Trust is not a negotiation with the Universe
Believe me, I’ve tried.
I’ve negotiated my way left, right and center with ye olde Universe.
And, guess what, it’s never worked out very well.
Trust is not an if this/then that conditional statement.
Life doesn’t work itself out linearly, but our minds try to make it one.
If I make this offer then I expect 8 people will say yes by this date.
If I post every day on social media, I then people will see me, like me, and work with me.
If I give this gift (of myself, my talents, my time, my love) then I will be rewarded for it in this way (in gifts, love, or money).
If I lay my creativity naked on a stage, then people must applaud.
If I love hard enough, then my relationship will grow.
Conditional statements such as these only limit the way life can work out, and they batter and bruise us in the process.
If we weren’t attempting to strike a bargain — I’ll give my energy for this result — but instead stood on the tenets of service and joy, those statements might read…
I make this offer, I do it for the joy and to be of service for the good of all concerned.
I post every day on social media, I do it for the joy and to be of service for the good of all concerned.
I give this gift, I do it for the joy and to be of service for the good of all concerned.
I lay my creativity naked to the world, I do it for the joy and to be of service for the good of all concerned.
I love (not hard, not enough, just love), I do it for the joy and to be of service for the good of all concerned.
Sometimes we work so damn hard to create an outcome that looks just so, that we miss opportunities and in the meantime we find ourselves facedown in the mud, wondering why it’s not working.
I encourage you to take a look at where you might be bargaining with the universe — it’s sneaky, very subtle — it might look like positive expectation, but when we bargain we cannot fully be in trust.
Trust means saying, ‘I am in action, with an open heart and a curious mind, and you (whomever your powers that be may be) you are in charge of the results, because I cannot fathom the magic that you can weave. I cannot figure the connections that you can make. And I cannot foresee all that could be.’
We’ll have to wait for omniscience, I suppose.
So whatever you do…do it for the joy, do it to be of service, do it for the good of all concerned (that includes you) and stay open to what might come.
Love and trust,