85 days to go: what is Faith?

Among the many things that we are discussing in this blog, is life on a spiritual path. The ups and downs that one tends to face, as well as the great blessings and rewards.

Radiant Acquiescence is Baha’i concept that is also found in Tantra & Shamanism.

To acquiesce means to accept something. Usually it is a passive or reluctant acceptance. Most of us acquiesce to the inevitable: death, taxes & work. In this case however, we are asked to acquiesce to the will of the Divine. Not passively or reluctantly, but radiantly!

This is easy enough when things go the way we want them to, but happens when they don’t?

This is when Radiant Acquiescence is most valuable.

At the heart of this concept is faith. But what is faith?

There can be and are certainly many answers to that question, so this is not necessarily the definitive one, but perhaps a place to start.

The dictionary defines it as confidence or trust in a person or thing. For our definition, the person or thing is the Divine: Creator or God. But then, what are we trusting? What do we have confidence in?

There is another lofty spiritual concept that can be found in most, if not all religions and spiritual teachings in our world. It is a concept that most people do accept and believe to be true – up to a point. I’m sure that even YOU believe in this, dear reader.

That is that things happen for a reason. The teaching is that there is a reason and a purpose for EVERYTHING that happens in this world. There are no mistakes and no accidents.

Most people I’ve met do believe and accept this truth – until something “bad” happens to them or a loved one. Then everything goes out the window. Then they don’t want to hear about it. They know that whatever happened IS bad and it’s messed up, and are usually not open to any other interpretation. That’s not “bad” either, it’s just the way we are.

Other, more sensible people believe it sometimes, but temper it with the thought that sometimes things just happen. There doesn’t have to be a reason for EVERYTHING.

If you go deeper into this teaching, there is another part to it, that most people are not aware of: There is a reason and a purpose for everything that happens in this world, and it is ALWAYS for the highest good – for everyone involved.

This requires confidence and trust that our Creator has a plan for us (and our particular situation) AND in the essential goodness of Creator & Creation. Both of these can be found in Baha’i, Shamanism & Tantra, as well as most other spiritual teachings. It can also be found in a flower. And deep within our own heart.

So it could be said that Faith is the confidence and trust in the essential goodness of Creator. That there is a reason and a purpose for everything that happens in this world, and it is always for the highest good – for everyone involved.

If you have this kind of faith, then Radiant Acquiescence becomes more than a spiritual practice. It becomes a lifestyle.

And how do you think YOUR life would be if you were to accept EVERYTHING that happened to you radiantly, because you had trust and confidence that here is a reason and a purpose for everything that happens in this world, and it is always for the highest good?

Aristotle said “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it”.

That is the point of our game 100 Layers from God. You don’t have to believe everything we say as The Truth. Just try it on and see what happens.

Try playing the game: live your life in Radiant Acquiescence for just one day, then let us know what happens.

Maybe, if you’re lucky, you might discover that miracles are not always things that happen in the outer world.

Good luck and God bless!

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