During his last workshop in Bahrain, Max Strom shared an insight that rung so true. He said something along the lines of "when someone says I don't trust people, they are saying I don't trust my own judgement of who to let in and who to keep out".
That wise insight got me thinking about all the lost opportunities that humans face from fear of getting hurt. Shields are worn, walls are built and doors are shut in an attempt to avoid pain, rejection, disappointment and betrayal. All those barriers are unnecessary if we had enough trust in our own assessments in individual situations and enough trust in our inner strength to handle it when things go wrong.
Those assessments come in the form of a strong intuition, gut feeling or even conviction that speaks in whispers but is very clear and sure. It is the sound of the wise teacher within us that does not force its opinion but rather dangles it in front of us waiting for us to reach out for it, and that sound disappears the moment we turn our head away from it.
This sound within each one of us grows stronger the more we learn to listen and never guides us astray. I have found that it speaks louder the more I listen to it but also it is much clearer when I don't have a preference to outcome. What I mean is that the sound of my intuition gets muffled often by the sound of my needy, insecure and obnoxious little mind. The little mind that demands its own desires to be filled, the one that seeks temporary pleasures and satisfaction.
This inner sound of intuition is what all rituals are built around, it is the ability to be open to the universal and collective good. It is our internal compass that teaches us when is a good time to let others in and when is a good time to retreat. It teaches us that all our trust issues don't come from how others behave but rather from what pain we have learned to carry from the past.
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Weam is the founder of Namaste. She had started a very deep and intense spiritual journey at a young age having refused to continue to suffer with the common challenges of her generation: depression, anxiety and being lost. She insisted that there must be more to life than the constant rat race she was in