What are beliefs and their effects?

Feb 12, 2024 | Religion | 2 comments

 

Beliefs are groups of thoughts the mind uses to fathom, understand, and explain life. Together, they shape your worldview and reality. How do you view life? The surface answer to this question stems from your environment, upbringing, and education. Such factors vary amongst humans, hence why diverse belief systems exist. These frameworks arise in your space as views, ideas, concepts, opinions, or notions that often shape your choices and actions. To grasp this truth, list your views about local people, for example, “England and its residents are kind”. How do such notions affect your decisions? Do they stem from personal experience, or from what you read and hear from others? Examine the source of such ideas, then question and explore each angle. An active meditation. This form of inquiry allows you to understand how beliefs form and move in your space.

 

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.

 

 

Can beliefs change throughout your life?

 

Beliefs can change throughout your life because their root, influencing factors, are always shifting. These include your surroundings, company and the resulting thoughts they create. Such fluid shifts in your brain often happen at each life stage without you realising. A natural progression. Despite this, many humans latch onto rigid, familiar notions for a lifetime. Such lasting ties often limit progress. These knots linger because of the way people engage with their beliefs. Most times, they repeat, act upon, defend, or strive to change them through constant force and mental effort. Such attempts rarely work. At present, many humans identify with their notions and concepts, thus preventing change within themselves and others. By learning this, you realise how vital it is to allow beliefs and their root factors to shift without effort.

 

Beliefs can change throughout your life because their root, influencing factors, are always shifting.

Beliefs can change throughout your life because their root, influencing factors, are always shifting.

What happens if you attach to beliefs for long periods?

If you attach to beliefs for long periods, the mind often views them as true. These notions may appear real, but in reality, they’re often not. In any instance, if you continue repeating thoughts, their links strengthen. This effect is sometimes unwanted. Your brain also finds evidence to support these views – no matter how false they are. If you constantly think, believe, and reaffirm something, your mind soon concludes it as true. Has this happened to you? What did you force yourself to believe? Notions like this are fragile because thought bundles shape them, hence why they rest on shaky, weak grounds. If something was true, should it require reinforcing? Leave forced approaches aside by understanding that the truth dwells within your mind’s core. By letting false notions drop away, you gravitate toward finding the absolute facts that rest beyond thought and belief. Together, these truths set you free.

 

Beliefs can change throughout your life because their root, influencing factors, are always shifting. 

Beliefs can change throughout your life because their root, influencing factors, are always shifting.

 

Do the mind’s beliefs always align with the truth?

 

The mind’s belief systems don’t always align with the truth. To explain this, take the case of Earth being a round, spherical planet. A simple fact of science. This reality remains, no matter what your mind chooses to believe. In ancient times, humans wrongly assumed the Earth was flat and lived at the centre of the universe. They passed such theories down countless generations without question. When several conscious people broke free from these mental reins, they explored, read, and questioned popular beliefs. With this approach, they concluded Earth as a small, round planet orbiting the sun. Many cases exist of modern science disproving similar, long-held notions. Research these further. Given this study, don’t grasp onto beliefs as set matters that always align with the truth. Witness how human thinking often clouds facts. Stay alert when the mind’s belief systems show themselves, then question, explore, study, and draw your unique answers.

 

Stay alert when the mind's belief systems show themselves, then question, explore, study, and draw your unique answers.

Stay alert when the mind’s belief systems show themselves, then question, explore, study, and draw your unique answers.

 

 

What is faith?

 

Faith is your mind’s lasting state of balance and peace that doesn’t rely on conditions, writings, thoughts, or beliefs. An unconditional, divine state. In short, faith mirrors the empty canvas where life unfolds. This phrase may appear repetitive because each solution, event and action backtracks to the same source – openness. Each person yearns to find such faith. Most times, they search for it in prayer, beliefs, objects, rituals, teachers, words, songs, products, and places. Despite such efforts, they only experience brief, fleeting flashes of faith. These are short, hopeful glimpses. Let them guide you toward lasting balance and peace.

During times of crisis such as illness or loss, it’s common to seek faith from outside sources. These provide focus and something to accept and believe. Together, they help calm thoughts and bring guidance when managing and moving through problems. During tough times, outside sources of faith are useful but don’t offer lasting solutions because of the brain’s wandering nature. Notice this pattern. By doing so, you set the base for permanent faith.

In a faithful state, you no longer need to rely on anything. It’s a restful, accepting stance where both solutions and problems merge. Here, you gain access to unbound wisdom. No matter how troubling thoughts and feelings get, you’re able to allow them fully as they move in your presence. The mind also remains patient and strong through its deep connection with life. To fathom this, picture the sky. Its main body of air stays undisturbed – regardless of any storms occurring on the outer surface. Pure faith works the same. It doesn’t attach to passing disturbances and maintains a hold with stable stillness. This trait lies within you. By continuing to grow in awareness, this lasting faith shines throughout your life and replaces the need for outside reliance.

 

 

 

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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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