Stepping out in faith can be a scary thing, and it may also be the most exhilarating experience you will ever have in life, especially when you let Spirit work with you, and through you, to manifest for you.
Whether my experience is the former or the latter depends on my hope, faith and power of decree. These are three separate domains yet they are clearly of sympathetic energies, and each domain has its important function in the landscape of consciousness.
I usually bristle when I hear someone calling hope “wimpy” or placing it on par with wishful thinking. Hope is powerful! It is giving oneself permission to believe in the possibility that something better—something fuller, richer, deeper—can indeed, manifest. The symbolism of the star in the east in the Christmas story is all about the birth of hope in the human heart.
Here, in the divine cradle of innocent love, a new vision is sent from Spirit. Encased in hope, the vision is nurtured and allowed to take deep root. Without hope, no vision can exist for very long. Not only that, the human spirit itself cannot exist for very long. Without hope, life simply appears to be not worth living.
As important as hope is, it doesn’t accomplish much on its own other than intensifying the heart’s desire. For me, the maturation of hope leads to the state of being characterized by faith. Charles Fillmore defined faith as, “the perceiving power of the mind linked with the ability to shape substance,” and the Apostle Paul defined faith as, “the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.” Whereas hope deals in possibility, faith’s domain knows the possibility can manifest. So we step into a stronger energy field when we build on the hope we have and call our desires into manifestation through faith.
But still, there is a greater degree of experiencing and expressing the power within us that emerges when we decree a thing to be so. Our power to decree is more than just the spoken word. With decree, we step into the energy field of “it is done” and, with spiritual power and authority, we live from that vibration.
Quantum physics has shown energy and matter are interchangeable depending upon the consciousness that intersects it. When we truly know it is done, there is no fear to drain our energy or pollute our consciousness with worry and doubt.
Someone once said we don’t get what we believe, we get what we expect. I may believe I can win the lottery but my expectation of doing so is quite low, especially since I rarely buy lottery tickets. So hope, faith and decree work together, but nothing is accomplish if our actions don’t match them. Our actions really do speak louder than our words … even words of decree. Our actions are evidence of what we truly expect from life, not just what we voice as our belief. Even if we manifest something through sheer willpower, it is unlikely the desired state can be sustained without the authentic corresponding consciousness to back it.
We know from our spiritual teachings that many things come into play to manifest our reality: our vision, intention, levels of awareness, our conscious and unconscious beliefs, our receptivity to new information, and our willingness to adapt—to name a few. When all of these aspects become aligned and integrated, our spiritual power of Power is fortified and we step into our spiritual dominion. We become masters at living because we are living in the present moment in the energy field of an accomplished vision. We see it done, feel it done, and know it is done. The question of “how,” which can be the intimidating playground of the rational mind, becomes instead, a delightful game of simply noticing opportunities, serendipities and synchronicities that lead to fulfillment when we accept them and respond with affirmative action.
Manifesting an Educational System
Perhaps one of the greatest demonstrations of these spiritual principles is occurring right now within Unity Worldwide Ministries and the emerging new education department. The board of trustees agreed we would build a comprehensive educational system to not only provide personal development courses for people in Unity or to provide learning pathways that lead to credentialing. The board felt the hope swell as we talked about creating a new, comprehensive education program that would cover the smallest child’s learning opportunity all the way through continuing education credits for credentialed adults—a program that would be affordable and accessible from anywhere in the world and would appeal to a large number of people who were not necessarily familiar with our teachings. The staff immediately caught the vision and said yes, and the monumental work of bringing this idea into reality began.
Scores of ministers and lay people within our membership also caught the vision, and together, we moved rapidly into a place of faith and action, knowing we really could achieve this vision. Our language reflected our absolute knowing that our new education program was “a done deal,” despite the funding gaps and extremely tight timeline for manifesting this reality. How, exactly, would we get there? No one knew exactly, but together and collaboratively, next steps were discerned, and then the next, and then the next until the template for the program was designed. [Editor’s note: link to listen to the Education Presentation from Unity People’s Convention 2016.]
Having achieved this benchmark, our excitement and enthusiasm became contagious. People with various resources and generous hearts have been drawn to this vision. Through our hope, faith, decree and subsequent actions, we are bringing the Unity message to the world. Miraculously, our human and financial resources are appearing at the right time through expected and unexpected channels. As people grasp the immense beauty of this opportunity to truly accomplish our mission of advancing the movement of spiritual awakening and transformation through Unity, a positive path for spiritual living, this dream has grown larger than we could have imagined a year ago … and it is still growing! It is truly a joy and an honor to stand in this place of knowing “it is done” and watch the waters part to make it so.
A lot of hard work has gone into this educational development effort, and there is much hard work still ahead, but many hands make light work. Perhaps this is the most important thing to remember. My hope, faith, decrees and actions are important, but true power and joy is experienced when collectively we move as one to accomplish more than any one person can alone. This is true in an organizational sense, and it’s true in all arenas of our lives, even the most private ones. Sharing our hope, faith, decreeing for one another the fulfillment we seek to experience, and giving supportive action for each other’s happiness and success—these are the elements that make stepping out in faith not a scary thing, but rather a most joyful, exhilarating time in your life.