It’s a big theme of the moment, the decline in trust. The more fear-based we get, not surprisingly the less we trust. We can see this variously in attitudes towards certain professions, like politicians, journalists, bankers and now even our health service. Also it shows up in people’s personal lives. In the UK parents are apparently particularly restrictive as to letting their children out, and one report even described children being like virtual prisoners, for fear of what might happen to them. This is tricky since children need to take risks in order to learn and idscover more of their potential. So too do adults. So what’s so important about trust?
Trust is partly about the confidence we have in others, in their loyalty, veracity, capability, strength, ability to show up, etc. It can be about relying on someone to do something, to play their part, to contribute, to help. It might be about trusting a process, how it will all work. We might also be placing something in the safekeeping of another or giving them a responsibility. Also it might be how much we trust ourselves and believe in ourselves or in a situation. Do I feel safe here? Is this OK?
Having thoroughly assessed something, I might put my trust in it, or I might trust because I trust intuitively that things will work out just right, or I might have low levels of trust and be nervous of how things might work out and be reluctant to commit and put my trust in things. I might have past unfinished business about trust, having suffered a betrayal in the past or been let down. People can for example be reluctant to start new relationships having been badly dumped in the past.
So a low level of trust might be about what’s going on “out there” and then it might also say something about me, let’s say, or another, who might as a person have low trust levels. While we might collectively blame certain people and institutions, we might also be influenced by a collective climate, a culture of fear and outside of awareness be caught up in something that’s bigger than us.
While we’re attached to a fear-based way of operating, we limit our potential. If we’re governed by fear, we take less risks and thus will limit what can occur for us. And of course also draw to us what we fear, so that we experience more of it. So, low trust is something to break free of, so that we can attract more of what the universe can give us that is to our benefit. It’s therefore worth thinking of ways we can experiment with trusting in certain situations where we has been reluctant to do in the past, and so step through the illusion of fear, find expanded possibility and learn more of our capability- and choose not to be caught up in the collective fear around us.
So what could you do this weekend that is a risk and involves you in trusting, where you can move through the fear barrier?