It’s sometimes easy to put fears “out there” in others, or the future. And also to do the same with hope.
And we do it in many different ways, including these:
It’s difficult now, but it will lead to something good, because…..
A woman will save me. A good job will save me. More money will save me. God will save me.
Technology will save us. Sustainability will save us. God will save us.
One I know from myself……
I am in a dark night of the soul, a kundalini process, an awakening process. It’s difficult now, but will lead to something good sometimes in the future.
And another from people into new age thinking:
Humanity is in an awakening process. It’s difficult now, but it will lead to a bright future.
Human evolution will bring us into a golden age, one of peace and prosperity.
When I notice I do this, I can ask myself: What is it I don’t want to feel right now? What would I have to feel if I didn’t go into these stories? And then feel it, rest with the sensations.
Also, I can see if I can find this future anywhere in immediate experience. Can I find it outside of these images, words, and sensations?
I can ask myself: Is it true? Can I know for certain it’s true?
I can examine what happens when I believe those thoughts. How do I live my life? What is it I avoid feeling or doing?
I can turn the statements around, and find specific examples of how that may be as or more true. For instance, what are some of the specific and realistic options for what may happen to humanity, ranging from what I hope for and fear the most? Can I really know? And does it really matter if I cannot know?
Putting fear and hope out there, in others, in the future
Can be equally paralysing, a pillow
Eg thinking that humanity is awakening etc. comforting, and really don’t know (I wouldn’t place any money on it)
Better to acknowledge a wide range of possibilities, and that I don’t know and cannot know