How do you make a choice when you come to a crossroads in your life and you’re not sure which direction to turn? Spiritual teachers say “act as if” and “have faith,” but what does that really look like in practice?
I’ve had an unusually high number of occasions in my life to test out this idea of faith – all outside the world of religion, where the word is most often used. Faith has constantly been the key to the ongoing evolution of Zenquility, from the moment I quit my IT career and became a massage therapist, to the latest choices that have brought Zenquility into the public eye as a Center for Higher Consciousness. As we prepare to cut the ribbon and open the doors to the world, I’m contemplating the role that faith has played along the way.
Let’s get one thing out of the way: Faith does not imply lack of fear. An evolution in business doesn’t happen overnight, and there were times of doubt. I was scared! But I never let the fear stop me for long, because if you wait for the fear to go away, then you’ll be waiting forever. Fear doesn’t go away until you take action, because fear’s job is to keep you from taking action. It is the mechanism of the subconscious mind to keep you safe right where you are. Got that?
So then, what can you do when you’ve got “yes” and “no” both running through your head, and your subconscious mind is making all the “no” reasons feel big and scary? I ran into that recently: When my mentor announced a new program back in May, simply reading his Facebook post about it gave me the feeling like I was stepping onto a roller coaster. I was totally excited about joining, and yet my stomach was in complete knots.
So what did I do? I applied my Secret Formula of Faith, which I’d love to share with you now. It’s really simple:
Follow the Yes.
You see, in that moment of reading about the new program and feeling the roller coaster feelings, I recognized something important: Right there next to all those scared “no” feelings was just as much “yes.” The “yes” was kind of like a whisper in a crowded room; it didn’t need to jump up and down to get my attention that way that the “no” did, because the “yes” knew its truth.
And I recognized that those huge “no” feelings wouldn’t exist if saying “yes” wasn’t going to take me somewhere big and new, outside my comfort zone and further along my path of purpose.
I signed up for the program. And while I can’t confirm for you that I got the results I expected, because the program just started yesterday, I can tell you that I fully expect to get great results, and that the scary “no” feelings went away as soon as I signed up.
If the “yes” is there, then it doesn’t matter how many or how insistent the “no” is. You have to Follow the Yes. The formula is simple, even if it isn’t easy. But it does get easier with practice.
Acting in faith on a consistent basis is like learning to jump on a trampoline. You believe and trust the tarp and springs will hold you, so you give it a try, and before you know it, you’re doing tumbles in the air and landing with more ease than you thought possible. Then you’re going up again. That is what I wish for each of you. And I have faith that you have the ability to get there.
This, my friend, is the world of Higher Consciousness.