Click for audio: The Substance of Faith
“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? (Luke 15:8)
This parable of Jesus illustrates the role of faith, especially as it applies to the notion that our soul is complete. Because we are so distracted with life’s many challenges and we do not always respond to these challenges in ways we would consider elevated, we often feel we are spiritually incomplete or immature.
If we take the attitude of this woman who knows she owns the lost coin, but has misplaced it, we will open our minds and hearts to the experience of our spiritual wholeness.
Imagine, for example, that the sun is shining brightly one moment but a cloud cover moves in and blocks it. You never doubt that the sun is still shining. You do not feel the full warmth of its rays or see the landscape cheered by its light, but you know it is only a matter of time before the clouds go and you experience the full effect of the sun.
In the same way, think of your soul as the fully shining sun blocked only by mental and emotional clouds that have deceived you into thinking something is missing. Close your eyes and envision the light of your soul shining at the center of your being. See its healing rays of light and love radiate through you and through every aspect of your life. Feel the joy of freedom, the serenity, peace and the assurance that you and your life are whole expressions of the living power of God right now. This is your rightful state. You own it. Sweep from the house of your consciousness all doubt, all fear, all struggle to force yourself to be something better and acceptable than you already are at the core of your being.
This is the substance of faith. Turn it on what is true of yourself already and let your light shine.