This discussion is led by Building 4th community members Barbara and Sirak.
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I am Ra. Let us give the example of the man who sees all the poker hands. He then knows the game. It is but child’s play to gamble, for it is no risk. The other hands are known. The possibilities are known and the hand will be played correctly but with no interest.
In time/space and in the true-color green density, the hands of all are open to the eye. The thoughts, the feelings, the troubles: all these may be seen. There is no deception and no desire for deception. Thus much may be accomplished in harmony, but the mind/body/spirit gains little polarity from this interaction.
Let us re-examine this metaphor and multiply it into the longest poker game you can imagine: a lifetime. The cards are love, dislike, limitation, unhappiness, pleasure, etc. They are dealt, and re-dealt, and re-dealt continuously. You may, during this incarnation begin—and we stress begin—to know your own cards. You may begin to find the love within you. You may begin to balance your pleasure, your limitations, etc. However, your only indication of other-selves’ cards is to look into the eyes.
You cannot remember your hand, their hands, perhaps even the rules of this game. This game can only be won by those who lose their cards in the melting influence of love; can only be won by those who lay their pleasures, their limitations, their all upon the table face up and say inwardly: “All, all of you players, each other-self, whatever your hand, I love you.”
This is the game: to know, to accept, to forgive, to balance, and to open the self in love. This cannot be done without the forgetting, for it would carry no weight in the life of the mind/body/spirit beingness totality. (50.7)
“Faith in God is not just faith in spiritual ideas. It’s to have confidence in love itself. It’s to have confidence in reality itself. That at its core, reality is okay. God is in it. God is revealed in all things.” – Rohr
“Faith is that breakthrough into that deep realm of the Soul which accepts paradox with humility.” – Rohr
“The faculty of faith or will needs to be understood, nourished, and developed in order to have an entity which seeks past the boundary of third density…” (RA, 82.29)
“Faith is the one faculty or energy that transcends all programming and limitations, it is the highest paradigm, the final frontier, the edge.
You could see faith as creating and opening a conduit for intelligent infinity to enter into and modify the system, otherwise known as healing, otherwise known as feeling the presence of the One Creator, or wholeness.” (Gary L. Bean, A Concept Guide – inspired by RA 3.9, 24.7)
“But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’
Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.
Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’
Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Heb 11: 1-3, NIV)
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Matt 21:22, ESV)
“…That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Cor 2:5, ESV)
How Sirak thought spiritual growth worked:
How Sirak began to see spiritual growth as he matured in his development:
Sirak’s present (rough) estimate of how spiritual growth works:
“Simply to live by faith is to bring an end to paradox and confusion. All things are acceptable. All experiences are those of love and the distortions of love. Faith is a vibration that is more like the vibration of love itself.
Among the greatest of faith’s gifts, you see and trust that however difficult the moment or the decade may be, you are on course. You are right where you need to be.” – (Q’uo 03/23/97)
“Even when the ‘real world’ threatens what you hold most dear, even when the pain is quite real, with faith you know that you are in an illusion, and there is nothing which ultimately threatens the real you; it only offers catalyst for discovery of the real, unlimited you. This quality of faith survives war, disease, loss, limitation, death facing one in physical body form.” – (Gary – Q’uo, 05/31/92)
“Faith does not replace self-reflection and analysis. It instead casts out the shadows, misapprehensions and dead-ends of that process.” (Gary – Hatton 02/03/91)
Reality is the Law of One, and in that reality, all is whole, complete and perfect. All is well. All is one. Nothing is lost. There are no mistakes. But what within the self sees that? The intellectual mind doesn’t see it. Neither do human paradigms. Only faith does. Faith is the only pathway to this understanding.” – RA
“It is not easy to live a life of faith. Indeed, the more intense one’s faith becomes, the more it is tested in the fire of experience.” – (Q’uo 08/05/90)
“No turn will cause the seeker to be lost from that which is sought, for the one Creator waits not only at the end of each path but along each portion of each path.” – Latwii
“Allow little seeds of faith to grow in your garden of thought. Your destiny will come to you as it is time for it to appear. Notice those subjectively interesting hints, suspicions, suggestions and synchronicities that say to you, ‘Yes, you are on the right track.’” – (Q’uo, 09/15/96)
“Faith opens the knotted circular patterns of thought to allow in the light, thus giving meaning and purpose to our suffering, and plugging us into the infinite resource of hope.” (Gary – Q’uo 05/16/02)
“Faith is a faculty, energy or perspective of the indigo ray which can be consciously developed and strengthened. Faith might be described as the bridge to infinity, an invisible bridge made of the rarest and most mysterious of all materials in our world, that which is known as faith. The doorway to the mystery that which transcends the limitations of mind, body, and the illusion itself.” (Gary – RA 80.2, Q’uo 05/03/92).