Friday, March 18, 2016

HOLDING ON TO BELIEFS

Its been said that we all need something to believe in. Think I may agree with that but at times I do question it. I read a quote from Raymond Charles Barker  which said: You cannot have a rigidity of belief and have a creative flow of ideas.  I know I agree with that one. As I think upon that quote I am reminded of just how hard it is for me at times to give up a rigid belief just because I have held it for so long. I must admit that when I am doing inner maintenance on my belief systems I really don't like finding out that I may have been wrong so often. None of us particularly like admitting we were wrong. Hey, and I'm wrong a lot. But knowing this does help me to keep an open mind on all of my beliefs. And if something speaks to my heart  and tells me I have been wrong I honestly try to replace my old beliefs with a new one which rings more true. It must be true that if we do hold on too tightly to a belief, then we are choking our ability to have a new and more creative flow of ideas. I have also found out that if one just tries to surround themselves with people who believe the same way they do, what chance to they then have to even entertain the thought of a new idea about things? Maybe all of us would do ourselves a favor if we let the grip on our beliefs loosen up just a bit. And then maybe we will learn a new way of living. Personally , I always find myself going back to that old adage of Live and let live. Your beliefs and my beliefs may seem to be the exact opposite but if we examine them real closely we may find they are really not that different after all. I continue to hold my belief that one day the entire world will learn to live as one. And that we will be able to accept and love even those who don't believe as we do. Whatever your beliefs I hope it brings you much love, peace, and enlightenment. And hopefully you will share your belief with others but not tell them it is the only "right" way to think. May all of us start taking the advice found in the Bible which says to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And maybe the words from a Garth Brooks tune (When the world's big enough for all different views, when we all can worship from our own kind of pews, we shall be free). May all of you have the most loving and joyful weekend ahead!

4 comments:

Chris Ledgerwood said...

I like to think that I have put away many of my toxic beliefs. But more often than not, I find myself wrestling with them again and again. As a child I was taught right beliefs meant going to heaven and wrong beliefs meant hell. I know better know, but sometimes is difficult overcoming such negative beliefs.

captron52 said...

Hey Chris I had to overcome the same beliefs that you did. And I agree, it isn't easy to "unlearn" things that were taught to you when you are at an early age. I finally arrived at seeing any belief that was fear based was only of this world we are in. I don't think Infinity holds such a place as Heaven or Hell. They can be real in a state of mind though and believe me I've seen Hell more than once! Just my humble opinion but if I still lived thinking that my soul was going to be eternally punished some day it would make for a very futile life. Hope you are in the middle of having a terrific week!

Christopher Dos Santos said...

Namaste brother, sage comments from a reputable source. I have always found it is much easier to admit I am stupid instead of trying to convince myself I am smart.

If only I could earn a dollar for every time I am right and a fiver for every time I am wrong.

Cheers brother Ron, another excellent post.

In Lak' ech, prosper with knowledge... live with grace...

captron52 said...

Hey Christopher I hear ya brother. I'm in the same boat. If only I had a dime for every time I've been wrong! Have a good one and thanks fro dropping by.