The fight of faith: why give up when time comes to fight this important battle?

The fight of faith is a very important battle in all areas of life. And the way each person handles their own battles will determine the outcomes of a lot of events in their life.

We start this article with a narrative about “king conscious” and “magician subconscious”; a story that will help buttress a few important points:

A powerful magician (the deeper part of our mind: subconscious) once informed his king (the shallow part of us: conscious) that he had discovered a way to turn sand into gold.

The king picked up interested, and knew that his kingdom would be on top of the world if the magician turned sand into gold.

The magician explained the process which sounded quite easy although it placed a demand on the king: he had to leave his habitation and office, and spend an unspecified number of days in a small building where the sand could be turned into gold.

Everyone knew it would be difficult—but not impossible—for the king to leave his habitation, lifestyle, official duties, and kingdom temporarily unguided for an unspecified number of days.

It would even become more difficult for the king if his wife, counselors or officers conspired against him and put someone else in power before his return.

And if for any reason he ended up leaving the building before time, then the process would come to an abrupt end, and sand wouldn’t be turned into gold.

Finally—when the time came—after a few days of staying in the building for the operation, the king became weary and tried his best to remain in the building.

But alas, he couldn’t stay anymore; so he ended up leaving and not getting any gold. Moreover, he went back to his habitation and office, and thereafter, was called the most foolish king and leader of all time.

Why? Because, with all the wisdom, and high status in society—or so he thought—he was made to stoop very low, and got nothing in return.

Actually, what the citizens of the kingdom didn’t know was that the king didn’t get anything in return because he was unable to meet up with a demand that was uncertain and required a lot of patience: staying in a small building for an unspecified number of days.

This story expresses the experiences of many people who are engaged in the fight of faith—the battle of conquering the mind and achieving important goals. This fight involves an interplay between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.

(Just a brief diversion in order to make something a bit more clear: At times when someone is walking forward, they won’t take notice, or they won’t be conscious of oncoming danger because their conscious mind is elsewhere. But at the same time when their conscious mind is elsewhere, their subconscious mind—the seat of memory—sees and records everything. This is one of the reasons why, if an accident or something dangerous happens, a gifted person can still “read” or “see” what actually happened from subject’s subconscious mind; a well trained hypnotist can do the same, even if the subject wasn’t conscious, or didn’t remember what happened.)

Now back to the story which can be interpreted in many ways; it has a lesson that can be summarized in one sentence: the conscious mind often behaves in ways that bottle up the great inspiration, power and genius residing within the subconscious mind.

One thing that most people are either not aware of, or have failed to recognize is that the conscious mind can exercise negative influence on the subconscious mind.

If an individual consciously believes they will fail despite all the success they have achieved, they will end up failing; the reverse is also true—if an individual consciously believes they will succeed despite the failure they have been experiencing, they will end up succeeding.

The reason why some multimillionaires or rich people commit suicide, and poor people live happily is because their conscious minds held unto a certain belief to the extent that it sank into the subconscious and caused them to either be happy or unhappy—thus leading to other actions or consequences.

If a person doesn’t have any faith deep within (in the subconscious, or subconsciously), then it will be difficult to stimulate the subconscious mind and arouse the power or genius that usually sleeps deep within it.

Despite our knowledge about positivity, why do most of us lose the battle of faith?

Most of us grew up from childhood to adulthood, and have heard a lot of positive messages from religious teachers, motivational speakers, and mentors.

We have been fully aware of popular statements such as: “you shall ask for what you want, and it will be given unto you”; “verily I say unto you, whosoever shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be removed and cast into the sea’, and does not doubt in their heart, but believes that those things which he has said will come to pass; he will have whatsoever he says”; “The kingdom of God is within you”.

But despite hearing these statements and others, and thinking we believe, doubt usually comes with a big bang on our hearts, and most of us lose the fight of faith, even before it gets started.

It’ll be difficult to win the fight of faith (for example: against poverty) to become rich, if we always expect to be (or remain) poor.

Doubting the ability to get a wish is like trying to reach the north by going directly to the east.

Regardless of any situation, if we always speak negatively to ourselves, we will end up building a great wall of disbelief against our progress in the future.

And irrespective of how hard we might work for success, if our thoughts are saturated with negativity and fear, our efforts will be neutralized, and it will be difficult to achieve success.

So how can we acquire faith?

Faith is something that has to be pampered, fed, nourished, and even looked after, if one wishes to get good results from it.

In order to obtain faith, we must consistently believe in what we want to achieve until the knowledge and impressions of it are driven from the surface of our consciousness into the depths of our subconsciousness.

According to many sources, the subconscious mind takes up about ninety per cent of the whole mind, while the remaining ten per cent is conscious, and not as powerful as the subconscious mind which is the seat of memory.

The thing is that if we always strengthen our thoughts with what we believe (have faith) in, especially in a positive manner and with a positive attitude, our powerful subconscious minds wouldn’t help but respond positively.

And once the knowledge of our faith (deep belief) sinks into the subconscious part of our minds, then we will have automatic faith.

If anybody fights the fight of faith and succeeds in acquiring faith, then they wouldn’t have to bother about getting faith anymore because they will always remember that they have faith and can be able to do certain things, regardless of what others can or cannot do.

If you keep on telling yourself, time after time, again and again, that you are going to achieve one particular thing or another—or whatever it is that you really want to do—then in time you will do it.

All successful people, millionaires, inventors and great achievers have a lot of faith in themselves and whatever they set their hearts to do.

They have a lot of belief in their own capabilities; and by having strong and positive belief over a period of time, they generated the faith and power that turned their belief into reality.

So if we keep telling ourselves in positive way that we are going to succeed, then we will succeed—but we will only succeed if we keep declaring success to ourselves, and not allow doubt (negativity) to sink through our conscious minds and take hold of our subconscious minds.

Conclusion

What made great men and women to be as great as they were in their heydays?

One thing is sure: they had a sublime belief in their destinies, and they successfully fought the fight of faith by believing so much in themselves, up to such a depth that their thoughts became powerful, occupied their whole being, and worked wonders.

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34 comments

  • Very wonderfully written, I. 💙

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  • don’t know if my last comment was registered, forgive me if I enter it again. I feel that for me, that abiding in faith is a lifelong artful balance of aligning with right intention (conscious and subconscious mind) and Grace.

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    • no problem… you can enter it as many times as you wish…thank for your unique contribution….really, we have to align our conscious and subconscious with the will of GOD which is good.. .

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  • Thanks for this Ihagh. It’s a beautiful story. I’m going to work on this because you reminded me of something very important! Thanks so much!!

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    • you’re welcome Ian, and as usual, I appreciate your encouraging words ✌️✌️✌️

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      • Ihagh…You have no idea how much I love that word “Encourage.” To me, to encourage mean to bolster one who must transform what causes fear. You often speak of the future, Ihagh…and that is unknown. And you always speak to what may be beautiful, and there are those who oppose beauty or don’t care about it. Before this, we need courage. To tell me that I am “Encouraging” is…the deepest compliment.

        And so…thank you for your courage to help people face a brighter future…in faith…and in-courage.

        God bless you

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        • thanks alot… i often don’t like chatting about struggles, and little battles I face when I plan to write and publish some articles…when writing, some thoughts try to discourage and convince that the posts won’t be worth the effort…on the other hand, when one sees that it’s interesting or useful to another person or persons, comments that portray this become very encouraging; hence my appreciation of encouraging comments…

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  • Beautifully written!

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  • Interesting points on different parts of the mind. I only view the mind as a whole and the Soul which holds all the memories and can replay events at will and as and when we wish to. I do enjoy your writing gives much to consider.

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  • Michelle Cole

    This essay is awesome! What one truly believes about the self will come to pass. I believe that wholeheartedly.

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  • Superb post, Ihagh! This brings to mind a haiku I posted a few months back –
    Title – Unexpressed

    cobwebbed knowledge, yet

    the subconscious is not lost

    black hole confessions

    Make it a great day!

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  • hi Ihagh! This is exactly what I needed to read today (back from leave). What you write is so timely. It is especially difficult to believe in yourself when growing up—parents raised you with the exact opposite belief. But it’s ok. From this day forward I believe and will continue to tell my subconscious this.
    Curious—have you had experience with hypnosis? I’ve been thinking about it lately…
    🙂 Nina ma

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    • hi…it’s been quite some time…hope you are doing great…and yes, you are right: most of us were raised in ways that molded our minds and became barriers against faith…

      and personally, I believe that anybody who does either positive or negative thinking is—in a way—hypnotizing themself to become or acquire either something helpful or useless… none of us were born with most of the beliefs and characteristics we acquired later in life…

      on the other hand, I will say I have experienced hypnosis because I suggest certain beliefs and ideas to myself and acquire most of them…

      hypnosis could be even much more effective if one knows yoga or meditation…I dont know yoga, and i cant judge how good or bad I am at meditation…

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      • It has been a while. I’ve missed reading and writing. But I am back now.
        This is really interesting and I appreciate your thoughtful response. And your perspective. I get what you are saying—and I agree. If we consciously make suggestions to sink into our subconscious…I have to think about this some more…
        Thank you so much for these truly motivational writings. I so enjoy reading them!
        Meditation is a practice—there is no good or bad—just sincere willingness to practice 🙂

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        • you are right about meditation: “sincere willingness to practice”; it has great benefits and can unfold the spirit… I guessed that you traveled or were very much occupied because your site’s activity said so… as you might have known, my comments do not show up on some posts; yours is among them; I’ve given up…all the best to whatever you have been doing… 👍

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          • Thank you. Yes, it’s good to go away—even better to come home. Recharged and ready to get back to work! 🙂
            Do you think there is a difference between meditation and prayer? Or just semantics?

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            • yea, it’s good to get refreshed…personally, I don’t think there is any difference between the two, although some people might argue that prayer is more of a GOD thing—directed to GOD… but if I may counter such an argument, without positive faith, no one can please GOD (Hebrews 11: 6)…if anyone is praying for something, but harboring both GOD and negativity in themselves, then meditation or prayer—whatever one may call it—won’t work… in this sense, meditation and prayer mean the same thing to me…

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  • You have put this together so well. It is a topic I ponder often…faith….belief…the battle! Faith does have to be looked after and taken care of and you are so right to emphasize this. Nice one!!

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  • An interesting read. I did find the mixture of Christian faith coupled with, what shall we call it, humanist / scientific (perhaps?) ideology a bit paradoxical. The ideal state, for the Christian, is to place one’s faith entirely in God while a contrast view is putting one’s faith into oneself. The idea that, “I can do anything as long as I am positive and do my best.” The power of positive thinking. If I believe in something, say, myself, and stay positive regarding what obstacles lie before me and those that I face, I will overcome said obstacles can be a recipe for disastrous failure and ultimately lead to one’s destruction. The aforementioned is a very brief description from one Christian stand point of those who have “faith” in themselves. One definition of Christian faith can be found in Hebrews 11:1″Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (NIV). If one takes this statement only in this context in which it is presented then it can be applied easily to humanist / faith in self or anything else. Indeed, we exercise faith everyday. We have faith that the when night is over there will be daylight. We have faith that the person driving the bus or flying the plane knows what they are doing. We have faith that the “world” as we used to it, will continue to function as we know it does. Therefore, the term, “faith” and where it is applied, can become convoluted. If we look at Hebrew 11:3 we read, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” which provides a better, more concise scope in which faith is being defined in verse one. I don’t really want to go on and on about this in this format.
    I will bring up for consideration, two more observations regarding faith for this Christian and faith from this Christian’s experience in oneself. Firstly, faith as seen by this Christian, can be seen in the evidence of God’s faithfulness in the past. I’m not speaking of having faith that God will bless a person with those things that do not align with Christianity and the character of God. For example, having faith that one won’t get caught robbing banks, having multiple concurrent wives, cheating, lying, etc. Additionally, I use the term, “things” to define those that are tangible and intangible. The peace of God is intangible (arguably) and yet it is a powerful blessing to have the peace of God in the midst of life’s most horrible moments. However, having faith in God that, per his Word in the Bible, he will take care of all of one’s needs (let’s say rent / house payment) doesn’t mean that being a poor financial steward is going to reap a blessing. However, if one lives a holy life according to the Word of God then one can count on the blessing of God. Faith, as we have been calling it, from this Christian’s perspective, is looking to what has been done in the past by God and expecting him to do it again. Again, we do not consider human failing in this equation. There’s a difference between a blessing and mercy. Finally, I can have faith that I will be able to make my rent / house payment because I have made it in the past without issue. However, I cannot control a sudden loss of income that provided for that payment while concurrently having huge medical bills or other sundry unexpected expenses at the same time. Haven’t I done my best though? Aren’t I always positive about situations, no matter what? Yes, let’s say that I am. This positive outlook is good, no question about it. I can even be positive regardless of the circumstances but,as a human being relying on my own limited understanding with no control over anything but how I respond to circumstances, I may likely explode (metaphorically or mentally).
    The difference between the two is that one has faith in an all knowing God that knew you were going to lose your income, have medical expenses, etc. and will provide for you whilst the other had “faith” that the the income would be there, they would be healthy and not have any other expenses, because money was saved in the bank (which was all used up for expenses) and they’ve always been positive.

    I like the article, else I wouldn’t have commented on it. Hopefully, this unedited and jumbling comment makes some sense.

    Keep up the good work!

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    • thanks for your encouraging remark and detailed comment…a lot of insight in your explanation of faith in GOD, and also faith in self…and as you rightly pointed out in Hebrews 11:1, faith is general, cuts across both godly (GOD-related) and self (personal) types of faith… the definition of faith in Hebrews 11: 3 is highly inspiring; for me, the best definition that can make my faith catch fire… imagine the whole mysterious universe formed at GOD’s command…faith in evil will definitely lead to where lucifer is: doomed

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