Trust in what?
Trust in whom?
Most often, the word faith is associated with religious beliefs. In today’s world, religious beliefs (and political beliefs, too, for that matter) can be emotionally charged topics. Strongly held and/or emotionally charged beliefs frequently become polarized attempts to communicate with the result that very little actual communication takes place. So I generally choose more neutral words.
Like trust. And we’re back to in what? In whom?
My sweet husband, who holds atheist beliefs, sneers and frets every time faith, or anything closely associated with religion, enters into the conversation. See, he has suffered much abuse because of others’ faith. Others whose responsibility it was to care for his well-being and who genuinely believed they were doing so with the actions they took. Yeah, the road to hell is, indeed, paved with good intentions. That’s a topic for another day. So his first reaction to anyone who describes themselves as a person of faith is to drape that garlic wreath around his neck and make sure his silver dollar (remember those?) is handy to repel the assaulter!
My proclivities lie at about a 90° angle from his, although he perceives them more like a 45° angle. Suffice it to say, we’re not on the same meridian.
I do not hold atheist beliefs. Or agnostic. Or any traditional theist beliefs, since most of them describe deity in some form or as an entity. I understand god as a concept, a principle. Something that I simply know, sort of along the lines of Carl Jung‘s collective unconscious thesis that beyond our personal individualization, we have access to a body of knowledge that is beyond our personal experience. I translate that as I am more than my body, experience, and memory encompass; just because I didn’t actively learn or experience something on an individual level, doesn’t mean I don’t know it. Why not use the word belief? Because to me, belief implies doubt. I have no doubt about what I know; what I believe is subject to change.
So back to trust.
Trust in yourself. In your own experience of life. Trust in that which you know to be Truth. Not what your chattering mind tells you is true, but that which from deep within whispers Truth. That small still voice that is the voice of the Infinite Wisdom within each and every one of us, should we choose to hear and listen.
You don’t have to trust me. If I’ve spoken (or, in this case written) Truth, you’ll be sitting there nodding like a bobblehead..or something like that!