Our guest today is Evita Ochel from Evolving Beings.
Perhaps from the day that we can communicate, we start to form beliefs. And as we go through life, we seem to accumulate more and more beliefs. Not only that, but in many ways our convictions also grow stronger as to what we believe.
In fact, the average person is mostly defined by what they believe or do not believe. We insist on holding so tightly to so many of our beliefs that they can cause us a lot of suffering. In fact they can destroy us, our communities, even whole countries. We see examples of this all around us in our world.
We fight for our beliefs. We will argue with loved ones and strangers alike, over our beliefs. Some even kill for their beliefs.
But have you ever stepped back, and consciously considered what it is that you believe, and why? That is what we are going to examine here today.
What We Believe
Allow me to throw out some common beliefs that are shared by many in our society. Perhaps you will find some of your own beliefs in the examples below…
We believe that there is a God. If we are part of one of the major religions, we believe it is the right one for our salvation.
We believe in science. We believe in gravity. We believe that the world is round. We believe that there is time.
We believe that meat is part of a healthy diet. We believe we must kill animals in order to survive.
We believe that some diseases can’t be avoided. We believe that some diseases can’t be cured.
We believe that terrorists are the cause of most of our political conflicts. We believe our countries are protecting us.
We believe that ghosts and spirits only exist in movies. We believe our physical existence is the most important aspect of ourselves.
We believe that if we only had more money, everything would be much better.
We believe… we believe… we believe…
A Personal Exercise in Expanding Your Beliefs
The above are just, but a few examples of some of our common beliefs. On a personal level we have many more. But how sure are you about any of these things? I mean really, really sure…
Before we go any further, I hope you can take a few minute break from reading this, and on a piece of paper or your computer, write down some items you strongly believe. If you have little time, perhaps just do 10 items. If you have lots of time, make the list as long as things are flowing from within you.
Okay, go ahead and write down your items.
Now look at the list. Read each point to yourself and try to trace the root of that belief. Often times, you will find that so many of the beliefs that we hold were influenced there by someone else, and that many really do not have a sound reason for being there.
Next, ask yourself the following question, as you look through your list again. How sure are you about each of your beliefs? Are you 100% sure that each of the beliefs you have is exactly as you believe it?
If you come across anything where you do not feel 100% sure (which for most of us, will be the majority of the list, if we are truly honest), allow that gap there to exist, as that gap provides space for growth.
We pick up our parents’ beliefs, and they their parents, and so on. We pick up beliefs from our governments, religions, friends, and the media. And while some of these beliefs may be serving our highest good, many of them do not.
Many people “believe” that one must have a set of beliefs, otherwise they do not know who they are, where they came from…. etc., etc.
But there will come a time for all of us, where we come to fully realize, that we are not our beliefs. That time can be now for so many of us, as we free ourselves from the confines of limiting beliefs.
So today, I am not telling you or asking you to give up your beliefs, only expand them. Expand them enough to let some light, clarity and most importantly awareness shine in there. Expand them, so that there may be room for growth.
Whether you are seeking a path of enlightenment, or simply want to live out your highest potential, have a happier, healthier and more peaceful life, an expansion of our personal beliefs is a necessary step for our growth and further evolution of our soul.
I look forward to hearing below, how you have moved through or already expanded some of your past beliefs, and the difference this has made on the quality of your life.
About the Author
Evita Ochel, B.Sc., B.Ed., CHN – is the founder and editor of EvolvingBeings.com – an online publication to awaken and inspire people to grow in consciousness and connect with a heart-centered way of life. You can sign up for her RSS feed or follow Evita Ochel on Twitter.