What are beliefs and do they limit your freedom?

Sep 1, 2020 | The mind | 2 comments

 

This post covers what beliefs are, their limits, and why people use them. Learn the difference between a mental concept and true faith. With this understanding, you grow more aware and connect with your pure self. This connection improves the body’s overall health and creates lasting confidence.

Understanding what beliefs are and how they work is the gateway to finding true faith.

Understanding what beliefs are and how they work is the gateway to finding true faith.

What is a belief?

 

Beliefs are groups of thoughts the mind uses to try understanding and explaining life. This insight helps you realise how the brain holds on to distinct ideas. With this awareness, you develop the free choice to use or discard any belief.

You experience beliefs as views, ideas, concepts, opinions, or notions. The brain uses these forms to create mental patterns of how objects relate to each other. Given these points, beliefs affect the choices and actions you take. To grasp this truth, list your views about other people and life. For example, “England and its residents are XYZ”. How do such notions affect your decisions? Do they stem from personal experience? Or from what you read or hear from others? Examine the source of such ideas, then question how they arise. This form of inquiry allows you to view how beliefs form and move in your space.

Throughout life, your experiences, mind, and personal details change. As a result, the thoughts that drive your actions shift in the same way. This movement shows how beliefs and their effects last for a brief period. Rather than cling to such concepts, can you accept changing views? Recognise a few of the beliefs you hold, then note how each one varies. Avoid the temptation to try altering any of this content using willpower. Instead, witness how beliefs occur, shift and leave of their own accord. This action shows how life moves, changes and develops your mind without struggle.

Once you’re aware of how the mind uses beliefs, you discover a distance between them and your consciousness. This expanse is where lasting awareness, knowledge, and insight live. Here, you have the choice to use or discard beliefs – depending on the situation.

Your idea of the world and how it works is often shaped by your beliefs.

Your beliefs shape your idea of the world.

 

Why does the mind believe things so fast?

 

The mind believes things so fast because your brain prefers gathering familiar thoughts that back its existing views. Realise this habit and you grow wise to it. As this wisdom develops, you move beyond the limits of beliefs and realise that they are unnecessary.

The brain is a survival organ and often views the unknown as a fear or threat. For this reason, the mind moves toward beliefs that support its known views. This routine can occur without your control. When you have such low awareness, thoughts build up and shape your beliefs. To show this, take the case of a group where its members hold extreme opinions. Without realising, such people drift towards others with similar views. Witness this cycle in the mind. When you engage with a belief, watch how it fights to survive by gathering material to support its views. Be aware of this habit and allow your brains fear of the unknown.

The act of allowing fears takes a great deal of energy because it alters your beliefs. Here, the brain must create and open itself to fresh groups of thought. For this task, it must form new neural paths and links. This sequence takes time and energy. In effect, it can tire the brain and body. In these early stages, relax and let the power of allowing work. Don’t waste more energy fighting yours or other people’s beliefs. Witness how futile this is when arguing with another person. Such actions create more tension and pain. Instead, allow life’s intellect to bring solutions, resolve fears and alter your beliefs.

Recognise how beliefs work and you see through their limits. In doing so, you learn that your sense of peace doesn’t depend on any belief or desire to change one. Their place then becomes unnecessary.

 

The patterns of the brain can make it easy to lose yourself in a web of belief structures.

The patterns of the brain can make it easy to lose yourself in a web of belief structures.

Are beliefs a method of comfort and reassurance?

 

In a state of low awareness, beliefs act as methods for comfort and reassurance. Here, your mind has a high momentum and the body senses distress. In this condition, you’re more prone to adopting beliefs to relieve or escape such strain. By seeing this pattern, you move through pain instead of using systems to avoid it. This awareness allows limiting beliefs to release and a life of freedom.

The feelings of uncertainty result from your brain’s denial of the unknown. Here, beliefs serve as answers that offer comfort for a short while. To confirm this, list the beliefs you hold for security. Does your state of mind depend on whether these are true? Do you have to refer to books or someone else’s words for relief? Examine the sense of dependence on beliefs. If they are false, how would you react? Without beliefs, the mind revolts because it has no crutch to hold. Witness this inner riot and accept what’s unknown. When you allow feelings of uncertainty this way, the mind finds its own answers.

You’re bound to sense the fear you were avoiding when letting go of a theory or belief. This pain arises because you’re no longer shielding yourself from the mind’s emotions. Instead, you’re letting them have full motion in your space. Through deepening in this state of allowing, you face the mind and its emotions. In doing so, inner fears, doubts and false beliefs surface. From here, they dissolve, or you find the insights to release them for good.

Beliefs hold little bearing on the endless space and brilliance of life. Whatever is true remains real and unchanged – despite what you believe. Connect to this openness and you drop the baggage of limiting beliefs. This phase of release leads to a life of freedom.

 

Beliefs can often be a trap where you avoid facing the unknown.

The act of holding to beliefs is a means of avoiding the unknown.

 

How does the body respond to a belief?

 

The body responds to beliefs with good health or illness – depending on your root state of mind. Such knowledge helps you grow more aware of your views, emotions, and their effects. By allowing these to be, your mind, body and life energy connect. These give rise to aligned beliefs, thoughts, and ideas. In this state, your health doesn’t depend on any crutch. Instead, it adapts to life’s shifting nature and wisdom.

The belief or idea of healing is often enough for your health to improve over a short period. To sense how this works, take the case of the placebo effect. Here, a person receives a drug that looks and feels like medicine. Yet, it has no healing traits. When patients use this drug, they often report good results. Instances such as this give you a taste of your pure, healthy state. Despite these benefits, the results of such treatments soon lose effect. The reason is that they base on an idea or belief in healing. In time, such beliefs change and fade from your space, thus offering only short-term solutions as the body soon adapts.

The body has a natural power to stay healthy and free of illness until an advanced age. To connect with this harmony, don’t force beliefs or try to get rid of negative thoughts. Instead, nurture the skill to be aware of your mind. After a few weeks of practice, you develop a sound base of awareness. From here, release your efforts and allow life’s intellect to act. You then learn to resolve the root cause of problems rather than engage with them at a surface level. You can apply this mindset to health and lifestyle choices. This state frees you from suffering as your mind and body align with life’s wisdom.

 

Your body shifts to a state of balance by nature. belief

Your body shifts to a state of balance by nature.

What happens as you release limiting beliefs?

 

As limiting beliefs pass, your mind merges with life’s intellect. When you’re aware of what happens during this phase, you move through it without concern. Once the mind reaches a state of balance, you stop holding onto beliefs and prefer to understand reality. Upon doing this, the following changes take place:

You move away from spiritual teachings.

 

Spiritual teachings can help as you learn to grow aware of the mind. Despite this, if such ideas become ways to avoid or cope with pain, they hinder your journey. The reason is that they lock you in their views. For example, if you convince your mind that divine beings are helping and making things happen, that’s what it sees. It also refuses to accept anything different. Witness how these beliefs can shape your thoughts. How would your life be if you released them? Would humans make continual progress in science, medicine and technology if they held onto ancient beliefs?

Once you grow wise in how beliefs work, the brain becomes less prone to fall for mental traps. These include outdated ideas, doctrines and other people’s views. You then find out life’s truths yourself – without relying on spiritual ideas. 

Changes to your lifestyle and health.

Imbalanced beliefs can trouble your lifestyle and health. They do this by gathering and taking up space in the mind and body. This leads to your cells becoming denser and less spacious, thus creating a tired, sluggish state with little drive. Here, imbalanced eating, excess weight gain/loss and illness can also occur. Once your mind becomes more open, the body sheds excess emotion and aligns with its own wisdom. This insight moves you toward a balanced, healthier life. Soon, you have more energy and feel the drive to exercise when you wish. From this point, dense emotions and thoughts cease to affect your life.

In short, by releasing limiting beliefs, the body becomes healthy, active, and spacious.

Do you have to force such changes?

You don’t have to force these changes. They occur without effort as you allow the mind to release its past baggage. This mass includes beliefs, fears, worries, and past guilt. As these burdens pass, you connect with life’s intellect.

 

As you release limiting beliefs, your lifestyle and health improve.

As you release limiting beliefs, your lifestyle and health improve.

 

 

What is faith?

 

Faith is the mind’s natural state of balance that doesn’t rely on conditions, thoughts, or beliefs. By realising this, you respect different views and methods but act on your wisdom. Here, you have the freedom to make your own choices. As a result, you grow confident and independent with full peace of mind.

Faith comes from the unchanging space that lies under thoughts and emotions. This expanse exists in each atom and cell through the cosmos. In short, it’s the empty void of existence that doesn’t experience birth or death. No matter what transpires on a physical level, this space of reality remains. When you sense such vastness, unchanging faith comes forth without effort.

Inner balance and faith come from within you. This truth means that no person, event, book, mantra, ritual, or organisation can hand it to you. Does your sense of faith count on a material body or person? Do these factors last for long? If such things are temporary, are they a source of lasting faith? In life, nothing lasts forever – except for the space where everything occurs. For this reason, you should not look for faith outside yourself. Instead, realise that permanent space lives within you as your natural state. Here, inner balance and faith thrive.

The source of everything is space. Connect with this expanse and you find unwavering peace. In due time, you develop the conscious wisdom to choose what to follow or discard. From here, no one can force their views on your mind. You then reach a state of freedom that doesn’t depend on beliefs or thoughts. From this point, it doesn’t matter what happens in your life or mind. Your inner space stays the same, untouched and undisturbed. This outcome is true faith, confidence, independence, and peace of mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. John Shearer MM

    Thank you Subraj! We are what we believe. Mindful Love & Light Always! 🙏

    Reply
    • subraj

      On the level of the mind, we are what we believe – however, on a universal level, life exists beyond any belief.

      Reply

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