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Faith — knowing all is well and always will be — can take you far.

It’s what propels any dreamer. He or she knows answers will come, even if evidence presents to the contrary.

Faith is what starts the creative process. If the Wright Brothers were deficient in it in any way, we might not be flying in airplanes today.

At the same time, we wouldn’t trust an inexperienced pilot who assures his passengers, “I don’t know what all these switches do but I can figure it out.” You’d be right to find the nearest exit and run the other way.

You can run high on the faith that all your finances will be OK and get behind on rent. Easily.

Training, also, is important. That’s your end of the bargain. (Think about what that means.)

Training means digging your heels in. Studying. Getting the license. Getting the certificate. Making the plan. Making the budget. Working out.

Weight does not lose itself, no more than muscles build on their own.

You have to do the work.

Training, alone, similarly is not the answer either. Training without faith becomes a grind, and eventually wears you out.

Where faith and training meet — like hydrogen bonding to oxygen — that is how dreams get made and your sense of self, realised.

That is living with purpose.

What Are You Learning?

How you feel is important. In fact, most of us spend most of our days applying energy and effort to feel good.

What’s even more important than how you feel, is what you learn.

We know this because we often learn the most when things are not going our way. When we are sick. Injured. Morning the loss of something known and familiar, or while in various states of in between and transition.

This suggests that learning, maybe is not more important—but more fundamental than managing the vagaries of our inner world of feelings.

What are you learning?

What message is trying to get through to you?

Often, the most important messages can’t get through in the midst of the more sublime experiences. Your focus is pointed outside and there is no visible reason to question anything.

No, they get through when we have been brought to our knees. When we are weak, and when we are vulnerable.

Only then, do we start to question why and how things got the way they did. And only then, do we realise the things needed to make the decisions we know we need to make.

In truth, there is a strong connection between learning and feeling.

The more you learn, the more you understand.

The more you understand, the more you can stay steady.

The more you can stay steady, the less you need, and the less there is to wash away by unforeseen storms and crashing waves.

You find peace and a smile that abides.

You are coming to the end of one chapter and the beginning of something new. Such a time is never easy, and is not meant to taste like a sweet dessert.

But more like a bitter medicine that though it may make you wince and squirm, you find eventually brings a lasting relief and takes you a few steps closer to the thing you are looking for—that maybe you didn’t even know you were looking for.

What are you learning?

What message is trying to get through to you?

Pain and Healing

Understanding the play of opposites is the only way to adjust with the never-ending dance of creation.

You cannot have light without dark. Happy without sad. Up without down. And so on. Each requires the other to exist.

For better or worse, we learn that good is good and bad is bad, and develop preferences for one over the other.

What we eventually realise, however, is that you can’t fully control the outcomes of your life. Any number of things can and will come along to lay waste to your best laid plans.

Sickness. Injury. Death. Job loss. Earthquake. Forest fire. Typhoon. Accidents of various shapes and sizes.

Sure as day becomes night, happy inevitably becomes sad. It is just a matter of time—and, for that matter, just a matter time for the pendulum to swing the other way again. It just doesn’t stop.

After awhile, the swing becomes unbearably frustrating. Our attachment to our good and bad preferences becomes unbearable because we work so hard to get what we want, only to watch it be taken from us in some way (over and over again).

This frustration is important. It creates the opportunity to investigate a wholly different approach to the way we operate in the world.

We start to wonder if there is an alternative to the happy-sad-happy or good-bad-good cycle, ie, a way to get out of the trap.

There is. And it starts by understanding good is bad and bad is good. They are the same energy in different form, with different tastes.

This way, we can develop an embrace of both poles and not fear — welcome, even — the arrival or loss of either.

We can see the beauty of gain and we can see the beauty of loss.

(Think to your own life. When you have experienced the most transformation, or the most insight? Was it not when the clouds were so dark, you couldn’t see more than five feet down the road?)

Taken far enough, we only see beauty—even while in pain.

In fact, we see the pain as our healing.

In the end, we let go of all our attachments and desire only what is happening right now—because it’s the only thing we ever have that can’t be taken away from us.