In his book “The New Earth” Eckhart Tolle suggests that we usually have 3 responses to the NOW. It’s either a means to an end, an obstacle or even–the enemy.
The new testament definition of faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
What if this very NOW had within it everything you truly wanted and it was just a matter of learning to release the substantive reality contained in the NOW into your awareness. Then with your will and imagination you can shape that liberated energy into “the substance of things hoped for.”
As we show up and pay closer attention to what is immediately before us, (even if it’s planning for the future)– if we can stay focused, remain quiet, receptive and expectant, miraculous things can occur. And that is what “expectant faith” is all about!
This really works. It just takes practice.
Here is a poem that I wrote that kind of sums up the process.
It’s called, “The Creator” After you read it (recommended–at least twice), I invite you to listen to the following song and give yourself the opportunity to take in this “one-of-a-kind moment.” Not only will this moment never happen again, but it actually never stops.
This Is the Moment
by Errol Strider
(Be sure and listen to one of shows on our radio archive and watch one of our videos for inspiration, insight and humor. And if you’re in the San Francisco Bay area, come to our performance in Marin County Friday, Jan. 21st 7 PM–call for details-415-459-4512)
I jumped aside a moment today
And found to my surprise
A glittering gem on the sidewalk…
an unobserved creature trembling with brilliance
and unquenchable insides.
I jumped outside time today
and felt a vagabond image
hovering in the air
waiting to be realized
I stood apart from space today
to the undercurrents of unrecognized conclusions;
that exist between the unseen
and the underside of…
I backed away from traffic today
of the sequence of events
connecting one expectation to another…
and discovered a kernel-embryo
slinking in a crevice
So, I pulled it out with my mind
and gave it life.
If I hadn’t stepped aside today,
little gems would go unnoticed,
…and poems never written
© 1979 Errol Strider