07/10/2013 11:35 am ET Updated Sep 09, 2013

The Source of Faith

Here's one of the Merriam-Webster definitions of the word faith: "Firm belief in something for which there is no proof."

Here's what the definition of the word faith looks like to me: "A firm understanding that one's perspective (about anything) will change for which there is much proof."

Let me explain. Often, we are told that having faith in someone or something is an essential ingredient to excellence. When athletes struggle, for example, a common mantra is, "Have faith in your ability. You have to believe in yourself to succeed."

The problem with this line of thinking, however, is that all personal struggles are the result of only one thing: An overload of thought in one's head. Too much thinking lowers one's consciousness. And no one is capable of drumming up confidence -- or having faith --from a low level of consciousness.

So, contrary to the mantra above, the key when you lack faith is not trying to believe or convince yourself to think a different way (i.e., bs yourself). The key is knowing that clarity, and then faith, will arrive automatically. In other words, the human mind is wonderfully designed to rise above any and all circumstances. Everyone is naturally resilient. Faith is innate to us all -- it's not something you can lose.

What you can lose, or forget, is your understanding of how faith works. Have you ever been troubled, looked at a specific life situation, and wondered what in the world you were going to do? Have you ever felt hopeless or stuck? But then -- and this is where my definition of faith might prove helpful -- with nothing changing on the outside, you look at the same situation again and it looks totally different. You're no longer troubled. This is proof of your innate faith taking hold.

Remember, we all establish our level of confidence based on the amount of thinking we have in our head at any specific moment. Therefore:

• Head full of thought = no faith (with nothing changing on the outside).

• Head free of thought = all the faith you need (with nothing changing on the outside).

Oh, and one more thing, the amount of thinking you have is totally up for grabs. The epitome of faith is knowing that when you feel low your head is destined to empty, and freedom is destined to unfold, at a moment's notice with no effort at all.

If you need proof of that, try spending the day with a two-year-old!

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