First published Jan 2, 2015
There is a veil which separates humans from the spirit world. It is neither completely opaque nor completely transparent.
Sometimes, humans can see shapes and shadows moving behind the screen. Some catch occasional glimpses by accident. Perhaps they are looking in just the right place at the right moment. Some are able to peek behind it regularly. They know how and where to find the split in the curtain. Others don’t know where to look and cannot not see anything at all. And even those who can see do not always know what they are observing. They can only interpret through their own filters.
An earthly event with a thousand human witnesses produces a thousand different accounts. Each person experiences and perceives the events in their own way.
And so it is when humans peer behind the veil.
Humans can only see as much as their limited senses allow. The Other Side is not comprised of substance or dimension which humans can perceive or understand. They can distinguish light within a certain spectrum, but The Other Side has colors which humans cannot even dream of. They can hear only within specific frequencies. Most of what is on the Other Side vibrates differently.
Skeptics who seek unequivocal proof of the Other Side will never find it. There must always be room for doubt. Without doubt, there can be no faith.
It does not require faith to believe in the things you can see, feel, taste, smell. Faith is believing in the intangible; in what you feel, what you think. In what your heart tells you. It follows from your perception of reality.
Faith is the path to love and love is the path to all other lessons.
Humans are given this choice — to believe or not to believe — so they may exercise their free will and follow the path of their faith.
It doesn’t matter if that path leads to false reality. In this case, simply developing faith is the lesson.
This is not to say you shouldn’t question. It is not faith to follow blindly, obediently, believing everything you are told. Better to try on various beliefs until you find the ones which feel right. It is through this process, you develop faith.
Those things in which we have faith are what we love. For some, it’s God. For others it’s money or power. For the lucky ones, it’s faith in themselves.
And we love that which we have faith in — the things and people we can count on; who and what does not disappoint us; who and what we trust. Faith is the belief that these will always be the answers to our questions.
When a belief system no longer provides answers, faith is lost. Spirits are crushed. Souls are set adrift. By instinct, humans will immediately begin searching for a new set of beliefs which will answer their questions and quiet their doubts.
Thus, our lives are about the search for love via our search for faith.
I am fortunate in that the deeper I go into the belief system which I’ve held since I was a child, the MORE answers I discover and the clearer those answers become.
I was raised in a formal, organized religion but never had any use for it. My form of religion has always been extremely personal, which I believe is the only valid kind of religion. The answers are different for each of us, and can be found only within each individual.
Dogma is anathema of enlightenment.
photo: (c) Adrienne Gusoff