Faith: The Intangible Power

Have you ever believed in something so deeply that you just knew it’s going to happen or that it was the absolute truth and yet there was no way to prove it? Then you have had faith about that thing.
Faith is as about as intangible as it gets. Faith has no shape or form of its own. You can’t touch it, see it, smell it or hear it. It can’t be bought or sold or traded. It can only be felt on the deepest of personal levels and yet, it is one of the most powerful forces known to mankind.
We are NOT, heaven forbid, going to discuss faith in religious terms, thereby avoiding various degrees of being offensive. But, religious faith can be certainly taken as a prime example of the power of faith.
It’s difficult to explain faith to another, like explaining the color red. One must experience it firsthand to grasp its influence. Let me tell you my personal story of faith. It involves a divorce and two young boys.
It was obvious to both of us that our marriage was coming to an end after only 10 years. In that time we brought two healthy boys into the world – my sons. The one thing I wanted my sons to know is that, although their mother and I were no longer going to be together, they would always have a father who loved them, a father they would know and could count on.
I knew in my heart of hearts that no matter what happened my sons would know they had a father, I would remain an integral part of their lives, provide a male influence and give them guidance and advice as needed or requested. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that this was to be, I would have a relationship with my sons and they will have grown up knowing that they had a father that stuck with them.
My faith was unalterable. My belief in how it was going to turn out was as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. This would happen and it would happen the way I saw it happening… and, little wonder, it did.
Today my married sons and I continue to enjoy a wonderful parent/child relationship and I wouldn’t trade my bear hugs with them for anything. We are father and sons by anyone’s definition.
That is only one example of faith, and I like to think of it as a pretty good one.
In the realms of personal development and self improvement faith plays a vital role. You must develop faith in self and in your individual abilities to accomplish those things that are of most importance. With faith comes action and confidence.
The opening paragraph of Chapter 3 – Faith, Visualization of, and Belief in Attainment of Desire – of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, reads:
“FAITH is the head chemist of the mind. When FAITH is blended with the vibration of thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence, as in the case of prayer.”
He also says,
“Faith is a state of mind which may develop at will…” “Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.”
You might consider reading or re-reading Think and Grow Rich for a deeper understanding of how to develop your personal faith.
Permit me to enlist the additional support of some of the greater minds ever placed on the planet to help understanding faith.
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.
~Khalil Gibran
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
~Thomas Aquinas
Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.
~Brian Tracy
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
~D. Elton Trueblood
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
~Thomas Aquinas

Faith turns a belief into knowing. While hope could be considered the belief that things can get better, faith is the knowing that things will get better.
May your worthy beliefs turn into faith with ease. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend Tags: affirmation, belief, faith, intangible, subconscious, truth

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