Faith over force is what I'd like to discuss this day, but first! I'm wondering if you did the assignment from the last post, 2021 Destressing by Spiritual Expansion? You know I did... ~wink~
On day one I meditated upon Hebrews 11:1, and continued to contemplate it through out the day and I found myself asking, "What do I want?" The only answer I had was to love.
All I want to do is love because it feels so good and things go so well.
Have you ever been in love?
Do you know how wonderful that feels?
Do you know what wonderful moments are made when you are in love?
I've discovered, from spiritual education and experiments, I do not need to be in love with any particular person, so to speak, to be in love because I have discovered that I can be love. Love comes from within.
Truly, I am love, and I am practicing it daily.
Love is the fruit of the spirit, and we are spiritual.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is not law." ~ Galatians 5:22-23, New Testament, Holy Bible
We are spiritual, and we are born into this existence as such. Look at any child, and he or she is exactly what the quote above describes until he or she is conditioned into human ways to believe his or her love depends on what others do for and to us. Some friends, parents and teachers can condition love in this way.
All these spiritual experiments I do and write about are based on the hypothesis that the human conditioning can train us away from who we truly are, and the premise of self conditioning and training can bring us back to our spiritual nature.
Human conditioning promotes fear.
Spiritual nature is faith.
These thoughts are what bring me to faith over force.
As a spiritual scientist, because you are doing spiritual experiments and I dub you as such, we look at evidence that is true, and is untrue regarding human conditioning versus spiritual nature.
For example, when a child is born, they are pure spirit, as described in the scripture above. Also, human conditioning can remove these innate qualities that a child once had.
This is evidence!
You may have the argument that you know a child that is, or was not as described as above, and I could, and would dispute it by looking at stress from an experts view versus a non experts perspective. But that is a topic for a different blog post.
Back to faith over force.
Some people are lucky enough to have parents that raised them in the way of confidence, by example, and they remain spiritual in faith because of this conditioning.
Some people are lucky enough to have parents who remain in the state of doubt, fear, and worry, and yet still prevail in their spirituality via decisions they make on their own.
Some people are less lucky and have parents who are very dramatic and teach insecurity by example, and therefore become insecure and believe they can only get their way by controlling others and force.
To discuss our past keeps us in the problem rather than the solution but I propose the above evidence purely for intro to the faith over force idea I'm about to present.
Faith is clarity and the foundation of confidence.
Fear is confusion and the foundation of force.
As I contemplated, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." ~Hebrews 11:1, New Testament, Holy Bible, KJV
All week long, I found myself noticing the force on others, from others because of a feared outcome, and the faith of others because of their confidence. It was as though God was showing me the difference.
Some people actually believe you have to control others because they are afraid of what "might" happen in the future. I use to be like that. I am still like that in some situations, but less and less as I do my spiritual research on God, faith, love, patience, and trust.
Practiced faith is the solution to every problem. Fear is the problem, and we can skip the problem by practicing faith.
What problem is fear?
Fear causes anger, anxiety, depression, and despair.
I know, I know, I repeat myself repeatedly but repetition is the great law of learning. Memorization, and practice are the way to permanence.
Confidence is the focus.
Faith is the active practice.
It really is that simple, and yet not necessarily easy.
I'm not here to convince anyone to connect to God by practicing faith. I am, however, here to support you in your efforts to obtain a desire to connect to God through faith, patience, and trust training.
I know without a doubt that anyone who wants to talk and walk with God and receive guidance and inspiration can but they gotta do the work. The work is reconditioning the self back to who we are, back to the spiritual nature.
If you live in the fruit of the spirit, you probably don't need this training, but I do, plus, I love doing the research and experiments.
I've worked with many people who gladly do spiritual experiments, and they always level up. Getting back to who we are is not a degree you obtain, it is an adventure a person desires. It is never ending because we are eternal but the love and joy that is obtained increases more and more, which makes it illuminating and rewarding.
I digress, as usual.
Back to faith over force.
Being faithful is going with the flow, without any negative emotions or fear. It's a practice.
Being controlling of others' behavior because you need them to be a certain way is fearful and forceful. Often times (probably all times) this fear is absurd and out of the proportion to the actual event.
God is in charge, and when we fear, and become forceful with others, we do not believe God is in charge.
I tell myself this all the time, mostly after the fact.
I want things to go a certain way, meaning, my way, and I begin to be irrational in my wanting to control and force. I'm less and less like this nearly every time it happens, and I am about 1000% better than I use to be.
It really is all about the remembering, and reminding, and practicing.
Going with the flow, chilling out, and trusting God is our spiritual experiment for this week.
All that rambling for prelude to another spiritual experiment. I'm comical.
Faith leads to trust!
If you are like me, you really want to connect to God, and talk and walk with Him by faith, patience, and trust.
I know, with all my heart and soul that with God all things are possible, and to have faith in this is behaving like I believe.
Not just saying I believe, but behaving as such.
The spiritual experiment that I offer this day is to concentrate, contemplate, and focus on two short scriptures, so that we may increase our behaviors as we believe.
If we do this, I believe, I know, that connection, guidance and inspiration will come.
In the morning, first thought!
All through out the day!
In the evening as we lay our head on our pillow to fall asleep!
"And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God." ~ Mark 11:22, New Testament, Holy Bible, KJV
"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." ~ Matthew 19:26, New Testament, Holy Bible, KJV
As we meditate upon these memorized scriptures, we will notice more our doubts, fears, force, and worries, and thus be able to intervene.
For those of you who repeatedly tell people you refuse to ignore the horrible things in life because you think it is foolish and ignorant, please read my post on Ignorance is Not Bliss. It may change your mind.
Some people cannot understand spiritual things because they have convinced themselves of nonspiritual things.
Misery is not reserved for a few. Misery happens to everyone. Misery can be a moment in time, like history. If we focus on the miserable things that happen to us it remains our state. Like the people who tell their horrible stories months, even years after they happen.
Appreciation is the truth and it takes practice. We can practice spiritual things such as faith, and cultivate habits that create happiness, health, love, and wealth.
Let's do this! ~wink, wink~
God bless you my dear sweet reader, and thank you so much for going along this spiritual adventure with me.