Faith: Taking Steps to a Better Future
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
– Martin Luther King Jr.
The Younique Foundation has five key strategies that are used to help childhood sexual abuse survivors progress along their healing journeys. The fifth strategy is Faith. What is faith?
- Faith is a force or power that has the capacity to change and create things.
- Faith is the act of moving forward on your belief that wholeness and healing is possible.
- Faith is the moving cause or power behind all personal and spiritual growth.
- Faith is drawing on your higher power; whatever or whoever that may be.
- Faith is the crossroad where science and spirituality meet.
- Faith is knowing it’s worth your effort to keep trying.
- Faith can empower you.
- Faith is developing greater optimism for the future.
The other four strategies – Awareness, Acknowledgement, Power through Surrender, and Mindfulness – focus more on the past and present. Faith focuses on the future. It empowers you to plan a positive future that you can believe in. You can do this through vision boards, future vision statements, and positive declarations. Stating any goals or hopes in the present tense makes them that much more powerful.
Faith is a critical part of the healing journey. Once you manage your past and practice mindfulness in your present, then you’ll need to have faith in your future. Imagine the person you want to be, visualize it in as much detail as possible. Life is constantly moving; your dreams need to be nourished daily. Just as a plant needs daily watering, so do your hopes.
Have you heard of the Law of Incubation? It says that for every seed that is planted there is a gestation period; a specific, undetermined period of time that the seed needs to establish itself. Just because you don’t see immediate results, it doesn’t mean the seed isn’t changing or the process isn’t working.
The same thing applies to you and your healing journey. If you’re worried that you’re not seeing change, have faith. Be patient and steady. Healing takes time, but you’re making progress every day. Remember to focus on your faith in the future and take it one day at a time.