Hope is emotionally necessary in a crisis. It’s one of the chief ways our minds protect us. Yet hope has a hard time being felt when every disaster is instantly communicated around the world. And hope is rarely pure. It is always mixed in the tangled hierarchy with other emotions, including those opposed to hope, such as despair, fear, anger, and vengeance.

Because of this tangle, hope has often been a cloak for violence.

We have lost touch with the reality of hope, which is a powerful force when it has a spiritual source but a deception when it doesn’t. When hope serves as a means to reach deeper into yourself than anyone could predict, or than anyone believes possible, it is a spiritual force.

To rekindle hope, one must find a path to the extraordinary. This requires a shift in oneself, for we have all become used to a much weaker kind of hope.

Violence especially needs to be treated with hope because at bottom a violent person is hopeless. The trick is not to despair, and yet since we despair so quickly in our current condition, avoiding despair can only happen by going deeper into the spiritual value of hope,

The Sufi mystic and teacher Meher Baba once remarked, “The only prerequisite for enlightenment is complete disillusion.” Illusion keeps us in the grip of denial. It coaxes us to rely on our false friends instead of our true ones.

If you can see with open eyes when hope is a false friend, you are moving ahead spiritually, because spirit doesn’t need hope once it can have reality instead.

Adapted from: Peace Is the Way, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2005).

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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.3 years ago

I am HOPING for a quick exit...................

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

worth contemplating

jayasri amma
jayasri amma3 years ago

Thanks for the interesting posting.

janine k.
janine k.4 years ago

Hope is what I have for the future. "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow, it'll soon be here!"

janine k.
janine k.4 years ago

Find peace in nature. Evil is and always is. Peace is and always is. Money is and always is. Love is and always is, get it?

Maria Papastamatiou

It is a nice article, indeed. However, its application is not always easy. Some days ago, I saw a guy in TV who every night prays that economic crisis will deepen and he will gain. As I live in a country that has been most severely hit by the crisis (Greece) and my life standard is being reduced, it is difficult to keep hoping, when seeing people profiting from us getting poorer. At the moment I felt anger, now I pity this man because his greed has reduced him to less than human... Yet, how can I find hope again?

Krista C.
Krista C.4 years ago

I Know this to be completely true, the last two paragraphs of this article. Thank you for bringing it once again into the awareness of all of us.

Ralph F.
Ralph F.4 years ago

Thanks for the interesting posting.

Helen Camren
Past Member 4 years ago

Hope has a most significant word.


Hop to it.

Do what you can do, even if it's seems little.

One step at a time.

Got me out of a real mess.

Hop, even if it's just on one foot

Hop out of the mess

One hop at a time