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Thoughts on Belief Systems

‘Nature's intelligence functions with effortless ease.  Grass doesn't try to grow, it just grows like flowers they just bloom.  So when things don't go your way for the moment let go of the way you think they should be and realise there may be a bigger picture....’    Deepak Chopra


As we each develop in our personal lives, we consciously and unconsciously create inner views or “mental models” of the universe that become part of who we are. Most of us know this phenomenon as “building a belief system”.  

As we move through life this model or belief system is continually challenged.  In order to maintain our mental, physical and emotional health, we must successfully adapt to these challenges and assimilate new information.  Much of what we experience concurs with our model, thus supporting what we already know or helping to take our knowledge a step further.  The educational system and cultural programming augment this process.

However there are experiences in our lives that seem contrary to our belief systems or completely new to them.  When we encounter such experiences, we have the choice of altering our models to accommodate the new information, rationalising the new data to make it fit in with our existing model, or ignoring the information by pretending it did not happen or does not exist.

Events that challenge our belief systems and ultimately cause us to change our views, thereby decreasing our attachment to previous beliefs are truly formative events in our lives.  They offer new potentials.

The mental model or belief system is a theoretical construct that organises information and experiences, but never quite represents things the way they really are. The model is not the reality; the map is not the territory.  Yet this model of the world shapes our response to “reality” and is so deeply engrained that the process of changing maps or letting go of belief systems is usually a struggle filled with uncertainty and discomfort.

Fritz Frederick Smith, Inner Bridges: A Guide to Energy Movement and Body Structure.

Ironically, we overlook the fact that it is we, who have choked our freedom by custom and conventions under the subtle pressure of civilization and press down our innate nature.  The result is that it is becoming very unnatural for us to be natural.  As a child, we show what we feel, but as we grow, we show off what we don't feel; To show is to express, but to show off is to hide; a strong man shows, a weak man shows off. RATNANANDA


Learn to stay in the present - not to impose past judgements on your experiences - let go of opinions, which only serve to keep you stuck in your old knowledge, in the past. Or maybe you live in the future, starting new before finishing the old, imposing past preconceptions to create future anxiety.  Your opinions block new light from flowing in by narrowing down your vision.


Nature's intelligence functions with effortless ease.  Grass doesn't try to grow, it just grows like flowers they just bloom.  So when things don't go your way for the moment let go of the way you think they should be and realise there may be a bigger picture....; The known is our past.  The known is nothing other than the prison of our past conditioning... stagnation, entropy, disorder, and decay. 

Uncertainty on the other hand, is the fertile ground of freedom.  Stepping into the unknown in every moment of our existence, ever fresh, ever new, always opens us to the creation of new manifestations...; without uncertainty life is just the stale repetition of outworn memories.  You become the victim of the past and your tormentor today is your self left over from yesterday.  DEEPAK CHOPRA


‘Be more like water than like rock’     Taoism