Chapter 6.1 Faith

Faith

The bottom layer of the foundation has to be Faith. If you don’t believe in what you are doing, then you are just going through the motions … it’s never going to happen.

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”
Voltaire (1694-1778)    French Writer/Philosopher

Before some of you S-K, give me a paragraph or two here.  I do not mean Faith in the most common form that it has been used in recent years … evangelical faith, church or sect members only.  It seems that Faith was kidnapped and has been kept behind the walls of secular religion, only to be experienced if you were accepted within.

Faith does not belong to any one religion solely.  Faith is available to anyone. It doesn’t matter which process you choose to develop and live your Faith.  You can use organized religion, the teachings of the Masters, your own personal beliefs, Star Wars, transcendental meditation, or whatever.

Faith, to me, means a strong belief that we are a part of Goodness.  We can never climb out of Negativity until we believe that there is something else.  Every day we see examples of Goodness.  We know it is there.  Maybe some of those good things will start coming to us too.

“Do or do not. There is no try”
Yoda,     The Empire Strikes Back

There’s the common snag … you can’t be a ‘Maybe’.  ‘Maybe’ is Negativity’s last line of defense. ‘Maybe’ is a fence around the perimeter of the Plateau. The longer you sit on the ‘Maybe’ fence, the greater the chance that you will fall back into Negativity.  You have to commit yourself to new thoughts and new opportunities if you want to climb the slopes to the Plateau.

Many people get stuck on the ‘Maybe’ fence for huge portions of their lives.  They know there is good and bad, but they don’t know that they have to take sides.  They don’t realize that they have to choose. Faith has to be active.

Faith is more than just believing that Good (or God) exists.  Believing still lacks action.  Believing is taking the oath.  Faith is earning the merit badges.  To do this, you have to accept your personal role in completing your life mission. Then you have to commit yourself to the guidance of the Universal Force, the Great Creator, God, Intention, the Source, Infinity, Nature … your guiding light. Trust that it will lead you to your task. Let it point you. There is no other way.

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)   Third President of the United States

Sometimes it takes being at the end of your rope to discover Faith.  When you finally give up trying to control the Universe, you can often gain perspective in what is going on around you. Once you let go and stop pushing against the headwinds, it is quite possible that you can better know how to re-direct yourself.

If Fear is the worst negative emotion, then Faith is the best positive attribute in defeating it. Once you get beyond your Fear of failure or surprisingly, your Fear of success, you will start taking the steps in discovering your life mission. Have Faith that your guides will lead you to it. Still, you have to take the action … you have to start knocking on the doors.

“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door”
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)     American Poet

Many gates will open and you will learn some important life experiences. Your role is to keep knocking on doors, trying things that interest you.  The doors that open may sometimes surprise you. They may not be what you thought. It may be another way of using the talents you have, or it could even be a way to help someone else in discovering their life mission.

“There are no miracles for those that have no faith in them.”
French Proverb

Once you start believing, you realize that you are both the ticket-taker and the pilot on your mission.  You decide who is going to travel with you and how fast it will take to get where you’re supposed to be. Your ship will make many stops.  Realize that some of your 150 passengers will get off, sometimes even part of your trusted crew.  You stay on … to get to your final destination, although you probably don’t know exactly where it will be.  You have to trust that your journey will end up where you need to go. There is no room for ‘Maybe’.

“Faith is an oasis in the heart, which can never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)     Lebanese born American Philospher

Faith in Goodness is a great remedy for Worry and Anxiety. Once you understand that you are on a mission, you have less Worry and less Fear. Faith is the fundamental foundation that must be in place before you can build your House of Positive Energy. Accepting that you will be guided on your journey will make it easier to find your life mission.

“How do you know if your mission in life is finished? If you’re still alive, it isn’t.”
Richard Bach     American Writer, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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5 Responses to “Chapter 6.1 Faith”

  1. Mac65 Says:

    What a powerful chapter! Perhaps the most profound solution here is to let go of “Maybe” and to trust in your guiding light to show you the way. I can feel the worry fading away as I seek out my mission. Thank you.

  2. greencat3 Says:

    Thank you for spreading faith to all! Yes, faith is often associated with solely organized religion…which is good, but there are many others who also would like to have a little faith! I especially love the quotes from Star Wars. I think it’s refreshing to see a page that has Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Yoda giving us their words of wisdom.

  3. J Says:

    Your expressed Faith exquisitely. Loved this chapter.

  4. alpinerainn Says:

    The Voltaire quote at the beginning “Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” and also Kahlil Gibran’s “Faith is an oasis in the heart, which can never be reached by the caravan of thinking.” spoke most strongly to me…along with all the D’Light philosophy…of course. Often, when my faith threatens to leave me…I have to rely on “a wing and a prayer” because I realize that I am not in this alone…but have been given this “assignment” (thank you, Marianne Williamson!) by that Universal Energy (read: Love). It seems that we are in this together….and sometimes I am driving and sometimes…when things seem most futile…I must get out of the driver’s seat and turn everything back over to the all-powerful….because I cannot do this alone. Sometimes, He sends me help in the form of D’Light and other wise ones, like David Richo in “The Five Things We Cannot Change…and the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them”. In this book, he states: (when we realize we are not in control) “…it is like deciding to turn around in the saddle and ride in the direction the horse is going.” Lightbulb!! (Did you see Despicable Me?….Hahahaha…..)

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