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Beliefs That Hold Us Back

“Questioning one’s beliefs requires courage. As the late, great Christian singer/songwriter Rich Mullins stated so beautifully in his song “Creed,” “…I believe what I believe/Is what makes me what I am.” If his assertion is a universal truth, the simple act of questioning your beliefs has the potential to strip away your very essence. The process may entail discarding some or all of your beliefs and spiritual constructs, such as God, saints, angels, Heaven and Hell, as well as adopting new ones that are completely alien to you. Moreover, the Seeker’s path can be agonizingly lonely. Leaving the religion in which you were raised can eliminate a support system that you may have taken for granted, including clergy and congregants, family and friends. It may even lead to being ostracized by those same people, including loved ones who believe that abandoning your faith will condemn your soul to eternal damnation.

In light of all this, why would anyone choose to embark on such a spiritual journey? While everyone has a different answer to that question, some common reasons include:

● Rejection of the premise that the Bible or other religious texts were divinely inspired or are the “literal Word of God”

● Repudiation of doctrines that you find personally objectionable or abhorrent, such as the inequality of women in many religions, condemnation of homosexuality and gay marriage or the assertion that anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their specific theology will be damned

● A sense that your current religion’s theology doesn’t resonate with your innate belief system. For example: The concept of being “saved” would be meaningless to someone who doesn’t believe that mankind requires salvation.

● Aversion to organized religion

● Exposure to other faiths and belief systems through education, social contacts, travel, the media and the internet Every spiritual journey is unique and intensely personal.” ~Judie Sigdel and Shu-Hsien Lee

Question beliefs

In many cases, it is a realization that we need to question our beliefs that is the first step in our spiritual awakening process. But when that isn’t the first thing that sends us on a path of enlightenment, it is an important step in awakening. Some will say that the only things they believe are those which are true. Both spiritual and psychological studies say otherwise.

Even if we are not aware of them, we have far more beliefs than we realize. It is not just beliefs about religion and politics. We have many beliefs that we don’t even think of as such.

Everyday Beliefs

Our everyday beliefs are just as much a part of the problem of being limited by beliefs as major ones. We loved to sing when we were small children. At some point, however, we may have been told that our singing was bad. Maybe more than one person said that. It is now recorded in our subconscious mind and we believe it completely, even if it isn’t true. So you now avoid singing in front of others.

You may have been told in art class in grade school that your art left much to be desired. With good art lessons, you could have become a good artist. But you accepted the teacher’s opinion and it became a belief. So you didn’t study art even though it was something you enjoyed.

Some other things we might hear that become everyday beliefs include: “Your not pretty enough to be a cheerleader,” “Your not strong enough to be on the football team,” “You dress like a homeless person,” or “Your too lazy to ever make anything of yourself”. The people who say these things don’t realize they are programming beliefs into your subconscious mind, but they are. These beliefs, as with the major ones, need to be reevaluated if we wish to become spiritual. We may not have to get rid of all such limiting beliefs, but the more we remove, the fewer obstacles we have to jump over.

Changing Beliefs

It is commonly taught in psychology that in order to change our limiting beliefs, we must first dig down into the subconscious and find them all. But there is some strong evidence that this is not truly necessary.

As a retired software engineer, I can assure you that it isn’t always necessary to know why a computer program is not doing what you want it too. Sometimes, the best way to fix it is to simply replace it with a new program. There is evidence that the same idea works with the subconscious mind. This method is usually a lot faster than digging into the existing beliefs/programs and fixing them.

Suppose you believe that you are a poor singer. Using visualization, you could practice seeing yourself singing in front of others, and they think you are a good singing. If you can do this convincingly, this program will eventually replace the false belief.

Perhaps you have a fear of public speaking. This may be because of some incident that happened when you were just a child and you don’t remember it. You don’t have to know why you have the belief if you can simply replace it through visualization. This has been scientifically proven to work. But sometimes, we can’t get rid of these long-held beliefs by ourselves. We may have to get assistance from a hypnotist or a form of applied Kinesiology. I have personally found the programs of Psych-K to work well. I took one of their basic seminars to rid myself of a fear of heights and it worked well.

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Divine Treasure of Knowledge, Wisdom and Love

“Think about the Divine and accept the Divine in you. Whoever accepts the Divine will easily progress; who does not accept it will enter a street with no exit.

”If you believe, think, and work, something good will come out of you, but if you don’t, nothing good will come out of you. …

“In the materialistic world, people look for logic and proof in order to get things clear and understand, and then they believe in them. In the Divine world, the process is the opposite. First comes the belief, and then things become clear to you.

“The most valuable treasure we may have is Knowledge, Wisdom, and Love.” ~Biensa Douno

Accept the Divine

No matter how much you study, you will never be a good doctor if you don’t believe you can. You will never be a good singer if you don’t believe it possible. And you will never experience much spiritual growth if you don’t believe in yourself. Part of that belief must be accepting the divinity within you. That does not mean you should start thinking that you are God—that is a path of egotism. You think instead that you are a part of God and are destined to rejoin with the Father/Mother when you have grown enough.

Spiritual Progress

Accepting God and our connection to Divinity does make it easier to follow a path of spiritual growth and enlightenment. It may be possible to make some progress on that path without recognizing Divinity, but not much. Failure to accept Divinity also makes it easier for dark forces and beings to send us down a false path, a dead-end path that, as Douno puts it, has no exit. You just keep going around and around in circles, not really making any progress at all. No different from those hooked on the teachings of most popular churches.

Opposite Process

Douno says that is the material world, people use logic and their senses to understand the world around them. They believe in something only after they have evidence of it through the physical senses. While that is often true, there are exceptions. We do believe in some things without any real proof and little evidence. Things like aliens, Bigfoot and fairies. But even when we limit that to the physical realm, the sense can easily be misled. Optical illusions are examples of that.

With spiritual things, they are generally unseen by materialistic people. They can only be seen if you believe they exist, or at least that they are possible. When you disbelieve, your own mind is blocking them. So Douno is partly correct in saying that it is the opposite with spiritual things and you have to believe before you can experience it. What you really need is an open mind that accepts sch things, not more belief in things without proof.

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Thought, Observation, and Thought Principles

“Observation and thinking are the two points of departure for all the spiritual striving of man, in so far as he is conscious of such striving. The workings of common sense, as well as the most complicated scientific researches, rest on these two fundamental pillars of our spirit. Philosophers have started from various primary antitheses: idea and reality, subject and object, appearance and thing-in-itself, “I” and “Not-I”, idea and will, concept and matter, force and substance, the conscious and the unconscious. It is easy to show, however, that all these antitheses must be preceded by that of observation and thinking, this being for man the most important one.

“Whatever principle we choose to lay down, we must either prove that somewhere we have observed it, or we must enunciate it in the form of a clear thought which can be re-thought by any other thinker. Every philosopher who sets out to discuss his fundamental principles must express them in conceptual form and thus use thinking. He therefore indirectly admits that his activity presupposes thinking.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Thought and Creation

A basic premise of creation is that a thing must be thought of before it can be created. This seems logical and obvious to most, but many forget it. They ignore the creative power of thought, except on certain occasions when that want to create something. But the creative power of though cannot be turned on and off light a light bulb. When you are thinking, you are creating, period. Just as it is impossible to create without thinking, it is impossible to think without creating. But when we are thinking without the intent to create, what is the result? What is created under those conditions?

Observation and Thinking

Another side of this is the relationship of observation and thinking. Steiner says that we have a chicken-and-egg relationship in observation and thinking. We can look around us at any time and unless you are in something like an isolation chamber, there will be many things to observe. Steiner is saying that there is two level of observing. Level one is just seeing the thing and recording it in our memory. The second level is to really think about what we are seeing. Why is it there? What is its relationship to other objects? On a more spiritual level, what is it behind the mask it is wearing?

Some think that the first level of observation doesn’t involve thinking at all, but it does. It may be entirely subconscious thinking, but that is still thinking. Yet some will argue that the thing was there without us thinking about it, and we could not think of it if it didn’t actually exist. Many disagree with that philosophy. Here’s why.

Remember the old question, “If a tree falls and there is no one around to hear it, does it still make a noise?” In a more general way, that question is really asking, if a thing exists without being thought of by man, can it actually exist?” The answer is yes. The tree does make a sound which Nature hears, and Nature can create without the thoughts of humans. But here is where it really gets complicated. Some would even say weird. The Gaia mind that control Nature on Earth is made up mostly of the thoughts of humans, both dead and alive. Therefore, Natures mind is also a form of human thinking. Continue reading “Thought, Observation, and Thought Principles”

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Opinions and Beliefs can be a Help or a Hindrance

“Use thine opinative faculty with all honor and respect, for in her indeed is all: that thy opinion do not beget in thy understanding anything contrary to either nature, or the proper constitution of a rational creature. The end and object of a rational constitution is, to do nothing rashly, to be kindly affected toward men, and in all things willingly to submit to the gods.

“Casting therefore all other things aside, keep thyself to these few, and remember withal that no man properly can be said to live more than that which is now present, which is but a moment in time. Whatever is beside either is already past, or uncertain.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Opinions With Honor

It isn’t wrong to have opinions. There are some things we should have opinions about. But those opinions must be based on logic and/or spiritual insights. When they are based on fear, jealousy, or are otherwise illogical, they harm us more than help. Take political elections, for example. If you vote for a politician out of fear you will almost certainly learn that the politician does not have your best interests at heart. The kind of politician who encourages fear in people, then prays of their fears to control them and manipulate them is never trying to help anyone but himself. Sir Winston Churchill was correct when he said that the only thing we need fear was fear itself. That is the kind of politician the rational person votes for. It is also the kind the spiritual person will vote for.

The real problem with having opinions about everything is that that often evolve into beliefs. Then when we are faced with something that doesn’t fit that belief, we ignore it. It has even been proven that people will sometimes not see something that is right in front of them because they don’t believe in it. Beliefs that are only partially true, or completely false, prevent us from learning truth. Our own subconscious mind blocks out anything that will conflict with out beliefs.

Rational Constitution

Aurelius says a person with a rational constitution does nothing rashly. He thinks before he acts. That is good as far as it goes, but we need to go further. We need to get our spiritual faculties involved in our decision making as well. Not just in matters that are clearly spiritual in nature, but in all decisions. Our opinions and decisions will be much better if we do.

Let me give some examples from personal experience.

  • When I was a teenager, I took driver’s Ed in High School, but failed the behind-the-wheel exam. There was not enough time left in the school year to take more lessons and try again. I graduated two weeks later. For a while, I really didn’t need to drive, so I didn’t bother to try again. When I was twenty-one and in the Army, I reenlisted to get into a college program that I wanted. I wanted to use my reenlistment bonus to buy a car, but I still didn’t have a license. So I began taking lessons, now in a different state. I planned to buy a car right after I passed the exam. I took the exam and again failed. But my intuition told me to go buy the car anyway, so I did. Four days later I passed the test. I couldn’t have a new car and not be able to use it.
  • Some years after that, I was looking for a job. The company I had been working for had to cut staff on the project I was on. I looked at what was available on other projects within the company and didn’t like any of the openings that I qualified for. My intuition told me it was time to look for a new company to work for. When I did, my intuition told me I should accept one particular job offer. I took the job. Less than year later, the company I had been working for was bought out by another and about one-third of the employers were laid off. Ten year later I retired. I stayed with the new company that whole time. As a result, I was eligible for their pension plan which I now collect from. They were probably the only company in the software business offering a pension plan and two years after I started working for them they discontinued it for new employees. If I wasn’t getting that pension check, I would be living in poverty now with just Social Security.

So intuition and spiritual insights can even help us on the material level. Awaken yours and find out.

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