Updated: Oct 31, 2020
Faith is traditionally defined (Merriam-Webster dictionary) as belief and trust in and loyalty to God, or belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion. In this post, I'd like to expand the concept of faith- to make it universal, personal, and experiential. For some people, taking a fresh look at a traditional concept may open up practical ways to fuel personal introspection and growth.
Here we go:
The creative force from which we are made has been described throughout the ages, and it has been given many names such as: God, Allah, Yahweh, Spirit, Life-Force, Love, Light, Energy, Source, Universe, Consciousness.
Faith is a conscious awareness of this life-giving force in our regular life.
There are many ways to increase our awareness of this force such as: prayer, meditation, being in nature, creative activities, and even intentional exercise such as running, swimming, or walking. These activities calm the body and mind, and in this relaxed state it can become easier to tune in. When you sense your spiritual nature, you may feel peace, appreciate the energy of the body, or receive insights and inspiration.
As faith grows, we gradually appreciate that we are more than the habits of our analytical minds, our identities, personalities, or stories, and we become more aware of our spiritual nature.
Sounds wonderful, right? So how do we grow in faith? That's where healing comes in. Healing is working to release the patterns in your body and mind that you have inherited and developed that block you from perceiving and experiencing the creative force, that is also our essence. It is activating our free will, and choosing to open up so this force can transform our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.