Words on Faith from," Inside the Yoga Sutras", by Reverend Jaganath Carrera
We look to faith to sustain us through difficulties and to provide meaning even in trying situations. Faith is not simply a higher form of belief. It is a powerful wish for something to be true. Faith is a state of certainty, of knowing. It is related to direct perception.
......As faith grows, it brings steadiness of mind. It provide the psychological "room" for life's lessons to be learned. Faith becomes the context in which we experience events. The result is reason but as profoundly rich, subtle, and complex field for learning and growth.
Faith is cultivated when we think of all the blessings we have already received in our lives. This helps to develop gratitude, gratitude ripens into devotion, and devotion culminates in faith.