What a great discussion going on the last post Faith It Until You Make It!. Check it if you haven’t already. David raises as interesting question there. He asks, “You got any spiritual advice for an agnostic leaning towards atheist?”
Well as a matter of fact I do! 🙂 As I’ve stated before, I’m not much into labels. And I’m not so arrogant as the fundamentalists to believe the name I use for God has to be the only one, and everyone else will rot and burn in Hell.
Take the person brought up as a typical Southern Baptist. They’ll swear by their Christianity as the only way. Yet if that same person were raised in Iran, they’d likely swear Christians were infidels. The fundamentalists on both sides (and those from other religions) will hold their holy book as the word of God and “proof” of their righteousness, but of course these are all just interpretations written by man.
Most people’s religious beliefs are simply the brainwashing they received as a child. Very few have done any real critical thinking about it. And as soon as religion is even mentioned, their brain freezes, and their knee-jerk emotional programmed reaction kicks in.
So if you’re agnostic or atheist, you may actually have a head start on the issue of harnessing the power of faith. That’s because this may release you from some of the brainwashed emotion that prevents many people from rational thought.
Personally I do believe in God. But I don’t feel the need to shove my religious beliefs down everyone’s throat. And as said earlier, the labels are as important as the principles. I choose to look at the universal principles that govern us, and approach things from the metaphysical avenue.
So I would suggest that even if you don’t believe in God, it makes sense to believe there is some sort of higher power at work. Now whether you call that Infinite Power, universal law, nature, abundance, or camel dung isn’t really important in my eyes. I just believe that the odds of the universe getting created randomly or man evolving from the amoeba by accident are about the same as a tornado passing through a junkyard and assembling the materials there into a Boeing 747.
Now let’s go back to the power of faith, and how we can view this from a metaphysical standpoint…
Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality, in particular, the relationship between mind and matter. So let’s explore how that relationship works in terms of faith and prosperity consciousness.
I have told you many times that you were born to be healthy, happy, and prosperous. You were born to be rich. So do I really believe that everyone in the world can be wealthy?
As a matter of fact, I do. Now I also understand that each person will only manifest their prosperity to the degree that they understand the consciousness that provides it. And I know there are a lot of confused people in the world right now.
Emmet Fox once stated, “…the thing you see in the outer is the precipitation on the physical plane of a mental equivalent held by one or more people. The secret of successful living is to build up the mental equivalent that you want, and to get rid of, to expunge, the mental equivalent that you do not want.”
So what does all this mean?
Quite simply, your prosperity already exists as an ideal in your mind, on the Super-conscious level. Metaphysically speaking, this means that you already have the fulfillment of your prosperity – otherwise you could not have desired it in the first place.
There is a Divine idea for every part of your abundant life. At this very second, in Infinite Mind, there is the idea of total abundance, vibrant health, your perfect vocation, and healthy relationships. Your dream home, designer clothes, a red Lamborghini, or any other material manifestation of prosperity you desire are there as well.
Your prosperity comes from the Power stored within you, waiting for your demand…
Now in order to manifest your good on the physical plane, it is necessary for you to build a bridge between these realms. You must open the channel for your good to appear.
In your true nature, you are a perfect individualization of Infinite Power. This Infinite Power created man in its image. Thus you are the Self-expression of the Infinite Power of the Universe.
Read that last sentence again.
Because you are the manifestation of this Power – this Power is expressing Itself as you – it cannot leave or forsake Its own Self-expression. Infinite Power is above you, below you, next to you, within you, and projecting Itself AS you.
That means that not only are you the image and likeness of this Power, but you are forever one with this Power. You and this Power are one, and can never be separated. And once you understand this at every level of your consciousness, your true awakening has arrived. That is when your faith brings forth your prosperity in the physical realm.
This Infinite Power expresses itself as you, me and everyone (and everything) else on the planet (and millions of other planets).
So how then can we define this expression?
Please share your thoughts, and that’s where we’ll pick up on the next post. And just so you know, I’m about to leave Barcelona, heading out on a cruise. So I won’t be tweeting or posting blogs so much this week, but I’ll check in when I can.