Student: What is doubt?
Teacher: Doubt is dis-ease of the mind.
Doubt is a psychic illness; it’s not natural. Doubt comes from believing in oneself, but not having faith in oneself. There is a big difference between believing and having faith.
Children are ‘taught to believe in themselves’. It seems like a good idea. The problem with ‘believing’ is that it’s a head-mind trip; it’s an intellectual endeavor; it comes with repeating and memorizing positive affirmations.
“I am powerful, I am wealthy, I am talented.” Say this enough times, and you believe it. BUT if you don’t experience it – if you don’t get out in the world and make these ideals real – you still have doubt. This is why so many human beings grow up feeling disappointed with their lives. They are taught to believe in themselves, but they were not taught to take chances to prove their beliefs are true (which brings the feeling of self-faith).
When you believe, you have doubt.
When you have faith, you are doubtless!
A belief can be changed.
Faith is unchangeable; it’s immutable; it’s unmoveable.
If you have a choice of believing in yourself or having faith in yourself, take the action necessary to choose the latter.
With faith, there is no doubt, and the mind is at ease.
With even the strongest belief, there is a glimpse of doubt, and the mind is dis-eased.
I’ve believed in myself and still had doubt. How do I know? I was still indecisive; my future still felt unpredictable.
Student: What can I do about doubt?
Teacher: Stop believing in yourself.
Cardinal Rule: anytime you believe anything, doubt is hiding deep within the belief. The fear is there. The more you insist your belief is true, the deeper in hiding goes the doubt, but it is always waiting to strike!
So, how do you get from believing to faith? You must go through the dark passage of doubt. And how do you do that? You must act on the idea that you want to believe is true about you; act on it, in spite of the 1,000 reasons why you don’t have time right now!
You must start that business that you plan to open, and sell your car to get the start-up funds, if necessary. How else are you to prove the doubts wrong! A thousand affirmations won’t do it. If you stick to taking action, it will be very worthwhile! A deep heart-felt sense of faith will overcome you.
A TIP: You cultivate beliefs in your mind.
You go deep within yourself to nourish faith.
Faith is always deep inside of you, like a fertile seed waiting to be nourished. You must take action, learn from your miss-takes, and re-take the action to nourish the seed of faith. If you act, and quit with your first mistake, the seed of faith lies dormant.
People who become great achievers move away from the crowd. They dare venture onto the unchartered sea, aspiring to reach a rich port that has not yet been mapped. How can they trust the universe to support them on their journey if they simply believe the port exists? They cannot. They must zig zag, zig zag, zig zag, their way to the port until they have faith that it exists and they have faith that they will reach it. NOW, ALL OF THE INTERACTIVE FORCES OF CREATION JUMP ALIVE TO HELP.
The heart-mind knows faith.
The head-mind knows intellectual beliefs.
This is why the heart-mind is essential to your growth and development.
You cannot intellectually think your way to higher levels of living.
Which shall you cultivate – your heart-mind or your head-mind?
When I went into the restaurant business, I did NOT believe that I had the expertise to succeed … BUT I had faith in myself …. I had faith that I would succeed. I could not come up with one good reason that would substantiate a belief that I’d succeed … BUT my faith brought me three very successful restaurants in three years.
When I wrote my first book, I BELIEVED it would be a best seller. I affirmed it would be a thousand times a day (head-mind work). I did not have faith in myself. It sold 28,000 copies so far. That is not enough to make the New York Times Bestseller list. The greatest of failures become dynamic when one looks at them with self-awareness!
Okay, so what do you think?
What did you learn from this?
Can you share a tale of when you were of great belief, but little faith, … and failed?
Can you share a tale of when you were of little belief, but great faith … and won?
Thank you, and blessings
Illustrations by nick
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