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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Faith Versus Understanding

By Jim D Andrews

I have a problem with taking things on faith. I believe that if the truth were told, everyone feels the same way that I do. We are willing to take something on faith when we have no other choice; I think it is as simple as that. As we look for solutions and come up empty the guru with the most convincing story starts to sound pretty good and off we go.

We are led to believe that having faith is a virtue, a responsibility that we have in order to connect with the sacred. The truth is that everything can be explained by the laws of nature. Really? Everything can be explained by the laws of nature? I know this is a rather bold statement but it is based on the fact that our understanding of the laws of nature has been unfolding for centuries and will continue to unfold at an accelerated rate going forward.

(Side note: the term Natural Law is often used incorrectly to describe the Laws of Nature. Natural Law as it was originally intended to be used refers to theories of morality that should apply to all mankind not to how the natural world works.)

The term Law of Nature does not only apply to what is seen by the way. Think; radio waves, magnetism, the Uncertainty Principle, String Theory, and the Theory of Relativity. Also notice that many of these discoveries are fairly recent, in the last half century or so.

When will we discover the true laws governing consciousness and it's interrelationship with matter? I think it is only a matter of time. Science has already discovered that an observer (consciousness) does in fact alter matter according to the method of observation. Theories are building now around what is called non-locality; the ability of one particle to affect the behavior of its twin millions of miles away.

This stuff is not common knowledge because of its low commercial value, there are an awful lot of people with faith based products on the shelf that still need to be sold. Plus, it is far more difficult to explain a process than to just say "have faith." (This makes it your fault by the way if it doesn't work.)

While we will be dealing more with the process of living here on the ground I want to ask this:

Should all of this make us Atheists?

Absolutely not. We live in a tremendously complex and elegantly designed universe. Take this quote from Albert Einstein:

"The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity."

There is a purpose to all of this and a natural progression is in process towards that purpose. Don't be afraid to give up faith in place of understanding. The answers will be wonderful and complex so that your desire for a sense of the sacred and wonder will most certainly be fulfilled.

Here are some additional reasons for supplanting faith with understanding whenever you come across the opportunity to do so.

  • Knowledge reduces fear; it is the unknown that tends to make us afraid.When you have a better understanding of what is going to happen in the future you can prepare. When you understand what is happening to you right now even though it may be uncomfortable you can cope far more easily.
  • Imagine you are on a lengthy trip across country without a map, you only have the directions given to you by people along the way. If you are truly trying to get somewhere having a map is usually the best way to go. Knowing in advance where you will be going helps you sustain your progress, not knowing is conducive to giving up. Sometimes we just want to go on an adventure, then by all means throw away the map and have fun!
  • The more information you can give the subconscious the better it will be able to integrate your new experience. Remember that the subconscious does not discern between what is real and what is not, it is mainly interested in putting together patterns that work and are operational and will take care of you (in its opinion). The more information it has the faster and more completely it can accept new patterns as reliable.
  • This is one of the most important points I can make about understanding a process: It's Repeatable! Once you know how something is done you can put it use again and again for your own benefit.
  • Once you understand something you can teach it. The process becomes transferrable without being dependant on the personality of the teacher as in the guru scenario.

Jim Andrews is the author of the MindTech Principles, a book describing the 12 principles and 6 stages of personal transformation. Based in science and personal experience this book provides a new foundation for our understanding of the change process and how to create our own growth and success. A New Law of Attraction is proposed based on the 12 principles and it will surprise the reader in its unique perspective on how we really create what we want. Visit http://www.MindTechPrinciples.com for more information.

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