Living With an Open Heart: Trusting the Delicious Dance of Life

We all have dreams, hopes, and ambitions, shimmering on the horizon like distant stars. But navigating the twists and turns of life can feel like sailing through uncharted waters, fear gripping the helm. Sometimes, it’s easy to get stuck in what Bentinho Massaro calls “World Consciousness,” constantly swept away by our own stories, worries, and external circumstances. This focus on the outside world makes it tough to truly trust, let go, and embrace the unknown.

We are encouraged to shift gears. Instead of relying solely on our limited logic and predictions, what if we cultivated a sense of faith in a bigger intelligence at play? This doesn’t mean blindly accepting whatever happens. It’s about recognizing that there’s often more than meets the eye and letting go of the need to control everything. Trust isn’t a one-time leap; it’s a muscle we can strengthen with practice.

The more we dip our toes into the unknown, the more comfortable we become with it. And as we embrace this trust, it becomes its own reward. The peace, freedom, and happiness that come with trusting are far greater than any outcome we could have predicted or controlled.

Of course, letting go of control doesn’t mean ignoring our fears. Fear is a natural part of life, and sometimes, it might feel more authentic to acknowledge our anxiety than pretend everything is okay. That’s the beauty of this perspective: true trust includes accepting our full spectrum of emotions, trusting that even suffering is part of the dance. When we trust deeply, suffering can transform. It can become a gateway to a deeper understanding, a release of tension, and ultimately, a greater sense of peace.

This isn’t about forcing positivity or toxic positivity. It’s about accepting the full spectrum of human experience, knowing that trust is always there whispering beneath the surface. The ultimate level of trust is a state of being where trust permeates everything, regardless of external circumstances. It’s not a choice; it simply is. This isn’t something we can force, but it emerges naturally as we deepen our inner awareness and practice trusting more and more.

So, how do we cultivate this delicious dance between freedom and fear, trust and doubt? Start small. Take a moment each day to consciously let go of the need to control. Notice the stories your mind spins and gently choose to trust instead. As you practice, you’ll discover the joy of living with an open heart, allowing the universe to unfold its magic and finding peace within, no matter what life throws your way.

Remember, trust is a journey, not a destination. So, enjoy the dance, dear friend. Let’s sail toward our dreams together, trusting the wind and the vast, uncharted ocean of existence.

Inspired from this Bentinho Massaro recording –

Bible or Spiritual Book Reference:

Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”