I was recently playing a game- Word Association- (via Facebook chat) with an awesome friend. Basically you say a word and the other person says the first word that pops into their head and so on it goes… It’s an awesome conversation opener as everyone associates different images to words and hence thinks of different words compared to what you would think and say… It’s interesting to know what people think of when they hear certain words and why they have those thoughts.
Usually ‘blind faith’ has a kind of negative connotation to it, meaning- almost always- that you are believing in something without knowing much about it. Most often I’ve heard ‘blind faith’ when people accuse others of following a religion just because their parents follow it, not because it really speaks to them or it’s the best way of living they have found, after looking in to other spiritual paths. ‘Blind Faith’
The game got me thinking as to why I would associate faith and blind, as recently I’ve read some pretty amazing stuff on faith and in my own spirituality I’ve felt faith flow…
My understanding of faith is that, it really is blind. (Or it can be) Regardless of the facts and what the logical mind knows to be true, if you feel that faith flow, the rest doesn’t really matter. You believe because you’ve felt it, and because you’ve felt it, you know it to be truer than anything else. You could know nothing about anything and have that feeling and you will be committed to that belief as long as forever or some kind of significant emotional event happens to negate that belief.
I can say the above with so much conviction because I’ve felt faith simply flow. When I was younger I didn’t really believe in a God (or the lack of), I just lived life- you could say I had no faith in anything. My family isn’t really religious or anything and I never felt the need to search for meaning to life. (Sounds kind of strange hey, me, that finds so much meaning now, in everything! Lol)
And then one day when I was happy to just skip school and go with my mum to a place we visited quite often, everything changed. It was a talk by a spiritual guru (teacher) and before he even said a word, I was in tears. Not that I realised I was crying until much later. It’s not like I was seeing Him for the first time, I wasn’t, nor was I being introduced to this Path for the first time, because I had always known about it, I never had any interest in it… I never had faith.
When you feel something like that, literally an out of this world experience, regardless of what you know or don’t know, you have faith… you believe. Very much blind faith.
(Only now I actually know all about it and it makes the most sense to me ever)
There were quite a few definitions of faith in the book I’m currently reading, (the link will take you to a place you can download the book for free) ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill and the one I liked best was,
“Faith is the basis of all miracles and all mysteries which cannot be analysed by the rules of science”
That is a very spiritual aspect of faith. I think that faith itself says, it’s blind… it’s the ability to simply believe. Like having faith in the ones you love. Like having faith in yourself. Do you really need a reason for that faith? Or do you simply believe in the ones you love and yourself?
Do you think faith is blind?
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