And before you think otherwise, this is not the 4-letter word that may possibly spring to mind. No, this is altogether a more spiritual word. A word that conjures many sentiments and feelings. The word is FAITH.

Wikipedia defines faith as confidence or trust in a person, thing, or concept. Most people consider faith as a conviction in a particular system of religious belief.  However, in this post I’m not talking about any religion here, albeit I have a Catholic Christian faith, but about faith as a spiritual experience. I’ve been following a path of self-development for the past 5 years, ever since I lost my mother and sold my coffee shop business after a five-year roller-coaster journey in running a bricks-and-mortar business. In my energy alignment practice, I’ve used meditations, affirmations and gratitude to bring me to a place of improved spiritual wellbeing. These practices are all well and good to coax you to a more positive state of mind and being, but does it really bring in the results?  Well I would argue, not necessarily. The missing ingredient is faith. Faith in yourself as a creation of the Universe and of God’s expression of love.

Faith is a sense of knowing that you are connected to the “Source” of creation, that your innate ability to harness good and positive outcome is not confined to any limits of time, space and dimension. Faith means there is no room for doubt.  That is why many successful creators, inventors, entrepreneurs, such as Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Andrew Carnegie, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, JK Rowling, Oprah Winfrey to name a few, despite all their failures and challenges, became successful and/or iconic. They were linked to creative source through the application of their God-given talents and gifts and applied faith to break through to success and recognition.  Faith is the impenetrable shield against self-doubt when the going gets tough. It binds us to our innate strength, to our ability to co-create with God, to our indefatigable energy source.

Faith invites you to invoke the Law of Detachment, which is one of Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. In this book Deepak talks about intention and attachment. Creating an intention is about setting a goal or desire and committing inwardly to it in terms of your thoughts, emotions, words and actions. But the importance is actually to relinquish your hold on the outcome or result of those intentions. What this means is that you can still set your goals – you have control over what you can conceive and desire – but that you let go of the how and when. You let yourself be open to all the possible ways in which you can accomplish your dreams and goals. If you encounter a problem, the best thing is not to force a solution, but to allow your energy to flow and bring the answers to you. You will find greater happiness and peace of mind in the knowledge that for every problem in life, there is a seed of opportunity for greater benefit. If you ignore your energy flow and don’t detach yourself from the outcome you are doomed to failure, to thwarted desires and lasting unhappiness. In Deepak’s words:

Anything you want can be acquired through detachment, because detachment is based on the unquestioning belief in the power of your true Self. Attachment, on the other hand, is based on fear and insecurity and the need for security is based on not knowing the true Self.

So when you have a strong desire or dream within you, don’t rely solely on the push of doing things to make it happen. If anything, too much push is detrimental, it means you are trying too hard and that in itself creates resistance in your energy and resistance to faith in letting something happen (or in Deepak’s case resistance to detachment). It is far more important to surrender to the utter conviction that you can do this through your connection to the Source of creation, to your “true Self” (Deepak) and that you have the full backing of the Universe / God (as long as that undertaking is motivated by love and compassion).

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