is it such a fleeting sight? Can we increase it`s consistency? If separateness is one of the biggest problems of the world right now, perhaps the answer lies within our acknowledgement of our connectivity and our ability to act as one. Could it be as simple as a certain shift in perspective only to recognise and acknowledge each other through compassion?
Compassion or Competition?
Let`s start with a homegrown example: wouldn`t it be easy to fall into jealousy and competition surrounded by your peers that may be high achievers intersecting worlds of science, spirituality, economy and art. This could arise from fear of failure, from fear of one being better than the other, from fear of the unknown, these are all possibilities and it would be a fallacy to say that fears have not arisen, however, one thing that has led people further, throughout history, is that by providing an atmosphere of compassion, there is less probability of fear of the unknown and a recognition that if we only see what we know, then how can we see something that we don`t yet know. People can be afraid to become, however, the paradox is that we have to become it in order to know it.