To continue on my journey of faith, I would need to deepen my understanding. I would need to learn how to channel the erratic, brilliant fire of bright faith into a steady, illuminating glow. Beyond the first intensity of love and encouragement that is bright faith, we must arrive at an inner faith not dependent on externals, something we can carry with us, that isn't born only of the compelling mirror held up by another, or the resident vibrations of a sacred place, or a wonderful feeling of possibility. We need a faith based on our own experience, reached with eyes wide open.

Sharon Salzberg, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience