Cycles of FaithSeptember 15, 2009
The word Faith is often associated with strong belief and religion. For me, it long meant blindness, as in blind faith. A surrender to someone else’s vision rather than our own. But that is delusion rather than faith.
Faith is better understood as a deep form of trust or confidence. Another word for allowing what is to be. Surrendering. But not blind surrender but rather surrender to what has been experienced.
“Wide opened is the door of the Immortal to all who have ears to hear; let them send forth faith to meet it.”
This is a key detail of faith not to be missed. Faith is built on Experience. But faith or trust is still required to move us forward. Sometimes we can get a little stuck when the clarity is not there enough for us to have faith. Once there is vision again, faith moves us forward. Faith built on experience is not blind.
But if we have experience, why do we need faith? Because it is change, something new. We have gained enough to have a vision but have not completed the journey yet. In practice, faith is a dance. With some clarity, we gain enough confidence to step forward into the unknown. Until our uncertainty grows or some integration is required. So we step forward and back, forward and back, gradually progressing into being.
That clarity arises in many forms – understanding, love, perception, peace and simple experience. One of the first steps is a teaching. When we are moving into new territory, we seek a teacher to guide us. When we reach enough confidence, we begin to step forward on our own.
An example that comes to mind is the Law of Attraction. If that idea lands at a receptive time, we’ll read and explore about it until we have enough confidence. Then test it with simple things like ‘manifesting’ parking spots. As faith deepens, we’ll try deeper things that are more important to us. Eventually, it will become a part of our worldview.
Or we’ll step past the limits of our faith and stumble, leading to experiences of failure and possibly discarding the paradigm. For now.
We can see distinct steps here:
- a seeking
- some clarity
- early faith
- some testing, validation
- further testing
- reinforced faith
- deeper testing
- new beliefs, faith becomes embodied and often fixed
and then, along comes an experience that shatters our beliefs. We have a ‘loss of faith’ and we restart the process, going to a deeper level. At some point, we learn not to become fixed and dance more loosely. Then the shifts come easier and then much faster.
*Stumbles are a point where we step past our real faith. Doubt creeps in and the process stumbles, reinforcing old paradigms rather than moving forward. We come to a place where some will give up the attempt for a time. Or try another route.
A much deeper form of faith is surrender. Stepping into divinity and allowing the divine to work through you. Allowing life to be as it is. This form of faith is much more profound. It is what many of the old religious texts are speaking to. But because most people have not come to that place, they attempt it with blind faith, play at a concept of faith, or reject it altogether.
The trick is to work towards it. Find a teaching to get clarity on spirituality. Find a process that will lead you into awakening to your true nature. And THEN, you can come to the place of a deeper faith with the dawning of divinity. It will be your stepping stone into what is unfolding in your life. And that is a beautiful thing.
If you don’t think faith has a role in your life, look again. It plays a role in everything that comes into your life. Every step in maturation and evolution. Every growth in trust and confidence.