The Belief in Belief

I reached a conclusion today, which is unusual for me since I normally don’t put a whole lot of stock in them, but I have come to the realization that there literally isn’t anything more powerful than what a person believes, which is why when we see people thinking or behaving in ways that look so incredibly unexplainable, it feels so impossible to figure out. Belief doesn’t do anything other than convince you that it’s believable, which is what it’s supposed to do. That’s the object of belief. And it is also the power of belief. Belief is not truth. Belief is whatever a person thinks is true; which is why the less you believe, the closer you probably are to what is actually true. dwp

4 thoughts on “The Belief in Belief

  1. Robert Schenck

    Beloved Doug,

    Love.

    Here’s one I wrote today; hope you enjoy it:

    Warrior.

    My understanding is that the warrior is one who fights to make his way reality; if he cannot have his way, if his way is barred, he fights on even to death; the warrior is ready to die to get his way; the warrior is happier to die than to live if he cannot get his way; the warrior thinks, and even feels, that he is powerful; if the warrior fails and cannot get his way, he feels good dying because he did not yield his way; if the warrior succeeds he feels good that he succeeded; but it is not long before he finds himself engaged in fighting again; whatever succeeds, after it succeeds, is always opposed by the defeated forces; Shakespeare’s: “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”; so the warrior’s life is a life of constant fighting; the warrior’s way is a fixed, archetypal way; those who chose the warrior’s way lack confidence to relax and enjoy life; they feel, unconsciously, that they have to prove themselves; they challenge themselves to prove themselves; they imprison themselves in their feelings of inferiority and demand of themselves that they prove themselves to themselves.

    The wise do not fight; the wise do not have a fixed definition or a fixed character; the wise do not judge how things are; they respond, not from their mind, but from their intelligence, the same natural intelligence that they followed while in the womb that grew their body; the wise are happy in life because they don’t have any way that life has to be, they don’t have any prerequisite condition to being happy; they are happy unconditionally while alive; they live happy and they die happy; they experience life as a Divine gift and they savor every moment of life no matter what is it’s flavor or taste.

    The warriors do not and cannot become wise; they will not allow themselves to become wise; they lack the courage to allow themselves to be wise.

    The warriors create the turmoil in life; they are stuck in the repetition compulsion; their minds dominate them; they follow their minds ideology; they live in certainty but their certainty is a delusion; only uncertainty is or can be true.

    Certainty is bound to lead to the warrior type; the warrior archetype is always certain.

    Uncertainty leads to the wise archetype.

    Dr. Bob 3-20-2016

    Love,

    Bob

  2. Michelle Miletic

    Both of your writings are wise and incredibly illuminating. They shine a light on so many different facets of our culture. The de-idealization of “warriorhood”, reveals its’ limitations to having a joyful, successful journey, of which many people are incapable of. Fighting, which is so elevated in our culture is based on a particular concept, which Doug points out and that is “certainty”. The act of certainty or knowing, as well as the whole concept of knowledge rests on a false belief, which is that, “we know”. That what we perceive and what we believe, is in fact “true” and as Bob states, worth dying for. And of course, the act of fighting for truth, is an endless cycle with many truths and causes.

    Once we achieve this illusionary state of knowing and certainty, we stop learning. We no longer are able to see and entertain other knowlege(s), other possibilities and we are stuck. We then therefore stop living to the full extent that we can. We stop evolving. But it is only a special type of person that can live in uncertainty, live in not-knowing and it is he or she who is truly wise. For they never stop seeing, never stop learning and never stop experiencing and discovering the world in all its’ beauty and contradictions.

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