1. dodie

    dodie Member

    I can't claim originating this idea. It was a member of a previous panel who had started it.

    HOPE can be a strong tool when all else fails.. It reminds us that there are "forces" above and beyond our ability to comprehend. I can say, that for me, it has worked. I think that it works for me because I tend to catastrophize and it puts a bit of a lid on that way of thinking.
  2. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    What Is Hope?

    When things go wrong, as they sometime will,
    The optimist thinks: ‘They’ll come right again!’,
    While the pessimist grumbles: ‘It’ll only get worse!’
    And as our thoughts and beliefs create our earthly reality,
    Both forecasts duly come true.
    Each one nodds sagely: ‘I told you so!’
    That’s why when times are hard,
    Positive thinkers say to themselves:
    ‘Things will get better and become easier again.’
    And although this may take time,
    They invariably do.

    What then is hope?
    It is not the closing of one’s eyes to
    Difficulties, risks and possible failures,
    But an inner trusting that:
    If we fail now, we shall not do so forever.
    If we get hurt, we shall be healed.
    If we make mistakes, we shall learn something,
    And that will eventually move us on to higher learning.

    Hope is the awareness of our innermost soul that
    Life is good and the power of love is the most powerful
    Force in the whole of Creation that is capable
    Of straightening all crooked corners and, if we but ask,
    Helps us to make good and heal everything,
    Especially our most difficult situations and relationships.

    Hope is an inner knowing that in God’s time, not ours,
    All things on the Earth plane will come right;
    That our present existence can be likened to
    A huge stage and that one of these days
    We shall step in front of the curtain
    Behind we have been acting for such a long time.
    Like performers we shall then stand
    In the world of light before a friendly audience
    Of Angels and Masters, friends and helpers.

    Every participant of the comedy of errors that is Earth life,
    Eventually feels the need to nail the desires of their small self
    To the cross of consciousness of the Earth.
    At the end of their present lifetime,
    Wise ones, who have willingly submitted themselves
    To Saturn’s demands and shown the restraint of self-discipline
    And self-mastery in all their relationships,
    Have left behind good and healed ones only.
    Life itself present them with a leaving certificate
    That sets them free from the need of requiring
    Further lessons on the Earth.

    Like in earthly schools, their teachers,
    In this case the Angels,
    Move the wise ones on to increasingly elevated
    Levels of existence and studies.
    And that is how all human souls,
    In the fullness of time, take their final bows.

    United in friendship and love,
    Smilingly we reach out for each other and, holding hands,
    We enjoy the roar of applause that greets us,
    Although in truth we are much more eager to see
    Where the Angels now wish to lead us.

    Having surrendered our small earthly self to our Highest Self,
    In the shelter of God’s mighty wings,
    In all Eternity we shall serenely venture forth,
    Never to be frightened or lonely again.

    ‘I will abide in Thy tabernacle forever.
    ‘I will make my refuge the shadow of Thy wings.’
    Psalm 61:4

    Recommended Reading:
    From ‘Words Of Wisdom For Friendship Healing’

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