"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact."
~ William James
The other day I was talking with a friend…okay, maybe not a friend, but an acquaintance…and she said something that made me stop and think. She said, “Yeah, I’ll believe that when I see it.” I don’t even remember the topic, because my reaction to this statement was so immediate and so strong.
After hearing these words spoken out loud and so casually at that, I remember immediately thinking, “Wow, that is actually backward.” Let me explain…
Our beliefs are what allows things into our lives. We are unable to experience anything that does not fit within our beliefs. Of course, we can experience small shifts in our beliefs, things that are just skirting the edges of what we believe…it isn’t a great leap to get to the point that we experience these small increments…but we cannot experience anything that lies far outside of our belief system…our minds will just not accept it.
You can experience anything in this life
You can truly experience anything in this life…absolutely anything…as long as you truly believe that it is possible. You can fly (without mechanical aid), run a 1 minute mile, have complete access to the all of the collective knowledge of the Universe, or anything else you might be able to conceive of. You can experience things that you cannot right now imagine…all it takes is true, unshakable belief that this can be a part of your life.
Now most of our beliefs are similar to that of other humans, especially the people that we have grown up with, the people who have an influence in our lives. We are taught beliefs from a very young age, and our belief system is very strong…not easily changed. That does not mean that our beliefs cannot be changed. That does not mean that whatever most of the people you know believe is true, is necessarily true for you. What you believe will be your truth…each of us has our own beliefs, and thus our own truths…they can vary vastly.
But Don, how can this be true? If we all have different beliefs, and thus different truths, isn’t that a recipe for chaos? Wouldn’t the world crumble with vast differences in beliefs? What would happen to the natural order of things?
Be at ease about this. The world is not going to fall apart. As a matter of fact, it has always been a world where everyone is free to believe as they choose…and to experience the truth of those beliefs. That is what makes this physical plane so interesting…we get to experience the playing out of the truths of our lives…and that provides us with such delicious expansion.
There is plenty of room in our world for all beliefs. When we believe as we do, people with similar and supporting beliefs are attracted into our lives, and we live joyfully in that co-creative environment. Those who hold beliefs contrary to what we believe will stay out of our lives, or, if they are in our lives now, they will slowly fade from our lives and our awareness. This is one of the main reasons that people travel in and out of our lives as we progress along our journey – they are either here to support us in our beliefs and truths, or they are here to challenge us and help us decide to change. None of it happens by accident, it is all part of the way we choose it to be.
Back to my conversation…I remember my reaction to hearing “I’ll believe that when I see it,” was immediate and strong. Yes, it is backward. But the important thing to me is that the reaction was immediate…that means that I am really starting to understand what I am currently in the process of changing my beliefs to…I am making progress. It is cause for celebration!
You see, I know much of what I say here on an intellectual level…it is something that I have learned, and I see that it can be valid, but I also have many beliefs that these ideas challenge. I am far from accepting the ideas completely. I see the value in them, and I want to believe them with all my heart, so I work at it. This conversation was evidence for me that I am making progress!
My friend is never going to see whatever it was that we were talking about. She does not believe that it is in the realm of possibility, or at least not the realm of probability, and thus, she is not in a place where she can experience it, no matter how much she wants to experience it. Until she is willing to accept that it can happen…to believe it without evidence (some call this faith), she will not see it.
Our beliefs do determine what we can see in this life. There is no question about that. The good news is that we can choose our beliefs. We can change them as new evidence comes to light, or, more likely, as new desires come to us, born from the contrast we live in our lives.
A belief is just a thought we keep thinking
According to “Abraham”, the collective consciousness interpreted by Esther Hicks, a belief is just a thought we keep thinking. I believe it is really that simple (and I keep thinking that!). If this is right, then to change your beliefs, you only need change your dominant, recurring thoughts about the subject.
If you really want to see something in your life, then you need to start believing it, or at least believing it is possible, then you can progress to believing that it is probable, and then that it is inevitable.
Do you have beliefs that are not serving your best interests? Do you want to change what you believe? Are there others in your life that have different beliefs than you? Can you accept that you can change your beliefs, and thus, the truths of your life? Let us know what you think. This is a subject that I feel needs to be aired out. We all look forward to your comments.