Over this lifetime, I have learned that even when things seem to not be going the way I hoped, it turns out just fine in the end. Being able to see that has made trusting the Universe much easier for me that it would be for others, who have not had such examples of trust. (Or maybe I trusted first, and the Universe responded to what I believed.)
Trusting the Universe has meant that even when things don’t go my preferred way – death of a loved one is an example – I’ve still been able to maintain some faith. I’ve been able to see having to put my beloved dog down as a chance to learn to forgive myself and others and humbly ask for his forgiveness. I’ve been able to watch a loved one with an extreme fear of death take years to die a lingering, fearful death and yet still see it with faith. I’ve dealt with sudden death, with the suicide of a loved one, the loss of my home and almost all I’ve held dear, and sometimes been able to stay out of my ego. (But how I have suffered when I have not been able to stay out of my ego.) I notice that I stay out of the ego almost automatically when I trust Source.
Part of this trust is a long term viewpoint.
A client along ago asked how I could view some events of the world with equanimity. She used the example of the Holocaust. The good that has come from the Holocaust is that the world said, “Never again.” While that resolve has been tested (Rwanda comes to mind) Hitler, his policies and genocide are generally seen as reprehensible. A study of world history shows that the world has the the most peaceful 60+ years of its human existence since World War II. That war taught us a lot. Fears of World War III have apparently kept humans from self-destructing. I thank each and every person who died; whether in the gas chambers or on the battlegrounds, who gave their life to the world we now have – fewer wars than any time in history.
David Hawkins offers this (paraphrased and generalized) explanation: that some people are working off their karma, and others give up their lives with love for others. He called the world not purgatory but purgatorial, in that in this world you have an extremely wide opportunity to work off or to gain karma and develop spiritually (again, generalized and paraphrased; those are not direct quotes.)
Disasters bring us together in ways that good times cannot. Disasters give some of us the chance to work off karma but others of us a chance to earn good karma. We have an opportunity to think of others and not our own personal gain. We also have the opportunity to trust Source; to believe that even though we humans do not have all the answers when we see things as individual egos, but we can work together for a higher purpose that benefits us all when we choose not to be just our own egos.
Trusting in the idea that all will be well helps me keep my faith when I see natural disasters happen or when a spiritually-deranged shooter or suicide bomber kills others, perhaps in the name of his God. When I trust that Source knows what it is doing, and that it is not for me to understand why, I stop adding negative energy into the world with an angry or fearful response to situations.
That doesn’t mean that I stop doing something to help others in these situations. It just means that I trust that all will be well as I offer my help. I trust that a Higher Power, by whatever name you care to use, knows more than I know and the world is not just a random place. I trust that things will work themselves out. That trust brings me peace.