Sunday, May 23, 2010

Keeping the Faith

As I've mentioned before, my readings each week usually share a theme. This week, all my readings seemed to deal with people losing faith -- in themselves, their career, or their relationships. I think it's safe to say that we've all be there. We've all experienced the proverbial dark night of the soul. How do we hold tight until the light that dawn brings? This isn't an easy question. Whole books and careers of research or ministry have been devoted to just that question. But I always like to keep things simple, so I'll try to answer this question as succinctly as possible -- PRAY.

P -- Pray. Sit in meditation, repeat the same prayer over and over, listen for answers and talk to God. There's a wonderful book about the power of mantra prayer call The Way of the Pilgrim.
R -- Resist negativity. Force yourself to avoid the downward spiral of feeling lost in a sea of negativity. Wear a rubber band around your wrist, and every time you think or say a negative word about yourself and your situation, snap the rubber band. Paste positive affirmation in your bathroom, kitchen and bedroom so you'll be reminded of the positivity that awaits you. Create an affirmation for yourself that you repeat daily for at least 10 minutes such as, "All is well in my world." Or "I am healthy, wealthy, loved and loving."
A -- Ask for help. The only way to get through tough times is by asking for help -- from your higher power, from your loved ones on the other side, from your angels and guides and from your friends and family here.
Y -- Yield to your higher power. Sometimes life just stinks. Period. And there's no rhyme or reason for it that we can discern. Part of the key to finding happiness to life is learning to surrender to these tough times. Once we can accept the grief that we're dealing with in the present time -- whether it's over the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the all consuming loss of hope -- we can begin to build our way back to ourselves.

Some great writers to check out on this topic include Louise Haye, Wayne Dyer, Catherine Ponder, and Florence Scovil Shin.


  1. Dr. David Burns, FEELING GOOD, talks about cognitive therapy {untruths we tell ourselves that damage our grasp of the positive elements in our lives} is also a good author. You can get a used copy for $1.30. How excellent is that? And no, I don't get a commission. Check out the link if you're curious

    Have a beautiful week, Roland

  2. Samantha,
    I recently had the chance to recieve a reading from you. I wanted to tell you a quick story about something you gave me that didn't quite make sense at the time...
    My first love committed sucicide and at the tail end of my reading you told me that he was showing me birds, and to watch for them..I was lost but decided on this... His fav song was "3 little Birds," by Bob Marley. This was the only conclusion that I could come to until TODAY. While going over this in my head I started to sing the song and when I got to the chorus "Don't worry about a thing, cuz every little thing is gonna be alright," I said aloud to my fiance that I'd figured it out! He was confused so immediately after I'd finished my explaination 3 mockingbirds one right after another hopped slowly in front of us across our path. Whether or not this was what he meant for me to see doesn't matter b/c to me it all made magical,beautiful sense.
    I truly hope you know how much your work helps others. This was not the only bit of amazing information from my reading that has helped me with my current life situations..but that is another story. Peace & Joy ~Alyssa

  3. Thanks for sharing the book recommendation, Roland. I will definitely check that out. I'm always on the look out for new reading material. And thank you Alyssa for sharing that story of confirmation. Isn't it wonderful the way spirit works? Just like the song said, "Everything IS going to be alright!"