Read Heb. 11:1-12.
As we read these passages by Charles Fillmore regarding faith, we might be struck by the many resemblances these explanations have to what he also says in regard to imagination. We read that faith is "the perceiving power of the mind linked with a power to SHAPE SUBSTANCE." When he explains imagination he states that the imagination has the power to perceive ideas and form mental energy into thoughts and concepts. This may, at first, sound as though faith and imagination both do the same things. But there is a distinction. Imagination shapes mental energy only into thought forms. It creates only the mental patterns, it does not actually produce the finished form. Faith actually brings substance into manifested form. The work of faith has a more definite and much wider range than does imagination.
Ed Rabel - Metaphysics 1, Understanding Faith, Faith
- Ed Rabel
Faith is the perceiving power of the mind linked with a power to shape substance. It is spiritual assurance, the power to do the seemingly impossible. It is a force that draws to us our heart's desire right out of the invisible spiritual substance. It is a deep inner knowing that that which is sought is already ours for the taking, the "assurance of things hoped for."
Faith working in spiritual substance accomplishes all things. This is the faith that co-operates with creative law. Exercised in spiritual consciousness, it finds its abode, and without variation or disappointment it brings results that are seemingly miraculous.
Faith in the reality of things spiritual develops the faith center in man's brain. When the mental eye is illumined with faith, it sheds a radiance that hovers like a halo around the head and extends in lessening degree throughout the whole body. "When thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light."
The halo that the early artists painted around the heads of the saints was not imaginary, but real. This illuminating power of faith covers the whole constitution of man, making him master of all the forces centering about spiritual consciousness.
I realize that my faith in the invisible is building a real abiding substance in my mind and in my body. Spiritual ideas grow quickly when planted in the rich soil of my mind, and my body temple changes accordingly.
I affirm: "I have faith in the glorious infusion of the more abundant life of Christ vitalizing me. I am lifted up and healed."