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Does Trust Change in Enlightenment? a Guest Post from JILL

 

How does JILL handle trust? Is it all about staying positive, as so many people have been taught in New Age?

  • So many hard-working spiritual seekers today are working diligently to stay positive, avoid negative people, identify psychic vampires and narcissists.
  • Or is it more as Fundamentalist Christians feel, knowing they have been saved, so nothing can hurt them now? (And yet perpetually wary of being tricked by Satan.)
  • In my work with clients, I continue to meet folks who have developed a spiritual addiction related to guidance, whether healers or seekers or Christians or New Agers.

Whenever possible, they are paying attention to signs, synchronicity, energy, or external validation.

If there’s a conflict, they ask for guidance. What would Jesus do? Where are the signs and meaningful coincidences? Will it be possible to wait until the clock shows precisely 11:11:11 so that thinking will be inspired? How will energies alert that seeker to the presence of danger?

Seeking so hard to find Cosmic subtext, disturbing patterns develop within that hard-working individual, something very problematic at the level of auric modeling.

Working so hard in one of the three ways noted here, the person has withdrawn from human life, become ineffective and weak as an earth personality. It’s like wearing a sign on the level of auras, a sign that reads “Excellent victim potential.”

Paths like these express great trust in angels or God or Jesus. Partly (to my thinking) something else is displayed as well: An extreme lack of trust in their own human intelligence and street smarts.

So I was very curious when, yesterday, a question about trust came to the blog. What about trust on one’s path to Enlightenment? Would trust change along with all the other aspects of consciousness?

After you read today’s article, Blog-Buddies, I hope you will share your experiences on the theme of trust. Hasn’t yours changed, or evolved, over the years?

The question about trust was addressed to JILL, as a recently Enlightened Blog-Buddy who has generously volunteered to answer questions. I was so curious to read Jill’s perspective, and generously she responded right away.

JILL’s response deserves its own standing as a Guest Post, so here comes the sequence.

“FRANCINE” asked about trust because her trust has changed

In my healing journey of the last year, I have changed enormously in my trust of people.

Makes me wonder, JILL, if there is anything you would feel comfortable sharing about your trust of people and how it has developed.

I mean spontaneous trust, mind you. Not how you handled people once they were in relationships with you, saying and doing whatever.

I’m curious about your showing up as yourself, daring to be with them as they show up. Know what I mean?

How trust changes after Enlightenment

JILL’s response begins here:

Very good question. The trust issue is huge for me. Trust, for me, has to do with vulnerability. When I felt most vulnerable – like during the divorce – I was most distrustful and in need of feeling in control in any way I could with my life. I was suspect of everyone’s motives and fearful all the time.

Now that my identity is with God and I see everyone as God, trust is not an issue at all. I am aware that most people act on the level of ego and, therefore, are not capable of being completely honest or trustworthy at that level. I do use human like caution and means for “protection” like legal contracts and not walking down dark alleys at night.

I am able to see everyone as either aware of who they are or not and simply act accordingly with that information. When people are not aware of who they really are, I can still “communicate” with who they really are and trust that they will respond in kind on the level of spirit. But, on the level of ego they may not be aware at all and may even want to intentionally harm me in some way.

I was at an opening for a local restaurant the other evening and it was quite crowded. Usually I would not enjoy that sort of thing at all, but that evening was totally different for me. I was not only comfortable, I felt totally joyful and sparkling and like I was moving around in a sea of love.

I was aware that most of the people were not aware of that, but I felt I was “communicating” with them on the level of spirit and everything moved like a synchronous dance. It was very fun.

A contrasting experience, despite being Enlightened

Then, two evenings ago I encountered some old friends who had betrayed and tried to harm me and my feelings were different.

I was aware of the old hurt and disappointments and felt sad. I wished I could communicate to them what I know now, but I know they don’t want to know. They are all users of drugs and alcohol and the air is thick around them.

At the same time, I know they can’t hurt me now, so I don’t distrust them.

It is like being aware of two different levels of reality at the same time. But, my main reality is that we are all God and only Love while still living and dealing with the ego reality on earth.

It’s still new enough for me that it is kind of weird. It is like the Buddha said when asked how he is different. He said simply, “I am awake.”

And, I know that most everyone else is just not aware, yet, that they can neither hurt nor be hurt.

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  1. 1
    An Avid Reader says:

    Thank you, Jill! How beautiful and inspiring!

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    Liv says:

    Jill, thanks for sharing this. Your thoughts really resonated with me, particularly about people’s behavior being dependent on to what extent they are aware of who they really are. I’ve definitely observed that in myself; as just one example, when I’m really in tune with who I am, I have no fear — whereas when I’m caught up in ego, I have serious anxiety issues. So that makes a lot of sense, to me!

    In answer to your question, Rose, my own thinking about trust has evolved to become more granular. I used to think in terms of, “I can/cannot trust person X.” Now I think in terms of, “I can trust person X in areas A and B, but I can’t trust person X in area C.” For example, I have one dear friend who I can trust to be unconditionally loving and completely non-judgmental; however, I can’t trust her to keep things in confidence. As long as I keep that in mind when I’m with her, I am able to enjoy the beautiful things about her, without creating situations that might become problematic. I “set us up for success,” I guess you could say.

    Of course there are some areas in which I need to be able to trust anyone who I would bring into my inner circle; and there are areas in which, if I know someone to be untrustworthy, I might actively avoid them. But most people who I encounter are in between those two categories, so the granular approach works well for me.

    I also see myself, in the same way. For example, there are certain situations in which I know I am pretty vulnerable to being manipulated. I’m working on this. 🙂 But in the meantime, I am aware that I can’t trust myself fully in those situations, yet, so if I’m going into one of them, I bring help — someone who I can trust *not* to be easily manipulated, and someone I can trust to give me good, honest counsel.

    I’m not sure if these examples fall under the umbrella of what others would call “trust,” but I think this is how it’s evolving, for me. It was wonderful to hear Jill’s thoughts, and I’d love to hear others, as well!

    -Liv

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    Granular, LIV, wow! This sure sounds like trust to me, as it is about being human and paying attention to objective reality, not just subjective reactions.

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    Jill says:

    Liv,

    It sounds like you have adopted some “work arounds” like Rose proposes in her new Post about Trust. You are so smart to do that. Just the awareness of your weaknesses is way ahead of most people. It takes honesty with yourself to do that and that is the first step toward enlightenment. You are assessing where you are right now, accepting that, and working with it in a smart way to avoid situations that you might “beat yourself up” for later so you don’t keep piling on resentments or pain that will just need to be healed later.

    Bravo for you, Liv!

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    Jill says:

    Thank you, An Avid Reader.

    Rose affords us all such a wonderful opportunity to distill and express our experiences and share them here. I have learned so much from everyone on this blog.

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