Is Faith a Delusion of the Mind? By Jamie Moon

12 steps jamie moonStep Three, Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God; has a second Principle. Many tell me this is the Step of the Principle of Faith. Science tells us that they have found the location of faith in the brain. So, is faith a delusion of the mind? That of course is biological science. Then, we have a group of scientists in quantum physics that proclaim that that is nothing but consciousness and that all things are created from that consciousness. As my teacher, Amat Gaswami, well known physicist says, “Consciousness is the ground of all being.” And of course there is the religious definition, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

In reality faith is a mental attitude, so embodied by the individual that the ego-mind can no longer deny it. Maybe, faith is something that builds, as has mine, from the smallest of ideas to the greatest of faith? Faith to me seems to be complete when it is both a conscious and unconscious Acceptance. You may or may not have noticed that I capitalized the word Acceptance. Acceptance being one of our first Principles we use them from the first time we accept them a Principles to live by. The more I live each and every one of them on a daily basis the better life is.

But to continue on Faith; I am told by many that I work with that they have no Faith, and that may be so of the kind we are speaking. However, those same people have unwavering faith that something will go wrong no matter what they do. All of the fears we have are nothing but self generated faith in the negative. I believe that faith can be consciously generated. I consciously generated my faith this time around via the daily practice of the Principles of the Twelve Steps, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps…”

I became conscious of a belief in invisible Higher Power, an invisible Principle and Law which directly and specifically responds to me. Faith grows when nurtured and mine is nurtured through, “Practicing these Principles in all my affairs.”

The only faith many of us can muster is that the Program seems to work in other peoples lives. As we walk our way through this process, one step at a time, we find that it is a conscious process to generate Faith. Now those that run around the Program with big smiles on their faces claiming they have worked the Steps and still do not believe in God. Well, they just annoy me. I know, I know, I’m supposed to be loving and tolerant, and I am. They annoy me because I know many of them well and they have a faith in the Program. They know that something happened that they don’t rightly understand but refuse to call it God. The reason that I have been able to make of it all is that they refuse to believe in the religious interpretation of God. Fair enough, but what about their own interpretation? Are they not capable of redefining the word for themselves? Or are they still harbouring resentments or their righteousness about religions?

I know it’s not my business, but… There I’ve said it…

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