Saturday, April 27, 2013

Our Belief Structure

Fame or integrity: which one is more important? Money or happiness: which one is more valuable? Success or failure: which one is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfillment, You will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, You will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have, Rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, The whole world belongs to you.

Lao-tzu, the father of Taoism, lived 500 years before Christ was born. His words are the foundation for moral awareness as well as self-love. We experiences what we believe because we focus and concentrate on those beliefs. Thoughts about our reality are reinforced consciously as well as unconsciously. Our family and all those we have contact with have a hand in influencing our belief structure.

Our belief structure is a complicated creation. We have visible as well as invisible beliefs. The visible beliefs are called core beliefs. Invisible beliefs can be called subsidiary beliefs. It’s easy to spot the invisible beliefs in others, before we identify our own invisible beliefs. Invisible beliefs can change our experiences. The exterior sense data we accept may compliment the ideas that spring from our invisible beliefs.

We limit the physical self by the evidence we accumulate through sense data. The collaboration between sense data and our beliefs create our experiences, and we associate those experiences using a dualistic judgment method. We place those experiences in a positive or negative category based on our core beliefs about those experiences. There is a portion of the conscious mind that overrides our judgmental categories because the influences and associations about our physical reality may be filled with distorted truths. Distorted truths can become distorted beliefs so our physical reality is a learning reality as well as a judgmental one.

Core Beliefs are strong ideas about our reality. Subsidiary or invisible beliefs reinforce core beliefs. They only seem logical in relationship to core beliefs. The strength of our core beliefs will draw from our inner conscious mind only those ideas that fit into the structure of a specific or a group of core beliefs. Our core beliefs as well as our invisible beliefs create the physical energy in each experience. We are what we believe. When we recognize our visible as well our invisible beliefs, we are able to change how we perceive our experiences.

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