Fear and faith cannot exist simultaneously. You’re either experiencing one or the other at any given time. Fear indicates you are in your head listening to thoughts that are scaring you, while faith means you are in your heart trusting the process of life, with its ups and downs.
Even though fear is a feeling, it is the result of thoughts that tell you there is something to worry about. So fear is really created in the mind. Faith, on the other hand, is generated from the heart. It comes from a place of trusting that all is and will be fine, even when this may not make logical sense. When we have faithful thoughts, the feelings that arise are calm, peaceful and relaxed. When we have fearful thoughts, we are definitely not at peace!
We’re generally fearful when we don’t know what is going to happen. In other words, fear of the unknown. Life is full of limitless possibilities, so how can we ever know what the future will bring? The only certainty is this very moment. When we are fearful and anxious, we are focused on the future. Then we are missing the present moment, the only place we can ever be and where life happens! The past is a memory. The future is a fantasy. The present is reality!
When we are faithful, we have a clear knowing or sense that God, or whatever higher power you believe in, is in charge. While we may not actually know the outcome in the way our mind needs to know, we have a deep sense of peace. We accept that life is full of challenges that help us grow into our true self. We know that “it ain’t over til it’s over!” And as long as we are alive, we faithfully trust that our best days are ahead of us. We keep moving forward, doing our best to create the life we were born to live.
You may be thinking this sounds impossible! Perhaps this isn’t a great time in your life. Maybe you’re in one of those periods that seem bleak and hopeless. If that’s the case, you can still move yourself out of fear and into faith.
While we can’t control the outcome of events in our lives, we do have the power to affect what happens. My last Stepping Stones article talked about the power of our thoughts and words. Remember, we attract whatever we focus on. So fearful thoughts not only make us feel awful, they also attract exactly what we don’t want! This is not meant to scare you further! I am not saying if you think a loved one will have an accident that you will make it happen. You don’t have that kind of power! However, if you keep thinking you don’t have enough money now and you never will, you are not in the right place mentally and emotionally to attract opportunities to earn more money. Sadly, many of us were raised by fearful parent who programmed us to also have fears and a pessimistic attitude about life. Faithful, positive thoughts attract what we do want. When we have faith that we can and will have abundance in our lives, our energy is open to receiving. What are your expectations? Do you expect that the worst or the best will happen?
We all have a choice in what to think about. Although thoughts randomly enter our mind, we can decide how we handle each thought. We can allow a thought to control us as we react to it, or we can pick and choose what we want to put our attention on. Our feelings follow our thoughts. If you want to be in a better place in your life, pay close attention to your thoughts. It’s just as easy to expect a positive outcome and choose faithful thoughts over fearful ones.
Try a little experiment. Think of something you may be worried about. Perhaps you are worried about your loved ones, your health, your finances, or your job. Now notice the feelings and sensations that arise in your body when you think about this. You may notice a tightness in your stomach or an accelerated heart rate, which are often associated with anxiety. Now change the channel in your mind from fear to faith. Tell yourself that regardless of where you are and what is happening in your life, all is well! Trust that God has a plan and a way to resolve whatever is troubling you, even if you don’t see a way. Now notice the sensations and feelings that arise in your body when you trust and have faith. You may become aware of sensations that indicate you are calm and relaxed. Being in a state of peace keeps us open to receiving the best of what life has to offer. Faith is believing in something we don’t actually see…. yet!
You have more power than you realize. You don’t have to settle for where you are. If you are not happy, fulfilled, grateful, and most of all faithful in this moment, keep moving forward. Something better is just up ahead… and it has your name on it! God hasn’t forgotten you. He doesn’t leave anyone out. You hold the key that opens the door to the abundance and prosperity that’s in your future. In order to receive it, all you have to do is use the key called faith... and open the door.