Where There Is Doubt
Bring faith to the table.
Published: August 7, 2012
Nurture your connection to Spirit.
In the Prayer of Saint Francis, we are guided to heal places of doubt with faith. Bringing faith to nullify doubt is a way of taking charge of your life, not only by eradicating fears, but also by knowing that you have access to a higher creative force any time you feel you need assistance. When you make conscious contact with this spiritual force you know something that cannot be destroyed, that was never born, never dies, is always present in the moment and has no form or boundaries. You do not need the approval or acceptance of anyone. It is not necessary for you to debate with others about the presence of this universal spiritual source of all life. You are not in a contest of any kind. It is yours. According to Carl Jung, the relationship that a person has with the infinite is the telling question of a person’s life. Spend some time discovering what kind of relationship you have with the infinite.
Faith is a way of going within and creating a sense of control over one’s life at any given moment. Once you make conscious contact and have direct experience of the infinite, you can use this knowing at any time. This is not a belief bequeathed to you by virtue of your birth, it is a knowing that is yours alone by virtue of your commitment to your higher spiritual energy. When you are faced with a problem you can return to this faith even as the problems seem to deepen and approach the unbearable. As King David put it, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not fear, thou art with me.”
It doesn’t get much worse than the “valley of the shadow of death,” and yet the spiritual message is evident. Have faith, and that faith will replace fear. Speaking personally, from my heart, I know that I am never alone. I know that divine guidance is always available in this moment. My awareness of this is the one thing that I can always rely on to take my pain away.
Faith begins with developing the ability to trust the unknown. By the unknown, I refer to that which is impervious to our senses. As incarnate physical beings we tend to rely on our senses to determine what is real. If we can’t see, touch, taste, feel, or smell it, then we tend to believe it must not exist. Faith involves going beyond the senses to make spiritual consciousness the place that we trust, even though it is a frequency that vibrates so fast that it transcends the capacities of our five senses.
When I first began writing books I had an absolute faith that I would be able to have them published. My faith was always intact and firm even as I heard doubts that a beginning author would be able to secure a major publishing house, doubts from the experiences of others who told me of their failed attempts, and doubts from experts who “knew” the business. As a young college professor I announced to my classes that I would have my book published and even what media outlets I would be visiting. I did this and much more from a trust in the unknown that was a burning desire to transform an idea into a physical reality. This kind of trust in the unknown is like an invisible and invincible magnet that attracts to itself whatever it fervently desires and expects. Trust that the unknown is knowable and that it is vastly greater than the known. Or as the Buddhist proverb tells us, “If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.”
Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. Wayne holds a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York.