Fostering Meaningful Faith

June 16, 2010 by  
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Doubt is a pain toFlowers Carolina 2o lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Faith, indeed, has up to the present not been able to move real mountains…. But it can put mountains where there are none.  ~Friedrich Nietzche, Human, All Too Human, 1879

I don’t want to write about religious faith.   But I do want to shine a light in the voice within that believes in our abilities to recreate ourselves, achieve our goals, and find contentment when there is no evidence of any of it.

I woke up this morning with much on my mind.  I’m busy with work and have been going through a lot of personal changes that have brought a certain anxiety to the foreground.

I sat down to write, took a deep breath and the word faith came to me.  At that moment my anxiety left.  It was as if some part of me knew for a fact that I was okay.

In my life time I have devoted a lot of energy to self-reflection and accountability.  Most of that effort was tainted by high levels of anxiety but in the last few years I have been able to develop a closer relationship with my “self”.  In doing so a different type of faith has started to emerge.

I no longer have faith in fantasies that are based on a needy ego but instead I experience faith as a simpler and more profound certainty. Today I know life is a continuous stream of opportunities that give us experiences to learn from, and to create our personal wisdom.

I think back to the old Jewish saying my mother loves to share with: “We all walk in the dark”.   Meaning none of us know what opportunities life will bring us but we all continue to go on.  So we can stumble in the dark or we can develop a sixth sense which allows us to take bold steps.

Developing faith, means looking within for strength and clarity, it means creating an intimate relationship with ourselves.  Faith then becomes the icing on the cake.

Faith to me today means, getting in a car with a destination but not knowing what side roads I will have to take because of constructions and accidents but not worrying because I know I am a good driver.

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