This morning as I was meditating, a thought came to me regarding faith. You see since studying esoteric philosophy for the last twenty plus years, I’ve come to understand that there are certain laws in the universe that govern EVERYTHING that we know through our objective and subjective sense faculties. And with this understanding comes the knowledge that NOTHING happens by chance or “on accident”. Since I was raised in the Southern Baptist Church as a Christian, my challenge became the need to reconcile the esoteric concepts that I’ve come to know in my adult life with the Christian tenants of my youth and young adult life.
Having a desire and need this morning for the presence of certain things, conditions, and circumstances (we’ll keep these silent for now) to be present in my life, I pondered the difference of the christian concept of “faith” vs. the esoteric concept of “mental creation”. In other words, was it possible to “just have faith” in order to have the desires of my heart manifest, or is it truly necessary to engage in the work of “mental creation”? Mental creation for definition sake requires that one holds an image of the thing desired in their minds eye while at the same time infusing that mental image with the thoughts and emotions that would be in our mind at the moment that the thing or condition desired actually manifested. For instance, more than likely once the object or conditions of your desire became a reality, you then would be: happy, joyful, peaceful or some other positive emotion. So whatever that emotion would be, you should hold the essence of that simultaneously in conjunction with the visualization of the image you have in your mind’s eye of your desired result.
Now I know what you’re saying at this point: “Whew, that sounds complicated or could take a lot of work!” It is to this sentiment that evokes my question: Is it truly necessary to engage in all of this mental work, or can we just do things the old fashion way and simply “have faith”? So with that question on the table came the answer which to my delight were one and the same if both concepts and approaches are TRULY understood.
As a comparison to the above, here’s what I was taught in church: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen”. Of course the exact quote from the King James version of the Bible from the book of Hebrews 11:1 reads: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. This passage perplexed me for years when I thought I had this so-called faith, but yet things never seem to go as I sometimes wanted them to go. Whereas after learning the art of mental creation later in life, the results gained were more favorable than me just “having faith”. Well after my meditation this morning, I can finally combine the two in a manner that allows me to accept BOTH approaches as one and the same. So the new definition of faith for me going forward would read something like this:
Faith then is the mental and emotional alignment/attunement of the mind with the END RESULT (i.e. the ESSENCE, the resultant feelings that will be there at the moment of manifestation) of THE THING, CONDITION or CIRCUMSTANCES hoped for or desired; but first SEEN clearly in the Mind’s Eye, which ultimate becomes “The Evidence of Things Not Seen” that once released from ones meditations/prayers into the cosmic activates the “Law of Attraction” and becomes that which is on its way as a “burning desire”, “vital need”, “blessing”, “miracle”, etc. via divine grace from the Universe, God or the Cosmic. It is what the ancient Mystic referred to as the “Law of the Triangle”, visualization, or simply what the modern practitioner refers to as: “The Secret”.
So alas, I can reconcile two paths and arrive at a practical solution that makes better sense for me as a scientist and thus be at peace with the teachings of my youth. Gratitude for the inner guidance from the still small voice from within.