“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
― William Hutchinson Murray
The “hand of providence” is a phrase not so commonly heard today. What is the hand of providence and what value does it have in our lives?
The hand of providence is the idea that grace is constantly being dispersed. We live in a universe of power, interconnectedness, and synchronicity. There are no coincidences. Everything happens for a reason. In tantra, we recognize that sometimes that reason is for “no reason” (or lila, the divine play of things). But I choose to live as if everything in life is for my awakening and that nothing happens that isn’t for some recognition of a greater good. As Mr. Murray suggests in the quote above, it’s the commitment you make that initiates the response of providence. He suggests that life is a co-participation between yourself and the divine, between Shakti (the individual expression of consciousness) and Shiva (consciousness itself).
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