Saturday, April 07, 2018

Taking a lively interest in your own unfolding

Faith, we’re told, is an unclassified cognitive illness disguised as a moral virtue. 

It’s not a reliable guide to reality and it taints and removes our curiosity about the world. 

Fair enough. In fact, when viewed through the fundamentalist lens, I would agree. Faith isn’t all that useful. 

Then again, it all depends on how you understand the term. 

Cameron’s book on weathering the storms in our spiritual lives makes the argument that faith has nothing to do with an all powerful sky daddy, and everything to do with trusting and letting go and becoming open to the truth, whatever it might turn out to be. 

It’s not about objects, but an orientation and energy of our life. The pulse of faith is the ability to be where we are, to accept that where we are is where are supposed to be, and to believe that we are headed in the right direction for our lives. 

That’s the kind of faith I can get behind. 

Because it’s not about religion, it’s about relinquishment. It’s not about something you have or do not have, it’s about something you do or do not do. 

Faith is asking ourselves which areas of our identities we’re reluctant to surrender. Faith is wondering where in our hearts we might have an agenda that we’re afraid to let go of. Faith is taking a lively interest in our own unfolding, without trying to white knuckle the world into some picture of perfection. 

That’s where joy lives. 

It comes from trusting the moment. 


Do you cleave so unshakably to the heavens that you pull them down to earth?

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Scott Ginsberg
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