“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
What is a BELIEF? Before I invite you to challenge your beliefs it maybe useful to actually ask ourselves what is a BELIEF, where do they come from, how are they formed and why are they so important? Where do BELIEFS come from?
Imagine yourself as a newly born child. You entered this world as a piece of perfection. You had no prejudices, religious orientations, opinions, hates, dislikes, jealousy, envy, material needs etc. Your most basic requirements were food, safety, and warmth. From birth you started having experiences, greatly influenced by our parents and environment. Such experiences could be of a loving or disruptive nature, of abundance or scarcity, maybe based on religious doctrimes, delivered through family, television, books, magazines, education ect. etc.
You subsequently filtered these experiences and created thoughts. You (and only you ) decided how to interpret these thoughts. They could be good, bad of simply indifferent thoughts. This interpretation process created feelings, and subsequently emotions. The result of these thoughts, feelings and emotions are your beliefs which determine your behaviour and consequently your next experience. All this goes on at a conscious as well as a subconscious level. These ‘transactions’ become the building bricks of your reality / life.
So bearing all this in mind how do you know that your Beliefs are the truth ? ♦ If you have been brought up to understand that as an individual you are of no consequence and that by following a particular religion your life will have meaning, does it make it true? ♦ If you believe you are good for nothing because that’s what everybody told you as a child , does this make it true? ♦ If you have been told at school, through the media ect. that the authorities are here to look after your best interests, does this make it true? ♦If you have been told that there is no cure for cancer but one day there will be, does this make it true? ♦ If you are told that the western world democratic elections are fair and just, does this make it true? ♦ Well the answer to all these questions could be yes, but they will be your truths. They may not however be factual truths / reality. How do you know your truths are indeed fact / reality ? You don’t . Unless you have alternative information (EXPERIENCES) providing new THOUGHTS, FEELINGS and BELIEFS…… your ‘Truths’ can not change.
So just imagine for a moment that many of your truths are not factual / reality, how is this effecting your life today ? These are the two sixty four thousand dollar questions facing us all! Wellcome to Greater Awareness TV.
If you have decided it’s time to challenge your previous beliefs it is vital you first reassess your previous thoughts. Were they based on ‘grammatical’ or logical reasoning?
Grammatical reasoning is based on thinking (asking) the questions, who what where when, before arriving to a belief. Logical reasoning is based on unquestioned beliefs, conditioned from information ‘experienced’ to date, limiting oneself to thought patterns that are peer acceptable, avoiding the questions that start with who what where when. What does that mean? In plain language, new beliefs require you to ask new questions. The example below gives a statement and the subsequent grammatical and logical reasoning scenario.
Statement: Pedophilia has been rife in the Roman Catholic Church for years and known about by the Vatican.
Logic reasoning: This is rubbish because Jesus Christ taught love and understanding, protecting the weak and vulnerable and the church is his vehicle for relaying this message to mankind. This conspiracy has been made up by anti christs and those who wish to damage the church for their own evil end.
WHO has claimed to have been a victim of this behavior?
HOW many cases have been reported?
HOW reliable are the accuser’s statements.
WHEN did the accused acts take place?
WHO is being accused of the acts?
WHAT is claimed to have taken place
WHAT was the reaction by the church?
WHO in the church knew about the accusations?
WHAT was the level of those aware
WHAT action was taken to establish the truth?
WHAT was the outcome?
WHAT action was taken (if any) as a result? etc. etc. etc.
Answers to these questions create their own set of who what where & when questions. Continue the process until you are satisfied that your conclusions (beliefs) are ‘grammatically balanced’ & provide self evident conclusions. Thereafter remain open to new information and the possible continuation of the process.
Using both logical and grammatical reasoning one can arrive to the same conclusions (beliefs). However by using grammatical reasoning you increase the probability of realising the ‘truth’ / reality as opposed to a ‘ perceived reality’ that is not the truth. If you are unwilling to use Grammatical Reasoning on certain subjects start asking yourself your own who, what, where, when how and why! This is the basis of any good ‘auto psychology’.