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Trusting the Flow

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.

Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow.

Let the way things are, be the way they are.

Let things flow naturally forward.

In whatever way they like."

Lao Tzu

All of us are familiar with the old saying, 'go with the Flow'. This Flow, (which has also been referred to as the Tao), is the Universal Intelligence that is unfolding our lives right Now, along with everything else in the Cosmos. The Tao (also known as The Way), is that in us which knows that we exist, and without which, nothing would exist or happen. The Flow of the Tao is always moving downstream, on the path of least resistance, yet we can often find ourselves doing just the opposite; resisting and opposing the direction of the Flow, and trying to control the events of our lives. If you have lived long enough, you know that this is not only futile, but a waste of your time and energy. Living in opposition to the flow of Life is like trying to hold back a powerful river with our hands: it's impossible. When we live this way, we tie ourselves into knots of anxiety and fear, trying in vain to control what can't be controlled, and unwilling to see that life is always following its own course, and this course is always for our highest benefit.

However, when we find ourselves going through challenges in our lives; perhaps it's a relationship that ended unexpectedly, a business that failed, or an unexpected illness that has left us feeling depressed, we can find it hard to trust where this Universal Intelligence is taking us, and let go our our clinging to the past. During these times we can find ourselves resisting and struggling against the Flow; while filled with anxiety and fear over what might happen next. Yet, how many times have we been through a period of adversity in our lives, only to find that when all is said and done, everything has worked out for our highest good? The failed relationship leads to finding the love of our life; the lost job leads to doing what we are passionate about, and the unfulfilled desire turns out to be a stroke of good fortune.

Trusting the Flow of Life means that we let go of our habitual tendency to resist the challenges we go through, and instead; cooperate with the Divine Intelligence that is unfolding our lives, knowing that everything is always happening for our highest benefit. As we do this, we find that the more we 'move with' the current of our Life, and the direction it's going in, the more the Flow will take us exactly where we need to be at the time we need to be there. When we begin to trust that the Tao knows where we need to go much better than we do, then our life becomes a delightful play that always works out exactly the way it's suppose to work out. All we have to do is breathe, relax and trust that; all is exactly the way it's suppose to be, right Here and right Now.

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