BELIEF

 

On the journey to realization, one of the greatest challenges we confront is recognizing the extent that our unexamined beliefs may impede the recognition of the true nature of reality. A belief can be defined as: A thought, feeling, acceptance or inner conviction that a statement is true, or that something exists. Also: Trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something. 

 

Ordinary, day-to-day functioning is served well by many of the beliefs that we rely upon for guidance; for example, believing a friend’s truthfulness, or a stranger’s providing us with driving directions. But we hold within us a generous quantity of other beliefs, both unconscious and conscious, that, although felt (believed) to reflect reality, can be major obstacles to self-realization or awakening. These limiting beliefs need to be recognized and understood.

 

Spiritual teachers and sages tell that knowing greater dimensions of experience is possible. Paradoxically, one must believe (or intuit) the veracity of such claims long enough to determine the truth through direct experience. Deep inquiry can reveal that confusion and suffering are the result of believing thoughts that are not true.What is often required is to suspend one’s disbelief (note that disbelief is, in itself, just a reactive, negative belief) long enough to look within, inquire or practice.

 

QUOTES

 

Belief is a cover up for insecurity . . . if something is real you don't have to believe in it, you know it.

~ Deepak Chopra

 

Doubt underlies every belief. Doubt brings defense. If you don't believe me, challenge the next person who seems to be stating Truth. When you see them defend it, notice the doubt that is coming to the surface. This is when you know it is a belief. But the real juice is when you can see this in yourself, isn't it? Until then, everyone else has to do it for you.

~ Scott Kiloby

When we know we're ignorant of something, this is knowledge. If we are ignorant of something and believe we are not ignorant, this mistaken knowledge, this belief, functions as knowledge in our experience, even though it is false. 

~ A H Almaas

You don't need any methods to get rid of 

the wrong ideas you have about yourself. 

All you have to do is stop believing them.

~ Annamalai Swami

Most people don’t let go of one belief without grabbing another belief. This one is better, so I’ll take this one now. But to question the one who is holding the beliefs is much more efficient than to question each little belief along the way, because you will see through one but soon another one will pop up. It’s kind of like pulling weeds. . . .

“Uprooting the one who is holding the beliefs is what it is all about. Who is the one who is holding this belief? Who is the one who is struggling? Who is the one who is not struggling? Once you uproot the one who is holding the structure together, then the whole structure collapses. If I pull the root out, then the whole conceptual structure collapses. If you leave a piece of the root, it’s going to come back and start building again.”

~ Adyashanti

 

You have been brainwashed since you were a small child, 

and you have a belief system that you react to everyday. 

You say this is good and this is bad 

and this is right and this is wrong, 

I love this and I hate this. 

All part of your belief system, the mind. 

Now these roots have been planted a long time ago. 

Therefore to get rid of your negative thinking so-to-speak, 

you have to dig a big hole to pull out the roots. 

You do this by turning away from your problems, 

turning away from your situations, 

turning away from the world and diving deep within yourself. 

Continually, day after day after day, never looking for results. 

Never saying, I've been practicing a month now 

and nothing has happened. 

Remember how many years it took you to be the way you are. 

The things that your mind has accepted. 

The stuff you've got deep in your subconscious so-to-speak. 

It has to come up and gotten rid of.

~ Robert Adams

You believe this mind so completely that you invest all your energy in it until after awhile it appears to be solid and real. We believe the content of our minds to be reality. We completely believe our thoughts, our ideas, our beliefs, and our dreams, and we make them solid by continuing to see them and believing them to be reality. 

~ A. H. Almaas

Free of all belief we can live fully in trust to what is. 

Free from all belief, what is real and true arises effortlessly as it must.

~ Eric Gross

 

The limiting beliefs that formed in early childhood about yourself, others and life are programmed into your mind at an unconscious level, and define you and determine your experience of life. Until you awaken to a higher level of consciousness, there is no way to be watchful of yourself at the level of mind. The more you are watchful in a spirit of unconditional love and acceptance, the more you will be released from these limiting beliefs.

~ Leonard Jacobson

 

Belief, any belief, is based on the sense of insecurity.

Only when all belief is given up, are you free to know yourself.

In self-discovery, what you find is the Truth - that Truth which is total, self-evident and which needs no outside support or justification.

~ Ramesh Balsekar

 

Belief resides within the shadow of doubt. It only functions effectively in direct proportion to the suppression of the doubt that it seeks to override.

~ Tony Parsons

 

Beliefs are the unquestioned acceptance of an idea 

in the absence of verification and reason. 

Beliefs are not facts; beliefs are the escape from facts. 

Beliefs are the food of a make-believe world.

Permanent clarity is available to you, 

but not if you want to cling to your beliefs. 

~ Wu Hsin

 

The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.

~ Pema Chodron

 

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.

~ J. Krishnamurti

 

Common advice for spiritual seekers when dealing with their beliefs is to question them to see if they hold up to scrutiny, to see if they are actually true. This is the “true until proven false” approach. It can be a long process because we have so many beliefs—and beliefs about beliefs.

A more expedient method is to reject all beliefs right away, without further obedience or trial. Instead of continuing to assume they are true, flip the switch and assume they are lies. Make a clean break of it. This is the “false until proven true” approach. Demand your former beliefs prove themselves to be true in your *direct experience* before possibly admitting them back in. In the meantime, enjoy the exhilaration of “no-belief” and hope it persists. Truth is magnetically attracted to a state of no-belief.

~ Bart Marshall

 

Nothing you believe is true. 

To understand this is freedom.

~ Byron Katie

We literally hypnotize ourselves with our beliefs. 

We consciously accept them, focus on them, 

and never question their truth because the results look so real. 

That’s the nature of beliefs – to hide within the truth.

The interesting thing about our beliefs is 

they need to validate themselves.

The way they validate themselves is to present 

all sorts of “proof” that they are real. 

They will stop at nothing to create the illusion of truth and fact.

Yet, our beliefs are not there to help or hinder us. 

They are just following our orders. 

The end result is that what we believe we will have, 

and what we believe we will become.

~ Dr. Robert Anthony

Observe your thoughts, don't believe them.

~ Eckhart Tolle

 

The Buddha spoke gently, "Once a person is caught by belief in a doctrine, one loses all one's freedom". When one becomes dogmatic, that person believes his or her doctrine is the only truth and that all other doctrines are heresy.

Disputes and conflicts all arise from narrow views. They can extend endlessly, wasting precious time and sometimes even leading to war. Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path. Bound to narrow views, one becomes so entangled that it is no longer possible to let the door of truth open.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

It is your conscious and unconscious assumptions and beliefs that distort your perception and cause you to see separation and division where there is actually only unity and completeness.

~ Adyashanti

Your mind believes that if things went according to what you believe to be the right way then everything would be fine. This is not the truth. This is a game your mind uses to keep you resisting what is. Essentially, it is a construct created to give you that good feeling that you are right and that you know what is best.

~Jac O'Keeffe

 

Beliefs provide comfort and security, but no understanding. 

They are the comfort and security of a pleasant dream. 

In the same way as sleep overtakes you, 

true wakefulness will also overtake you. 

That is the end of beliefs. 

There is nothing for you to do to bring it about 

because there can be no "one" to do anything. 

A candle in a painting cannot be extinguished by the wind. 

A thought arises and the body reacts in accordance with its nature. 

It is the Conscious Life Energy that acts 

while you imagine that you are acting.

~ Wu Hsin

 

You don't need any methods to get rid of 

the wrong ideas you have about yourself. 

All you have to do is stop believing them.

~ Annamalai Swami

 

What you are thinking and believing is the cause of feelings and emotions.

~ Byron Katie

 

Belief, any belief, is based on the sense of insecurity.

Only when all belief is given up, are you free to know yourself.

In self-discovery, what you find is the Truth - that Truth which is total, self-evident and which needs no outside support or justification.

~ Ramesh Balsekar

 

A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years.

~ Byron Katie

 

Many of our ideas and beliefs about ourselves and the world are so deeply ingrained that we are unaware that they are beliefs and take them, without question, for the absolute truth.

~ Rupert Spira

 

The question is, what do you believe? 

It's your life. What you believe, what you accept, 

becomes your life style. 

You create it, you cause it. 

This is why everyone sees a different world. 

We see ourselves. 

It stands to reason therefore, why not see your real Self?

Why not experiment? 

Why not begin to believe that you are God?

~ Robert Adams

 

As long as we believe ourselves to be 

even the least different from God, fear remains with us; 

but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; 

of what can we be afraid?

~ Swami Vivekananda

 

Belief is a poor substitute for understanding.

To begin to question one's beliefs is to

Begin to understand.

~ Wu Hsin

 

Religion is any thought that you believe in. It becomes your religion. Like "My kids should not leave socks on the floor" = religion

~ Byron Katie

Beliefs are the unquestioned acceptance of an idea 
in the absence of verification and reason. 
Beliefs are not facts; beliefs are the escape from facts. 
Beliefs are the food of a make-believe world.

Permanent clarity is available to you, 
but not if you want to cling to your beliefs. 
If you insist on believing, believe this: 
I am Conscious Life Energy. 
Because I am, all is. 
I am vibrant intelligence, by which flowers grow and wounds heal. 
In my absence, existence as it is known, ceases. 
The world is my manifest expression 
and this body is its instrument of perception and action. 
In this regard, I am the Knowing of every sensation, feeling and thought.
I am the Author of every action.

~ Wu Hsin

 

All together we are believing a collective consciousness that we are not what we are. And because we believe it we have to believe in a journey to get back to what we already are. 

~ Mooji

 

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. 

Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. 

Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. 

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. 

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. 

But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

~ Buddha

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