Before I had children I thought I had a pretty strong faith. I had been through a lot of challenges and adversity in my life and always turned to spirituality so I thought that meant my faith was strong. And it was, for those experiences. But when I became pregnant with my first child I learned a lot about faith and where mine wasn’t so strong.
When my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our first child we were so excited. We went over names, the way we wanted to raise him, things we wanted to do with him, adventures we wanted to take as a family. But as he grew bigger in my belly I became increasing terrified of what could go wrong. I started imagining all of the things that could hurt him in his life and what I could do to protect him. It was horrible and definitely not the way anyone wants to spend their pregnancy. Well all of my fear became a reality in May 2013, almost five years ago today, when our midwife heard a complication. My perfectly planned at home water birth suddenly became an emergency c-section when my son flatlined while still inside of me. And while that was one of the worst moments of my life, and is still difficult to speak about today, it was a moment I completely surrendered. I let go of all my ideas, all my plans, all of the doing it my way, and surrendered. Because what I realized in that moment was that I didn’t have the faith to get myself through that experience. So by surrendering my will, my stubbornness, and all the plans I had made out of fear, I was able to fill that space with more faith in God.
When we master our faith it affects every area of our lives, our parenting, our finances, our health, relationships. If we have unwavering faith we become a wrecking ball against lives adversities and worldly situations. Faith is the foundation that healthy spirituality is built on. When our faith is solid and sturdy our structure can withstand anything.
When I realized my faith needed some building I began studying, learning, and practicing it diligently. And what I discovered is that there are laws in spirituality and metaphysics just as there are in the natural world. When we understand these laws and the principles of how they work we can best utilize them.
I want to discuss these principals with you starting with “What is faith?”
What is Faith?
The definition of the word faith in the English dictionary is:
1. confidence or trust in a person or thing.
2. belief that is not based on proof.
Faith is the substance to which we give our trust and what we believe in. Therefore, what we have faith in, and the manner of which we practice our faith, will determine the physical manifestation of our faith. Faith is the foundation for all miracles, prosperity, abundance of health, wealth, and love.
Our faith in God, and how much we feed that faith, is going to determine what manifests in our lives.
In the book Prosperity by Charles Fillmore he states, “God had faith when He imagined man and the universe and through His faith brought all things into being. Man, being like God, must also base his creations upon faith as the only foundation.”
We, as Divine beings, have the power and authority to create divine circumstances in our lives. But in order to do so we have to have a solid foundation of faith to build on. Hebrews 11:1 states. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is the substance of our hopes and dreams and the evidence that it will be given to us regardless of all seeming appearances. Having an unwavering faith allows us to surrender and know that our needs will be met and our prayers answered regardless of our worldly conditions. And as long as we keep in alignment with our faith, we will produce results accordingly.
Unfortunately, what happens is that a lot of people put their faith in the wrong places and the results get out of alignment with their intentions.
See, people hear the word faith and they automatically think it means a faith in God, our Christ consciousness, or a higher power, but that’s not always the case. And even if a person does believe in those things, it doesn’t mean they are acting according to that faith. This is why people have so many mixed messages when it comes to faith. They say they believe in one thing but act or speak differently and since they are out of alignment, so are their results.
For instance, if we claim to believe in God, but are practicing fear, anger, and judgment, our faith is being put in ego. And if we are demonstrating a faith in our ego or in the illusion, we will produce a manifestation which is congruent with that faith.
In the same book, “Prosperity” by Charles Fillmore, he affirms this by saying, “When there is a world-wide BELIEF in financial depression, lack of circulation, stagnation, things do not go as we expect and we develop fear, a belief in the lack of circulation of money. But if we KNOW the LAW, we do not come under this fear thought.”
A thought that we invest in becomes a belief. And what we believe in becomes what we have faith in.
I had spent nine months putting my faith in my fear of what could go wrong and when the moment came to have my child that’s where my faith was.
If we believe in the fear thoughts that’s what we have faith in. But by knowing the laws of faith, we can practice it properly and will see divine results.
So the first principle of faith is to reflect on what exactly you are having faith in and if that faith is in alignment with your things hoped for. If you are praying for health, are your thoughts, words, and actions affirming your faith in good health? If you are praying for a loving relationship, do you speak only words of love? Are you attempting to manifest money while complaining about the bills?
Be diligent in keeping your words, thoughts, and prayers in alignment. Stay focused on the truth of the spiritual laws rather than give in to affirming seeming appearances.
The Second Principle of faith is There are levels to faith
There are levels of faith. The level of faith that you operate in will have a direct impact on you personally and spiritually.
In the book The Excellent Path to Enlightenment, teacher, scholar and poet Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche said:
There are different levels of faith. First, clear faith refers to the joy and clarity and change in our perceptions that we experience when we hear about the qualities of the Three Jewels and the lives of the Buddha and the great teachers.
Longing faith is experienced when we think about the latter and are filled with a great desire to know more about their qualities and to acquire these ourselves.
Confident faith comes through practicing the Dharma when we acquire complete confidence in the truth of the teachings and the enlightenment of the Buddha. (Or Christ consciousness)
Finally, when faith has become so much a part of ourselves that even if our lives were at risk we could never give it up, it has become irreversible faith.
Faith starts by believing, which becomes understanding, then develops into knowing, and ultimately transcends into being. The level of faith we operate on is going to influence our lives and spiritual goals. And depending on your personal and spiritual goals your level of faith may need to rise to the occasion.
Prior to having children, I had faith for the circumstances I had been through. And when I didn’t I was able to refer back to my spirituality to strengthen it. But when I was in the emergency room with no control, no way out, no thing that I could do, I realized how much faith I had been putting in my human self of planning and controlling, and not in my Christ self or in God. That experience taught me that I had to raise my faith to meet not only that situation but all situations.
So when it comes to your life, your business, your relationships, health, money, or any other area. You may need to check in and ask yourself, “Does my faith match the outcome I am hoping to receive?” Do you believe that what you ask for will be given to you? If the answer is no, then the first thing to do is start working on and strengthening your faith muscle.
Third Principle of faith: Faith takes Practice
Faith, like anything else, takes practice. It is a spiritual muscle that we have to strengthen. If we were training for a marathon we wouldn’t start by doing the marathon, we would have to start by conditioning our minds and bodies for the event. We also have to prep and condition ourselves for the life’s events.
Faith is like a homeopathic. It has to build in your system. It’s not an instant thing. It has to be built in our system so that when adversity or hardship happens we have a reserve to pull from. But some people treat it like an iv. They think when things go awry they can get it into the bloodstream quickly but it doesn’t work like that. And because it doesn’t work like that people give up on it. They think, “Well I had faith and it didn’t work out so I guess this faith stuff just doesn’t work.” No, it does. It’s actually unfailing. Faith never fails because God never fails. It’s us who fail to understand it or stay diligent in our practicing of it. Who I was and how much faith I had five years ago can’t even compare to who I am and my level of faith today. That has come from the continuous studying and practicing of faith.
When we have faith and practice it, we will see the results. And when we see the results we will have more faith for the next time. That creates building blocks of faith that we can continuously ascend.
The Fourth Principle of Faith: Faith Comes by Hearing
Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Meaning that when we hear the word of God we are practicing, deepening, and developing our faith. What is the word of God? It is anything that corresponds with, reflects, or amplifies the God within us. That could be through going to church, watching The Secret, reading The Bible or listening to spiritual podcasts. As long as it is affirming your own holiness and assisting you in bringing that into manifestation, it will assist you in developing your faith. And the more you commit to that, the stronger and faster that faith will develop.
If we sit on YouTube and watch Joel Goldsmith lectures then call a friend and complain about our health, finances, or the state of the economy, we place our faith in those things. Because who is the biggest hearer of the things we say?
We are the number one hearers of the words that come out of our own mouths. So every word we speak needs to affirm our divinity not in the illusion of separation. Faith comes by hearing, and that includes the words that we speak.
The Fifth Principle of Faith: Faith Requires Authority
You have to know your authority in order to properly exercise the laws of faith. When a judge presides over a courtroom they are confident in their position because they know they have authority. How did they get that authority? By learning the law. They studied and learned the laws and are able to put their faith in the legal system because of it. This is part of how we raise our level of faith in the supernatural laws. We have to know them and practice them, all the while knowing the authority we have to exercise them in our “courtroom” of the world. If we don’t know our authority we end up throwing spiritual spaghetti at the wall looking to see what sticks.
If our legal system ran this way it would be crazy, but this is how we run our spiritual laws and don’t think anything of it. There are laws of the universe and in metaphysics and when we understand our authority to practice those laws, we will simultaneously build our faith.
Jesus did this, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, Mary Baker Eddy who founded Christian Science, Buddha as well as many others knew their authority and exercised their dominion creating divine miracles and living their most authentic and holy selves. That is the fourth level of faith, the level of irreversible faith, and that is possible for each and every one of us.
Walk By Faith, Not By Sight.
Whatever circumstances you are facing today. Whatever is happening in your life right now. You have the ability within you to overcome it. You have the authority to do so. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says “Walk by faith, not by sight.” Walking by faith, not by sight means knowing so wholeheartedly in the truth of God that we have complete and utter faith in it regardless of our worldly conditions. Sometimes that feels impossible or terrifying, but the more we know the Truth, the easier it becomes.
So whatever your world appears as in this moment, you have the power to accept your authority and begin matching the level of your faith to the level of your things hoped for. It may seem like a mountain in front if you, but the God within you makes all things possible.
Do Not Accept Any of My Words on Faith
I would like to leave you with a quote by Buddha which I believe is relevant today and in all of spirituality, which is:
Do not accept any of my words on faith,
Believing them just because I said them.
Be like an analyst buying gold, who cuts, burns,
And critically examines his product for authenticity.
Only accept what passes the test
By proving useful and beneficial in your life.
Take these principles and examine them. See for yourself their authenticity and merit and then if you choose, practice them and see what is useful and beneficial in your life.
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