Have a little Faith in Me

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I want to tell you about my Faith this morning.


(mirriam webster)

Noun:

1 a: allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1): fidelity to one’s promises (2): sincerity of intentions

2 a (1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2): complete trust

3: something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs (the Protestant faith)

Transitive Verb:

archaic : believe, trust

Those in boldface ones come close.

My Faith in Humanity is as simple as my Faith in physics, my Faith in myself, my Faith in you.

I have always held Faith closer than Hope.

Hope has always seemed to me a selfish trickster. I can hope for many things, like a child weeks before a Birthday, hoping for that one toy. I can hope for World Peace with that same childlike selfishness thinking my desire will be enough to produce the results I want.

Children grow up and understand soon enough that many things sought cannot be given without earning them in ways they could not through their former eyes.

There are realities: Ponies can’t live in your backyard in the city.

Adults who cling to hope, well, bless their childlike hearts, they will be stuck within the parameters of their world’s gifts… left disappointed and bitter when their pony and their messiah doesn’t come. Hope is inactive. Hope is doing nothing, just waiting for the payoff that never comes.

Faith, for me is an entirely different animal.

You see, I have had those fleeting moments, not only of complete unity and peace, although I enjoy those results. Those moments are defined by being and acting in a way that is in utter balance.

That kernel of Godhood; that interconnection and loss of self while being utterly self is where my Faith lies.

My proof that it is in You? If someone stumbling along through life like me has found this Godhood time and again since childhood, then certainly you all hold it.

It means we can each, individually act and be in that perfect way. From that place, no harm can be done anyone.

Faith is active, if your Faith is in yourself. Faith is knowing that place exists and the struggle to get back to it, stay there longer each time you do, and ACT accordingly.

Now, Carlos Castenada may well have ripped off a bunch of philosophers, and who knows his motivation; but before the weirdness, he exposed a lot of people to some really good ideas.

We are luminous beings able to connect in many inexplicable ways, and the lines of the world connect us all. It amuses me that 30 years later, string theory and probabilities say much the same thing.

It all ties with the ancient truth: We are all one.

They say a man can move a mountain through Faith alone. But somewhere along the lines religion turned Faith into Hope, and took the power away from us, so that we we became so lazy we won’t “lift their fat fucking asses off of their sofas to take a shit or fetch more junk food during the latest episode of American Idol.” (thanks that, Ed, heh, sorry.)

Yes, revolution after revolution has come, and the Power structure has changed little. The Now is different.

Can all of you not feel the restlessness?

Never before has it been Global, never before has it been so transparent what is happening; that even the panicky blind must protest too loudly what they know to be true.

I am amazed this thing called the internet still stands relatively unscathed. People all over the world can read each other’s thoughts, see the commonality.

My Faith is that every single person on this Blog sees what is happening, and is an agent of enlightenment every time they stroke a key, from the practical advice of asqv, to my flights of inane philosophical rambling here this early morning.

You have your soul-mates, your work you love, your bastion of security at home. Yet, each and everyone of you must reach out to try and reach that place, not alone anymore but together. You do it here.

There have always been those who cry from the mountaintops, seers and prophets; but never before on this scale.

The Earth is fragile and humanity is so very hungry for its next step. You feel that hunger or you would not be here. We would not be here in numbers, in masses across the blogosphere. In MIND-BOGGLING numbers.

I know that struggle to act in balance lies in me; it must lie in every one of them who involved in the act of writing about it. They have Faith too.

Every day, every action becomes the agent of Real Change, Real Awakening.

I have no idea what part I play. I really have no idea if one word I have ever uttered these last couple years in pixels have changed one person. I do know that I do it anyway. I do know for some reason, I made this place and all of you came.

Thinking about that amazes me. I am no charismatic. I am no scholar. Yet in this time, in this space it is what I am doing, with Intent and Faith.

Connection happens in many ways, and worldwide hits come to this tiny place. Connection happens away from any electronic source, too, in those quiet moments when you can feel the connectedness of Humanity.

If we could not FEEL that, we wouldn’t care enough to be here.

We are at a tipping point. Everyone in the world knows that, at some level.

I have Faith in that.

I have Faith in myself.

I have Faith in you.

Thus?

I have Faith in humanity.





I have Faith in Her too.  ::grin::

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    • Diane G on April 24, 2008 at 2:20 pm
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    and since (Yay! ) I have a job, have Faith that I will be back when I get home.

    • OPOL on April 24, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    love the words, love the graphics…love the little girl.

    Peace.  🙂

  1. I believe the same reason we feel nervous is the same reason we all feel good after it summer rainshowers -we are all connected.

    • RiaD on April 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    thanks….

    faith….

  2. Except for this, of course:

    Adults who cling to hope, well, bless their childlike hearts, they will be stuck within the parameters of their world’s gifts… left disappointed and bitter when their pony and their messiah doesn’t come.

    Yes, you are so superior to those childlike Obama supporters.

    Those naive and foolish children waiting for their messiah.

    This diary, despite its treacly sentimentality, is little more than a way of saying, “I am superior.”

    Congratulations.

  3. Those are the words that jumped out at me from the Judgement, hexagram 45, Gathering Together, of the I Ching (Wilhelm-Baynes edition). I rarely throw the I Ching these days, only 7 times in the last 12 months, so thank You Diane for the motivation.        {{{And once again the I Ching speaks with synchronicity.}}}   :~)

    That kernel of Godhood; that interconnection and loss of self while being utterly self is where my Faith lies

    Such an excellent essay this morning, Diane, not inane philosophical rambling at all. Rather a very good description of that paradigm shift that is going to be so very necessary for survival, personally, socially, and for Gaia. We are at a tipping point, and like, you I have faith that it will be survived.

    Be well and be at peace.  

    • Metta on April 24, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    that action requires more than hope.  But there’s something that happens that is disempowering when one loses Hope.  To regain hope and then turn that into action is empowering.  I think vision of posibilities can come from hope. I agree Hope is not a means to an end it can be the inspiration though.  Then we need to have faith in our abilities to carry it out and be strong.  It’s a seed but not the sun and soil.

  4. needed at this time. It’s hard for me to have faith in humanity at times like these. Where we seem collectively as a culture to have turned our faith into a belief in something other then ourselfs, where we are told of outside dangers to keep us from looking at the real culprits. Were told security comes from being tough, from fighting over other humans who are in our way, not to mention nature.

    As for hope, hope it goes hand in hand with faith. Hope is the yearning part, the desire for something. The part that says if only, faith requires you to take the leap and go to the place without fear and realize that that you have the power to make your hope real. Both concepts are often vilified, in this age of so called rationality and science.

    btw: As a Obama supporter, he makes it quite clear that hope is not a vague belief that he will somehow make everything alright. He is asking the people to realize that the only way change including cultural, can occur is if people do have faith in themselves.  

       

    • Diane G on April 24, 2008 at 10:18 pm
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    thanks for all the kind comments.

    My husband woke me at his 4 am wake up, quite by accident and I just got up and started writing.

    I started thinking about WHY we all do this, and how profound so many of you are to me, and the only word that captured it for me is Faith.

    People can prefer hope, or any combination of the two (or more) as they will.I wasn’t meaning to dis hope or referring to a Political candidate at all.

    I was writing about my soul, and the reflection of my own soul I see in so many humans at this time…

    I guess I have naive Faith that Humanity can reach its 100th monkey moment and instead of “Duh, I’m hungry; hey this rock can be a tool to break open this shell” it will be “Duh, why are we fighting eachother? It sucks. We are all one. Want some food?”

    I don’t see or had no intent if someone thinks they read superiority into my writing, it isn’t there, hell as I said, I am stumbling every step of the way, but I know there is Godhood in me and all I can do is strive every day to reach it.

    I think we are all on that path, and that path is a good one to be on, in such fine company as yourselves.

    Love to you all!

    Diane

  5. we attach some of our own meanings to words like “faith” and “hope.”

    For me, faith seems to speak to believing in something we’re not quite sure exists. That probably comes from my religious upbringing.

    And hope stirs up in me things like what I quoted in my essay last Sunday:

    What is hope? It is the presentiment that imagination is more real and reality less real than it looks. It is the suspicion that the overwhelming brutality of fact that oppresses us and represses us is not the last word. It is the hunch that reality is more complex than the realists want us to believe, that the frontiers of the possible are not determined by the limits of the actual, and that, in a miraculous and unexpected way, life is preparing the creative events which will open the way to freedom and to resurrection.

    But, hope must live with suffering. Suffering, without hope, produces resentment and despair. And hope, without suffering, creates illusions, naiveté, and drunkenness. So, let us plant dates, even though we who plant them will never eat them. We must live by the love of what we will never see.

    This is the secret of discipline. Such disciplined love is what has given saints, revolutionaries, and martyrs the courage to die for the future they envision; they make their own bodies the seed of their highest hope.

    Rubem Alvez

    • Diane G on April 25, 2008 at 4:40 am
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    🙂

    I hope people find the inspiration I felt in us all in my words of Faith.

    We can, we will as one overcome these things, these obstacles before us.

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