The Perfection of Faith

Adhitthana (Pali): Decision; resolution; determination.

Conviction: A strong persuasion or belief; the state of being convinced.

The verb πειθω (peitho) and its derived noun πιστις (pistis) are possibly the most signature words of the Greek New Testament. The verb means to persuade, and the noun means faith, trust or certainty. From the noun in turn derives the verb πιστευω (pisteuo), meaning to have faith, that is, to behave as someone who has persuaded himself into certainty. (Abarim Publications)

Christian Hope: “The state of pure love does not exclude the mental state which is called Christian hope. Hope in the Christian, when we analyze it into its elements, may be described as the desire of being united with God in heaven, accompanied with the expectation or belief of being so.” – Francois Fenelon, Maxims of the Saints

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive and ye shall have.” (Mark 11:24)

If you believe that your liberation depends on the will of another, you will not attain it.

Faith comes down to having an unshakeable belief in yourself.

Inscribed on the Believing Mind:

There was an aspect of my awakening experience which impressed upon me the power of believing in oneself. I was in the Finder’s Course, and the first assignment was to write down one’s goal, and to state it out loud every morning and night. I had read a lot of Suzuki and I decided that my goal would be satori. Satori is a sudden awakening, but I thought that it meant sudden enlightenment. When I had a sudden awakening three weeks into the course, it dawned on me that I had gotten exactly what I asked for–even if it was in the literal sense. Nevertheless, I ascribed this achievement to the fact that I had aimed for the highest thing possible, and I had a suspicion that other members of my group, who did not attain an awakening, had lacked self-confidence, and had aimed low.

Lin-chi:

Whatever confronts you, don’t let yourself be imposed upon. If you entertain even a moment of doubt, the devil will enter your mind. Even a bodhisattva, when he starts doubting, is prey to the devil of birth and death. Learn to put a stop to thoughts and never look for something outside yourselves. When an object appears, shine your light on it. Just have faith in this thing that is operating in you right now. Outside of it, nothing else exists. (Lin-chi)

Lester Levenson: (1993)

It is necessary to do away with doubts.

It takes more than faith–it takes knowledge. You start with faith, but you must convert it to knowledge. You must test it out, and then you know it. In order to really understand, we must experience the knowledge. When you experience, it is no longer intellectual. (p. 19)

Inscribed on the Believing Mind:

Most people will not believe you if you tell them that you have had a spiritual awakening. It doesn’t matter if they are religious teachers or have written books: they won’t believe you, because they have no faith.

Lester Levenson: (1993)

No matter what the methods are, they all must end up doing the very same thing: freeing us of our concepts of limitation. The methodology must quiet our mind, must do away with thoughts. Every thought is a concept of limitation. When thoughts are undone, what’s left over is the infinite Being that we are. . . .

The methods, to be effective, must be in a direction of first quieting our thoughts, and then actually getting rid of our thoughts. Make a conscious effort to bring up subconscious thoughts, and when they are brought to the conscious plane, drop them. When they do come up, because they are very limiting and very negative as a whole, you want to drop them and you do.

After you have dropped an appreciable number of thoughts, then you can drop them in large amounts. . . . Later you reach a point where you can drop all the remaining thoughts at once, because having infinite power, you will have reached the point where you can see that you have this infinite power and you then can use it to wipe out the rest of the mind. That is why it is sometimes said that Self-realization is instantaneous. When you get that far that you can see that the power is yours, you wipe out all the remaining thoughts at once. Then you are totally free; you’ve gone all the way.

Q: Is just seeing the subconscious thought or motivation enough?

Lester: Just looking at it is not enough. You must consciously drop the thought or consciously cast out the tendency or motivation. I’m assuming you’ll want to let go of these thoughts because they’re all limiting and negative. One reason why we don’t like to dig them up is that we don’t like to see how awful we are. But there’s nothing good or bad; there’s just moving in the right direction or the wrong direction. When we move in the wrong direction, we move toward more limitation, and that’s really [all that evil is] . But everything is experiencing, and when we don’t judge ourselves we move much faster.

Q: When we don’t judge ourselves?

Lester: Right. When we don’t judge ourselves. Whatever comes up, [say] “So what?” To get this far in your limitations, you have [already] run the gamut of everything bad. (“Realization Through Dropping the Unconscious“, p. 312)

 

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Levenson, Lester (1993). Keys to the Ultimate Freedom: Thoughts and Talks on Personal Transformation. Phoenix, Arizona: Sedona Institute. ISBN 0-915721-03-1

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