Fear vs Faith

Fear is faith turned inside out. Fear is having faith in certain images created by the mind rather than having faith in the creative power of the mind itself.

Our fearsome mental images may have their origin in prior personal experiences, or they may be the result of cultural conditioning. These memories may be filled with strong emotions. If we do not discharge this emotional energy from the body, these images will continue to haunt the mind. As we put our faith in these images, we make our fear real and thus we give it power over us. (The word fear can be used as an acronym for false experiences appearing real.) A story from the East tells of an artist who painted a large picture of a tiger on the wall of his house. He was a very good artist and the pictured appeared so real that he became afraid to enter his own house! So we, too, may frighten ourselves with our own imaginings when we imbue them with reality.

Faith is the power to create our reality by our perceptions, our beliefs and our interpretations. Seeing is believing, and yet believing is seeing. According to our faith, our world reveals itself to us and becomes real.

Like I always say “You have to believe it to see it!”

Changing your inner state of mind

When you hate what you are doing, complain about your surroundings, curse things that are happening or have happened, or when your internal dialogue consists of shoulds and shouldn’ts, of blaming and accusing, then you are arguing with what is, arguing with that which is already the case. You are making Life into an enemy and Life says “War is what you want and war is what you get”. External realities, which always reflects back to your inner state, is then experienced as hostile.  –  Eckhart Tolle

Just by changing your inner state of mind, you change your experiences, give it a try! Whenever something doesn’t work out the way you thought it would, instead of thinking that something went wrong, see it as something that went unexpectedly well, but for reasons that are not yet apparent.

 

Bless it!

Whatever you have, no matter how inadequate it may seem, bless it!

Even if you have no money, and no food; Bless your hands, your mind, your skills, your friends, the air you breathe, the sun that brings light, etc.

Bless everything and your life will be blessed with riches undreamed of!

How do we measure true success?

The world will tell you that success is achieving what you set out to do. It will tell you that success is winning, that finding recognition and/or prosperity are essential ingredients to any success. All or some of these things are usually by-products of success, but they are NOT success.

What the world does not tell you- is that you cannot become successful, you can only be successful.

Realize that your entire life journey ultimately consists of the step you are taking at this moment. There is always only this one step and so you give it your fullest attention. This does not mean that you don’t know where you are going, it just means that this is the primary step and the destination secondary. Also what you encounter at your destination once you get there depend on the quality of this one step. It means: What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.

– Paraphrased from “A New Earth Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”, Eckhart Tolle

Remember that our desires don’t arrive on our schedule!

While reading Inspiration by Wayne Dyer, I saw where he had some essential principles to finding an inspired life and this particular principle is one I wanted to share.

Our job is to take our focus off the when and put it on being connected to our originating Spirit. Our job is to stop challenging and demanding responses from God, and instead be more like Him. Our job is to understand and accept that all of the things that show up in our life, which we often find contradictory or troublesome, are there because we’ve attracted them…we need these obstacles so that our true Spirit purpose to emerge. This will require some shift in our thinking, here is a way to do this, try affirming:

What I desire is on its way. It will arrive precisely on God’s timetable, not on mine. Everything that I’m experiencing now maybe disguised as a problem, but I know it’s a blessing. What I desire is on its way, and it’s coming to me in amounts even greater that I imagine. This is my vision and I’ll hold on to it in a state of gratitude, no matter what.

Stuck?

We are responsible for where we are in life, but if we don’t like where we are, does that mean we’re condemned to stay there? Are we also condemned to constantly do penance for where we are? Absolutely not. …

Often what keeps us stuck and continually doing penance is the very feeling that we must pay for our lack of action. We become caught in a circle of self-blame, condemn ourselves, feel hopeless, and feed the fire—or slow burn—by reciting like a mantra our history of inertia and self-judged wrong choices. Well, let’s break that dead-end cycle of waste and regret.

What’s the choice? It’s to stop the incessant self-judgments and accept ourselves on a new basis—to accept that every moment of our lives has been part of an all-encompassing Purpose, and that this Purpose proceeds by divine order.

When you acknowledge the workings of divine order, you see your life not as a consummate failure but as an evolving, orderly progression. Even though we may not see the purpose of each event, meeting or happening at a given moment, each piece fits.

Become freer from the self-defeating thoughts and labels that have kept you down. You’ll start to shed your old habits of negating yourself and ease gently into the splendid clothes of deserving. In these new clothes, which are much more than zipper-deep, you’ll begin to blossom and develop your talents and abilities, as you’ve always secretly known you could.

—Paraphrase from

UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES: WHAT THEY’RE ALL ABOUT

By Noelle Sterne, Ph.D.