Good morning journal, Good Morning all that bless me by reading my musings. Today I woke up with the term “Integrated Faith” in my mind. I do not recall reading it anywhere, but I may have. But the fact is that, Integrated Faith is my mind.
The first thing that I must make clear is that the object of my faith is not a human deity with human-like characteristics. The object of my faith, I call Omnipresent Spirit, Source Energy, Ultimate Creator, Divine Spirit, Love, Substance and All-ness. It depends on my mental and spiritual demeanor at the time, which of these names I choose to use at any given moment. Nevertheless the name I choose does not change the nature of Spirit because Spirit is Unchanging Principle Presence and Power.
For the most part I get my definitions of faith from Scripture and from the writings of Charles Fillmore. For me, both definitions complement each other, one (Hebrews 11) creates a foundation, while FIllmore show its practical application. Here they are:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1 KJV)
Faith is the perceiving power of the mind linked with the power to shape substance (Charles FIllmore, The Revealing Word)
I encourage you to read or revisit the whole 11th chapter of Paul’s letter to the Hebrews. It gives example after example of how the exercise of faith was responsible for “impossible” tasks to be performed or for “invisible” things to come into visibility.
Now, the Scripture prefaces all these accomplished feats with the phrase, “By faith”. What does that really mean? Or even more, how did they get things done “By faith” ?
Well I believe that here is were Integrated Faith comes in. I do not think that these people sat around doing nothing waiting for some sort of magical power outside of them to take care of business. I think that they must have had quiet moments in which they integrated their belief in God into their mental musings and processes. They did not have the distractions that we have today. They have time to think, pray and meditate, and integrate their faith.
As individuals that grew up believing in an anthropomorphic god, we developed blind faith, which, by the way, is better than no faith at all. But my faith integrates Mind, Soul and Body. That is why Fillmore’s definition makes so much sense to me. In this model, our mind and it’s perceiving power is linked with the power to shape substance.
Now, that last part, requires explanation particularly for those not familiar with Unity’s use of certain terms. Substance, from the latin “sub stare” literally means that which stands under, or the underlying Cause (capitalization on purpose) of all things. Now, the power to shape that substance, is the Creator of of the Universe. Now, let us remember what Paul, the Apostle, says about that Creator.
“For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (Acts 17:28)
“Having our being in God” means that not only we are not separate but that God works through us. And what part of us does God use to perform God’s mighty works? Our Mind. When we acknowledge God as Divine Mind working through our individual mind, incarnation (from the latin, in carne, or in the flesh) takes place. We are no longer subject to the limitations of the external world regardless of the nature of those limitations, because for God, all things are possible.
Now lets have a practical application. Earlier I mentioned that one of my favorite ways of addressing Spirit, is Divine Omnipresence, or Omnipresent Mind. If there is something in which most Christian and Non-Christian religions seem to agree is that God is everywhere present. My friends, everywhere means E V E R Y W H E R E, including the minutest cells and molecules of my body. Not only God is present there, but all God attributes, of perfect Love, Light Wisdom, Strength, Unlimited Supply are also there.
When my body experiences anything less than the perfection that God is, is because at some level I have failed to recognized that “The Father and I are one”. All I need to do is through a process of forgiveness, denial and affirmation, and like the Prodigal Son, return to my Father’s house. In that state of awareness, all that the father has, perfection, wholeness and health, are mine.
The application here is that, even though, I have utmost respect for the medical profession, they can only assist the healing that has been initiated in every cell of my body by the indwelling Intelligence of the Great Physician in which I live, I move and I have my being.
See You Soon
A Visible Manifestation of Spirit