“Those who have great faith, have great power.” Ernest Holmes
In times of suffering or struggle, it is hard to keep a strong faith and know that everything will work out fine in the end. During hard times, our mind becomes vicious and remind us again and again of how bad things could turn out, and it seems so real to us. I have gone through this negative scenario many times in my head and I see my clients go through the same mental pattern; it seems to be part of being human. However, there is an antidote to this mental stress available to all of us and it’s called FAITH.
Faith is believing in something that is not there, it is an affirmative approach to reality. We must be convinced that which we want will be ours. I have a friend who said to me once: “but you need to be realistic….” And I responded: “which reality yours or mine? because I like mine better.” Jesus announced: “It is done unto you as you believe.” Faith is available to everyone, but only a few uses it to create what they want. It is important that we strongly believe in our faith.
To strengthen our faith, it is important to feel that which we desire in our emotions, in our body, and to see in our mind as if it is real, as if we already have it. We have to say it with conviction and express gratitude because we already have it.
In the book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill says: “The subconscious mind will translate into reality a thought driven by fear just as readily as it will translate into reality a thought driven by courage or faith.” To shift from fear to faith I ask myself: “What do I really want? And the answer helps me shift focus into what I want versus what I fear. From that answer I create positive affirmations to help reinforce my faith.
I am very inspired by people like Gandhi or Nelson Mandela. They were able to change the world because of their strong faith in what they believe could be possible. Our faith will be challenged most days, but we have the choice to stay in faith by the thoughts and words we chose to use.
How does one hold the faith strong when we are so afraid of what the future may bring, and we feel not in control of the outcome? As a young child growing up in the catholic religion I learn to lean on angels, archangels, saints, God, and prayer in difficult times. Even though I can’t say that I practice my religion the way I used to, I have kept my spiritual connection. As I learn more about meditation and practice connecting with the sacred space of my heart, where God resides, that spiritual connection grows stronger, and I can feel the love and the support during tough times. With every meditation my faith grows stronger, like an oak tree that holds itself during the many storms of life.
May you be filled with FAITH, LOVE, and HAPPINESS.
Veronica Correa, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker, certified hypnotherapist and life coach.
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