I used to think belief or faith was about religion. I thought it was something you had to work on, something other people had but that I hadn’t yet achieved.
When I started to work with Reiki I began to realise that belief is a choice.
You can’t see Reiki energy. You can feel it but only if you stop your head from telling you it’s not real and just allow it to flow through you. As soon as I choose to believe in the power of Reiki it begins to flow.
Thinking about this reminded me of a film called Loch Ness. Ted Danson plays professor Mr Dempsey, out to prove that the Loch Ness Monster doesn’t exist. He finds a wee girl Isabel who claims to see the Loch Ness Monster regularly, in fact she says he’s her friend. His reaction to her claims is to say,
“I have to see it before I can believe it.” Isabel answers him with such sincerity and wisdom,
“No Mr Dempsey, you have to believe it before you can see it.”
That’s a great line in a pretty mediocre film. I do not recommend you watch it! In the end he sees it and then has to pretend he hasn’t to protect the beast from the world.
That’s how it is with belief. If you choose to believe in yourself, in your ability to heal, be happy, achieve your goals, find love or success then you’re more likely to try new things, push yourself, strive after your goals and find love than if you choose not to believe in yourself. If you choose to believe in the universe or God supporting you and in the inherent goodness of people you’re much more likely to stay positive during life’s challenges, reach out and connect with others, building supportive relationships.
I get it. You don’t want to be gullible or appear foolish. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy cynicism and discernment is a great skill to cultivate. Be honest and realistic about yourself and others but allow for a little magic in the mix. Allow yourself a “what if…”
Like Mr Dempsey you may not want to tell the world about you beliefs especially at first. They’re not really about anyone else. They are your inner strength that will shine through and attract more positivity into your life. Making some positive affirmations of your beliefs is one way to reinforce them. Find a short sentence that sums up your belief and repeat it daily as often as you can until it becomes concrete in your being.
Life is challenging. There will be loss. You will be tested. There will be heartbreak and disappointment, but not believing anything good can come your way, not believing in yourself won’t stop the disappointment, the heartbreak or the loss. It just makes it harder to recover from. Not believing is the choice of isolation, where nothing challenges you but nothing much happens either.
Why not choose to believe and let a little magic in!