beliefs are so powerful that they color our entire world. We literally see what we believe, but we can--and most of us
do--fail to take responsibility for what we see, especially what we see
within. -Hugh Prather
you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed
possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon
as you can change your beliefs. -Maxwell
|Believe nothing because a wise man said it.
Believe nothing because it is generally held.
Believe nothing because it is written.
Believe nothing because it is said to be divine.
Believe nothing because someone else believes it.
But believe only what you yourself judge to be true.
belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a
superstition. -Jose Bergamin
beliefs are your reality. If you don't like
the reality you see, change your beliefs!
as long as I can remember, people said I would never
be able to do anything. My parents and I believed I could,
and we've been proving them wrong ever since.
Hoyt (diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth)
we adopt certain beliefs when we're children and use them
automatically when we become adults, without ever checking them
out against reality. This brings to mind the story of the
woman who always cut off the end of the turkey when she put it in
the oven. Her daughter asked her why, and her mother
responded, "I don't know. My mother always did
it." Then she went and asked her mother, who said,
"I don't know. My mother always did it." The
she went and asked her grandmother, who said, "The oven
wasn't big enough." -Charlotte
therapist does not treat patients by simply giving them
another set of beliefs. He or she tries to help them see which
kinds of ideas and beliefs have led to their suffering. Many
patients want to get rid of their painful feelings, but they
do not want to get rid of their beliefs, the viewpoints
that are the very roots of their feelings.
philosophies wrap their seekers in a strict belief system. By virtue of what they include, they exclude everything else,
especially some vital realizations. Periodically
revising our philosophy
of life as we live it is, therefore, a critically valuable exercise.
|And this I do believe above all, especially in
times of greater
discouragement, that I must BELIEVE—that I must believe
in my fellow people—that I must believe in myself—that
I must believe in God—if life is to have any meaning.
-Margaret Chase Smith
we believe about ourselves can hold us hostage. Over the years
I have come to respect the power of people's beliefs. The thing that
has amazed me is that a belief is more than just an idea--it seems
to shift the way in which we actually experience ourselves and
our lives. According to Talmudic teaching, "We do not see
things as they
are. We see them as we are." A belief is like a pair of
we wear a belief and look at life through it, it is difficult to convince
that what we see is not real. . . . Sometimes because of our beliefs we
have never seen ourselves or life whole before. No matter. We
recognize life anyway. Our life force may not require us to
strengthen it. We often just need to free it where it has gotten trapped
in beliefs, attitudes, judgment, and shame.
addiction, and one we least often talk about,
is being addicted to beliefs. We really get hooked into
thinking what we believe is true and right.
were so strong in their beliefs that there came
a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those
beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness.
are what you are
by what you believe.
this little word belief
hang all your sorrows and joys.
Believe nothing, O
monks, merely because you have been told it. . .
or because it is traditional, or because you yourself have imagined it.
Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect
for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis,
you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all
beings--that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
What we call rational
grounds for our beliefs are often
extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.
-Thomas Henry Huxley
you have a belief that the
people who love you will leave you,
then sure enough, it will happen. Over and over again.
So you had better become
aware of your unconscious beliefs. They are creating
your experience of life. They are based on your past
experiences, and mostly they are
formed in your early childhood. As long as these beliefs
there is no way to be
released from them. -Leonard
our beliefs actually change,
so do our experiences.
important part of our work toward emotional growth and
change will come from examining our belief systems
regarding all areas of life. To gain the courage to
be yourself, you need to address the beliefs that are
keeping you stuck where you are. What beliefs,
assumptions, and attitudes are you holding onto even
though they no longer enhance your life? It is
possible to free yourself from worn-out beliefs and
acquire ones that bring happiness, strength, and
self-esteem. What we believe we may become.
Patton Thoele, The
Courage to Be Yourself
One of the
hardest expressions of self-assertiveness is challenging
your limiting beliefs. -Nathaniel
assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
To believe in God for me is to feel
that there is a God, not a dead one, or a stuffed one, who
with irresistible force urges us towards more loving.
-Vincent van Gogh
People are made by their
beliefs. As they believe, so they are.
-the Bhagavad Gita
We must here make a clear distinction between belief and faith, because, in general practice, belief has come to mean a state of mind which is almost the opposite of faith. Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would “lief” or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go. In this sense of the word, faith is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deception.
Most of us believe in order to feel secure, in order to make our individual lives seem valuable and meaningful. Belief has thus become an attempt to hang on to life, to grasp and keep it for one’s own. But you cannot understand life and its mysteries as long as you try to grasp it. Indeed, you cannot grasp it, just as you cannot walk off with a river in a bucket. If you try to capture running water in a bucket, it is clear that you do not understand it and that you will always be disappointed, for in the bucket the water does not run. To “have” running water you must let go of it and let it run. The same is true of life and of God.
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