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Shaken Faith: What to Do When Your Belief in Something is Fractured

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  • Shaken Faith: What to Do When Your Belief in Something is Fractured

    There may come a time in your life when your faith in something sacred -- God, a higher power, a relationship, someone else's ethics -- is shattered. For some of us, this may happen at numerous times, whether because of an illness, divorce, or other unexplainable, unfair tragedy.

    You may find yourself thinking:
    • Why me?
    • How could this be happening?
    • What did I do to deserve this?
    • This is not fair!

    Underlying these completely normal thoughts are almost assuredly raging feelings of anger, anxiety, guilt, regret and perhaps remorse. You may even blame yourself for “foolishly” having faith in the first place. But according to Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates, it’s completely natural to lose faith when things don’t go your way.

    “People lose faith because mere faith that is not backed up with experience cannot be sustained,” he says. “Only when your actual experience lines up with what you have faith in does the faith last.”

    Yet, the negative feelings surrounding shaken faith, though strong and understandable, will only worsen the trauma you are feeling. They can also worsen your physical health.

    In fact, a study of nearly 600 hospital patients found that when people’s faith was shaken, it increased their risk of dying.

    'It's normal to ask … 'Why is this happening to me? Did I do something wrong? Why aren't you responding to my prayers?'” said Dr. Harold G. Koenig, a professor of psychiatry and medicine at Duke University Medical Center. “All these are normal feelings but people work through them usually, and people who can't, who get stuck there, they are going to have worse health outcomes.”

    There is a scientifically proven link between your mind and your body, and the more you focus on anger, regret and your lack of faith in something, the more it will manifest in your life.

    The key to overcoming these negative emotions, and restoring your faith, lies in learning to let go. Letting go is a natural ability that we all have, but as we grow older often forget how to use. The Sedona Method is a simple, yet extremely powerful, tool to release all the feelings and distractions that are holding you back from your faith.

    “If you are willing to let go of your doubts and fears you will have your faith restored and you will allow yourself to move beyond faith to actual direct knowing of what is true for you,” Dwoskin says.
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