What is hope? Wikipedia defines it as is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: "expect with confidence" and "to cherish a desire with anticipation."
I am always exploring the deeper meanings of words and the energy that they hold. During the recent Wild Hunt held at our place, the participants were offered the opportunity to journey to what kept them stuck from moving forward in their life. Guidance offered me the word hope. I was confused by that, as I felt hope offered optimism, positivity and goodness, but was quickly shown that there was a large anchor at the end of a thread of hope. That anchor was expectation and attachment.
In specific circumstances where I have found myself in a state of hope, I am holding onto an outcome of resolution. This might simply be for good health or well -being – I hope you are feeling better soon! It might be for a specific outcome currently in conflict or chaos – I hope things settle down after the election, or I hope that person could see their way to settling their argument with their spouse. In most scenarios, I have come to realize that I want things to be a certain way, and hope gives me that mistaken idea that I have the ability to change a person’s behaviour or actions. It has certainly come to light that I want them to behave differently, so that I can feel better, too.
Hope is a tool of the caretaker: innocuously hiding behind an intention that holds an expectation which has a certain agenda. It holds this outcome solely to help the caretaker feel like they are more worthy than they believe they are themselves. It places conditions on the receiver of the hope – to change or to act differently so that they are “better”. When I am caretaking and attached to another changing, I have placed a condition on them, and I have stepped out of being truly compassionate and accepting of them.
Hope also harms me and feeds fear, as I am stuck in the moment of needing the person or circumstance to be different or I cannot move forward. I have given that scenario power over me. To let go of hope with attachment sets me free.
Part of the essence of the dark half of the year, in which we currently sit, is the concept of truth. Hope takes me away from my truth as I am focusing on someone or something else outside of me.
I am setting an intention to notice when I use the word hope, and whether I am hoping with attachment and fear. What is a better word? I am choosing to journey to trust.
Explore hope with this journey: Ask your helping spirits to assist you by journeying to the Spirit of Hope. What will this spirit share with you? Are you holding a certain circumstance with hope and attachment with fear? As always, remember, no judgements! What will you discover? I invite you to journey with this intention and see where it takes you on your path to self-mastery.