Just Keep the Faith
Jun 01, 2016 11:28AM
by Christina Captain, DAOM (c), MSAOM, MSHN, MA
Faith is one of those super “buzzwords” that can push buttons in many of us. I asked about 10 people about the first thought that came to their minds when I said the word “faith.” All of them, without any further context, answered, “religious faith.” However, in the specific context of believing that all situations will work out positively, those surveyed responded, “Yeah, I have faith in that.”
So, what kind of faith are we talking about? In whom should we have faith in? What does it mean to “keep the faith?” George Michael and Billy Joel both sang about this concept. In George Michael’s case, he had faith in ending a relationship in order to wait for something more meaningful, whereas Billy Joel expressed nostalgic from his youth by remembering to simply “keep the faith.”
We all need faith, don’t we? We need faith that a switch will turn on the light, that there will be the right doctor for the problem we have, that our kids will grow to be people who make a difference or contribute to healing the world, and even that this upcoming political election will yield a positive outcome.
My dog Max shows me what faith is. He is always happy when I come home, ready to play or just spend time with me. He has faith that I will return, let him outside and feed him. Since he is a dog, he does not carry the burden of “what if.” Instead, he holds fast to that which he understands to be true. This knowledge keeps him in love with his life––and with me.
My personal experience of faith has been one of trial, test and tribulation. However, throughout all this, I believe my faith is what helped me survive. I am not a religious person, but I do subscribe to a spiritual view. Some might view this as a “cop-out,” but that doesn’t matter because the only person I am trying to please is myself.
I have faith in myself as a deliberate creator of my reality, and that faith reminds me that everything in my experience is a result of my own creation. But that can also be a bummer, right? How could I create a car accident, failed relationships or other unpleasant circumstances? This also causes susceptibility to that mental descent into “maybe the root of my faith is wrong. Maybe I should be someone other than who I am. Maybe it doesn’t matter anyway since we are all living to die. Maybe…”
And then I remember, “Oh yeah, for a moment I forgot who I am. I forgot that I can do anything. I forgot that I make a difference everyday. I forgot that I am a deliberate creator, and I create my reality––it comes from me and not outside of me. I forgot that love flows through me when I allow it. I forgot that I do have faith.”
So, dear reader, find your faith and then live––deliberately, without fear, out loud and in each moment. Ignore the mental chatter of “what if,” and register for that next class or half-marathon, apply for that job you want or make a move with that special someone. Do it…Just do it and keep the faith.
Christina Captain is a nationally board-certified and Florida-licensed acupuncture physician and the lead practitioner at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. In 2014, she earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and is currently a candidate for the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with focus in integrative medicine from AOMA – Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Austin, Texas. (2016). Captain’s knowledge and enthusiasm for health and wellness has earned her a reputation as a qualified lecturer, keynote speaker and experienced teacher throughout the United States. To meet Dr. Captain, call 941-951-1119 and schedule your free meet-and-greet.