Thinking Outside of The Box
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Your Belief System
Your belief system is the actual set of precepts from which you live your daily life, those which govern your thoughts, words, and actions. Without these precepts you could not function, so in order to take this journey, and to give it some meaning, you must answer the following questions for yourself. It will help you find out where you are, and as with any journey it helps to know where you are starting from. Please understand that this is not an easy thing for most people to do, but it is necessary to see ourselves as we truly are no matter how unpleasant this task may be. Even if you think you know the answers, please read the questions and think about the truthful answers that need to be given. If any part of what you believe is a lie, then you are not acting from a place of truth. For without acting in a way that is completely truthful, you will find that everything you do is a lie, therefore any attempt you might make toward resolving any problem would be in vain.
What do you believe, and why do you believe it?
The answers to these questions (if we are truthful) define who we are, how we act, and what we truly believe, but we must be brutally honest. People are very strange when it comes to being honest with themselves. We have ways of deceiving ourselves into believing we did the right things, and of course, for the right reasons, but did we? As they say, nobility is not a birthright, it is defined by our actions, which are choices formed by our beliefs. Our beliefs are also choices. If you want to know what your true beliefs are, look at the things you do, the way you treat not just yourself and other people, but everything around you. Look at the way you interact or don't interact with others. Most importantly look at why, or the reasons behind why you do what you do. What motivated your every thought, word, and action? For these things will tell you about who you are, and what you believe. It is amazing however to find that some people do not have any real beliefs of their own. They never take the time to really think and question, they just take on the attitudes and thought patterns of those around them. People have taken this acceptance of attitudes and thought patterns to the point of willingly being a part of systems that are killing them.
In order to find out what belief system you have, or have adopted, certain questions must be asked. The core of what and who you are starts with whether you Truly believe in one of the following and remember this is not about religion, this is about you.
- A supreme being,
- Just an existence beyond the physical of some kind
- Nothing at all.
Since this is the most important aspect of defining who you are:
- Have you given any thought at all to the belief system you have?
- Did you make a conscious decision to believe what you do or not?
- Did you just adopt your parents', spouse's, or other's belief system because it was what you grew up with or just wanted to do?
- If you did make a decision, did you make an informed decision, or did you just decide arbitrarily?
- If you did make an informed decision, on what information did you base your decision?
- What was the source of this information?
- Was the source of the information just what you had heard from people who profess some sort of spiritual or religious practice? If so did you get your information from their pamphlets, info sheets, or instructional material?
- Have you read any "sacred texts"?
- Did you research the history of the "sacred texts" or did you just accept or reject them for what they were represented to be?
- Did you do any research, the in-depth kind you would need to do in preparing a thesis or dissertation?
- If you haven't done these things, how important are you to yourself?
If you chose not to believe in a Supreme Being, why? At the time you made your decision, was it because of one of your answers to any of the aforementioned questions? There are more questions that could have been asked, to be sure, covering a greater variety of situations, but for the sake of brevity we'll move on.
Regardless of how you arrived at your decision not to believe, you used the five basic senses to gather whatever information you used for that decision. On the other hand, there are many things beyond the abilities of your five senses to perceive. Some of these phenomena are detectible only through the use of technology. For example, X-rays, the ultraviolet spectrum, magnetic lines of force, sounds dogs can hear but we cannot, and the list goes on with examples too numerous to mention. There are many things that we don't know, and we should not be so conceited to believe that we know everything, or anything for that matter. So how could you make a definitive conclusion that something does not exist, based on just what you know, or think you know? Are you still open minded enough to listen to another point of view?
If you chose to believe in a Supreme Being, why? At the time you made your decision, was it because of one of your answers to any of the aforementioned questions? There are more questions that could have been asked for this also, but as stated before, for the sake of brevity we will move on.
For those who believe in a Supreme Being, or God, think about this. What is God? What type of being is God. How does God communicate to people things they need to know, do, and be. Is it that God only talks to a few people, or does God talk to everyone everyday, and only a few people are listening, or more to the point, making the choice to listen? Would everyone hear God in the same way? Do you think cultural differences and personalities would affect the message? What do you think the message is? What do you think the common link between God and humanity is? Is it possible that a piece of God is in each and every person? If this message from God is for everyone, do you suppose it would have to be a simple one? Do you think God would make it so simple anyone could know and understand it, if they truly looked, without the need of any writings? What do you think another person could tell you that God could not? What do you suppose keeps the voice of God so hard to hear? Why is it said that God works in mysterious ways? What makes things a mystery? Things are only mysterious because we lack understanding. Are you still open minded enough to listen to another point of view?
Let us take a break at this point from personal view points, and look at the overall view of what humanity has done. This will help to establish what the global belief system is, at least the dominant beliefs.
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