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Embracing the Uncertainty: Learning to Trust the Universe

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

Person standing on a mountaintop, arms outstretched, embracing the vastness of the universe

Have you ever felt like the universe has a knack for throwing curveballs your way, leaving you feeling skeptical and hesitant about trusting it? I've been there, my friend. Life has a way of testing our faith, pushing us to our limits, and making us question everything. But let me tell you, it's in those moments of uncertainty that the most profound growth and transformation occur.

Imagine this: you've meticulously planned a summer vacation to a tropical paradise, dreaming of sunny beaches and umbrella drinks. You've saved up, booked the flights, and packed your bags with excitement. But as luck would have it, the day before your departure, you wake up with a nasty flu. Trust me, I know how that feels.

In that moment, it's easy to let frustration take over and lose faith in the universe. "Why me?" you might wonder. "Why now?" But what if I told you that those unexpected setbacks, those moments of disappointment, are actually opportunities in disguise?

You see, when we play small and cling to a rigid vision of how things should be, we limit ourselves from experiencing the full potential of the universe's grand plan. Life, my friend, is an ever-unfolding journey, and the universe has a funny way of nudging us toward growth, even when it doesn't align with our immediate desires.

Let me share a personal story that forever changed my perspective on trusting the universe. In 2009, I started my coaching and speaking career. I thought for sure I would open my doors and people would flood in for my services. I had my heart set on making that my career, but it didn't go as planned. Instead of clients flooding in, my career took a turn and I ended up having to get a full-time job as a car salesman and ended up going back to school to get my Master's degree instead. It took me over a decade to re-engage with the idea of being a speaker and coach again.

When it didn't go the way I planned, I questioned my abilities, my worthiness, and the fairness of it all. In that moment, the universe seemed like a cruel prankster, toying with my dreams. But little did I know that this setback was a pivotal moment in my journey of self-discovery.

As I reflect on the situation, I realize that I had been playing small, confining myself to a predefined notion of success. The universe had a bigger plan for me, one that I couldn't fathom at the time. It was an invitation to unbecome anything that made me feel small and step into my true potential.

Instead of dwelling on what didn't happen, I shifted my perspective and embraced the uncertainty. I started exploring new opportunities, honing skills outside of my comfort zone, and nurturing my passions. And you know what? Those experiences led me down a path I never could have predicted. They opened doors to exciting adventures, new friendships, and a profound sense of fulfillment.

Trusting the universe doesn't mean blindly surrendering control or abandoning our dreams. It's about cultivating an unwavering belief that everything happens for a reason, even if we can't see it in the moment. It's about releasing our grip on the outcome and allowing life's mysteries to unfold before our eyes.

Think of it this way: when we plant a seed in the ground, we don't see it sprout instantly. It takes time, nurturing, and a little faith in the unseen forces of nature. Similarly, trusting the universe requires patience, resilience, and the willingness to surrender to the greater flow of life.

Now, I'm not suggesting that trusting the universe is always easy. Oh no, it can be downright challenging at times. But remember, my friend, that the most beautiful flowers often bloom after a period of darkness and uncertainty. The universe has a way of working behind the scenes, orchestrating the perfect symphony of events that align with our highest good.

So how can we begin to cultivate trust in the universe? Here are a few practical steps that have helped me along my own journey:

  1. Let go of control: We can't control every aspect of life, no matter how hard we try. Embrace the idea that some things are beyond our influence and allow the universe to take the lead.

  2. Practice gratitude: Gratitude is like a magical elixir that opens our hearts to the abundance of the universe. Take a moment each day to acknowledge the blessings in your life, big or small.

  3. Embrace the unknown: Life is full of surprises, and the unknown can be both thrilling and terrifying. Instead of fearing it, embrace it with curiosity and a sense of adventure. You never know what wonders await you.

  4. Listen to your intuition: Deep down, we all have an inner compass that guides us. Learn to trust your instincts and follow the whispers of your heart. The universe often speaks to us through subtle nudges and gut feelings.

  5. Seek support: Surround yourself with positive, like-minded individuals who share your desire to trust the universe. Connect with mentors, join communities, and engage in conversations that uplift and inspire you.

Remember, my friend, that trusting the universe is a journey, not a destination. There will be times when doubts creep in and challenges test your resolve. But trust that the universe has your back, even when it seems like it doesn't. Embrace the uncertainty, dance with the mysteries of life, and watch as the universe weaves its magic in ways you never thought possible.

So, are you ready to take that leap of faith? Trust me, the view from the other side is absolutely breathtaking.

This article was created in collaboration with AI.

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