- is the essential means of attaining salvation
- is the intuitive level of contemplation where one knows God by love
- is the fundamental act of the practice of Centering Prayer, based on the Divine Indwelling
- accepts God as God is, following the way He presents Himself in scripture and the mystical texts
- involves purification of the human props that support immature faith
- disposes one to surrender to the work of transformation
- grows in the right perception of all reality
In the New Testament, faith often has the same meaning as “trust.”
- HW: 17-18, 39-41, 43, 52, 73
- CF: 22-24, 26, 29
Faith is the essential means of attaining salvation. We cannot reach faith by reasoning. It is an intuition. We can prepare for it by reflection, by longing for it, and by pleading for it. But it can only come as a gift. Once it has been given, life assumes new meaning and direction.
Faith is complete dependence on God and anticipates any belief system. In the New Testament, faith is almost always understood as trust. Trust is faith moving beyond the mental egoic level of discursive meditation and particular acts to the intuitive level of contemplation.
We cannot know God with the mind; we can only know God by love. As faith is purified from our human props in relation to God, we can relate more directly to the divine presence within. Christian life and growth are founded on faith in our basic goodness, which is the image of God within us with its transcendent potential. This gift of our being is our True Self.
Faith is the essential means of attaining salvation. It cannot be reached by reasoning. Enlightened faith seems very ordinary. It accepts the way things are and finds God vibrantly present in the most insignificant situations and in the most unexpected situations.
The prayer of faith, Centering Prayer, is relating to God without concepts. It is to accept God as He is. It is impossible to contain God in any concept.
In Centering Prayer, faith, in the sense of trust is the central act of the practice, which is consenting to God’s presence and action within. The consent of faith illumines our darkness with the divine light ever present within us. Out of this light comes the power to surrender completely to the transformative power of the Spirit.
Growth in faith is growth in the right perception of all reality. As one moves to new levels of faith, previous worlds we lived in end.
Faith and reasoning are not the same. Faith is necessary to attain salvation.
How might you approach God without preconceived ideas? What does it mean to relating to God by faith instead of reasoning about God?
Surrender to the process of transformation. Relate with God just as God is.