Driftwood, Chambers Bay
Driftwood, Chambers Bay

In my line of work, almost every day I’m asked questions like” how’s it going to work out?”, “What’s going to happen?” and “Where am I headed?” And, yes, I ask myself these questions  as well. All the time.

While there are many psychics and intuitives who are happy to answer with a response like: “you’re going to meet a tall, handsome stranger,” the longer I do this, the more I learn that the greatest power is not in knowing the future, but in embracing the present.

Thomas Merton, my great hero and teacher, is known to have said*:

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

More often than not – my role is to reveal to people the possibilities and challenges of the present, and then guide each person back towards their own courage, faith and hope.

I was recently asked to characterize my work in terms of a “wound” I am healing. It didn’t take me long to realize that what my clients – and so many people – suffer from is disconnection: whether that’s disconnection from spirit with a capital “S,” from their own sense of inner wisdom and security, or simply from the beauty of the present moment.

Sometimes disconnection manifests as uncertainty, sometimes as worry. You may know it as anxiety, or a continual need to be “doing something.” But anyway you slice it, it hurts.

The balm for such painful disconnection is not to know what’s going to happen and where it’s all going to go – rather the balm, as Merton says, is to embrace what is. Right now.

To unwrap the present – and watch it unfold.

*As much as I dislike uncited quotations, this one will have to remain as is until I  find the original source of this quote.