YOU are faith-full. Done deal.

“… faith is a misunderstood word. Faith is not a set of beliefs we are supposed to sign up for… It is instead the courage to face our illusions and allow ourselves to be disillusioned by them. It is the courage to walk through our illusions and dispel them… the opposite of faith is not doubt, it is fear – fear of abandoning illusions because of our comfort level with them.”

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I LOVE this quote from Parker Palmer because  it completely messes with almost every category in my head and heart while simultaneously feeling deeply, intuitively, profoundly right. Even more, it affirms, validates, and allows my every question, my every doubt, my every wondering. If that is faith, that is what I want.

  • Faith that is not constrictive or gasp-y; rather, expansive and breathtaking.
  • Faith that focuses more on questions than answers.
  • Faith that honors courage over blind obedience.
  • Faith that is generative and ever-changing.
  • Faith as verb.

Faith as courage. Courage to let go of what no longer works. Courage to name what no longer serves. Courage to walk away from illusion, into disillusionment, and toward something yet unknown. Risky. Amazing. True.

“The opposite of faith is not doubt, it is fear…” So when YOU are brave (which I know you are), YOU are faith-full. Done deal.

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    Callahan McDonough July 17, 2013 at

    beautiful. ‘walk away from illusions’ towards what is real.
    It occurs to me as in all of life ‘it’s a process’ i.e. discerning what the illusions are, within me, the situation, then knowing with no doubt. Living +connecting with community + daily Spiritual practice/prayer is my best recipe to date.

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    Ronna Detrick July 17, 2013 at

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s illusion after illusion that we’re breaking through. Disillusionment after disillusionment. And yes, community + spiritual practice makes all the difference in the midst of both, Callahan. So grateful for you…

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    Jennifer July 17, 2013 at

    “Faith as courage, to let go of what no longer works” — I love this. Yes we must listen to our hearts because they always tell us what is no longer working. Beautiful words and how neat to see my image here. :)

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    Ronna Detrick July 17, 2013 at

    Ooooh! It’s you!!!! LOVE that, Jennifer…and your words. Thank you. xo

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