Basic trust is an innate knowing you can trust the universe. If you don’t have basic trust in the universe you won’t feel safe. This is because the less trust we have in the external environment, the more we seek to control it, and others in order to feel safe. The ego is a protective and selfish mechanism designed to protect the eternal inner child. Egoic beliefs develop from early life experience and exist beyond our conscious awareness and control, until we wake up spiritually. If our parents are spiritually awake and trust the external environment is safe and abundant, we will have an easier time on life’s journey.
The universe is a benevolent place ruled by an energetic intelligence, but if we were taught this was not the case in childhood, we don’t know where to access this trust inside ourselves when we are adults. Essentially we must understand the outer environment is trustworthy, despite our learned beliefs. However our identity and sense of self is so interwoven in our existing beliefs, we have to go through a process of annihilation in order to develop basic trust.
This process is referred to as being in liminal space, which is the unknown abyss of transformation that feels deeply frightening, disorientating and painful. Once we reach this stage in our spiritual journey, where the pain of staying stuck becomes worse than the fear of change, we are compelled to transform. It’s as though our bodies revolt and we accept the way we are living is simply not working. This experience is definitely not for the feint hearted and many people choose to stay stuck, living a fraction of the life they could be living, for fear of the unknown.
Those of us who were born to parents who understood that life and human nature was innately loving and always directing us towards basic trust have a much easier ride during our time here on earth. This confidence in the environment manifests as a willingness to love others and take risks with our careers etc.
Basic trust then is our belief that we are exquisitely designed to follow our inner guidance, because we were designed fit for purpose and blessed with instincts to keep us safe – despite disappointments, disaster and pain. This is referred to as being non-attached, where we understand we just need to ‘be’, in order to live our best lives. Efforting, striving, witholding and grasping are fear based actions that resist basic trust. Letting go is an over-arching knowing that we will survive whatever life throws at us.
A person who has always had basic trust cannot comprehend what it is like to not have it. Lack of basic trust feels like isolated hopelessness, which is an illusion only experienced through being in physical form. People who are terminally ill have a greater awareness of basic trust and this is why they are so serene and accepting of their situation.
When an ego develops, it does so in lieu of this basic trust. This is why we manipulate and play games in order to feel safe.
Full acceptance of the present moment is required in order to become re-born and transcend the ego without reacting. This is why people who have basic trust follow their desires without inhibition, knowing they can accept whatever happens and still remain safe.
Understanding the nature of the soul requires us to dissect the nature of our disconnection from reality, so we can again feel safe. In this way we can follow the path of least resistance with curiosity rather than fear, knowing that life will unfold optimally for us.
Being overly identified with ego means we are prone to inactivity and inertia, because we believe we lack the wherewithal to function appropriately. We are attuned to and trust our innate instincts, so can participate in life authentically and wholeheartedly without fear of failure or rejection.
People with basic trust know painful life experiences are an integral and normal part of life’s journey. People without basic trust feel isolated, alone, helpless, hopeless and deficient.
When we understand basic trust, it becomes apparent that struggling is pointless and actually causing the problem. Enlightenment then is when we accept pain because we understand it’s only our resistance to it that is hurting us. We stop fighting ourselves internally and become congruent through awareness that we have everything we need inside us to navigate the human experience.
Living in reality then is a relatively simple and enjoyable experience, without the complexity which appears as a result of the loss of basic trust.
With basic trust we follow our instincts without feeling guilty. We take a bath when we feel like it and watch TV without guilt. We are appreciative, loving, compassionate and kind, as opposed to defensive, hostile, and self centred.