Moving From Fear to Faith
A 'Talking Points' Essay by Ernest Holmes
The following essay is comprised of a numer of statements taken from various writings by Ernest Holmes. They have been assembled in a logical sequence of presentation in order to develop a greater understanding of the nature and development of faith.
Antithesis of Faith
Fear is the antithesis of Faith. It is the negation of confidence. Like Faith, fear may be conscious or subjective, and if it is to be eliminated, it must be removed both consciously and subjectively.
,,,Science of Mind Glossary - Page 593
Well, the way to get rid of
fear is through the cultivation of faith; a faith founded on the thought
that God is all there is.
But what is fear? Nothing more nor less than,,,faith misplaced; a belief in two powers instead of One; a belief that there can be a Power, opposed to God, whose influence and ability may bring us evil. In other words, to correct all the evils of the world, would be but to have the positive faith, faith rightly placed, a faith that lays hold of the integrity of the Universe, the beneficence of God and the Unity of all life. Nevertheless, we cannot have faith in that which we do not in some measure understand.
,,,Science of Mind - Page 156
Fear to Faith
Looking at the thing which
you fear and examining the thought of fear which you have about it,
convert this thought into one of faith, realizing that the energy of fear
converted into faith will produce an effect exactly opposite. If you will
look at the thing you are afraid of until you really understand it, it
will no longer have any element of fear for you. You can do this in such
degree as you are conscious of being Divinely guided and protected, and
state your realization of this in a definite manner.
This is, however, but a
temporary thing, for next you must learn to face the fears. You should
not be afraid to analyze them and you should explain to yourself just
why you know there is nothing to be afraid of. Whenever you find yourself
brooding over some fear or entertaining some anxiety, begin at once to
do something about it.
The Attitude of Truth
Ernest Holmes (1887-1960)