“Limiting” is a gentler approach to the subject.
But pause for a moment. Suspend your beliefs for a jiffy. You’ll realize it too:
- Beliefs limit you.
They limit your perception of everything. Of anything. Of nothing. See? It’s obvious.
Believing is handy though. It keeps people safe. Beliefs create comfort zones. And when we’re children, forming beliefs is essential and fun that we believe things. Like Santa and the Easter Bunny, right?
We sketch and define comforting images to feel safe and to cope with tragedies. We learn to cope with terrifying existential realities this way too: life, death, and loneliness.
We assemble and design intellectual paradigms too. They assist us in growing smart, developing skills, and pushing our talents. Beliefs, for a while, have great value.
Have Heart. Get some Guts.
It requires some bravery and stability to question, more bravery and stability to let go of…those comforting beliefs. After all, they’ve kept our minds safe and secure. Wondering and questioning our early coping mechanisms can be terrifying. And risky. For some people: it’s inconceivable!
This is not a belief, by the way.
One never needs to believe that believing is limiting. That’s silly, right?
- Do it.
- Test it.
- Experience it.
To eradicate even one simple, little-bitty belief is to notice or feel or sense or experience one little flush of freedom. For some: a burst of power.
GuerillaMonk.com reminded me. It’s been said before…
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ~ Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism.
Are you brave enough?