Whatever you believe in, you attract into your life. Belief has its own power because, when you put a trust into something, it becomes real in your life based on you believing in it. So even if someone has faith in in something that isn’t necessarily true, the fact he or she believes in it makes it true and real to his or her inner experience.
This is why people are so easily misled. The innocence of the human mind is unlike anything else in the universe. It is unable to tell truth from falsehood. So if something is glamorized and packaged nicely, the human mind is gullible and persuaded into believing it. When the mind adopts a new belief, it attracts whatever its conviction is into its life experience.
The majority of the population is running on some sort of false belief systems that have been instilled into the mind from a young age. Belief systems are passed down from family members and onto friends and taught all over the place. Just about everywhere you look, someone is promoting his or her own belief systems and convincing others to follow along. A belief is like an advertisement that people listen to. “If it sounds convincing enough and goes with my way of life, I will believe in it.” Isn’t that how it goes?
The problem lies when people hold onto false belief systems that truth does not back. A false belief is a waste of energy and hinders one’s inner freedom. You become invested into a belief system to such an extent that you carry it with confidence because of the fact that it yours. After a long period of time in believing something, it becomes a part of you, and even if it is not true, it seems very hard to let go because it feels like you would be losing a part of yourself. This is why beliefs are not the best way to go when trying to figure out life. They become distractions and elaborated perceptions in the mind in which the viewpoint on life is restricted and the perspective of reality is slanted.
We pick up our belief systems from one another. Another person told us, “This is the way it is.” And we went along with it. That person got his or her belief system from another person passing it down. And it goes on forever.
Some people have acquired so many beliefs that they feel like they are living in a box, but they feel safe there. Each belief limits the perspective of reality a little bit. With a variety of belief systems working together, it can feel like you know everything, and one becomes overly confident with his or her views of life to the extent that he or she doesn’t allow anything else to enter, even when it is real truth. He or she becomes increasingly confident with his or her beliefs until the point that he or she thinks he or she has figured it all out and there is nothing else to learn. And so nothing else is learned, and life becomes a continuous process of the same thing over and over. And he or she wonders why he or she is feeling good. Even the greatest teachers are primarily a dedicated student, and as they teach, they continue to be open to learn.
The less beliefs one has, it is freeing, and one has more of an open mind. You need an open mind to be receptive to truth; you need exposure to truth to grow consciousness. Without hundreds of belief systems clouding your judgment and restricting your internal growth, you can start to discover the bigger picture of life.
Imagine for a second that you had absolutely no beliefs. You just were. What is left? Pure awareness, the state of peace people are trying to reach. This is not to say that you should not believe in anything. This section is included to illustrate the power of belief and the importance of an open mind and give guidance to not believe in every little thing you hear. Make your own judgments before diving into a belief system. Ask yourself, “What do I get out of believing in this?” If a belief only goes as far as a thought, it is not worth your investment. If you don’t get anything out of it except a slanted perception of reality, it is not really worth holding onto.
A baby is happy because he or she hasn’t been exposed to thousands of beliefs systems and invested in them to create a distorted version of life. He or she is just what he or she is and happy that he or she is. A baby is the closest thing to enlightenment because he or she is still pure and fully in the moment without altered beliefs that tells him or her that he or she has to be like this or that.
Now when it comes to believing in a higher energy like God, you don’t need to believe in it. You simply know it exists. This is knowledge-based faith, to know something beyond a doubt that it is even further than a belief. It is a reality, not a belief system. Over time, you develop faith and trust in the energy of God because of the inner understanding of life.
Belief is something you hear, adopt, and accept as being true. Faith is complete trust that something is true based on the knowledge you have. An inner knowingness that it is true beyond a doubt accompanies faith. To have faith means there is no doubt because it is a reality. You don’t have to believe in a reality because you know it exists. You know you have a hand, so you don’t say, “I believe I have a hand.” No, you know you have a hand without a doubt. Faith and knowingness of the reality of God is the same. You don’t just believe in it. You know it exists because it is even more apparent than your hand. God is the awareness of life. You know you have cognizance, so you have an inner knowingness of its existence without the added cling-on of belief.
Truth is rooted in reality, and when you hear truth, there is no need to believe it or not because the inner freedom it brings is dominant over a secondary belief system. Only believe in that which you know from experience, and then it is not even called a belief. It is called a reality.