7 Principles to Peace, Joy, and Absolute Passion
Principle 7: Don’t worry, have faith.
For we live by faith, not by sight—2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
You don’t know what you don’t know and you won’t know it until you know it. This is where faith comes in. Principles 1 though 6 have helped you pull from within at your very core (Being) to build the outer structures and support (Doing) so that your WHO (who you want to be, which is who you are meant to be) can blossom.
Many of us struggle with something that impedes our ability to blossom. We worry. Worry must be released, for it serves no purpose in the now. In fact, worry comes from focusing on the past or future in unproductive ways. I’m not talking about future-focused, productive planning here, which is a necessary part of living in this world. When you decide to focus on planning, then that is where and what you are focused on in that moment. Worry, on the other hand, is when you are dwelling on problems of the past or troubles of the future, and produces anxiety, fear and discontent. The opposite of worry is peace.
In 2006, Dr. Walter Cavert did a study, funded by the National Science Foundation, of the things we worry about, which revealed:
40 percent of what we worry about will not happen.
30 percent of our worries concern the past.
12 percent of our worries are health issues.
10 percent of our worries are insignificant and petty issues.
And only 8 percent of our worries have actual legitimate concern.
So, what wisdom can we glean from this information? Don’t worry.
As you continue to weave the 7 Principles to Peace and Beyond into the fabric of your life, you must trust and have faith - faith that whatever you need will be revealed when needed so long as you are alert. Stay awake! Remain conscious! Be in the moment!
The master teacher, Jesus, explained in Matthew 13:13 (NIV) why he taught in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.” That’s why throughout the Bible there is a call or warning to wake up.
Believe, have faith, and be ever-present.
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. – William James
Faith kicks in where logic, reason, and intellect reach capacity and is really with us all along. We have faith all the time in things such as jumping in a taxi and having faith the driver will take us where we ask to go and faith the cashier will give us food when we hand over our money at the drive-through. So, faith is a very familiar quality and one that is available to all regardless of age, income, education, intelligence or influence. Frank Pagden wrote, in his book Looking Sideways at God, this concerning faith: “The way Jesus put it, if anything it is biased in favour of the childlike, the innocent, the weak and the poor.”
I was watching my Godchild’s gymnastic lesson where she was learning to spring on her hands and flip. She received continual instructions: put your legs together, uncross your ankles (she over corrected), hit the starting mark, gain momentum, allow that forward momentum to carry you over (trust and have faith), and so forth. After each flip, she would quickly bounce right up, run around laughing, smiling and kicking her legs and go again. In a small amount of time, her skills greatly improved. Wow – this is the way we all should approach life: eager to learn; no judgment; not self-critical; see, hear and receive instruction; guidance and help; understand, implement and practice what we see and hear. In other words, play all in and in a big way!
Like my Godchild, we are to persevere. Be strong and have courage, and do the work. Yes, sometimes we can fake “it” until “it” becomes part of our WHO. Consistently taking the very next right step is sometimes the hardest thing to do; but, we must do it anyway - even when we don’t feel like it. Whatever it is that you are reaching for, make a commitment to yourself; put it on your calendar and show up. Don’t be surprised, though, when your fears rise up and negative self-talk gets so loud that you start making excuses and may even decide that the status quo is okay. That is totally normal because the pain we know and are familiar with, sometimes seems better than that which we do not yet know; but, deep down, we desire something different. Bust through old habits and coping mechanisms by creating new, more supportive, ones. And, keep doing the very next right thing, because, with practice, confidence builds and peace comes.
Peace is not something we can go get, it comes from within. By staying grounded with our values and vision, creating a plan, being willing to grow and focus on solutions, thriving in the now, seeking and accepting help (also help others-share) and holding on loosely to the temporary things in this life, we are ever increasing our awareness and consciousness. This awakening in turn raises the consciousness a bit for all humanity and ultimately the universe. Such empowerment helps us to act more on faith, with hope and love. And love binds all good virtues together in perfect unity.
"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into doing it. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving." – Mother Teresa
So, to live a peace-full life, love more. How? One way is charity – meaning love of humanity (this includes you). To fully embrace charity, I invite you to: 1) forgive - yourself and other selfs; and 2) give – give even when you think you have nothing to give, whether it be kindness, time, money, affection, things, compassion, etc. These acts in love lead toward repletion – the condition of being completely filled or satisfied …ahhhhh peace.
Congratulations and job well done!
I encourage you to continue your good work and join with me in helping raise the universal consciousness by helping others go from stressed to blessed and then to being a blessing in the world. The best way to do this is to BE love and allow the things you do to flow effortlessly.
You are strong and courageous in taking this journey and exploring ways to cultivate the life you want, allowing the feeling of peace to emerge, and beyond peace to joy and absolute passion. It is already done. This is why Jesus said to his disciples as recorded in Luke 17:21, NRSV, “…For, in fact, the kingdom of God is within you."
Abound in grace,
P.S. – If you ever have questions, feel comfortable reaching out to me (Click here)