The health benefits of having faith
To come to understand the huge amount of influence we have on our healing and coming into a deeper balance through our thoughts, intention, our action and our care in the way we relate with ourself. When simply being about to be with what is is challenging, letting go of resistance helps our system to become more balanced allowing nourishing energy to flow. There are many habits we have that do not serve us. But what is the alternative? We need a glimpse of an alternative so we may orient our focus towards another way of responding- a way that will serve our healing much more effectively.
Knowledge and understanding help! The Buddha said that our ignorance is one of the main causes for our suffering and when I look back on my own life, I would agree- hence my thirst for knowledge grew.
Faith: What is it? Where does it come from?
It comes from the heart. I have already spoken about the healing qualities of the heart in The Hearts Medicine blog, and faith is one of these qualities. Faith helps us to be open to our experiences, to be with them with less resistance. This allows us to receive wisdom inherent within the experience- We allow life to speak to us. Nature only seeks balance and so each experience may guide us closer towards balance.
Faith is a quality that in the unknown, will carry you through with an openness towards life, trusting it will bring us what we need and that our suffering can transform. It will carry you through suffering and towards your intentions and goals. Carried by faith, we do not need to despair, only to have patience. Faith gives us stability. Faith helps us to not give up, to keep on nurturing our life.
Faith in the intelligence of nature can help us to open to guidance that comes to us through our own senses and the way the body speaks to us. Placing faith in forces that serve our well being carries us towards peace and freedom. Removing our faith from beliefs that do not serve us is a way of reducing their way of blocking our life. Faith in the value of life, in its preciousness and in the higher forces of love to guide and heal us.
It is something that can grow, and grow and grow, until we have no doubt in ourselves or in life.
In the absence of faith, we spend more time in fear and anxiety. Reacting to fearful thoughts in the mind, we find it more difficult to make positive changes in our life which can keep us in stressful and unhealthy situations. Constant fearful thinking drains us of the energy we could harness to bring balance to our being.
What are fear and stress doing to the body? If love is expansive, fear is contractive- the body closes in on itself in survival mode. We know that they don’t feel great and that they deplete our energy, stress is far from our optimum state of being. Accumulative stress is toxic on the body. Tension can become chronic and deeply held in our muscles, leading to flare up of symptoms or aches and pain. Our conscious thinking becomes impaired under stress, so our thinking is less clear, less rational. Our life force becomes restricted… In any continued amount stress is unkind on the body.
When we want healing to occur, we want lifes energy to flow through our being. We want relaxation, rest and nurture. That nurture we need can be given to ourselves by opening our heart towards our own being and life. The inner balance faith brings assists cell regeneration and we also want it because the way we feel broadcasts a message out to our body, and ultimately we want to let our body know that it can relax and that it is loved, appreciated and supported, because that internal environment is conductive to healing. Our body is an environment of itself, and the way we feel is part of that environment and it plays a role in the direction our energy moves in.
By offering our heart to ourselves in light of the preciousness of life, we open up the most potent source of medicine available to us. It is most potent when it comes from within because it will touch every part of your being from here on and transform your life.
A little faith can save your body from a lot of breakdowns, worry, anxiety and stress. It will carry you through change and turbulence.
To hold this belief: Things can always get better, things will change.