When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.
Patrick Overton, The Leaning Tree
My favorite quote about faith. We all have faith in something. Pagan, Christian, Jew, Muslim one thing that we share is faith. It may not be the same gods or prophets, but we have faith that there is a higher power to comfort and guide us. Even an atheist has faith in himself, that he will be able to overcome what ever trials and obstacles are put in his way.
I have had had a few ideas about what to post, and I decided on faith.
This decision came after attending a monthly workshop on shamanism. There is a member who believes, but when it comes to journey work, he rarely journeys. He has a very intelligent, deeply inquisitive mind and always wants to know the reason for things. This is good. It helps with the higher awareness you attain as you do spiritual work. I asked him if he is trying to see, knowing what conclusion he would come to about my question. When he said of course he was, my response was to stop trying.
I don’t want him to give up. I never want that. Sometimes you simple have to not fight the current of the spiritual energy. Just lay back and have faith that the spiritual river will flow and will show you what you need to see. Have faith that it works.
Everything is an act of faith. You go to bed at night with the faith that you will wake up in the morning. You get in your car to go to work. Even if you do not understand the beautiful ballet of the internal combustion engine, you have faith that your car will start and bring you to work. You have faith in yourself that you will be able to accomplish the day’s tasks.
When you have the basic faith that the process will work even beyond your control, then you can work deeper to understand it.
In the political spectrum, you may not understand the circus that is shown to us every day, but have faith that either there is an amazing endgame or that someone will stand to make it better. You may even be that someone, just the catalyst isn’t yet the right one.
It is easy to lose faith. All faith is based on the belief that the desired outcome will be attained. No matter how many prayers that are offered for someone who you love that has cancer, they may still have an adverse affect to a particular treatment . It is easy to blame the higher power and turn your back. Instead, we should re-explore our options and try to find one more suitable.
I am reminded of a favorite joke of mine.
A preacher is in his church when it starts storming. The police drive up and tell him to evacuate. “God will save me” he says and stays in his church. A few hours later, the rising flood waters force him into the second floor. A boat pulls up to the window and they say come with us. “God will save me” he says. A few more hours later and the preacher has to escape the flood to his roof. A helicopter hovers overhead, “let us help you” yells.down the crew. “God will save me” he says. Finally, the flood is too much and the preacher is washed off the roof and drowns. When he gets to heaven, he asks God “why didn’t you save me?” God shakes his said and says “I sent a car, a boat and a helicopter, what more do you want?”
The preacher’s faith wasn’t misplaced, he just didn’t have faith in the process. He expected some grand act when the spirits, God in this case, where acting the whole time. The energy constantly flows. We all may interpret it a little differently, but it is still energy that fills us and drives us. Makes us want to be better people and leave a better place for our children.
Don’t necessarily try to understand all the details of how the process of energy works, simply have faith that it will and understanding will come.