Faith has often been about believing in something that we have been told. All spiritual texts remind us that only through faith can we be made whole, or reach the kingdom of God, or walk in the correct path. The mandate to develop this faith has always put a element of fear or retribution for those that are faithless, which as you may know from personal experience, causes all sorts of subsequent feelings, such as guilt and unworthiness. Acting from a blind faith is a noble idea in many people’s mind, but it has also proven to be risky, dangerous, and naïve in many cases. Do we really believe it was the intention of our great spiritual masters for us to follow a faith that cannot felt in our hearts first? How do we resolve the intention to be faithful to something we want to believe in and actually living in faith to that belief.
I recently have been following some interesting conversations on various blogs that question the existence of God. People vehemently express their beliefs hoping to put a chink in the armor of the participants on the opposite side of the debate. What struck me as most interesting about these conversations where the passions behind the participants arguments. Are these participants passionate because of the faith in their beliefs or because they are secretly faithless in them, and by trying to convince others, they can somehow gain validation?
When we truly have faith in something, is it necessary to insure that we let the world know about it, or is our verbalizing the things we have faith in just part of the process for developing faith in the first place. Consider for a moment – what do you have faith in truly? What do you believe in so strongly that you would risk your life for? Seriously! Anything? This is the question we should ask ourselves before we begin our next day or even our next moment, because if we are acting out of a faith we have talked ourselves into because it defines us in some way, or because it is what we are told, then we are robbing ourselves of valuable life moments. When we live our lives faithless in anything or within a blind or unauthentic faith, we might as well be sleeping.
Many of us have a great deal of faith in many things. Sometimes we have faith and don’t even know it. When you have a true faith in something, you simply accept it unconditionally and it becomes a part of your life experience. For instance, you probably have faith that the sun will rise every morning. You have this faith because it is a part of your experience and so you do not give it much thought because to you, it just is. Same thing with our faith in breathing, blue skies, grass growing, and gravity. Once we know them to be true, we just live within them and have no doubts or questions about them, even if we don’t know how they are true to us. Our need to project about the things we feel we should be faithful about should be a trigger for us to see that we are still trying to work out our authentic beliefs. You certainly don’t go around trying to convince others that the sun will be coming up in the morning, or that your hair is brown, or that you like to eat ice cream every night before bed.
Faith is something I work on understanding and connecting to every day. I have many things I believe. I feel them so strongly in my heart. They just feel right to me. But I do not always have faith in them, yet. Why – because I have not experienced them yet or I have not obtained a connection to the possibility of experiencing them. The definition of faith is the total acceptance and reliance on something, whether known or unknown. Faith is total conviction and certainty. For example, one of the things I have faith in, even though I have never experienced it in my life is; I know that if someone came into my home and threatened harm to my children, I would do whatever was necessary to protect them, including taking someone’s life or sacrificing my own. This I know.
So, until I know my beliefs as strongly as I know this one, I will endeavor to learn more about them. I will not rest on my laurels because I have a strong feeling about a belief – I want to know for certain. I want to have faith.
Logic of No Limits
One of the theories I have been working on over the last decade is the logic of no limits. When we apply logical deduction to the potential of life in general, it appears, by using logic and reason that there is no limit to our life possibilities. Many have already deduced this using faith, and there have been many verifiable recorded incidents to support their beliefs that faith defies physical law. But for some, it is just not enough because they did not see it with their own eyes. I contend that the very presence of the “impossible”, or even the possibility of the “impossible”, whether experienced first-hand or not, confirms the existence of it. Likewise, I cannot see or know for sure how the forces that push grass up through the ground works, and yet I know that it happens despite the law of gravitational pull.
My theory provides a pathway of logic to accept and include these miraculous life experiences as opposed to a limited belief system that totally relies on physical law to define who and what we are capable of. The theory is simply that one cannot define anything with certainty without allowing for the constant potential of change. In other words, no matter what has been identified or defined before now, it is most likely going to change and/or transform into something more. There is no viable support for a static universe or static state to anything existing within the universe. Therefore, logically, we can entertain the possibility for almost anything to occur, because change will always be occurring.
My personal emphasis on developing an unwavering faith in the unknown is to allow me to develop the subsequent faith that my destiny is defined as anything I choose it to be. I have not gotten to this point yet, but my belief is so strong about it that I am dedicating my life to discovery of faith to support my theory. This is what the Apostle Paul referred to as “the faith of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The realization of and total certainty of the evidence of things not seen, is the tipping point to unlimited living in every respect, spiritually and personally.
There is faith as the experiencer, which as I talked about earlier, is the faith in things that we have experienced, even if we do not know how they occurred. This is a limiting faith. It means that we can only truly accept that which has been put before us in the past. This type of faith is tentative, because as new things happen in our experience, our faith is challenged. Then there is a faith toward the possibility of anything (evidence of things unknown), which relies on a Universal Principle of constant change and growth towards infinite potential.
The key to developing faith with certainty towards the unknown (faith in no limits) is accepting the moments as they are right now and then allowing for the possibility of any outcome in the next moment. Therefore, when we project an outcome, based on our limiting faith from past experience, we limit our outcomes. When we can move forward into the unknown with a certainty of unlimited potential, then any outcome is possible. When we combine unlimited faith with powerful intentions about our life direction, and then allow those intentions to unfold with unlimited faith – what might the outcomes be? We don’t know! But, we do know that unless we are able to do this, we will always be confined within the limits of our faith in what is possible.
You do not need to name the force, intention, or power behind this unlimited faith. Many call it God, Creator, Love or Universal Law. It will operate with or without your faith in it, and with or without your full understanding and identification with it. But to touch upon this intention, even briefly, by intuition, synchronicity, revelation, or many other powerful modes of connection to this Higher Principle, is what I believe we are all intended to discover. This is our opportunity to develop the connection to have the faith in the unlimited and the unknown. This is the potential to have faith in ALL. This one moment of possibility, that opens our hearts and minds, is the gift of choice and logical deduction capability we have all been graced with. What you do with this moment is totally up to you. For myself, I leap to embrace the unknown because I KNOW there is so much more to our current living experience than “just living”. Now, all I need to do is to develop that unwavering certainty, faith, to go forward. I feel this shift occurring. I’ll keep you posted.
Blessings – Joleen
Joleen Halloran is the author of Finding Home – Breaking Free from Limits under the pseudo name of Joleen Bridges. This book represents over 10 years of research and inspiration in personal and spiritual empowerment and provides readers with a pathway to overcome limits and discover authentic divine qualities in their lives and to live a life of unbounded freedom..
Additionally Joleen is the owner of ZoomIT Marketing, a social media and internet marketing coaching and training company. Joleen’s business background includes extensive experience in project management, leadership, specializing in motivational techniques and corporate culture.