Much a’ Do About Beliefs

What is a belief anyway? It’s something that has been passed down from generation to generation, or an assumption that has been taken on, supported, and lived by as a certainty.

What exactly are you certain about? Just stop and think for a moment. I bet you can count on one hand, the things you’re certain about. Now look at all your beliefs, those assumptions you live by, are they certainties? What if only 50% of your beliefs are true and almost none of what you worry about will ever come to pass.

Remember it’s not what happens to us that matters as much as it’s the meaning we give to what happens to us. The meaning we assign it labels it a lesson or a crisis, a disaster or a joy, the end of the world or just another day.

Every day, whatever we see and hear, we filter through our belief systems and we make judgments based on those filters. We can be closed minded and know that we know what is correct, right, and certain or we can be open-minded and inquisitive. I’ve found that being curious and inquisitive is rather easy for me. But I notice many people including one of my sons, is not at all curious, he thinks he has it all figured out.  A parent usually begins to notice this when the 11 year old turns 12 and it doesn’t stop until they are much older.

The older I get the more I know there is much I don’t have figured out and this is not a bad place to be. It keeps life interesting, it causes me to be more interested in people, things and situations – it makes life adventurous and lessens the friction and disappointment. Didn’t someone say, “Life is either daring adventure or it’s nothing”?

Do we honestly want to be led around by the nose based on the beliefs that someone else gave us?  Ideas like: I don’t have enough experience, I don’t have a degree, I don’t know how, I could never do that, I can’t earn 6 figures, etc.

Do we want to put our energy and faith in assumptions or do we challenge them, and open our minds up to possibility? It’s all about being discerning in the moment, discernment brings awareness, awareness brings choice. Choice brings possibility and freedom.

What do you think?

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~ by transformativethoughts on September 18, 2009.

One Response to “Much a’ Do About Beliefs”

  1. I love your posts. This one resonates with me. In a seminar series I used to teach, one of the most powerful tools was “Your Beliefs Create Your Reality.” The students were taught how to break out of their limiting beliefs that were passed down through the generations and picked up through their environments. However, I didn’t include the importance of adding curiosity and inquisitiveness to the mix. I have had the chance to play with these recently and my experience and your post have convinced me to add them into my programs as I see how they open our beliefs to new possibilities.

    Thanks for the insight.

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