Updated: Jul 16, 2019
For the next few weeks I'm going to be sharing a series of thoughts on the topic: Beliefs Matter.
This is Day Two
Beliefs are powerful.
Jesus once restored eyesight to a blind man but told him it was his belief that healed him. The Buddha taught that ignorance or false beliefs are the source of human suffering. A central tenet of psychology is that subconscious beliefs are the main determinant of one’s fate, happiness, success or demise. Psychosomatic medicine studies the mental and emotional aspects of a person as it relates to physical health or illness. The beliefs we hold can be a source
of anxiety and stress, resulting in physical symptoms and imbalances.
Our beliefs are formed at a young age. As children we were given our beliefs from our parents and our peers. Without the necessary tools to form our own beliefs, we rely mainly on what we were told by others. Our beliefs are also programmed and reinforced through the influences of religion, education and the cultural norms we were raised in. Each of us have a system of beliefs – mental models and maps about who we are and what the world is, and it writes a script of what to do and be, accordingly.
We often don’t question our core beliefs. It doesn’t occur to us to do so. With the same certainty that the sun will rise tomorrow, we are unreservedly attached to our core bedrock beliefs. They have long since been ingrained in us. They are the foundation of who we think we are, our philosophy of life and our conception of the world. They are the story we live in every day. It’s what we know. It’s our security.
Beliefs can be harmful. Beliefs can motivate hate, violence and war. A belief can cause a person to harm themselves or take their own life. A person’s beliefs can prevent any possibility of happiness or healthy relationships. Beliefs are choices. First you choose your beliefs. Then your beliefs affect your choices. We are what we believe. If you don’t change your beliefs, your life will be as it is forever.
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