Saturday, April 28, 2007 @ 12:31 AM -0400 GMT
This morning when I woke up I felt drawn to meditate on the difference between faith and belief. I was quickly reminded of the "message" I got from my first vision quest experience.
It simply stated that:
"Faith increases as the demons of the mind decrease as well as the ability to see things as they actually are".Well today I had an expansion on that statement.
"What is the difference between belief and faith? Only when there is faith is there no fear."When we experience faith, the mind is free from worry and we find a deep peace. Whereas, when we believe strongly in anything, religion or ideal, there is still a sense of fear that we may be wrong. Our minds churn desperately to prove our beliefs.
When there is faith, our mind comes to rest. When it is only belief, our mind goes to work. This is where meditation comes in handy.
So many people wonder how to increase their faith. I know I used to think that faith was increased by praying a lot; asking God for help so I could offer God a chance to answer and therefore make a "believer" of me. Notice the word "believer". That method only got my mind to race wondering whether or not God would give me what I asked. It only encouraged doubt and fear. And then I would get mad at myself when prayers went unanswered thinking I wasn't worthy. Or worse, I might get angry at God and then of course, question God's existence altogether.
And when you no longer believe in God, then what's left to put your faith in? In the moment you discover faith, you experience God.