Word of the Month for Sept. 2016: Faith

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FAITH

Faith is the Virtue and Self Doubt is the Saboteur.

We always live in the unknown, we always live in faith.

Every day is an unknown. Every day holds countless possibilities of unfoldment. These may be experienced by us as good or bad. There is so much that is unknown that it can actually paralyze us. We can become so overwhelmed wondering about what’s going to happen and trying on various possibilities in our mind that it can scare us into non-action.

Our mind can become a major traffic jam because we have visualized so many worst case scenarios that now we can’t move forward. it’s good to anticipate problems, but sometimes we can take it to ridiculous extremes.

Faith is the antidote to that paralyzing fear that makes us want to crawl under the covers and spend the day shaking because of the scary movie that keeps playing in our mind’s eye. I understand we need to have a reasonable understanding of what could go wrong with our plans and I also realize that we need to spend a reasonable amount of time viewing what could go well with our plans.

Self doubts are something we all have in common. We sometimes think other people don’t have doubts because they appear to be confident. The Yogi’s tell us that we’re all battling self doubt until one day we attain a state of consciousness that is called Unshakable Faith.

The term unshakable faith puts us on notice that faith is a shaky bridge that we must cross everyday. Faith is mysterious, it’s always present, always accessible, and then we find ourselves going beyond all of our self doubts.

What is faith anyway? Is it religion, confidence, what? Faith is a mystical force that awakens the courage within us. When we overcome anything, it’s because we have tapped into faith. Faith can be taught through religion or not. The Yogi’s tell us that faith in the self is faith in God. Whoa what? Ponder on those words. Faith in the self is faith in God and faith in God is also faith in the self. As Westerners, we get hung up on the word God. The Yogi’s go so far as to say that there aren’t any true atheists because if you have this faith in yourself, you have faith in God. Hmmmm.

Faith is a mystical experience for sure. Faith makes us go beyond our self doubts. Over time, faith can shatter the paralyzing effects of anxiousness and debilitating indecision. Faith is the mysterious force that awakens us to understanding there’s so much more to being a human than we can see with our eyes.

Faith springs from the unknown which is every day. Self doubts spring from the unknown also. We’re more familiar with self doubts than we are with faith. Self doubts are like termites in the home. You may not see them until the house begins to become unsafe because it’s being eaten from within. That’s what self doubts does to us. We eat ourselves us with worry, doubt, stress and fear.

Faith is always present because it lives in the ever present unknown. Faith slays the monsters in your mind and it destroys the termites of worry. Faith is what pushes you into your greatness.

 

One thought on “Word of the Month for Sept. 2016: Faith

  • September 19, 2016 at 11:22 am
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    Thank you, Jacqueline, once again for elucidating a virtue, making it simple to see where one is not practicing it in life, in order to practice it in one’s life.

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