Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin. You either have faith or you are had by it. Having faith means you know that there is only One power and all is possible through that One Power within you right now. You know that you are made of God-stuff.
Being had by faith means you are coming from fear, are owned and enslaved by the negative ideas and experiences of your history or the news, are trapped in the idea that your supposed failures are proof of your lack of faith, and it scares you to even try anymore.
When we move from having faith in prayer, having faith in God, or having faith in anything period and upgrade to a way of Being Faith and allowing that Knowingness of our Constitution, our Supreme Laws, to be all that we are, it opens us to experience life in the same way that an MD will jump into action at an emergency while she was out dining. She IS a physician on a 24-hour call. We are Meta-Physicians and our call is also 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year. This knowing and Being our Divine selves, it's our automatic response to our ups and downs.
What Is Faith?
Faith is not bargaining, begging, manipulating or pleading; tempting as it is to do just that in the last 6 months. It is a calm knowingness that all is well no matter what human condition we might be experiencing.
Faith is not superstition. It doesn’t require rituals, dogma or magic to be achieved - though they can be meaningful and fun. And you don't have to be religious or spiritual to have or be in faith, because “faith is the complete trust or confidence in someone or something.”
Faith is not something we turn on and off. It's like a dimmer switch, we always have the knob in our hands to turn up or down.
Faith is loving the experience we are having, even if we don't like the experience we are having. Understanding that by keeping love active, .no matter the experience or condition, we learn what to avoid or encourage, using logic, feelings, memory, & intuition to heal and prosper.
Faith looks beyond what's in front of us in the 3D world. We are in touch with the multiverse of intuition.
Faith is not static. It is not something we just have and forget about; it requires practice and intentional expansion. It's like peace and justice, constant. We build up our faith muscles through spiritual practices when things are going well in life so that when we hit a crisis, those practices are second nature.
In order to have faith, we must have a conviction that all is well. In order to keep faith, we must allow nothing to enter our thought which will weaken this conviction. Faith is built up from belief, acceptance, and trust. Whenever anything enters our thought which destroys, in any degree, one of these attitudes, to that extent faith is weakened. ~Science of Mind, p. 158
Faith is the path back to ease from fear and anxiety. You can be anxious and still have faith.
Intentional imagination, visualizing, and envisioning are spiritual practices. Some of these practices get poo-poohed but research confirms your brain doesn't know the difference between experiencing, witnessing, and imagining.
...imagination is a neurological reality that can impact our brains and bodies in ways that matter for our wellbeing ~Tor Wager, director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, CU Boulder and co-senior author of a paper published in the journal Neuron
Imagine a barking dog, a furry spider or another perceived threat and your brain and body respond much like they would if you experienced the real thing.
If you have a memory that is no longer useful for you or is crippling you, you can use imagination to tap into it, change it and re-consolidate it, updating the way you think about and experience something. ~Marianne Cumella Reddan, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, CU Boulder
Faith operates every day. It is a choice we get to dial-up or down.
You would think this month's theme is faith, not ease, but with faith you get the ease.
Conclusion and Call to Action:
Faith rises and falls like the tides of an invisible sea…You realize, I think, that it is more valuable, more mysterious, altogether more immense than anything you can learn or decide upon in college. ~Flannery O’Connor
When we respond to the world with love and compassion, we are practicing faith.
When we surrender our ego, our need to be right, or our need to fight and allow ourselves to be completely immersed in the Divine. we are practicing faith.
The results are a calm, an ease, a revelation that all can be handled. Even COVID, unemployment, illness, wealth, or any prosperity or success (many people see success as a burden and the rest of their lives reflect that).
The keywords of this Fall season are...
reflection, harvest, gratitude, balance, and self-love
If one will have faith in [their]self, faith in [one's] fellowmen, in the Universe, and in God, that faith will light the place in which [one] finds [them]self, and by the light of this faith, [you] will be able to see that ALL IS GOOD. And the light shed by this faith will light the way for others. We become conscious of darkness only when we are without faith - for faith is ever the light of our day and the light on our way, making that way clearly visible to us, even when to all others it may be beset with obstacles and the ongoing rough. ~Science of Mind, P 158
As the equinox balances the light and dark, the seasons change, the harvest is honored, and we step into a new cycle of growth; inviting more peace. Yes, you have grown during the pandemic by recognizing what areas of our life need balance, let go, or put on ice.
On the Equinox, everything is in balance. There is no you and me, or this and that, instead there is just one:
One planet, one world, and even one soul
During this autumn season, I invite you to:
- acknowledge your personal growth cycle
- harvest a gratitude list
- ask the Universe what you can do to bring harmony and balance to the soil of your life's garden
- do a fall deep clean
- release that which no longer brings you joy
- change some rhythms and habits that no longer serve
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~Dahli Lama
Make that your religion, your faith...kindness to others, of course, kindness to one's self. That's a faith to never fear.
I surrender myself into the contagious Loving Grace of the One - knowing I am Divinely guided in everything I think, feel, and do.
I fall into the arms of the Great Knowing, comforted and supported by It's great Power, Love, and Wisdom. I meet my fear with faith, my dark with Light, my disdain with love, and any dis-ease with ease.
The weather may dry and cool, but I do not crack, snap or lose my warmth. The light may shorten and the dark lengthen, but I do not slow down or hoard for the winter.
I am a magnet for health, well-being, calm, creativity, strength, love and respect. My prosperity in all things is backed by the full faith and credit of the Universe - ever-expanding and ever available to me right now.