April 21, 2024

FAITH OVER FEAR

Trusting the Process, Cultivating Connection & Embracing Growth & Self-Discovery

By Carmen Greger

Choose Faith over Fear

In the fast-paced world we live in, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of fear and anxiety. However, by leaning into faith and embracing the belief that the Universe has our backs, we can overcome these negative emotions and lead more fulfilling, joyful lives. In the words of the spiritual teacher and author Gabby Bernstein, “The Universe has your back. Trust the process of life and know that the moment you surrender your fears to a higher power, you can experience a miraculous shift in your perception.”

With this in mind, let’s delve into the concept of faith over fear, discover how we can trust the process of life, and learn to accentuate the positives in every situation.

The Power of Faith

Faith is a powerful force that can help us overcome our deepest fears and anxieties. A quote from Marianne Williamson, another renowned spiritual teacher, perfectly captures this sentiment: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” By tapping into this inherent power, we can transform our lives and shift our focus from fear to faith.

A Course in Miracles, a spiritual text that has inspired countless individuals, teaches us that “Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them.” As we open our hearts and allow ourselves to be guided by love and faith, we can overcome the barriers that hold us back.

Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa and a global icon for peace, also understood the importance of faith in overcoming fear. He once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” By choosing faith over fear, we can triumph over our anxieties and live life with courage and resilience.

Trust the Process

One of the most valuable lessons we can learn is to trust the process of life. By surrendering to the flow and acknowledging that life is happening for us, rather than to us, we can develop a positive, productive and simultaneously patient mindset. This approach enables us to show up daily, do our best, and be our best, without wasting precious time and energy on worry.

To help maintain this mindset, remember the acronym FEAR: False Expectations Appearing Real. By recognizing that our fears are often unfounded, we can consciously choose to release them and calm our minds. When we lean into faith, we allow ourselves to be guided by a grander truth, a higher power, trusting that everything will unfold as it should.

The Evolution of Fear and Our Response

Fear served a crucial purpose in our ancestors’ lives, enabling them to survive in harsh and dangerous environments. However, as human beings, we have evolved and adapted, and our fight or flight response must evolve as well. While it’s natural to experience fear, we must learn to discern between genuine threats and those that are merely imagined or exaggerated.

To manage our fears effectively, it’s essential to develop a regular practice of prayer, meditation, or journaling. These activities help us to download our negative thoughts onto the page, clearing mental clutter and creating more peace in our minds and lives. By nurturing our inner calm, we can approach life’s challenges with greater ease and resilience.

Trust in the Universe, God, Your Higher Power & Your Greater Purpose

Cultivating faith in yourself is vital and having faith in a higher power is infinitely empowering. Trust that you are part of a greater purpose and that the Universe [Universal Spirit/ God (Great Omniscient Deity)/ The Divine] is guiding you through every step of your journey.

In the words of the famous author Paulo Coelho, “And, when you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” By aligning yourself proactively with this higher wisdom and trusting in your own innate abilities, you can manifest your dreams and conquer your fears.

Embrace the Journey

Remember, the road to self-discovery and personal growth is a lifelong journey. By embracing faith and maintaining a positive outlook, we can navigate through life’s challenges with greater ease and resilience. As we learn to trust the process and have faith in ourselves, we can create more meaningful, fulfilling lives.

Choosing faith over fear is a powerful approach that can help us overcome our anxieties and live more empowered lives. By trusting the process of life, embracing our higher purpose, and leaning into the idea that the Universe has our backs, we can transform our fears into opportunities for growth and self-discovery. Through prayer, meditation, journaling and proactively practicing presence, we can clear the clutter of our minds, creating more peace and tranquility in our lives. 

Remember to trust in yourself, the Universe/God/Your Higher Power, and have faith that you are part of a divine plan that is unfolding as it should in its own way and own time and always for the greater good.

By cultivating an inspired curiosity and a positive mindset, we can manifest our dreams, conquer our fears, and live a life filled with joy, love, and purpose. By proactively shining our own bright light, we naturally encourage others to do the same. 

Embrace the power of faith over fear, and let your bright light shine bright for all to see.

“Keep Your face always towards the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you” – Walt Whitman