Most religions state that faith connects us to God. However, in the name of “faith,” some have attempted to justify killing, torturing, and being at war throughout history, so it has acquired a bad rap amongst “non-believers” and even amongst spiritual seekers to a certain extent, because talking about faith smells like organized religion and religious dogma.
Yet from the moment you are born, faith is what makes you expect to be alive, to be safe, and to be loved, in the form of an inner sense, an attitude, a knowing that lives within you even before you develop the ability to label it. Furthermore, faith is what brings you success and happiness when you expect it, although you may not call it “faith” either; perhaps you think it’s good luck, or good karma, or destiny. And yet it is your attitude, the inner certainty of success—of deserving success, I should say—that brings you what you seek.
Whether you relate to God as separate from yourself, or existing and manifesting through you, faith is the inner sense that connects you to your divine nature. It has the inherent quality of cognition and yet it is different from mental reflection or intellectual knowledge. And its true power lies on the fact that it is an attitude that transcends itself, because it goes beyond the separate “I-sense” or false ego, and surrenders all manifestations to a higher power.
Your faith conveys a sense of trust in a transcendental power that has your best interest at heart and knows what is best for you at any given time. Paradoxically, it is this self-transcending quality that connects you directly to the Divine within. You could say that faith is your true nature, and when you lose faith you lose that connection with yourself and your soul purpose.
Faith Is the Spark of Your Life
For those who feel hurt, or betrayed, or depressed, the sensation of hopelessness can be likened to being trapped in a death-like, dark place because the spark of faith is gone. If the spark of faith is gone, your sense of self is also gone, and so are hope and life within you. Likewise, if don’t believe in yourself, or if you rely on a false sense of self, based on other people’s opinions, beliefs, or values, then your life becomes meaningless and empty. It’s missing the spark within that keeps you in touch with your true nature, regardless of any condition in your world.
Organized religion has made us think of faith as something we experience in regards to an external transcendental power, but in truth faith is your own inner power: the knowing that no matter how difficult it may be to go through what you’re going through, or how unattainable a goal may seem, you can always reconnect with who you essentially are and move through obstacles and challenges with peace in your heart.
Faith is the magic ingredient leading saints and sages to be completely focused on their endeavor to merge with the Divine. So if you were as fixated and single-pointed in your goals and desires as a saint is focused on God, no matter what obstacles or difficulties you may find along the way, and no matter how much resistance or doubt you may have to overcome, you would certainly manifest anything you wanted.
It is actually much easier to create and accomplish things in the world, since mundane desires require less energy, time, and effort than enlightenment. If you can desire it, imagine it, and sustain your vision, you can perceive and manifest it, because it is already part of the Infinite Consciousness Continuum you belong to. Faith is the spark that brings it to life in your perception, opening you up to see it.
Pay Attention to Where You Place Your Attention
We continuously have to choose between love and fear. Faith connects us to love by helping us overcome fear. Fear is a creation of the ego-mind that makes us identify with and get attached to the world and its comforts, its illusions, and its temporary pleasures. And we don’t want to lose those because they give us a sense of identity. Yet our attachments also prevent us from transcending our physical reality to discover the true purpose of life.
Even when there is chaos in the world, faith gives you the sense—the knowing—that everything will be alright, that everything is as it’s supposed to because there is a higher plan behind all appearances. The times we are going through right now call for even more faith than usual, as the energy frequencies re-arrange themselves to create a new reality in the world. So don’t lose hope and look forward to a better future!
Chaos and confusion are inevitable when the old needs to be dissolved to give way to the new. This also applies to our false self-images: transformation is not possible without struggle because it is a form of rebirth. Life itself is change and impermanence; consciousness in expansion; and creative potentiality in motion. Yet the Self, the Spirit, the transcendental force that faith connects you to exists only in the present moment, in this very instant, even if its nature is eternal.
Eternity, however, is not continuity. Continuity implies time and space and change. The Supreme is absolute stillness and silence, and it is within you. So allow the power of faith to take you from chaos into peace, from uncertainty into trust, and from fear into courage, to experience that stillness of the heart. It is time to drop all that you’ve being holding on to that is not truly you, to emerge anew. Are you ready?
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