"The Story of Two Bridges"
An excerpt from "The Sacred Journey: You and Your Higher Self" by Lazaris
There are two bridges that you can cross. One is called the Bridge of Faith, and the other is called the Bridge of Belief.
The Bridge of Faith is long and flat. It goes on for what must seem like forever. As you stand at the beginning of the Bridge of Faith, it's like looking down a railroad track in Kansas. It goes on forever until the parallel tracks appear to meet. With the railroad tracks, however, you know they don't really meet. The Bridge of Faith looks the same way, except that eventually the two sides do meet, because the Bridge of Faith goes on to the end of time -- or more precisely, it goes on until it is beyond time. Time and space are illusions which together comprise the fourth dimension of your illusory reality. In outer space, when time and space collapse, when they end, you call it a black hole. This is where all time, all space, all light collapse.
The Bridge of Faith also collapses into a single point in time/space and disappears. There is no end to the Bridge of Faith.
Those involved in traditional spirituality are crossing the Bridge of Faith. To Eastern faiths, the bridge is one they cross between the many lives of karma. For them the traffic is two-way and seldom ending. To the Jewish faith, the Bridge of Faith is the bridge from pain to the Promised Land, from being lost to being found, from being without their King to finding the Messiah. To some of the Christian faith, the Bridge of Faith is short -- it only goes from here to the Second Coming, which could be any day now. And for others it is forever!
The other bridge is called the Bridge of Belief. It is quite different. It is arched very steeply, though it is easy to cross if you know how. The arch is so steep that you cannot see over the crest of the arch until you get there. Once you do get there, it is rumored, then you can see clearly all that lies on the other side. No one who has not crossed the Bridge of Belief, however, can substantiate this claim of clarity. No one can say whether the claims, the rumors, are true or not. Those who have crossed it say it is true, but no one can prove it. They cannot prove it, because what they claimed to have experienced was beyond words, and what they saw was slightly different for each of them. There is no chance for empiricism there. There is no proof!
There is also something very strange about the Bridge of Belief. Once someone begins crossing, it can be an ordeal where one has to be a warrior attempting to conquer the obstacles along the way. However, the crossing also can be an adventure filled with wonder and with exciting encounters. The difference seems to be in the preparation and the desire, the imagination, and the expectancy.
Something else: When someone is crossing, everyone else can watch just like with the Bridge of Faith. However, when they reach that crest over which no one can see, they have a choice: Go on or go back. If they choose to go on, they also disappear out of view. Very strange, this Bridge of Belief.
Those of you who have known, or at least now know, what the New Spirituality, the New Age, is really about, are the ones involved with the Bridge of Belief. You see, those of you crossing the Bridge of Belief and those crossing the Bridge of Faith are really looking for the same thing. You are all looking for God/Goddess/All That Is, by whatever name you use.
What lies beyond the Bridge of Belief? You will have to cross the bridge to fully see, but let us tell you this: Beyond the Bridge of Belief lie Atlantis and Lemuria. Beyond the Bridge of Belief is where you will find your Higher Self and your Soul. Beyond the Bridge of Belief is God/Goddess/All That is.
Nothing that lies beyond this bridge can ever be empirically -- scientifically -- proved. If it could be, it would no longer exist ... beyond the Bridge of Belief! Once you get to the crest, and not before, you will see what we mean. It is beyond words in its wonder, and it is beyond words because language is linear and the reality that is beyond is nonlinear.
Once you reach the crest, and not before, you will change. You will step out of one Set of reality constraints, and you will step into another freer, more powerful, and more responsible Set. Your world will never be the same again.
There is no need for fear. You do not have to abandon anything you already have, but it will never quite be the same once you cross the Bridge.
Some have crossed back, forgetting what they knew, forgetting what they understood. They pretend everything is as before. They even re-create all their old problems, obstacles, and blockages. They gather up all their old raw materials from the choices they used to make to the beliefs they used to have. It is very difficult. Once you have crossed the Bridge of Belief, it is much more difficult to fail than it is to succeed! To fail you have to keep remembering the lie!
For all intents and purposes, they are their same old self. But underneath --- very deep -- they know. They know what lies beyond proof. They know there is a God/Goddess/All That Is! No, they did not see All That Is on the other side of that Bridge, but within each cell of their bodies they knew and still know: "There is a God/Goddess/All That Is who loves me ... and whom I love!"
Your Higher Self exists beyond the Bridge of Belief. You see, we know this, because in your reality, we lie beyond the Bridge of Belief, too.
You must decide on your own whether or not there is a Higher Self. Cross the bridge. ... You are ready. ... Cross the Bridge of Belief.
With love and peace ...