“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Muhammad Ali
Daily Nugget of Gold 1552
Practical Applications of Focused Intent
We may have lost the “Average Joe” a little bit with our recent foray into the world of 3D printing, and then we posted a reminder to ourselves that as advanced as we’ve become, we probably don’t know “squat” in the grand scheme of things… but while we’d like to apologize for anyone we didn’t make it easy enough to grasp for- the essence of why we’re interested- keenly interested- in this stuff is this: For even the non-scientific folks among us- which is most of us- there are some important, practical applications we can begin to take advantage of once we put our faith in them.
For most folks, having some faith isn’t an issue. We wish, at times, we were so blessed (or cursed, it depends on how you look at it) by having a greater ability than we do to have faith. Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” By that standard, very few of us, indeed, have that level of faith. We had a conversation with a friend once, and he said Jesus was using a metaphor here, meaning he wasn’t really speaking the literal truth. We’re not so sure.
Please don’t think that we’ve become a religion-based publication, you’d be missing the point. It isn’t so much that Jesus said this, but that your author here believes Jesus to be speaking the literal truth on how faith works. Can you see our dilemma? We’ve come to this conclusion not based on the teachings of Jesus, but rather through what we know of the physical matter reality through the teachings of science, and although we believe we believe what we’ve learned- alas- the mountain’s still just sitting there.
We don’t need to be so hard on ourselves, though. Most of the people who attend church regularly, who pray daily- sometimes for hours at a time- most of them aren’t really seeing the mountain cast itself into the sea, either. Does that mean Jesus was wrong? Hardly. He conditioned this entire thought with this:
“and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen” knowing full well almost no one meets the test.
What we believe Jesus was getting at here is that we should learn to trust our ability to use our intent to change things. We also believe He used the mountain as a benchmark so we could grasp just what the upper limits are in doing so. We think of ourselves as puny and unimportant, especially compared to a mountain. However, if the universe doesn’t actually come into form without our participation as physicist John Wheeler said, then we believe that the example here of moving a tiny mountain as compared to the universe at large isn’t so far-fetched. Did we say that the mountain hasn’t moved yet for us, either? Yeah, we believe it, but we’re not pure enough in our belief to pull something of that size off- yet. How about you?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What are the limits of my capabilities and where do those limits come from?”
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