Fear is faith in that which we do not want. We need to have faith in the right thing, not in the wrong thing against which we would struggle or fight, as the case may be, in the ordinary pattern of things. If we have so much faith in the thing that we are going to eliminate, we are not going to make much progress because we have more faith in that than we do in that for which we stand. We need to have faith in our own pattern of life.~ Lloyd Arthur Meeker
This might be the single most determining factor in a person’s ability to come into a state of Attunement—faith.
Looking at it clearly, there is no lack of faith in the world. But faith in what?
From the micro to the macro—from the personal to the global—we all witness people who attach great value to what is going wrong. And to the bad people behind it. They believe in the power of those bad people and the inevitability of things going wrong. They might even believe in the power of their own limitation or failure.
That is faith. It goes beyond an acknowledgment of facts to a belief in things going wrong. But if what we see as “wrong” is simply the absence of something creative and good, this is faith in nothing. As Billy Preston’s song goes, Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’.
This faith in nothing could relate to something lacking in one’s own personhood, like health, wisdom, or good habits. It could relate to the shortcomings of another person in a relationship. Or it could have to do with corrupt political leaders on the global stage. In some sense, it is all the same—faith in the absence of the positive quality that could fill the space.
As this week’s excerpt points out, this kind of faith is fear. This is what we are up against when we offer Attunement to another person.
The Attunement process brings a vivid awareness of what is. The flow of the Attunement current awakens a person to something. It gives us the opportunity to have faith in something—the flow of life and the pattern of our own life that is unfolding even now. Like turning on the light in an unlit room, we become increasingly conscious of the creative power working through us and the world in which we live, and the darkness is dispelled.
Where did fear go? No place. It was nothing.
Attunement is a consciousness practice and an energy medicine practice that leads to personal spiritual regeneration.