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How To Build Faith.
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I've been to the Internet, written articles and found numerous people telling others what faith they should follow. This usually causes clashes amongst people and leads to problems in the long run. I've also written articles about Mother Earth and her children and how we help our kids while helping Mother Earth.
Today though, we have wars raging over the Internet over which religion is the right one, some from Christians, some from Muslims, and even a few Pagans. But for some reason Christians seem to be the most vociferous. I've come to the conclusion that the reason for this is because they actually lack faith.
True faith requires no argument; it just generates proof. Those who have to argue their religion are just trying to help themselves build faith, which in turn could lead to violence, arguments and bullying. It is not necessary to "Spread the Word, " if it's real, let it speak for itself.
The Wars are unnecessary; no religion is the pure, "Right, " one. All are real to those with faith and if they wait for it, it will eventually bring proof, which builds more faith, which builds more proof, etc. Faith brings about change in society, causing either harm or good, usually good. But faith comes in waves. It’s never absolute. You can ride the crest when it's high and you can take a breather from it when it's low.
Amongst Witches and Pagans, the best way to build faith is by waiting for fulfillment, which is it's own reward. It is not necessary to keep thinking of your spells and rituals in order to have them work. Forget about them, have faith in them, and when you see the results, you're faith will increase manifold.
Here's an example, I wish to do a healing for a particular child, my son. I wish that he was no longer bullied and went on to college to build a brighter future for himself. So I would cast my spell and work on other things while waiting for fulfillment. Once it happens, faith is built and I can use that to help myself and others, which increases it even more.
The purpose of faith is to help oneself and others not to have wars that hurt people. That doesn't build faith, that increases suffering on both sides which decreases faith and makes people feel worse, etc.
So, how do we start the ball rolling by building faith in people? We start with ourselves. An axiom from a friend of mine kept replaying in my head over and over again, that eventually helped me build faith in myself and in others. It's called, "One Good Thing." Basically, it means, accomplish one goal and that will lead to another goal and then another. Accomplishing goals builds faith in one's abilities, which spreads out to help others which finds it's way back to oneself, which goes out and then back again, etc.
A few suggestions for Pagans and Christians and Muslims who may read this: Start out small and then you'll find you can build up. One, start by cleaning, anywhere you see dirt. Make a wish that you get it done and then when faith builds which will increase your energy, you'll find you can get it done.
Second, move outward. If you want to move outward, clean up your neighborhood or park, again, make a wish, and then once you've accomplished it, you will have built faith in yourself and your accomplishments.
Third, move outward again, always spreading outward and back again (don't forget to go back to where you started and put forth some effort there again) . There are several, if not more good outcomes from this. The first is physical for oneself, the second is for the environment and not necessarily the Earth itself, and third, for others, who see a good outcome and see that it came from a faithful, outwardly mobile person.
Many will emulate you and help you, generating results for themselves. Once this is done, no matter the religion, there is no need for war or debates over which religion or viewpoint is the right one.
For me personally, I take faith in Earth, Sky, Water, and Mountains. The fact that they are there and I can see them, touch them, smell them, taste (if I wanted) and hear (when they move) . They're beautiful and pleasing to my 5 senses. I build on this to build faith in me, especially touch. Because I am autistic and hypersensitive to touch, touch builds faith. It works for each sense. We use our senses to build faith, which offers us proof that we're doing good.
A lot of Pagans use this method for building faith, while other religions seem to rely on good works for the community and themselves. Just a suggestion, why not use both and build faith that is in selves and others?
The reason why we oftentimes do not do this is because many of us are doing our darndest to try to gather the most converts. This is detrimental to society and us. For the short term, the stress of a constant battle overtaxes our bodies and for the long term, it causes stresses on society, divisions and war. These things obviously hurt us and need to be stopped.
It's like a tree in our backyard. Stresses and strains and it will go twisted and warped, eventually looking ugly, or even dying. But if one cares for it the results are beautiful for one and all.
And like our bodies are houses for the soul, so too, the tree is house for animals and their souls, and of course Earth is a house for many souls. And we should always take care of our houses, not tear them down, whether it is our individual houses or someone else’s.
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