The Annunciation Trust

to help you discover the God you already know

Category: Spiritual Direction

To you

Dear one,

I want you to enjoy your life. I want you to enjoy being alive. Life is full of beautiful and interesting things, and people, and places. There’s far more here than you can ever possibly experience. Follow your curiosity. Let it be your guide.

Do not worry about making mistakes. Do not worry about whether you are doing it right or wrong.
I love you, whatever you do, whoever you become. There is nothing to prove to me.

You do not need to appease anybody.
You already have my complete trust and acceptance. You always have.

You do not need to impress anyone.
I am already delighted with you. I always have been.

Trust your dreams. I have no goals for you. There is nothing you have to achieve.
You are already perfect to me.

I want you to be free to follow your curiosity and to do what you truly want. And if you do nothing and achieve nothing, you have already been everything that I have ever wanted.
You are already enough. You always have been.

My one wish for you is that you enjoy this life. It won’t always be easy. Life is difficult, and at times painful. You will make many mistakes. But life is not a test. No one is keeping score. There are no grades.
You are already forgiven. Indeed, there is nothing to forgive.

My dear child, life is now. Do not always rush to finish what you are doing. Do not always hasten on to the next appointment. Do not always look for entertainment. This time and this place are full of delight and interest. Open your heart; relish it. It is all for you.

I am with you always.

You have all my love.

I am more grateful for you than you can ever know.

[This piece has been syndicated from This Body.]

A disclaimer

I have recently been re-reading Beldon Lane’s fine book ‘The Solace of Fierce Landscapes‘, and was much taken by a quotation from one Barry Lopez who is writing about the difficulties involved in reaching a mysterious desert that symbolised for him what’s most worth finding. He writes:

There is, I should warn you, doubt…about the directions I will give you here, but they are the very best that can be had. They will not be easy to follow. Where it says left you must go right sometimes. Read south for north sometimes. It depends a little on where you are coming from, but not entirely. I am saying you will have doubts. [But] if you do the best you can you will have no trouble. (p.143)

And it struck me that these would be good words for me to put up as ‘A Disclaimer’, for people to read who come to me for spiritual direction.

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