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Originally posted by Esoteric Teacher
What does this word mean to you?
What emotions do you feel when you hear or read it?
What is Faith to you?
A desperate measure, perhaps?
Faith means a few things to me, but primarily this:
Faith is the truth devoid of the measure of observation by a perception that does not allow for the incorporation of pre-requisites of observation.
In other words:
I think faith is what is, when an observer does not have the faculties to measure or integrate their observations.
Truth is truth, regardless of an individual's belief. I think faith is another word for truth, but when truth eludes an observer. But, then again, truth can only elude an observer if the observer permits it to.
"In order to enter the kingdom, the treasure of faith is essential. As long as the psychological split has not been produced within each of us, faith is more than impossible. Faith is pure knowledge, direct experiential wisdom. Faith has always been confused with vain beliefs; Gnostics must never make such a serious mistake. Faith is direct experience of the real, the magnificent vivification of the Inner Human Being, authentic divine cognition... Faith is the direct perception of what is real, it is fundamental wisdom; it is the experience of that which is beyond the body, the affections and the mind. We must distinguish between faith and belief. Beliefs are found stored in the Intermediate Mind. Faith is a characteristic of the Inner Mind. Unfortunately, there is always a general tendency to confuse belief with faith. Although it seems paradoxical, we emphasize the following: “Those who have true faith do not need to believe.” This is because genuine faith is living knowledge, exact cognition, and direct experience. For many centuries people have confused faith and belief. Now it is very difficult to make them understand that faith is true knowledge and never futile beliefs." - The Great Rebellion
"Fantasy, besides placing us in ridiculous situations, stops all possibility of internal development... Fantasy is a real force which acts universally upon mankind. It keeps the intellectual humanoid in a state of sleep (hypnotic state), causing him to believe that he is already a Human Being, that he possesses true individuality, a will, awakened consciousness and a mind of his own, etc." - Revolutionary Psychology
"Fear is the worst enemy of Pistis Sophia. Men kill each other because of fear. Nations arm themselves and go to war because of fear. We mistrust people because of fear. Espionage and perversity exist because of fear. There exists thieves and prostitutes because of the fear of life. The aspirants flee and part from the real Path because of fear. Frontiers, documents and restrictions of all types, which interrupt the journeys of people, are due to fear. Fear is the cause of thousands of personal and collective conflicts." - from The Pistis Sophia Unveiled
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
The only emotion I feel, if you want to call it that, is a knowing.