Once we have faith – faith in our one whole self – there is just a small leap to make in order to understand – for your body to know – that any ordinary worries which occupy most of our waking life, can be dropped. And what allows them to be dropped is a concentration on the feeling of the certainty of that faith to the exclusion of any concentration whatsoever on the ordinary and everyday worries – which somehow block out this subtle but powerful feeling – and their crude loud voices which drown out the subtle but powerful song of faith.
The major advantage of this approach is that the only other alternative – where we directly attempt to achieve our perceived wants and desires; where we direct our fate – has one fatal flaw which will ultimately make itself known: we have not obtained what we needed but what we wanted, and our wants are limited by the state of our evolution at the time of our desire. In this way the pleasure that we obtain from the achievement of our desire is short-lived and might feel somewhat empty on reflection, which people perceive to mean that they must now proceed onto the next want because the happiness that they seek is believed to be rather like the climb to the top of a mountain: something approached by a series of ascents and plateaus; that the top of the mountain is as far as they can go; that at the top their happiness will be complete.
If we have faith that the wholeness of our being will call out of the void that which is applicable to our whole being, the very least we will achieve is a whole-consciousness evolution; but there is the possibility that what manifests is not only what we need but what we actually want and not what we think we want.
Thus our faith does not have to be reliant on gods and goddesses, spirits or any other benevolent beings – their existence is not what we are testing here, nor are we learning the limits of their interventions in our lives. It is the act of becoming self-reliant which seems at the same time to manifest this subtle feeling of faith – again, not faith that something out there is going to look after us or provide us with gifts and blessings but that the mystery of our wholeness will in itself, as long as we listen to it, look after us. That is real faith. And when something is called from the void by our wholeness, whatever form it takes, we will recognise it when we meet it as long as we are whole. The doubts of our ordinary consciousness must, for once, be subdued, and the naturalness of our response to whatever it is that manifests allowed their reign. And the fact that our response is whole will, of itself, affect that which has manifested, in the way that ingredients in a recipe become more than the sum of their parts – there is no resistance to the alchemy that will naturally follow as long as nothing deliberately prevents the process.
In this way it seems to me that men and women can cease to struggle as much as they do at present; even those with spiritual ambitions struggle endlessly to get to somewhere that they imagine exists, but which they never quite reach. To let the struggle drop – really drop – will of itself reveal the river of becoming in which we are naturally swept along. No more shall we fight the current of existence, no more shall we desire to take a direction which the river, in itself, does not wish to take; we shall play when the river widens into cool pools that are still and deep, we shall tread water when the river is giving us strength to tumble over the rapids ahead, and we shall swim easily and gracefully as the river of life takes us into unknown regions which we have never seen before because we are whole, and we are certain that what is whole cannot be broken.