Sacred texts say trust divine reality.

At birth, we came into this world helpless and crying. But not for long, as our mothers pulled us close and caressed the tears away. We learned to trust.

As we grew older, however, we discovered that nothing in this world is completely trustworthy. Other people are imperfect. They let us down. We are imperfect. We let ourselves down. The body is unreliable, subject to disease and inevitable death. It lets us down.

We must trust in something greater, say the sacred texts. Buddha offers this guidance: "Surrender the grasping disposition of your selfishness, and you will attain that sinless calm state of mind which conveys peace, goodness and wisdom.” Our lower nature, he explains, tries to clutch onto untrustworthy things that can never satisfy our true spiritual nature.

Yet, we have obvious physical needs and wants that cannot be ignored. “Be not anxious” about material things, stated Jesus, "Your Father knows your needs. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.” Rely first in God before all else, he advises.

The ego thinks that what it perceives is "reality," but its passing fancies are not to be believed. The Bahá’í sacred writings state, “Never can reality and the mere semblance of reality be one… Know that the Kingdom is the real world, and this nether place is only its shadow stretching out… Rely upon God. Trust in him, and call him continually to mind. He turns trouble into ease, and sorrow into solace, and toil into peace.”

The ego says clutch on. The Scriptures say let go and trust in what is greater. Christ said, “Ye must be born anew” or born from the limited physical reality into the greater spiritual reality. Then, we are freed from the ego in order to love, to serve and to grow. That’s how people thrive, say the divine teachings.

“Man is, in reality, a spiritual being,” the Bahá’í teachings add, “and only when he lives in the Spirit is he truly happy.” The ego, however, has a difficult time believing that an unseen spiritual realm is “the real world,” let alone surrendering completely in it. How is this done? The spiritual journey starts by first taking a step of faith onto the spiritual path. Then, read the sacred texts for inspiration and guidance and keep going. But trust what is trustworthy, not the ego.

Crenshaw is a member of the Baha'i faith. He lives in Eureka. Contact him at davcren@aol.com.

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