What does having faith mean to you?
You may give many different definitions of faith, but consider this for a moment:
- Have you ever been without a job and firmly believed that you will find one soon?
- Have you ever taken a trip in a foreign country without worrying about getting sick or encountering danger?
- Have you ever let your child go out to buy something alone without worrying that he might not be safe?
If the answer is yes to any of the above three questions, then one might say that you already have faith.
Faith is there, even when we are not conscious about it.
We actually have faith most of the time and are not really aware that we do have faith!
I would like to challenge you now, by asking how often do you actually apply faith to your life?
- How do you react when you are faced with a challenge or a problem in your life?
- How do you act when something evil comes your way?
- What is your response to adversities and messed up situations?
Criteria for Applying Faith
- Identify the times in your life when a bad thing happened and you stayed calm, in control of your composure and aware.
- Now identify the times in your life when you allowed confusion, frustration and worry to overwhelm you.
- Which list is longer and ask yourself why?
If the list with feelings of confusion, frustration and worry appears somewhat longer, chances are you are the type of person who tries to figure everything out on his own and wants to find an answer to everything within his own head. The only question is whether this is truly possible and whether it is recommendable?
Bad things do happen in our lives over which we have no control of. Some bad things happen and we contributed to them ourselves or got involved in them by our own behaviour. Whatever the case, applying faith means staying calm, serene and in control of your own inner state of being. It means that you do not allow the bad situation to knock your spirit down.
For example, I recently had a car accident on the highway. The highway was slippery and wet, and my car slipped and the next thing I knew I was in the car, upside down! During this accident, which lasted a couple of seconds, never once did I feel scared, confused or frustrated. I simply stayed calm and observed everything that was happening without being afraid! Now that I write about this, I am amazed how could I have felt in such a way, but the truth is: I did! I had faith that everything will be ok, and that everything will be over very soon, and it was.
On the other hand, a few years ago, I was involved in a law case, and during the four years that this law case lasted,I was overwhelmed with worry, anxiety and lack of sleep! I had lost my faith and was trying to figure out what had gone wrong, why did this have to happen the way that it did. I basically tortured and tormented myself by allowing confusing, analyzing and controlling thoughts to penetrate and totally occupy my mind.
What I did not know then, was that I allowed myself to judge and blame certain people instead of thinking the best of people. The focus in times of worry, anxiety and confusion should primarily be on ourselves. This is how we learn to go beyond this state of being. This is also faith in action.
Stepping out beyond the ego encapsulated identity
Our ego is full of fearful thoughts. It requires willingness, courage and unwavering faith on our part that abundance, unlimited love, and support awaits us on the other side.This is true faith in action.
Having faith is a skill which you can learn!
It is not enough to possess faith, but you need to use it!
Every time you encounter a problem, stop worrying and analyzing the events and circumstances, stop blaming and judging the people involved. Instead, say the following:
- you are aware of the problem
- you are willing to take steps to solve it,
- you leave the rest to the goodness of the universe.
Be firmly rooted in the belief that the universe is your cradle and it offers you unconditional love and support.
Say to yourself:
“I will do everything necessary to solve my problem and will take the action steps required. The rest will be done by the universe and I firmly believe this to be so. Thank you.”
Do not try to figure things out, simply release your belief that things will be taken care of for your best good.
Faith emerges from the heart. Express your faith in the goodness of the universe and let it do its part. You will be amazed by the results.
Like always, I invite you to share your experiences of faith in your life. When was your faith put on trial and how did you overcome this?
Until next time,
Much Love and Many Blessings,