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Control Issues, Trust, and Being Open

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

We seek to control our lives when we do not trust, when we do not love. Our ego, perceiving itself to be vulnerable and insecure, uses control in an effort to protect itself. At the root of our need to control, we find fear. It may be fear of the unknown. Fear of not coping. Fear of loss. Or possibly even fear of looking stupid. And as our efforts to control other people and events invariably fail, our fear increases.

“When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.”
~Steve Rapson

Trust, on the other hand, is a quality of the soul. While control is a tool of the mind, trust and faith are aspects of the heart. Trust comes with the deep knowing that we are spiritual beings in physical bodies. When we trust enough in life to give up our need to control, we can relax and open to the flow of energy in our lives. This brings peace of mind. ~from Higher Awareness

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Here we have a perfect picture of trust and openness. I don't know which is more important for me to achieve - the open hand that speaks gently and quietly of allowing beauty, love, and whatever it is that I want - to come and go as it pleases; the open hand that says I don't have to cling to anything in order to "make" it stay.

OR

Is it important for me to know that I am in "good hands," that I can fly if and when I choose, and that there will always be a safe place to land, that I am free and unlimited in every way. What about you guys? What is important for you?

"The only real security in life lies in relishing life's insecurity."
~M. Scott Peck

3 comments:

Two Feathers said...

Actually, I think I'm more afraid to be the bird ... The open hand seems much easier to accomplish.

Karla said...

Maybe it's important to remember that we don't always have to fly. The chicken could hop down on the ground and find a fascinating life there! Wherever we go when we leap off the roost, there are adventures to be had!

The open hand DOES seem easier to do. The only thing is sometimes I find myself REACTING to events in a way that causes the hand to tighten up. Kind of an uncontrollable thing to regain control. Sounds funny, doesn't it? Is that self preservation or a lack of faith? How can we remember to let loose in that instant we want to form a fist? I KNOW I'm not in control but it's that knee jerk reaction in crisis, ya know?

Two Feathers said...

Karla... what a great comment. I started to write a reply, and it got so long and so interesting that I think I'm going to make it into today's post.

Thank you so much for sharing your insights. They have been really helpful to me.

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