Finding the Wormhole
I’m a big believer that it takes hard work to get anywhere worthwhile.
In fact, I may be too big a believer in that concept.
The idea that it’s possible to take a shortcut seems like heresy to me. I’ve held onto that belief with such tenacity that it’s been, well, not so liberating. Oppressive even.
But lately, I’ve been considering the possibility of wormholes.
If you’re a Trekkie, you know just what I’m talking about. For those who aren’t familiar with Star Trek lore, a wormhole is a tunnel that connects two separate points in space and time. Wormholes make it possible to get from Point A to Point B in a much shorter amount of time than if we were traveling through space in a linear way.
So, for example, if you were on the Starship Voyager and trying to get back to your home galaxy across thousands of light years, a wormhole could, potentially, get you there in almost an instant.
While it’s not so clear that wormholes exist beyond the reality that is Star Trek, what’s important is to allow for the possibility that they can exist in your mind, and therefore your life.
Maybe you’ve held tightly to the belief that you’re bad with relationships. Maybe you even have the track record to prove it. Then one day, you meet someone who is different… really different. Somehow, the two of you, in your exquisite uniqueness, spark off each other in a beautiful way. And you find yourself in a relationship that sustains and inspires, in a way you never would have expected.
Or you might be struggling to pay off a huge amount of debt and doing it the old-fashioned way – putting in extra hours at your job, finding other sources of modest income, chipping away at that debt dollar by dollar, year after year. And then one day, you get the unexpected news that you’ve inherited a large sum of money from a distant relative. Suddenly, you’re able to dispense with that debt in a moment. Wow.
It can happen. Over the past few years, I’ve experienced wormholes similar to those in my own life.
And I believe it’s possible for wormholes to happen on a collective, global level as well. Some of the most significant shifts of power in our time have happened in places where suffering seemed intractable for generations — places like the Soviet Union, Ireland, and more recently Burma.
There is nothing wrong with hard work, nothing at all. In fact, I still believe that it is the work you do on the inner dimensions of your life, as well as the intentions and vows you hold, that make wormholes even possible.
So in that sense, they aren’t exactly shortcuts. What you’re actually doing is facilitating grace to make an entry into your life. Here’s a definition of grace that I really love: “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.”
What do you think? Have you had experiences with “wormholes” or grace? What made it possible?
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