6. Faith

The essence of it is to train emotion, to believe and to practise the belief that all human beings have in them something interesting, lovable, beautiful, pathetic; and to make the recognition of that fact, the establishment of simple and kind relations with every single person with whom one is brought into contact, the one engrossing aim of life.


    — Benson, Joyous Gard, Faith


I believe that we should pursue in ourselves a personality of faith that draws people to us. I will admit, however, that in the times we’re living, it wouldn’t be too hard to defend one’s own harsh and unsympathetic spirit. There’s just so much hate in the world — so much violence and disregard for life. But we should guard against returning such hate and instead, train in ourselves the ability to find beauty.


Consider what I wrote yesterday about my former employee, Gary, who, during his time working for me, stole a substantial sum of money. It’s easy to carry the burden of mind that follows from such bad acts, and even now, it’s difficult to think back on those events without reviving a darkened sprit. But our souls should be free and unencumbered, and I believe that we should use the light of Joyous Gard to seek and restore the beauty in life and in people.


Days 6-8 Guide


This weekend use the light of Joyous Gard to focus your efforts on removing the burdens that may be taxing your spirit.


© 2005, Levi Hill

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