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A Little Faith

Victor VasnetsovFear knocked on the door, Faith answered, no one was there.

I’ve struggled with an understanding of faith. It had a religious connotation that eluded me. This morning it became clear: when I swing my feet off the bed each morning, I have faith that the floor will meet my feet and support me. The left handle on the faucet will yield hot water, the world will still “be” when I awaken and that, indeed, I will awaken. I have faith that I will “know”, that the faculties that inform me will work. I have faith in the love of my family and friends.

Faith has an undoubting quality. The word doubt is based on the root duo,  ‘two’. When the mind is in doubt wavering between two possibilities. In the moment of faith, there is no duality of thinking, there is unity.

Faith is a certainty that starts in the present moment. Proof hasn’t happened yet. It follows the present moment. Faith in God isn’t the same as believing that there is a God. Faith in God is an actual living in the moment kind of act that lets knowledge of what’s before us, arise.

Faith can be shaken which is a movement of our awareness to some place in the mind.  When my car breaks down, I may move away from faith in its reliance. When self-reliance fails, fear can arise. As creation changes around us, the faith in what has been may waver. This tells me that faith in the mutable or changing is not the same as faith in my inner knowing.

Hope is not a quality of faith. Hope is of the future. Hope wishes and yearns. Only faith is in the here and now.

The senses live in the present. We access the present whenever we “get in touch” and when we live “presently” through our senses, they inform us. Local knowledge is available every time we connect to sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.

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