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The Light of Faith

What we perceive to be reality is the result of several factors. One of these factors is our human physiology. Our physical characteristics are largely the result of our biological evolution. The physical characteristics of our sense organs and brain cause us to perceive the external world as it appears to us. According to Carl Jung, we also have certain innate mental characteristics that affect our perception of reality. He called these characteristics archetypes. These archetypes influence the way we perceive and interpret the experiences of our lives. Which particular archetypes may influence us and how they influence us are the results of many factors. Our stage of life is one factor. Our culture and our particular era of human history are also factors in determining our perception of reality. The characteristics of our families of origin strongly impact the way we see ourselves and our world. Certain life experiences - especially intense or traumatic - may also impact the way we see certain people or circumstances. Faith is the power to create our reality by our perceptions, our beliefs, and our interpretations. Seeing is believing, and yet believing is seeing. According to our faith, our world reveals itself to us and becomes real. - excerpted from "The Quest of Wholeness"


"Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea.' and it will be done.'" Matthew 21:21

The mountain is anything we feel is blocking us from ourselves, our connection, our healing, our understanding. The sea allows the emotions, the feeling, the intuition, the faith of our connection to allow us to let go of what we need to let go, even something that is seemingly as big as a mountain. - Rev. Jenn Shepherd


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