Definition: A feeling of certainty; believing in the honesty and reliability of others; confidence in a person or plan.
When we trust in someone, something, or the world, we generally have greater confidence that things will work out. When we trust others, we become open and receptive in relationships, allowing for experiences of connectedness and intimacy. Trusting the world around us requires a general optimism and faith that allows us to take steps forward and take risks in new endeavors. The more trust we have in our lives, the more we can move into a flow of being in which we feel supported and connected to a deeper fabric of existence – whatever happens.
Our ability to trust is strongly influenced by our experiences in our early childhood relationships and environment. A sense of security established in the early part of our lives provides a template for future relationships. If we weren’t able to feel secure, we may put up walls of protection, and fear can hamper our ability to move forward in the world. Trust is basic to our very being, giving us the confidence we need to grow and the ability to be fully present. However, even if early circumstances hampered our ability to rely on others, we can still learn to trust through corrective experiences, step-by-step.
We can experience trust on either an emotional or cognitive level. On an emotional level, trust is felt as assuredness, faith, optimism and confidence about oneself, relationships, and the world at large. On a cognitive level, we make logical and rational assessments of situations that help us discern whether there will be greater gain than loss. When we trust without the qualities of discernment, we may end up being disappointed. When we are unable to trust emotionally, we risk losing the joy of connection in our relational world. Ideally, our experience of trust has both emotional and cognitive components. As the Sufi saying goes: “Trust in God, but tie up your camel.”
If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself some questions about trust in your life. Are you able to trust? Has your trust been compromised? Do you need greater trust in your own abilities? Perhaps you need more trust in the world, that things are unfolding just as they should, and that you will be able to meet the challenge of whatever comes your way.
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
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