5 Ways To Find Faith in Your Daily Life
It is light in the darkest night. It brings people to their knees. It is symbolic and powerful, yet proof less and criticized. It illuminates life and it wages war. It escapes some and captivates many. It is faith; to some it is doctrine, to others it is fiction.
Today’s definition of faith doesn’t have to relate to religion; it can be trust or belief in something without proof. But in today’s society the invisible creates disbelief. People lack faith in all areas of their lives because they are looking for evidence. They are waiting for the ideal job, the perfect relationship and financial abundance. They are looking for something tangible—and as a result, they are still waiting. When the answer doesn’t fall into their laps they become cynical and they lose faith.
I was riding in the elevator one morning and a gentleman was repeatedly pressing the button for the 5th floor, but it wasn’t lighting up. I kindly told him that I too had pressed the same button and that the light didn’t work. He laughed and said, “Are you sure we will still arrive?”
I said, “I have faith that the elevator will stop on the 5th floor, yes.”
He looked at me long and hard and responded, “Really? I’m not sure I have that much faith. If it doesn’t seem to work it must be broken.” I said, “If we arrive on 5 will you be a believer then?” He said, “No, it takes more evidence than that.”
What a powerful, symbolic statement. He lacked faith that he would arrive at his destination and for him this destination probably related to life itself. How many of you are so jaded by past experiences that you too have lost all faith and wonder if you are even on the right path?
I can relate to losing inspiration and faith. I spent three years working on a business venture that sucked the life out of my very existence, but I believed that I had to endure hardship to find happiness. I had lost hope that I would ever find passion or joy again. But my inner guidance knew better. I finally had to ask myself: Why is it okay to sacrifice even one day of my life in exchange for potential happiness, when I could be happy right now? I finally took a huge leap of faith and scrapped the entire project. I found strength in my inner wisdom, which knew that I deserved more.
What evidence do you need to rediscover faith in something or in yourself? Are you looking for a lightning bolt? Are you waiting for a lottery win? Have you considered asking for what you want or does it seem like too much to hope for? Have you searched your inner knowing to see what the block is to your own success or happiness? Are you able to recognize what you do have in life?
Today, stop and take pleasure in life’s little miracles. Recognize that each day is a gift, and understand that every breath you take is a test of faith. If you need a little reminder, try these tips on how to find faith in your daily life:
- Have Faith in Lessons Learned
First ask yourself, “Where did my faith go?” What triggered the feeling that you are unsupported? It is a past hurt? Is it a “bad” decision? Is fear playing a role? Sometimes fear tells us we can’t have something and then we lose faith because it doesn’t happen. If you can identify the origin, ask yourself what valuable lesson that experience might have taught you and where you may be repeating that same lesson today.
Affirmations are very powerful. Even if you don’t believe the words initially, your body absorbs the meaning cell by cell. Try, “I have faith in myself and the process of life. I am protected and joyful each and every day.”
- Check Your Pancreas
When the pancreas is imbalanced it carries the emotional energy of feeling defeated by life. Make sure you keep your blood sugar in check by eating every 3-4 hours and eliminating sugar. You may need to see a holistic practitioner to create a special diet or rebalance key minerals.
- Look for Signs
Signs can come in all forms. It can be a song that you are meant to hear or a “coincidence” that repeats itself. Be specific about what kind of sign you need to see for an answer. For example, if you need to know whether to take that new job in Florida, ask for a certain number of signs that relate to Florida that can indicate a yes.
- Dream big, expect the best and let go
The more you can imagine for yourself the bigger your life can be. The key is to believe that you are the designer of your destiny. Write out your ideal life like you already have it and then let go, trust and enjoy the ride.
The Norse Gods: Behold the Light
From the time I was young, I was fascinated with mythology. Any and all cultures caught my attention, but especially Norse mythology. The more I studied Norse mythology, the more amazed I was at its depth and profound philosophies. They had a rich and dynamic pantheon, one featuring gods and goddesses powerful and eager to live their lives to the fullest. Stories of the Aesir, the race of gods and the Jotun, or Frost Giants, filled my imagination. There’s a sense of reality to these tales, a cold wind that reflects the truth of the human condition.
What follows is by no means a complete list of the Norse gods, but these are some of the most fascinating to me.
Odin: The Wise
The ruler of the Aesir was Odin. Odin was unlike most kings of other pantheons. His thirst for knowledge and his willingness to sacrifice anything for that goal made him unique. He gave one of his eyes in return for wisdom. A one-eyed god is an interesting theme and is also used in the story of Thoth. Thoth sacrificed his eye for Horus and was rewarded with great gifts of knowledge and invented writing. Such was the case with Odin, and his search for the truth never ended.
My take on Odin is that his unquenchable thirst for knowledge was a symbol of the fact that at one time, oral tradition was the only way of passing along information from one generation to another.
Odin became despondent with the fact that there was no way to pass along history in a reliable manner. Mankind had to start over with every generation, keeping humans from moving forward, losing what generations before had accomplished. We are nothing more than an accumulation of our knowledge and everything that evolves in the present is dependent upon the lessons of the past, but to what avail if the past is lost.
His depression became anguish and Odin decided to sacrifice himself upon Yggdrasil, the tree of the cosmos. This remarkable myth culminates with Odin hanging himself upside down over the well of Urd, one of the Norns, they being knowers of the past, present, and future. He then caused himself to be pierced with a spear, and for nine days and nights, he hung in agony. By his order, no water was to be given and no food offered.
At the end of his long ordeal and with death approaching, he saw a gleaming within the water below him. He reached down, grasped the shining objects, and pulled them out with a mighty roar. These were the runes, the alphabet that would allow the sharing of history, thoughts, laws, and more importantly, the tales that made the Norsewhat they were. Being a god, he recovered, but his sacrifice is a model for mortals to never stop learning, or seeking the truth.
Odin rode an 8-legged horse named Sleipnir, an animal mount typical for a shaman, due to its having 8 legs. He wielded his famous spear, Gungnir, that never missed its mark. He was accompanied by two wolves, but also Hugin and Munin, ravens who were able to bring him any knowledge he needed from anyplace in the cosmos. The raven’s names mean thought and memory. Within these names resides one of the great truths of understanding metaphysics, a hint for all those with an unquenchable need to learn.
Odin often wandered amongst mortals to learn of their lot in life, bearded, wearing a broad brimmed hat pulled low over his eyes, and a wearing a cloak.
As any traveler could be a god in disguise, it was considered a good idea to treat everyone hospitably and to open one’s home to strangers. How interesting that the idea of kindness to strangers would be so ingrained in such a fiercely martial culture.