What we believe about life – the different beliefs we have about the different parts of life – are exactly that – beliefs. Just because we believe something doesn’t in any way make it true – it just makes it what we believe. Likewise, just because we don’t believe something doesn’t mean it’s not true. Beliefs, the same as others’ and different than others’, exist in our life and in amongst people of the Earth whose numbers are in the billions. We carry thousands of beliefs with us every day. Our learning involves letting go of many beliefs in exchange for other beliefs and for greater understanding and realizations.
We struggle to hold onto our beliefs, and sometimes need great and painful experiences to break them free of our hold upon them. We easily can look across society that we live in and see beliefs that we held that are crumbling for some, which others hold onto still with seemingly iron grips. (It’s always easier to see this with others rather than ourselves, isn’t it.)
For ourselves we can take the steps to ask – What do we still believe that is challenged/questioned by ourselves or others? Is there a greater understanding that is trying to break through the cement of our mind like a flower that tries to break through asphalt in a driveway?
Racism, sexism, all the -isms are just beliefs that we held onto, which took great pain and suffering to break up within our consciousnesses. Prejudices of many kinds and across all differences are simply – beliefs. Today, we still have some of these -isms and prejudices in our beliefs.
And still, we all have beliefs that we will hold onto. Like the belief that we’ve already learned the lessons of life and don’t need to learn anything else. A lot of us have this one.
Why do we have such trouble with letting go of beliefs? One of the many reasons is because our beliefs are about who we think we, ourselves, are as a person. We are invested in our own view of ourselves. We “believe” that we will be either rewarded or punished in some form or fashion, based on our self-view and our self-view is based on beliefs.
We also have a huge number of beliefs about love. We believe that we’ll be loved more if we’re one way or another. How many times have we believed that we’d be loved more if we were prettier or richer or thinner or younger or had different body shapes or any number of other circumstances of which we aren’t?
In addition, we believe that we’ll be able to love someone else more if that someone else is some different way or another. We’ve also told ourselves this belief. “I would love him/her more if only they were more X, Y or Z. ” This belief is so common and we’ve all held this belief.
Beliefs are chosen of our own freewill – regularly. We choose the beliefs we believe. And the beliefs we choose are as transient as life is. Our different beliefs come and go. Sometimes, we are completely unaware that we’ve believed one way at one point and another way at another point. Sometimes we’re unaware that we’ve changed beliefs during the same day. No person has the same beliefs they had when they were children and no adult will keep all the beliefs they have during their entire lifetime as an adult. With having thousands and maybe even millions of beliefs throughout our life, we’re going to do some changing and we won’t even notice. This is another reason why Christ never condemned anyone’s religions or beliefs. He criticized the espousing of beliefs without living by them. He criticized hypocrisy.
This is also why the greatest issue isn’t what we believe, but rather what we motivate ourselves to do with our beliefs. Do we choose beliefs for the purpose of bringing forth cooperation and unity? Or do we choose our beliefs to raise ourselves up and put others down? Do we believe what we believe to help heal and support others or rather to criticize others and point out their faults? Do we believe as we do to bring forth our love, or to bring forth our hate? If it’s not one, it’s the other.
You can be assured that while we may not always know the answer to these questions – others who witness how we live our life, others who know us, and who observe us and observe how we live related to our beliefs – they definitely know what we do with our beliefs, don’t they. Our actions speak volumes on what we really believe vs what we tell ourselves that we believe.
Remember, the beliefs that we speak but don’t live will be gone as soon as we close the door behind us, and the beliefs that we live our life by, will teach us great things. Just keep an open mind so that you can recognize the time to change what you believe when the time comes. And believe me – that time will come.
“God is more with the person who loves much and believes little, than who believes much but loves little.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2005-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)
“The beliefs and understandings we have are always a great place to start our journey to learning more, but would be very unfortunate indeed if it were the place that we chose to end our journey to learning more.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2005-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)
“The kind of God we decide to believe in, is what we will seek to become like. What we seek to become like, is the kind of God we will decide to believe in.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2014-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)
PS. One side note: Look at how much misinformation is out in the world. Are you immune to misinformation? And the misinformation that has been happening for centuries and millennium? Do you believe human beings today only finally discern everything that is true and everything that is not true?
It matters more what we do with our beliefs – how we live our life with the beliefs we have – than the details of what we believe.