Spirits of Love - Courage, Hope, Faith
Courage is love for self and can be called upon as an inner-warrior spirit. Courage is the first step towards healing. The wisdom of Chief White Eagle provides guidance along the way. “When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage. So long as mists envelop you, be still; be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists — as it surely will. Then act with courage.” - Ponca Tribe 1840-1914
Hope is the pivot-point in the battlefield of the mind. Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel. In this light the dark mists retreat into the nothingness from which they came. As you activate your courage, hope immediately brings comfort. It takes courage to turn towards hope. Hold tightly to hope and don’t let go. In the comforting and encouraging words of a Pueblo prayer, “Hold on to what is good, even if it is a hand full of Earth, hold on to what you believe, even of it is a tree that stands alone. Hold on to what you must do, even if it’s a long way from here. Hold on to your life, even if it’s easier to let go. Hold on to my hand, even if someday I will be gone from you.” When you have hope you are never alone.
Faith is trusting in the Creator and is the key to final victory! To activate faith is to activate blessing. It is said that faith without works cannot be called faith. Make your faith visible. You must do more than just thinking about it or talking about it. Use your faith to inspire action. Practice in courage and hope will give you the strength to face life’s trials and faith will help you to endure. As your faith strengthens you will learn to face trials head-on and develop endurance. Faith provides us with the power and ability to resist the temptations of our shadow side and overcome darkness with light.
Be strong, focus your time and energy on courage and hope. And in the words of great Nez Perce Chief Joseph, “The faith of the villages is dust now…but it will grow again…like the trees.”
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