Losing Faith

I had a dream that I was standing on a road and saw a man struggling to get out of a car that had collapsed on him.  When I looked up to the west, I saw the dome of a huge cathedral collapsing.  Of course, I woke up stressed.  It felt as if the dream was telling me that we are in a time when the road that we’re on, or structures that have defined us in the past aren’t as sturdy or as safe as we thought they were.  The day was clear and sunny, so perhaps the dream was indicating that these collapsing structures weren’t necessarily a bad omen, but were simply crumbling away naturally , that I’m getting ready for a great change.  The challenge is to ask what exactly it is we have faith in.  Is it a building or car, which is merely a means to an end?  The car’s purpose is to get us where we need to go.  A church is a building to house worship and prayer.  Unfortunately I think they have become to mean so much more.  The status of a luxury car screams importance and the style of a church claims superiority.  If we were all forced to walk, and worship without a roof over our heads, where would we go and to whom and what would we celebrate?  Walking may not be as efficient, but movement is solely dependent on my desire to move.  I go only if I put one foot in front of the other.  Worshipping outside of a church or temple is also dependent on my activity alone.  Can I sing without a choir, pray without a service?  Again, the onus is completely on my shoulders.  And I think the dream was telling me that I need to be less willing to put my faith in structures and more in my own self, and since I was indeed walking and outside of the church maybe I am on the right path.  Success and salvation are not incumbent upon a fancy car or building.  Our life journey is dependent on our own movement rather than any one vehicle to get there, whether it be a career or a lifestyle.  It is what we do with the career or lifestyle that makes all the difference in the world.  What I have faith in is important, but it also better include faith in my own ability to get where I need to go.

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