I am not pretending that yesterday’s and today’s posts comprehensively cover the topic of faith, but I would like to make a few more connections.
Faith is like the cement that holds together elements of our spiritual self and the dynamics that make up an enlightened life. Faith binds our hearts, the Spirit of and in all, life purpose, and creation of the expression of Self in this world. In other words, faith produces unity of Self, Spirit, and our own creations.
In his classic Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill says that “Faith removes limitations.” Neither you nor I can create anything beyond what we see without faith — “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11: 1). Faith makes the vision happen, manifests the vision in our daily lives.
Without faith, we exist in a dreary life devoid of love and hope. If we don’t have faith, we can’t trust anyone in a love relationship of any kind. Likewise, we have no hope that things will ever be any different from that which we can currently observe.
In Paolo Coelho’s The Alchemist, we are given the reason that we need faith and the lie that faith defeats: “…at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” Faith gives us control over our own fates. We can create our fate because we believe in and tap into eternal Spirit.
How does that happen? Through awakening to our own hearts. We don’t have to accept the world’s paradigms that we receive through ego. We can have the treasure of our own hearts expressing core Self: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21 King James Version). The treasure of Self and our life purpose cannot be known without an intimate relationship with our hearts.
We declare our faith in our vision that is generated by Self and Spirit in the course and actions of our daily life. We are consistent and persistent — hallmarks of faith. Such a declaration, though, is often met with less than enthusiasm, and it’s important to understand what’s at stake.
When we declare our faith, it is analogous to foretelling our future: we become true prophets. However, someone who knows about faith, Jesus of Nazareth, makes clear the anticipated response from others who are not awakened, who have not come to know core Self or walk in the fellowship of their heart: “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household” (Matthew 13:57 NASB). Those who live with ego as their drive and filter are threatened by heart-driven souls, and that may manifest in different ways: anger, logical reasons as to why your vision is unrealistic, ridicule, etc.
If we are denied our voice and vision, though, if we are unwanted as our core Self, then we need to move on. The miracles that we will be living will never be appreciated: “And [Jesus] did not many miracles there because of their unbelief” (Matthew 13:58 NASB). No faith, no miracles. Whether the statement is in reference to others or ourselves, it’s just as valid — no faith, no miracles.
We must, if we are to honestly and in faith live our true Self, believe that we have direct link with the Spirit. Faith allows us to visualize so clearly that our decisions produce consistency and persistency in our life purpose.
Just move it. Do it. Keep the faith. Move in faith. Live the faith in Self and Spirit.
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Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!