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Do you believe what you believe is really real?

By Wathenia Guinn, Life Coach & Mentor August 2015

Where do beliefs come from? What is the source of beliefs? Where are our beliefs leading us? Are we born with our own beliefs, or are we adopting another’s beliefs as our own?

I am very curious about BELIEFS, What is a belief? How are beliefs formed? How do we find a belief? Are beliefs learned or do we create our beliefs based on our own truth? How do beliefs serve us in our lives? Let’s search some frameworks and theories to see what they say about this thing called belief.

Merriam Webster’s;

  • A feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true
  • A feeling that something is good, right, or valuable
  • A feeling of trust in the worth or ability of someone

A state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing. Conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon, especially when based on examination of evidence.

Psychology

Beliefs are literally the lens through which you view the world. They can:

  1. influence your perceptions
  2. define for you what is good, bad, true, real and possible
  3. skew your perspective in positive or negative ways
  4. direct and/or limit the actions you take
  5. shape your character
  6. affect your relationships
  7. establish a specific course you will follow
  8. determine your health
  9. harness or hijack your passion
  10. lower or raise your level of happiness

Religion

Religion refers to the community of people who share similar beliefs and who work together to provide both support for going deeper into those beliefs and accountability for living up to those beliefs. Religions codify beliefs into sacred texts and–by means of rituals and moral practices–seek to facilitate the deepest possible connection with the beliefs the particular community holds.

Belief represents the truths claims I make as a result of my spiritual journey. When, as a result of my spiritual striving, I decide that “this is true” and “this is not” I am articulating various “beliefs” that I hold because of experiences I have had while trying to satisfy my innate sense of faith (i.e., that innate human longing for meaning, purpose, and significance) by engaging in various spiritual practices and pursuits.

Have you ever wondered?

Politics

Conservative vs Liberal beliefs

Liberals believe in government action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.

Conservatives believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.

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Science

I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research. Albert Einstein

Have you ever wondered?

The frameworks and theories list around beliefs is extensive here are a few more;

Your truth, your values, your perceptions, your family influences, social influences, your experiences, mathematics, history, music, Hollywood, books, media and the list goes on and on.

What I am discovering through the journey of beliefs is that our beliefs are very connected to what we see as truth. I am on a personal journey to discover new and old beliefs. I find myself asking what do I really believe in and why do I believe it to be true? I am challenging and questioning my belief system. I would enjoy taking this journey alongside of you. I am going to end with a question…

What if everything we believe to be truth is a lie?

Please share with me your thoughts, feelings, experiences of what your truth is and how you found it. I look forward with giddy anticipation in hearing from you, whoever you are.

Warm regards,

Wathenia Guinn


Originally published at rexseven.com.

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