This week I consulted the Para-Grams card deck which contains many words of wisdom spoken by the Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda. I asked the question:
“What do we most need to know this week?”
“Faith is the intuitive experience of all truth and the meditation-born conviction that we are made in the omnipotent, all-knowing, all-seeing image of God. Faith is an innate quality of the soul, but in ordinary human beings it is latent. It has to be awakened, nurtured, and brought into full manifestation by deep meditation which brings conscious contact with one’s soul, and hence with God.”
When most people speak of Faith they are usually referring to the handing over of their problems to God and trusting that He/She will take care of them. However, the explanation above is all about going within to know God via meditation. That is, once you know yourself, you know God and hence, the state of being referred to as Faith.
There are many techniques out there which may help you do this but I have found that simple activities are just as effective: focussing on your breathing is a one way to do this, so is daydreaming and watching the ocean waves lap up againt the shore. Another task that most Westerners are loathe to do is nothing – yes, absolutely no-thing. Be still for five minutes and pay attention to what you sense physically and psychically.