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Ineffective Faith
However, sad to say, your beginner's faith usually degenerates. Flashes of success and wondrous manifestations of higher power or intelligence dwindle in number and frequency. As your faith dwindles, you may begin to doubt everything. You may, as many do, doubt the existence of higher consciousness and consider yourself a fool for your enthusiastic conduct on the path. Your path itself may begin to blur and diffuse before your frustrated gaze into nothing. You may even deny its existence. Who knows where you will run or what you will do when your faith dissolves?

In reality, when your faith seems to become ineffective, you are likely making some big mistakes in attitude and understanding. You have probably forgotten vital points in this chapter. The chief error is moving too soon from a humble switch flipper into a a poor gun shooter"cosmic shooter." As a "beginning beginner" you do not presume to tell higher consciousness how it should work. You acknowledge your ignorance but have a conviction that higher consciousness is real, present, and will express positively and wisely in the areas you request. You lovingly and thoughtfully flip the switch of your faith and leave it on.

But, as you begin to succeed, you may forget the...

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