Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Saying is Believing
The last year of my life I reached an amazing revelation about effort vs. faith. I have always believed that God was there for me and I had to earn my blessings through hard work, study and focus. I exhausted myself through using every talent and avenue that I could find. It wasn't until I came into a time of rest, that I had true clarity on how to receive the desires of my heart. The truth is there is nothing that can be done to earn God's favor. Just like you can never be strong enough to pick yourself up in the air. All effort in a sense is only vanity.
The truth is by having faith that God knows your heart's desires and trusting in his plan we find rest. With rest comes the ability to enjoy every moment of your life with never having to worry about tomorrow. When we rest, God works, when we work, God rests. When I went back to America to spend time with my family it seemed to be the farthest direction from any plan that I had known. Yet I knew it was important for me to have family time, I also knew that what I was doing wasn't working.
I rested upon God's power as the eagle does the wind. Before I was an eagle trying to create the wind with my own wings. While in my rest, opportunity hunted me down from all directions.
Believing in your heart what you will do is more important than trying to do it. As a human being this is the opposite of how we function. We feel that seeing is believing. Yet when the world was created God said "let there be light" before light was born. What he was seeing at the time was darkness. If God uses faith to create, why should we be any different? If you are in a time that things seem dark then it is most important for you to say there will be light. You must see it in your mind, then say it and it will be so.
The problem being that society is so focused on darkness. At all times we are hearing news about death, murder, loss or the end of the world. Movies mostly illustrate violence and obscene language. With this darkness ringing in your ears how can you imagine light for yourself? After hearing these things it becomes all that people talk about and of course it will only happen more frequently. The most important kung fu is to free your mind from the prison of darkness. Through routine practicing of skills and techniques you can spark the light within yourself. But it is crucial that you don't practice for any type of destination or goal. Practice out of love and the goal will come to you.
I know that many people believe that positive thinking is enough to get yourself into a better mood and a better situation, but this is only partially true. Even Jesus had to tell people they were healed before they were. Just as him you must rebuke the storm in your life verbally. It must be said out loud. "I am healthy", "I am financially well off", " I am a kung fu master".
Saying these words is just the same as planting seeds in the universe that put you on your path. If you say other things like "I hope I don't get in trouble, "life sucks" "get ready for the zombie apocalypse". You are creating a darker future for yourself that you are sure to meet with if you say these words repetitiously. It's sad that our culture is addicted to such dark words. "This food is so good I could die." Disrespect and sarcasm may be said with a light heart, but you may actually be cursing those around you indirectly. Today when we hear positive words we associate them with corny or cheesy, which is why we are currently living in a fad of death.
Every word that God says is eternal because he does not live inside time. What he says is in the past, present and the future. When he created Adam from dust, he breathed life into him. Dust is the food of the serpent which is why our body will continually deteriorate through time as we are eaten away at by life. Yet the true you is God's breath which is eternal. Even Einstein said that energy can never die, but only change form.
Whether you know him or not you will live on forever, the question is where you will live. Because I haven't died I don't want to get into all of the details of what happens after death. But being scared of death is just as unreasonable as being scared of birth. It is the only thing that everyone is going to have to do one day. It is also the basis of all of our fears. If not for ourselves, then for someone we love and care about. Most people who are not scared to die, are scared to live.
The first step to having more joy in your life, is to speak "life" and speak it abundantly. Just as we train our techniques we do not rehearse and practice getting hit. We practice defense and attack so that we learn to stop flinching at every movement that comes at us. We must learn to stop flinching and overreacting at every news report that we see. Stand firm in knowing that whatever comes your way you will overcome it and become stronger.
The next and most important step is to not put limitations on God's love for you. He gave Adam and Eve the entire world so that they may freely eat from every tree. It doesn't matter if you are a martial artist, lawyer, doctor or businessman, you are to freely enjoy the fruits of life. The roads in heaven are made of gold. Do you think he doesn't want you to have wealth? But when the serpent approached Eve his intention was to make God look selfish. The rule at the time, much like today, was only intended for protection. But if you speak things like, God doesn't want you to have these things or God doesn't answer those types of prayers. You are putting limitations on his ability to provide for you. Whatever you ask him for, he will exceed. If you ask for a lot, he will give you a lot more.
I know there are probably a great deal of non-believers that read my blog and I fully welcome you. I have nothing but love for all of you and respect your decisions on how you live your life. But allow me to make a crude illustration of how God works.
Let's say you made a whole bunch of voice activated dolls that you are going to sell for Christmas. Somewhere along the assembly line there was a malfunction and many of the dolls aren't functioning properly. How do you know which ones are working and which ones aren't? Well the most logical way would be to ask them to "come". The ones that come are working properly, that ones that don't still need fixing.
I know this differs from the usually mostly kung fu related articles I right, but I fear we are coming upon a time that most people will tell you is dark. This is the time for our light to shine brightest, for ourselves and also for those who are lost in darkness. We are the light of the world. I know you will be blessed, safe and joyful all the days of your life. Now you just need to practice saying it aloud.