• Maggie Gold

Seeing Beneath the Surface

“Beneath the surface of the thing is the true thing” –Oprah Winfrey

Life isn’t always what it seems.

It is my deep belief is that all of our experiences in this life are happening for us, not to us—that the universe, in its perfect harmony, is constantly presenting us with opportunities for learning and growth, supporting us, and leading us toward our greatest fulfillment.

And yet, it is so easy to lose sight of this belief when the reality of our day-to-day life presents us with less than desirable circumstances. Each day, we all face our own challenges, disappointments, and devastations. And when we are deep in the experience of these things, it can be hard to imagine that they are actually a force for good!

This is where trust comes in. Life demands from us a willingness to surrender to the process, to accept each moment as it comes, and to trust that there are forces at play far beyond what we’re able to conceive with our human mind.

By resting in this state of trust, we are able to reframe and relax into our experiences. This is not to say that it makes all of our experiences easy or painless. But it does bring about a shift in perspective that lets us know, on some inner level, that all is well. 

From this place of understanding, we can welcome our misfortunes, bless them, and get curious about what treasures they may be bringing us!

To practice looking beneath the surface of your discomfort, try asking yourself the following questions:

  • In what areas am I not trusting life at the moment?

  • What would it feel like if I could know that there is a greater purpose to this, even if I cannot yet see what that is?

  • How would that change my experience of this situation?

  • Is there anything this experience might be teaching me or guiding me toward?

As always, be gentle with yourself and enjoy the journey inward. 

Lots of love,


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