A trick to increase trust and belief in the beyond
I'm sure many find themselves, as I find myself sometimes, very concerned with a deep rooted feeling of skepticism, mental islands of distrust in god, in spite of all experiences and miracles we have seen, the mind still guards his control by repeating this conditioning of not believing, of skepticism.
So what is the solution? Well, the same universal solution that we keep forgetting about (actually that the mind keeps forgetting about): Accept! Accept your current skepticism!
Most spiritual teachers respond to such a case with the command: so trust! so divorce skepticism!... Very nice, if I could do this just like this, I would not need you as my guru... This command only increases the conflict and the disappointment and thus just breeds the mind which in its turn increases skepticism, one of its fundamental building blocks.
So what is the solution? Well, the same universal solution that we keep forgetting about (actually that the mind keeps forgetting about): Accept! Accept your current skepticism!.
Simple, yet so few of us remember to adopt this approach.
In our terrified search for cure for skepticism, in our blunt trial to abolish skepticism, we merely reject this "evil" skepticism, we do not accept it and the skepticism in response just increases, as everything in our mental world does when we reject it, it gains strength.
Yes, surrender to the fact that you are skeptic right now, don't mind so much about this skepticism, let it be for god sake. Yes, I am skeptic right now, so what? let this skeptic energy be here (admit it, you currently have no choice anyway, right?) but... beware not to identify with it, just accept and observe your skepticism as an object.
What will happen is that after some time of no rejection, you will suddenly find that you are not the skeptic entity anymore, the subject has receded into something more delicate and sublime, something that does believe (otherwise this "I" wouldn't have been so preoccupied by the skepticism...). The "I" that will be there then, the subject that you will be identified with at that point will be in enormous trust, actually you will be in a state of not caring: trust or mistrust will not matter much to you, this is the divine connectivity with the beyond, you will feel it.
Try it and always remember: accept "whatever is" is the only door to progress when we deal with our tricky mind. By fighting, by rejecting, by forcing, by imposing conflict you only strengthen your mind.