As I sit here with Spirit on this beautiful and bright morning, I am asked to put together some information about expectations, which according to the Buddhist traditions are ‘the result of the wanting mind’, and how these can impact your everyday life.
Hmmm now where do we start…. Spirit would like to remind you that expectations are often framed in the form of statements, beliefs or intentions which can be set at a high or low level or be either positive or negative in nature. Most of you will have had or currently have expectations, whether they are around ‘what you expect of yourself, ‘what you expect of others’ as well as ‘what others expect of you’.
It is important to understand that when you set your intentions and have expectations they can either be created from a space of love and trust which allows flexibility, for all possibilities and for things to turn out better than you ever expected or from fear and doubt. When your expectations come from fear and doubt, you have a particular outcome or desired result in mind, are not open to all of the possibilities and they are really about allowing yourself to feel safe, comfortable and more in control of your physical reality, of what is going on around you or of how things will end up. When you are too focused on and expecting certain outcomes, whether high or low, positive or negative, they can:
Undermine your progress
Prevent the best possible outcome
Narrow your options
Block your imagination
Stop intuitive flow
Blind you to all the possibilities
Keep you stuck in old ways
Prevent new opportunities
As I sit here this morning with Spirit, I am reminded that all of us in our lifetime will have expectations and intentions that are from fear and doubt, this is part of your learning about how you can create your own reality. We trust that each of you will have at some point in time experienced, or will experience, feelings such as the following when any of your expectations are not successfully met:
Suffering (yours or others)
Judgement (self or others)
Now, please understand that when you feel these things, it is important to reflect, look within and ask yourself if you had expectations, high or low, positive or negative, of self, of others or if others had expectations of you. If you did then this is simply an opportunity to take a new perspective, to let go of fear and doubt, to be more conscious of your intentions, to embrace love and trust, be more flexible, stay open to all possibilities and have faith that the Universe is working for you not against you!
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