Feeling Safe in an Unsafe World
With all the things going on in the world today, safety seems to be up for everyone. Yet safety/security has always been a core issue deep within the hungry belly of humanity. We come into this world unable to survive on our own. We are naked and vulnerable. We seek a safe haven in our parents’ arms, having no choice but to trust those arms will be strong and loving. Eventually we replace our parents with other forms of security and ways to survive—a decent paying job, a nest egg in the bank, a warm, cozy house, a good health insurance plan. We also seek emotional security in friendships, marriage, and other relationships. However, none of these external forms of refuge are failsafe. Even the best of parents and other loved ones let us down at some time, and/or die; jobs end; all forms of financial security are easily lost, stolen, or frittered away.
The harsh reality remains that there are no guarantees in life. In the blink of an eye everything can be altered forever. Despite all our heroic efforts to seek shelter from potential harm, death is always only a heartbeat away. One could get hit by a bus tomorrow. Mother Nature snuffs out scores of lives via hurricane, flood, fire, and earthquake on a regular basis. A mugger is poised to accost his next victim right around the corner. And even if we manage to escape accident or misfortune, illness waits in line to get us in the end. Nobody makes it out of this world alive. How safe is that?
If there is no such thing as safety in a material/physical sense, on a spiritual level, there is always safety. When we come to understand that this life as we know it is not all there is, then we see that no harm or loss is ever permanent. Though death may seem the worst fate that can befall us, it only means we lose a body that we will eventually shed anyway, one way or the other. The spiritual self, on the other hand, does not die. That’s the basis of most of the world’s religions. It’s a concept that cannot be proven via scientific means. It defies, or rather, transcends, logic and must be accepted on faith. We have faith in gravity, knowing that we will not suddenly fly up into the air. We have faith that the sun will come up again each morning. The moon will stay in its orbit, guiding the tides to rise and fall. As we watch the seasons change and the perpetual cycles of birth, death, and transformation, we can rest assured that we, too, are a part of the continuing circle of life. Our form may change, but the essence of our true self lives on.