What to Do When You Don’t Have Faith

 

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Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

– Voltaire

It happens. Sometimes, we just lose faith. Life experiences, our own or that of people closest to us have an impact on our faith. I am not talking about religious faith – I am just talking about having faith in whatever you usually believe in, or want to believe in. For some people, it could be a belief in God, that things are meant to be a certain way, or that God knows best. For others, it could be faith in life, in the universe, and that everything will work out eventually.

We need faith to keep going. We need faith to make us get up when we fall down, because we need to feel, we need to believe that there is a reason for getting up. 

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do will sink and drown. Instead you relax and float.

Alan Watts

Yet, when we first learn to swim, we struggle and flounder. Some people never get over the fear of drowning, and never learn to swim. Because they can’t find that faith within themselves.

What if you are at a place in life where you just don’t have faith?

It could be a lack of faith in life, in love, in your abilities, or even in humanity as a whole. What then? What do you need to do so that you don’t wake up everyday, faithless and depressed, wondering why you should get out of bed at all? 

Faith can’t be forced. Faith is about having a belief in something that you may not see, or hear, and have no logical certainty of its existence. Sometimes, it is difficult not to question.

John Bunyan, the writer of Pilgrim’s Progress and Grace Abounding, and a famous Protestant dissenter of the 18th Century, wrote Grace Abounding as his memoir of conversion (conversion from someone who questioned the existence of God and religion, to someone who believed). But the interesting thing about Grace Abounding is that it is not your typical, “I found the light and now everything is wonderful” kind of memoir. Even after Bunyan found faith in religion, he continued throughout his life to question it. His faith kept wavering, as questions of “What if” kept appearing. 

That “What if” can keep showing up in non-religious aspects of life too. 

Do some of these doubts seem familiar?

What if I never succeed in my chosen career?

What if I never find the right person to love and be loved?

What if I am a failure?

What if I fail at parenting?

What if I fail my friends?

What if I go through life, not having a clue about what I want?

What if I die, full of regrets? 

When we lose faith, life can be full of these “What ifs”. 

Working on having faith is an important thing, and you do need to do that. But what to do in the meantime?

HAVE HOPE! 

When you are lacking faith, that absolute belief in things, then have hope. 

Hope is a waking dream.

– Aristotle

Keep dreaming with your eyes open. You don’t need to have faith to dream. You just need to dream, fantasise, muse. Dream that dream. Keep imagining the life you want. Just hope. Keep sending those positive wishes out in the world, and hope that whatever’s out there – God(s), the Universe, or just a random connection of stars – is listening. 

Just hope. 

 

 ACTION  YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:

Journal about your current level of faith, or lack of it. In what areas of your life, are you doubting your faith? What hope can you provide yourself? 

 

 

 

Looking Back Looking Forward Journaling Challenge

 

A new exciting project begins today. I’m co-sponsoring the Looking Back Looking Forward Journaling Challenge, brought to you by International Association of Journal Writing and Easy Journaling. 

This is a three part challenge. 

Part 1: Looking Back

In this part, you will receive a FREE 50 Minute Panel Discussion on Looking Back. This discussion will help you think about why you might want to look back through your journals, and things to keep in mind during this review. 

Part 2: 30-Day Journaling Challenge

Challenges, particularly the ones that focus on limited time, are great, because they allow you to prioritise. With this 30-day challenge, you can prioritise your journaling, and put the ideas in practice with daily prompts and mini-exercises. We will keep you motivated and enthused, so you will be pumped to keep writing day after day.

Part 3: Looking Forward

Here, you will have another panel discussion about Looking Forward. Your future is yours to design, and this panel discussion will give you some tips and techniques on how to go about doing this. 

 

You will be participating in a challenge with hundreds of other people, all around the world, as well as a number of journaling experts. This is an exciting way to start off 2015, so I hope you will come and join us. Click here to sign up to Looking Back Looking Forward Challenge. 

 

 

Happy New Year! And My 2014 in Review

 

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I hope you are all coming out of 2014 with at least something positive. Take all the lessons last year taught, and step into the new year with hopes and positivity and ready to take action. If you need some guidance or help with your goals in 2015, then check out EPIC 2015 course.

Here’s my 2014 in Review:

It was a year of lots of beginnings for me, so not enough results, which always feels like one has been less productive! And it has been, because not nearly enough focus on fiction writing, but here it is:

  • Started the year in India, experienced my first loss as my grandmother passed away, spent quality time for the first time with relatives and friends in India since I left 16 years ago
  • Spent three months in US, and spent my birthday with both of my parents for the first time since 1994
  • Published two e-books for Kaizen Journaling
  • Moved to London (finally found the city where I feel at “home”)
  • Started my MA in English Literature
  • Lots of changes mean tests for existing relationships, and discovering where you stand with people. Some good, some bad
  • Started making some amazing new friends in London
  • Had my first short-story published for money!!
  • Started working as a Freelance Social Media Consultant
  • Started working as an English tutor
  • Became interested in football, and started supporting Everton
  • Joined the gym at University, and been actually using it (except for lousy December due to illness and Christmas)
  • Wrote 488,553 words (as of right now)
  • Finished reading 52 books

So that’s my 2014. Hoping for a way more result orientated 2015!