Two days ago I was thrilled to unexpectedly receive a signed copy of Joe Vitale’s newest book Faith. The book is still only available to pre-order, so this was a really special treat for me. Since the book arrived in my hands, I have spent every free minute locked inside. It is so refreshing to study such a stimulating subject. I liked how Joe dips into religious applications of faith, but explains the underlying principles in easy to understand (non-churchy) terms. Having just finished the last page, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the book/subject.
What is faith?
Boiled down to its essence, faith is simply believing something. Truly believing it, without doubt or fear. Faith is a creative force. Faith in my legs allows them to carry me when I decide to walk or run. Collective faith in a national currency gives the coins and paper we use value. Joe referred to absolute miracles like creating rain to put out wildfires. Faith can even move mountains.
For the most part, my faith (the things I truly believe about myself and my environment) is refined through my experiences. Each time I move my legs my faith in their ability to carry me is confirmed.
I can’t/don’t move mountains with my faith because I don’t truly believe I can. It is the same reason why I don’t yet have a million dollars in my bank account, and why my book is not yet a New York Times best-seller. The Universe doesn’t give me what I want, or even what I ask for, it gives me what I truly believe I deserve.
But what about “ask and ye shall receive?”
We DO receive what we ask for, but we are not always aware of what we are asking for. That is how faith fits in. Ask and ye shall receive… but ask in faith. If faith is simply what we truly believe without doubt or fear, then my faith in my own deservingness is what determines the amount of money in my bank account and the amount of books people buy from me. On a subconscious level, I am constantly asking for the life that I am receiving. Everything I’m experiencing is consistent with my faith. Only a few years ago my beliefs supported far less abundance than my current beliefs do, and consequently I am enjoying far more financial flexibility than I have ever before had. I look forward to more faith-building experiences to allow me to grow even further financially. My book has hit #1 on Amazon for self-help books, and #1 for books for teens, but not yet #1 on the New York Times best-sellers list. When I believe I deserve it, I’m confident the book will get to the list. The life-changing concepts in the book certainly deserve to be read by millions more people, so when I am ready, the book will be able to change far more teenage lives.
I think our experiences and desires constantly reinforce our beliefs (faith), and our faith (beliefs) enable and create our experiences. My faith in any one aspect of life grows like a seed over time, nourished and supported by experiences and emotions that support the belief. The universe doesn’t care what I have faith in, but I will create more of what I believe I deserve.
Faith in God is critical if you ever want help along the way. Since we are all trapped inside our own beliefs, faith in a higher power allows us a peace and serenity that I believe would otherwise be completely impossible. Although this is not an original phrase, I try to live by the following advice:
Pray like everything depends on God, then get up and work like everything depends on you.
Joe Mentioned in the book that everyone has ups and downs. Joe’s story, to me, is clear evidence that faith is a creative force, and that life gives you only what you truly believe you deserve without doubt or fear.
Moving up from homelessness to poverty to incredible abundance, Joe showed how critical it is to have faith in himself, his community, and in a higher power. he also gave practical advice to strengthen those beliefs that serve you.
I loved the book.
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