What do you believe about yourself and your life? Did you know that your beliefs are critical to how you your experience the world?
Harry Palmer, author of the Avatar Materials says, ” What we believe and how we believe determine our reality. When you change your beliefs, your experiences will change.”
There are two key points being made here. First that your beliefs determine your reality…your world, views, thoughts, habits, experiences, etc. The second is that by changing your beliefs you can change your reality, what you experience and who you are.
Buddha’s perspective reinforces the idea that our thinking creates who we are when he said, ” The mind is everything. What you think you become.” So what are you thinking about yourself and your life? Is it positive, supportive and encouraging? Or do you criticize, complain and harp on what’s wrong with yourself and your life. Do you believe that the universe is benign or that it is out to get you? What do you believe about people? Do you believe that they are basiclly good and honest or corrupt and dishonest?
Your beliefs create the viewpoints (lens) through which you view the world and predisposes us to seeing what we expect. It is interesting that these lens create expectations and filters that result in us getting what we expect. So, if you believe that people are honest you will primarily see people as honest versus dishonest. So, let’s take an example and say you are short changed by a clerk in a store. If you see people as honest you will think they just make a mistake. If you view people as bad or corrupt you will assume that they were trying to cheat you.
Which do you think will make your life easier? You will collect evidence for whatever believes you hold.
How do you want to live? Positively or negatively. You get to decide and choose your beliefs. What do you want to become?