A few weeks ago, I had an experience which felt the opposite of encouraging. Even though I expected encouragement, I received what sounded like the opposite, at least strongly on one point. There was one affirmation that I heard in comments made to me, but the negativity was so strong, it took me back.
Now, I know the persons involved were well-intentioned and do care deeply about my wellbeing. So, I had to reflect on whether the point they were making was right, in the context in which it seemed off-the-mark, or if it was a re-direction of my way of doing something that the Universe needed to signal me, or if it was just as harshly critical of me as it sounded when delivered.
What came to me was the realization that the Universe meant it as encouragement, even if I had to shift my focus a bit. It then occurred to me that the Universe means for all of our experiences in life to be encouraging, even when they do not look, feel, or sound like encouragement.
Often enough, life seems to send us what looks, feels, and/or sounds like discouragement, but that is never the true message that the Universe, as an extension of the Divine, intends to send us. This message became very clear to me as a result of the above experience. What my intuition clarified is that the Universe is always encouraging us, no matter what the world seems to be delivering in our faces.
Even if the world is raising its voice with a resounding “no,” or we experience doors closing, or someone tells us we’re crazy or that we should give up, none of those is exactly what the Universe is saying. Oh, the Universe might be saying we need to shift a bit, or that we do need to try to do something a little differently, but the Universe never sends the message of discouragement to our hearts and souls. That would not be Love.
The Divine always sees the beauty of our souls, and encourages that, and yes – we all have stunningly beautiful souls. When our plans are more ego-driven than soul-driven, we might receive some negative feedback, and it might hurt. It might be the Universe giving us some guidance to shift what we are doing, but never to give up, for the Divine knows how much potential our souls have for doing good in the world (almost always a lot of potential for doing good!)
Generally, the Universe is still sending us the message: Don’t Give Up! The Divine may be telling us that we need to get stronger in our message, not weaker. The Universe may be preparing us for facing other obstacles or other nay-sayers who would discourage us. The Divine just may be giving us practice so we will keep our own drive and momentum going by believing in ourselves even when others don’t.
Yes, that is the secret: we need to believe in ourselves. Hard as it may seem for some of us, we do need to believe in ourselves and our life purpose and our potential for creating good in life. Never Give Up!
This is the Universe messaging you that you are amazing and you are capable of doing so much good in the world. This is the Universe telling you to follow your dreams and let your heart sing and your feet dance, or whatever floats your boat!
Actually, everything in life is encouraging you to pursue your dreams, even when a lot of other people just don’t get it. Your dreams are your dreams, and if your dreams can make the world a better place by using your best gifts, then maybe you just need a little shift or a lot more courage and hard work.
But don’t give up on your dreams, for that would be like giving up on yourself. Dreams are a Gift from Heaven to make the world a joyful place, starting with the joy in our own hearts and minds.
In 2018, may you find the courage and tenacity to pursue your dreams, and may you never give up until you are finding and sharing the love and joy that are the natural birthright of our souls. Happy 2018!
Love and Light,