Faith - Part III
Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
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A week ago I wrote my entry on "Helping a friend in need". Monique made a comment and wrote her own blog entry about faith. That entry provided the fodder I required to summarize my thoughts and experiences on faith.
I've been reading “The Marriage of Sense and Soul” by Ken Wilber since I borrowed it from Professor S in Newfoundland. It’s been a slow read as I’ve also been reading Raoul Auclair’s “La Dame de tous les Peuples”. At the beginning of this trip I had been reading Robert Pirsig’s “Lila”. All these books, plus Monique’s blog, gave me information I required to arrive at the following.
What is the difference between having confidence, conviction and/or faith in something, someone, or oneself?
In “The Marriage of Sense and Soul”, Ken Wilber does an analysis to tie Religion and Science together. He reviews the various analyses’ that the great philosophers of the past have done and how they seem to have missed their mark but he also sees where they have all, mostly, found a link. A while back I wrote that while visiting the Chapel at Spiri-Maria in Lac Etchemin I saw something that “boggled my mind”. On the wall of the Chapel was this giant egg shaped depiction of life. My “simplified version” is of a dart board with concentric rings. The center “bulls-eye” is man, the middle ring is mind, and the outer ring is spirit. Why this “boggled my mind” was that a few days prior to that visit I had seen a similar depiction in the book by Ken Wilbur. The timing was uncanny.
(What follows are my notes/reminders that I was using to write this entry. In my mind I had taken all this information and written a beautiful summary about faith. But something happened and this is all that you'll get. Jump to the October 16th entry for an explanation.)
Mom – Partial Faith
Fake Faith. Confidence and Conviction.
Faith in parts of life, not total faith
Baby-trust/faith needs vs wants
Faith is lying to yourself about some part of your life that you require but logic and common sense can’t fulfill
Lack of faith by current generations due to there being a lack of hardships in the general population.
Confidence-material world (confidence levels in mathematical analysis)
Faith-illogical unless you are lying to yourself
4/3 body/mind/soul makes one but also individual/separate
Triquetra – trinity with circle around
Bible-trinity father, son, holy spirit
Part 4 because it’s the piece that encompasses the 3 separate pieces