Finding Faith III

by Ross Bishop

So I said to her, “If you want to make the changes you desire, you’ll have to find the faith to let go of your old ways and step into that which is unknown and unfamiliar.” I reminded her of Martin Luther King’s: 

Faith is taking the first step even though you can’t see the whole staircase. 

She said to me, “How can I find faith when every one of my life lessons has been painful, pushes on my shortcomings, exposes my fears and makes me feel even more vulnerable?” 

I told her that viewing life depends a lot on which end of the telescope you view it from. From the human perspective, life can be a real pain! She’s right, life can be very difficult, it exposes our shortcomings and makes us feel vulnerable. What then is life about? Is God an uncaring being who just abandons us to flounder on our own? 

If you look at things from God’s point of view, they take on a very different perspective. Our resistance and the energy it generates through conflict, provides the driving force for a system that will eventually bring us home. Perhaps you already know that there is a great deal more to life than to be born, pay bills and die. This is especially true if you consider the complexity of everything in the universe and how perfectly it all fits together. With that perspective, it is difficult to see life as just a meaningless series of random events. As Leonard Jacobson said: 

Everything that occurs in your life is part of God’s plan to wake you up. 

It is my belief that everything that happens here is purposeful. I believe that life is a perfectly crafted process designed to bring us to higher levels of spiritual awareness. The pain in the process comes from our attachment to our beliefs, primarily those we hold about ourselves.

Steve Goodier wrote:
Those who overcome great challenges will be changed, and often in unexpected ways. For our struggles enter our lives as unwelcome guests, but they bring valuable gifts. And once the pain subsides, the gifts remain. These gifts are life’s true treasures, bought at great price, but cannot be acquired in any other way. 

And Yogananda taught:
God sends to you those experiences you need, that you might profit by them. If you run away from those lessons, you will still have to learn them sometime, somewhere else. Every experience is a good teacher if you learn from it; but it is a tyrant if you abuse that opportunity with resentment and non-understanding. With right attitude, life is very simple and very easy. 

Most of our beliefs about ourselves are negative and they stand in stark opposition to Universal Truth. Our beliefs come from our unresolved needs, i.e. our deeply held longing to complete ourselves. We know it as a need to be loved, a need for connection and the need to deeply know ourselves. It is the quest for the resolution of those needs that brought you to Earth in the first place.

I want to make this absolutely clear: You are not here because of flaws in who you are or a defect in your character. You are perfectly fine just as you are. You are already whole, but because of your unresolved needs, you do not accept that yet. That is the source of the problem. The split between who you really are and your perception of yourself is the source of your struggle and your pain. 

We come to Earth to resolve the differences between who we are and who we think we are. Your fears and your emotions resist resolution and while you can make the process more difficult than necessary, that won’t change the eventual result. It is your consciousness that needs to evolve. You see, like it or not, the game is rigged. There can only be one outcome. Krishnamurti said: 

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn,
the door is there and the key is in your hand. 

Or consider the words of Anthon St. Maarten:
You are heir to a heavenly fortune, the sole beneficiary of an infinite spiritual trust fund, a proverbial goldmine of sacred abundance beyond all common measure or human comprehension. But until you assert your rightful inheritance of this blessed gift, it will remain unclaimed and forever beyond your reach. 

What is the truth about you? You are a kind, compassionate, caring, beautiful person who doesn’t always act that way because you get scared, angry or upset. Your unresolved issues keep you from knowing and expressing who you truly are.

Consider the things you have a difficult time with: accepting the steady grace that pulses deep within you, being compassionate, loving yourself, loving others or the Earth. When you come to accept the truth about who you are, your relation to your emotions will shift and these issues won’t effect you as they do today. 

Today your beliefs shape your awareness and drive your emotions. You think you’re unworthy, not good enough, inherently flawed, etc. These beliefs sit like hot coals at the center of your being. You dare not touch them for fear that you might confirm your unworthiness, so you avoid them like the plague. The lengths people will go to, to avoid confirming this “truth,” are sometimes extraordinary. But we end up confirming them anyway because we interpret the events of life through what we believe. 

A purposeful life is the most important thing in the world.
And love is the most important purpose of all.

Kamand Kojouri

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