Today I wanted to talk about our beliefs and our faith. Capital F, Faith! Now, I am not a religious person. I don’t follow the practices of any religion. I have family members who are Christians. I have friends who are Christian. I have had friends who are Muslim and Hindu, too. I do not bear any ill feelings towards those people, obviously! I love them!
The problem/discussion here isn’t about what’s real and what’s not. What we can prove and what we can’t. For me, at least, it’s simple: Does it work for you? Does it make you feel good? Is it not hurting anyone else? Okay great, you do you!
I think many of us need to realise that we are not here to convert anyone to our way of believing and thinking. That just because someone holds different beliefs or practices a different faith to you, that doesn’t mean that you can’t love one another or share a space or be kind. After all, isn’t the one fundamental thing shared in many religious and cultures simply to be good to one another?
Let people have their faith as long as they’re not hurting anyone. I don’t condone killing or maiming under the name of “religion” or “culture”. I refuse to believe that a religious faith would condone that. So, as long as the practices, teachings, and faith isn’t harmful, what’s the problem here?
I think the issue is we all want to be right! We want to be the one to believe in the right God or messenger. The right answer to the question of why we are here and what life means. But if we can agree on something, I think it should be this: life is complicated, meaning is subjective and arbitrary, we can’t ever aim to know all the answers. So why pretend anything different?
I’m not here to tell you what to do, as I say, but if you’re feeling lost or scared or hopeless or anything like sadness or depression, I would ask you if you’ve lost your belief/faith or if you need some in your life right now.
We could all do with something to believe in through the dark times.
Whether that’s wholly believing in your mother. Your mother’s word is gospel! You trust in her unconditionally. She has your back through it all. She has endless wisdom and guidance to offer.
Maybe it’s a friend. A grandparent. An author or celebrity who inspires and motivate you and speaks to your soul.
Maybe it’s the unknowable, unpredictable, bountiful universe, like me. I see the universe as this wealth of chaos and beauty and instability and wonder and strength. All of which I can trust in and tap into for guidance and hope; that if I listen and learn, I will be okay on my life’s journey.
Maybe it’s yourself. Maybe through all the ebbs and flows of life, you are your own life raft that you can trust in through hardships.
What can believing in something look like?
- Practices that you do routinely
- Meditative thought about something
- Reading up on something
- Trusting something unconditionally
- Bettering yourself or working on ideals around that thing
- Knowing you’re safe with that thing
- Faith in something regardless of how bleak things can seem
- Asking questions and seeking guidance
Belief is defined as: an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof. (OR) trust, faith, or confidence in (someone or something).
So, I’m not here to tell you what to believe in, I’m just trying to highlight that we all have beliefs and faith without realising it. It may not involve prayer, places of worship, holy books or practiced celebrations, but we all have strong faith and confidence in things, even when life seems difficult. We all need a lifeboat to keep us afloat…otherwise, we risk drowning.
It’s important for me to note here that having faith in something doesn’t mean being blind to anything else. Like “my house is on fire, but it’s okay, my THING will save me!” No, get out of the house!! This thing you love and trust should be a part of your life, not your whole life, in my opinion. It shouldn’t be your whole personality, so much so, you have become that thing. Or that you have so much blind faith, that you miss any other signs (which could actually be given to you from your faith, but you didn’t recognise it!)
Open your mind to your faith, but also open your mind to the caveats around it, too…
Things to have faith in/turn to for support:
- Your religion (duh!)
- Fictional characters and worlds
- Yoga (I know yoga is considered a religious and cultural practice in other parts of the world; it’s up to you if you see it this way, too, or use it spiritually or just for your emotional and physical wellbeing)
- Travel (when we can!)
- Writing for yourself and others
- Mother Nature/Mother Earth (mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes, forests, jungles, fields, bodies of water, springs, the seasons…)
- Astrology (tarot cards, horoscopes, crystals, birth charts, numerology, etc)
- Astronomy (space, stars, planets, universe)
- God (any, all)
- The Arts
- The water
- Cooking and food
- Physical activity
- Imagination and wonder
- The future
Why believe in something?
- Support when you feel weak
- Guidance when you feel lost
- Confidence when you feel scared
- Community and unity aka belonging (which we all seek)
- Trust in better
- Shift perspective
- Higher experience of life
“You Are Not a Human Being Having a Spiritual Experience. You Are a Spiritual Being Having a Human Experience.”