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A World of Yoga
Turn On The Power Of Faith
Faith is power. In observing the precaution of avoiding fantasies while striving to more fully apprehend reality, you will find faith becomes a very powerful means for fulfillment.
When you live in faith you not only have greater momentum toward your goal, you not only streamline your life and are relieved of many inner conflicts, but some amazing transformations in your daily life or career often happen. This is why faith is so greatly encouraged, even in those who are by nature extremely skeptical.
Direct Your Faith
When you have faith in higher consciousness you will be able to direct it to actively express in your life! Even if you do not know your higher consciousness, even if you have not had much or any experience of higher consciousness, in your faith you become an instrument: a directing point of higher consciousness. Through faith you can attune with whatever you need for your growth and constructive purposes. You can know what you need to know. You can break free of destructive situations and habits.
Of course, your faith can also touch the lives of others you are concerned about — individuals and humanity in general. Wherever they are, whatever they are doing, your faith can help them. Due to your faith, subtle energy and power will move wherever you lovingly ask! Inner power from your higher consciousness will dynamically move out into your life and world as a constructive force. New opportunities will come to you. Through faith you will become much more able to deal with negative conditions in a creative, transforming way. Often what you conceive in your mind can become a real experience for you in the outer world.
Dynamics of Faith
What are the dynamics of faith? Hopefully this often-told but wonderful analogy will help increase understanding and effective use of faith: faith is like electricity.
No one fully understands electricity but billions of people use it and enjoy the benefits of this remarkable energy. Indeed, most people have very little idea of what electricity is, yet they light their houses and run myriad machines with it. The tremendous power of electricity waits in attendance to do what people direct.
Now, consider this. When you enter your house in the evening and find your house dark, do you phone the power company and tell them your house is dark, requesting they do something about it? No, of course not. You simply go to a light switch, and whether you understand electricity or not, your room and the whole house can be filled with light. You can even ask your young child, who perhaps cannot even read, to fill the room with light simply by flipping a switch. The little one who has no knowledge of the power of electricity will nevertheless experience its benefit by clicking the switch.
Faith Is Like Electricity
When you want to watch the news of the world on a tube in a box, you don't phone the staff of the electric company and ask for images to be sent to your house. Again, perhaps not knowing much at all about television or electricity, you can have the benefit of both of these wonders simply by turning the switch on.
Through electricity you can heat your house in wintertime, cool it down in summer. You can have light to read or work by whenever you want it and most everywhere you want it, provided there is some contact with that power. For the power of electricity to express, you simply flip a switch. When you turn it on, something you may not understand manifests its power and benefits your life.
Similarly with faith and higher consciousness. While you may not understand higher consciousness or how it works, you can experience its benefits any time you find and "flip the switch" of faith.
Operating The Faith Switch
When you need the help of higher consciousness, especially insight or your inner power to change circumstances, here's a simple way to proceed:
Watch Faith Work
This factor of faith is most exciting. At first you may disbelieve and fiddle around with the "light switch," often saying, "This can't work. This can't be." Thus, you send contrary messages to the higher consciousness. The switch is not actually turned on. As you develop in faith, however, you truly observe the effects of faith. When the switch is really on, power moves and the higher consciousness expresses benefit and transformation in the lives or conditions in your focus. Always keep in mind, though, that faith is not a bully. Faith respects the free will of others and if they are unreceptive to its workings, faith will help as it can without violating the free will of anyone.
You will find it fascinating to watch faith grow. It's even more fascinating to watch faith at work. Perhaps you, a conscious human being, are a key person endowed, through your faith, to help further Creation's purposes! You are furthering life-enriching values and opportunities for others in some sort of partnership with higher consciousness as it emanates outward toward all people. Faith alone is a fascinating study. A lifetime can be well spent in striving to become a person of true 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 "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.
A Crazy Idea
But, as you begin to succeed, you may forget the essentials! With each apparently perfect application of your faith, you may begin to get the crazy idea that you are the cause of tremendous results, that you are the power! You may, as many do, begin to get the unsound idea that whenever a problem comes up or a person is sick, you can transform or heal with your "cosmic gun." You feel yourself to be a potentially great devotee who has become a worthy "gun man" selected to shoot evil down wherever it lurks. No longer humbly asking that a greater power, by its will, judgment, and goodness, please move into a problem or suffering person, you have become arrogant. You no longer ask that the higher will be done but that higher consciousness should serve your will and perhaps ill-conceived purpose — like it's a hireling or slave.
The higher consciousness is very indulgent of beginners. It will continually encourage your growth in faith, even if you don't do everything correctly. As long as you're sincere, eager, and humble, higher consciousness will be accessible to you and help you grow. However, if you become self-preoccupied, or try to dominate other people, you will suddenly find (but slowly realize) that your power has been turned off. Your higher consciousness will not aid in your arrogant projects or self-destruction. Your very loving higher consciousness will wait until you mature and again attune with it, in humility and appreciation.
Remember to Flip the Switch
In essence, consider what faith can do in your quest of higher consciousness. You can turn on the switch of faith and everything you now need, or will ever need, to further your growth in higher consciousness will be made available to you. Everything. When you need an insight, through faith you will have it. When you need to know what to do next, through faith you will know it. When you need funds to further your purposes, flip the switch and you will have the funds. When you yearn to be of help to someone, flip the switch and you will be able to help. When you're tired and becoming less steady or persistent, flip the switch of your faith. A higher power will refresh you and make you strong. Higher consciousness — with its love, security, insight, peace, and power — will be with you always.
The main problem, it seems, is that people forget to flip the switch; they forget to allow light and power to express in their lives.
Remember, your expectations may not seem to be granted every time you "unleash" your faith. Your higher consciousness, which is more loving and wise than your normal awareness, chooses at times to manifest in different ways than your limited mind conceives. Nevertheless, higher consciousness expresses in the best possible way for you. Higher consciousness is one hundred percent for you in your growth. It is present. Have faith and turn it on.
And Leave It On
But faith cannot further your self-destructive fantasies or desires for exaltation. Higher consciousness will not dominate others nor will faith enable you to use this great wisdom and power to dominate them. Your higher consciousness is concerned about the welfare of all people and will never be a tool for hurting others. When you flip the switch of faith, goodness — at a level which you can only glimpse — manifests each and every time. When you turn on the switch, leave it on until the difficulty or trouble in that particular area is transformed and gone. Don't turn it off with the thought, "Well, I guess it didn't work this time." If you, in faith, have turned on the switch, your higher consciousness will continually move in every area you designate.
We human beings have scarcely begun to develop in our understanding and use
of faith. At present it seems there is no limit to what faith can do. May
your faith be great!