What is soul faith?

Soul faith is a depth of belief which transcends the mind, a deep knowing or feeling and belief in the essence of truth which exists in timeless space.

by Sandy Jones — 

Faith is “belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of someone or something; loyalty or allegiance; belief and trust in God; religious conviction; a system of religious beliefs.” This dictionary definition sums it up well. Faith is what our minds understand the definition of faith to be.

How is this different from soul faith? Soul faith is a depth of belief which transcends the mind, a deep knowing or feeling and belief in the essence of truth which exists in timeless space.

Learning these definitions is simple, but how easy is it to actually have faith?

Sometimes, we must really work to convince ourselves to have faith, because believing in something we cannot see is difficult. Our mind, the great ruler of logical thought, bumps up against this all the time. It happens most often when our lives become so challenging that we can’t possibly imagine there is anything in which to place our faith.

When we watch the unfolding of natural catastrophes or when we experience unemployment, divorce, illness or the death of a loved one, it is difficult to know how to maintain a sense of faith. For some, these instances are the very undoing of their faith. For others, though, it is faith that keeps them alive.

Demanding events have the potential to test our faith beyond comprehension. We wonder how any of these losses can be good. How can they possibly serve a higher purpose? We can’t see it. We look for evidence, needing some sort of proof that there is something greater than our limited selves in existence. How do we continue to have faith when life happens at a volume that prevents us from hearing the very stillness and softness that faith allows? How can we hear faith’s gentle voice when it’s drowned out by the ranting of our minds?

Be still and know … like the breath of life within us, faith continues to exist. Faith whispers in our ears, in quiet moments. It is never gone from us — we just need to remember.

Imagine that faith is the conduit to heaven. It’s like an open channel, broadcasting hope and grace. When we are open, we can connect and hear the words of wisdom that we need, but when we are too busy or simply shut down, our mental channel is closed and we feel alone and lost.

Next time life challenges you … next time you don’t know what to do … remember to be still and know. Consciously listen for the still voice. As you do, realize you are connecting to the channel of soul faith.

 

Sandy Jones is an ordained interfaith minister who worked as a designer, teacher, software specialist and entrepreneur in the tech industry for 25 years. She recently created Soul Motivations, a ministry devoted to helping people remember. soulmotivations@cox.net, 480-491-2464 or www.soulmotivations.com.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 25, Number 3, June/July 2006.

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