4 Steps to Faith

October 21st, 2007

Study of Hands by Albrecht Durer This article is the seventh in a series on the Witches Square. The first article in the series introduces the four corners of the Witches Square, Perfect Love, Perfect Trust, Discipline and Will. Your true potential as a Witch will be achieved when you live your life in harmony with these four principles in equal proportion. Perfect Trust allows the creative force created by Perfect Love to focus and multiply. When you have mastered Perfect Trust, your magic will be enhanced because you will not doubt your spells. You will also be more open to allowing the other people and the Gods to assist you, rather than hindering their assistance with fear. There are three major steps to mastering Perfect Trust.

  1. Trust yourself
  2. Trust those around you
  3. Trust the Gods

Perfect Trust and Faith

Faith is a major tenet of all religions. In Witchcraft, Wicca and Paganism we normally don’t hear that word used. I’ve heard some say that “Faith” is a Christian idea that does not apply to Paganism. Perfect trust, though is faith. When you have perfect trust in yourself, it is the same as having faith in yourself. Perfect trust in others is another way of saying you have faith in them. Having perfect trust in the Gods is to have faith in Them. When one truly has faith in the Universe, there is nothing that cannot be accomplished.

My Lesson in Perfectly Trusting the Gods

The Gods watch over you and help you, many times in ways you don’t see. They help you grow and develop, according to what you individually need at the time. Sometimes They may bring you hardship as a way to teach, but most times the hardship you experience is simply the natural consequence of your own actions. If you ask and listen, the Gods will help you through the hardship in a way that will make you stronger and wiser than before. The key to gaining this assistance is to keep your heart and your mind open to Their help and to have faith that it will come.

A few years ago, I had lost my job. My supervisor called me at home the day after my first child was born to give me the bad news that I was going to be laid off at the end of the month due to budget cuts. For the next two years, I tried a number of ways to make ends meet. I tried to start a massage therapy and Reiki practice, since I just finished my training in those arts. Unfortunately, I had no marketing experience and little money to invest in it, so it did not make enough.

I then tried my hand at commission sales, working for a financial services company. On occasion, I got paid well when I signed up a new client. But new clients were so few and far between that we literally had to live off our credit card when the savings and retirement funds ran out. Things got tight enough with our mortgage and living expenses that I looked for work in restaurants, first as a server and then finally in fast food.

During this time, though, we were blessed enough to always pay our bills on time. Only minimum payments were made, but we were not late. The reason for this was the Gods. I prayed that They would help us get through this difficult time. Sometimes I would get a client at just the right time to pay a bill. Once, when we had to put all the cash we could muster together to pay an electric bill, the Gods placed the last $5 bill we needed in a bank parking lot.

Finally, when our credit cards were at their max and we were almost out of all other resources, I got a call with a job offer. The new job allowed me to pay the bills each month (unlike the fast food job) and had a future, thanks to the Gods.

I never made any bargains or negotiations with the Gods, but simply asked for Their aid during my time of trial. It was always tight during that time, but I learned not to worry because when the money was needed, it appeared.

Learning Faith in the Gods

The most difficult part of Perfect Trust is to have faith in the Gods. One reason is our culture’s focus on not trusting the Gods, but instead only trusting ourselves. We have a strong fear of allowing our fate to be determined by things outside our control. It commonly leads us to blame others for our misfortune, even if there was nothing anyone could have done to prevent it.

There are exercises you can do to increase your trust in the Gods.

  1. Every evening before going to bed, recall the events of your day. Focus on the positive events that happened. Remember anything that was beneficial, no matter how minor. Give thanks to your Gods for each positive event.
  2. Pray each day, both for yourself and others. It is best if you pray many times each day, whenever you feel the need. Prayer can be done aloud, but it does not need to be. Silent prayer is just as effective. It is most important that your prayers are from your heart and guided by your mind. A sincere, heart-felt prayer is the type that gets answered the most. If a prayer doesn’t seem to be answered, remember it could be answered in a different way than what you expected, in a way the Gods felt was more appropriate for you.
  3. Remind yourself of your Gods’ love for you each time you feel anxiety or worry. Remember that They are watching out for you and will help you get through literally anything.
  4. Here is a simple meditation you can do that can help:
    1. Sit or lay in a comfortable position with your eyes closed, but in a way that you won’t fall asleep.
    2. Slowly breathe deeply from your belly at least three times.
    3. Visualize a giant hand slowly rising up from the earth. It is the hand of the Great Mother. Feel Her hand rise up until it touches your body, where it stops. Feel it gently hold your body.
    4. Visualize a second giant hand slowly coming down from the sky. It is the hand of the Great Father. Feel His hand descend slowly until it touches your body. When it stops, you are enveloped in the cupped hands of the Gods, as in a cocoon.
    5. Feel the warmth and love emanating from Their hands into your body. Feel the support and protection They give you. Know that these hands can carry you through all hardship, especially when it seems impossible.
    6. When you’re ready, feel the hands separate, knowing that as the hands return to the sky and earth, the Gods are still protecting and helping you.
    7. Take three deep breaths from your belly and open your eyes.
    8. Give thanks and remember that any time you need to feel the loving cocoon of the Gods’ hands, you can simply repeat this meditation, or your own variation.

If you do these exercises, or your variations on them, you will develop faith in the Gods over time. It will not happen overnight or even in a month. It takes time and it is a process of development. As your faith increases, your sense of confidence and peace will increase exponentially. You will know more and more that there is no need to worry about or fear the future. You don’t need to stay awake at night thinking about “what if” scenarios.

Occasionally, your faith will be tested. It is not a test to see if you “measure up,” as the Abrahamic religions teach. Instead, it is a test to strengthen you and your faith. It is an opportunity to grow more deeply in trusting the Gods, other people and yourself.

Remember, Perfect Trust is not a sequential, linear process but one that is a spiral. You will not have necessarily mastered perfect trust in yourself before starting perfect trust in others, or perfect trust in the Gods. Instead, you will make an incremental step in each, which leads to another step and another. As you advance, you will revisit each step at a higher level.

This is true for all four pillars of the Witches Square. You will be visiting and revisiting all pillars on different levels many times during your spiritual journey. Our next visit will be the pillar of Discipline.

Here are the other articles in this series on the Witches Square:

  1. Unlock Your Magical Self with the Power of the Witches Square
  2. 3 Steps to Loving Yourself Perfectly
  3. 6 Steps to Compassion: Loving Others Perfectly
  4. Love the World and All That’s in It
  5. Trust Yourself
  6. 9 Ways to Trust Those Around You
  7. Developing Discipline
  8. Discover Your Will


3 Responses to “4 Steps to Faith”

  1. Scott Says:

    What do you think of the Bible? It says there is only one God.

  2. Morninghawk Says:

    The Bible is a book sacred to Christians. Since I am not Christian, I have no opinion about the Bible. I see it as a similarly sacred book as the Torah, Quran, etc.

    As to your assertion that the Bible says that there is only one God, I have to disagree. Exodus 20:3 states, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” It does not say that there are no other Gods, but that Abrahamic peoples (including Jews, Christians and Muslims who use these early books of the law in their scripture) can’t worship other Gods as being higher than YHWH.

    Interestingly, Genesis 1:26 states, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Notice the use of the plural “our” in the statement. I used the KJV for these quotes.

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. Mythology Blog: Between Old and New Moons » Experiencing the Presence of the Gods? (1) Says:

    […] Morninghawk Apollo over at Hawk’s Cry, is currently publishing a series of posts on the Witches Square. I haven’t had the time to read the entire series yet, but this is what he has to say about the nature of faith: Faith is a major tenet of all religions. In Witchcraft, Wicca and Paganism we normally don’t hear that word used. I’ve heard some say that “Faith” is a Christian idea that does not apply to Paganism. Perfect trust, though is faith. When you have perfect trust in yourself, it is the same as having faith in yourself. Perfect trust in others is another way of saying you have faith in them. Having perfect trust in the Gods is to have faith in Them. When one truly has faith in the Universe, there is nothing that cannot be accomplished. Hawk’s Cry: 4 Steps to Faith […]

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