Sunday, May 17, 2009

Gaining Trust

In her blog entry entitled 'Trust and Obey,' Kit Ketcham navigates between skepticism and 'reckless trust' to arrive at a place of "not being afraid but relying on the wisdom and skill of others to help me."

Her disposition resonates profoundly. On my view, however, this trust resides not necessarily in the mind (i.e. a rational abdication of anxious agency) but rather somewhere deep in the belly of the spirit. Trust implies faith in that which is somehow moving-beyond both the orbit of the self (hence, the reliance on others) and the confines of the knowable (towards the Great Mystery). Trust demands a humble recognition of human frailty and finitude, alongside an impulsively flamboyant exclamation of gratitude for the promise of being and becoming. As such, trust speaks to the habituation of a willingness and openness to the flow of the universe.

On Pannaa 1106, Devotee Jaidev pens the following:

ਅਰਧਿ ਕਉ ਅਰਧਿਆ ਸਰਧਿ ਕਉ ਸਰਧਿਆ ਸਲਲ ਕਉ ਸਲਲਿ ਸੰਮਾਨਿ ਆਇਆ
I worship the One who is worthy of being worshipped. I trust the One who is worthy of being trusted. Like water merging in water, I merge into the Lord.


Much as water cascades over rocky tiers with the grace of adaptive elegance, so too trust enables us to endure rugged terrain with the dignity of fluidity.

O Source of Virtue - luminous source of hope - may I ever merge into Thee.

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ms. kitty said...

Eric, you have amplified so well the place of trust I was describing. Thank you!