How do you define hope for yourself?
How do you experience it?
What prompts you to feel hope?
Most everyone sees “HOPE” from a problem-oriented basis, as “resilience” to an adversity, rather than a symptom of a larger-approach-to-life issue, that is the natural growth of the brain and the evolution of consciousness.
The issue is not whether you are resilient, but how you respond to novelty, and to what degree it’s threat or safety.
No one asks: is there a deeper issue than a response to adversity going on here -a response to life in general and a particular time in life?
Adversity just draws attention to the need for something that is vital to transition.
The real adversity is what draws your life into the future, and how you are cooperating with that unfolding change into a new consciousness, or holding on to an old way of seeing reality. That has to affect the movement of information from right to left hemisphere, but there are only inklings of research there.
The frame is wrong and the focus on adversity is too narrow. The term “resilience” normally suggests a special set of abilities or strengths, rather than a response to an expanding consciousness, trying to question meaning and the core of life satisfaction, navigating personal transitions.
The response to adversity is “to get better” or to “get over it and go on with life,” rather than “What Do YOU Want, How do you want to live?”
Or even more importantly…what is working in your life that is meaningful and what is meaningful in your life, BUT that is an illusion, providing “no cookies in your cookie jar,” even though the jar seems really, really important?
What’s your “cookie jar?” What’s in your “cookie jar” that has deep meaning and is personally significant for you?
What’s in your “cookie jar” that’s an illusion, asking for release?
©Dr. William K. Larkin