Updated: Jul 18
Faith is a concept I have always struggled with. I did not grow up in a religious home, so the idea was never ingrained in me from that perspective which is where I believe many are first introduced to the idea.
I have watched many people I love struggle through addiction from an early age. I always had hope that things would change and that I would have that imaginary life I had always conjured up to be what "everyone" else had. It did not. Watching people I love continuously fail and hurt themselves gave me little to no faith that life would ever be fair or certain.
When I got married and had children, I finally thought that I single handedly could finally create the life I wanted by molding my ex-husband, children and myself into the perfect people. Faith then, was being in control, making everything perfect. Well guess what, control does not equal faith because here I am at 46 divorced. There is absolutely no such thing as perfection and nobody is living that fantasy you are dreaming about. Faith cannot be controlled only felt. Your truth and path will be shown to you.
What I have come to learn through deep introspection is this in regards to faith. You have to believe it (the idea that things will work out for you) to achieve it. This is not an easy task. You have to literally stop the negative thinking and negative self-talk in its tracks that takes your faith away from you. It is an ongoing work in progress. The more you practice however the easier it becomes.
Some ways I bring faith into my life now are this:
1. Gratitude practice- being grateful everyday even for the things that I may resent. Finding something within them that I can be grateful for dissipates the lack.
2. Meditating- meditating has changed my life. Whether it is praying meditation, guided meditation, energy meditation whatever, I never regret it and I always feel more centered and faithful when I am done.
3. Energy work- energy work reminds me that I am one, a vibration in this universe that has a place and is important. A piece of the everlasting universal flow. When blocked energy moves, I am open to a more faithful perspective.
4. Letting go- letting go of what is not serving me quickly and setting boundaries has been huge for my faith. It allows me to put myself at the forefront of everything. It gets me out of victim mode and into receiving mode. Faith is receiving all that is and accepting where you are knowing you will eventually get to the place you are supposed to be.
5. Affirmations-create statements about you (begin with I am) that help change the subconscious mind and limiting beliefs you have. Here are a few of mine:
I am worthy
I am enough
I am loveable
Have compassion for yourself wherever you are on your journey. Create practices that work for you to help you step closer to your faith in life. Faith is always simply, trust in yourself.