A main distinction in the model is the Faith State / Faith as a Continuum.
I posted some examples of Faith in post 214, and some examples of not-Faith in post 215.
It was at the point of posting this distinction that we made some observations in previous groups.
1. Unquestioning Faith is not practical. It would be lovely if everyone and everything constantly confirmed Faith, but that is not the case.
2. Just the same, there is an attitude associated with Faith: an attitude of optimism. Living with Faith does not require us to believe that the half-empty glass will naturally fill itself (not wise to do), but we must be able to envision a full glass.
So the question is: how do we fill the glass. The question assumes that a full glass is what we want. If you want an empty glass, then the question is how to empty it. And if you want your glass half-full, the question is how to achieve that state, or perhaps maintain it.
3. Third observation: if Faith is a mere hope, then it is powerless. Faith is effective only if it operates in the present.
Then the question is: how do we make it happen.
To answer Brennen’s question in post 230, learning and/or practicing this model is not a necessary predicate to transforming experiences, or to living a meaningful life. Many people have had such experiences, and surely have lived meaningful lives without it. (Men built bridges before they learned the science of bridge-building.) However, I believe all of those experiences fit within the model’s framework. It is the best systematic exploration of what is going on with those experiences, and so far as I know the only complete one.
More to Brennen’s point, perhaps, I would not wish to forego such an experience if it is available to me. There is no useful insight that I don’t want to have if I can have it. Sorry I missed your question, Brennen.
Please, if this isn’t for you, don’t force it. I appreciate everyone’s participation, and whether everyone here sees it or not, a considerable amount of Faith has already been expressed. I’ll be delighted if we can move on and finish the project, but if not I appreciate everyone’s interest and contribution.