We all have a belief system. Our beliefs are influenced by family, friends, religion, politics, life experience, and general perceptions and experiences we accumulate throughout our lives. For some people, their belief system is fixed, unyielding, and without question. They might die to protect it. For others, their belief system is more flexible. More accommodating to the changing nature of life. Not so black and white. Those more reflective might be willing to admit they are wrong. They might be willing to change a fundamental belief, especially if it provides a more profound connection to their lives.
The chaos in the world today is, to a large extent, a result of people’s beliefs. An intractable belief that something, an idea, or a concept is the absolute truth. Many of our beliefs influence our decision-making, often on a very subtle level. A new idea, someone we are introduced to, or an investment opportunity can easily affect our beliefs. Something as simple as a new food. Think about all the situations in life you initially turned away from that, in retrospect, was correct and supported your life. Our negative unconscious often works against us, compelling us to make decisions not in our best interest. Yet we think they are. Sometimes, even some of our primary beliefs contradict what is meant to serve and support us.
I want to share two experiences that I initially turned away from that could have profoundly impacted my life. First, I worked in the computer industry when the IBM PC was first released in 1981. A coworker quit a lucrative sales position to start a PC-based software company. He wanted to design specific PC-based applications. The initial program would sell for $35.00. I thought, “You are going to spend a small fortune to create a program that would sell for $35.00. How could you possibly make any money doing that”. He quickly sold his company for a small fortune. Unfortunately, my built-in bias and belief system blinded me from seeing what he could see. To make matters worse, I had an opportunity to invest in and work in this new company. But I knew better.
In several of my previous blog posts, I have mentioned my relationship with my spiritual teacher, Brenda. This relationship developed over 20 years. It was profound and spiritually intimate. Brenda would often confront me about my beliefs that were getting in the way of my spiritual development and living a complete life. I held beliefs that stunted my growth as a human being. Beliefs that got in the way of a clarified version of myself. I held a very well-developed and entrenched belief about my need to earn a living. To grind it out. The belief that played over and over in my head was that if I did not put 100 percent of my attention on building my practice, I would fail. I would not be able to support myself and my family financially. On occasion, she would verbally pound me. She was blasting me about those seemingly intractable and entrenched beliefs. She could see something that I could not. She took a hammer of love and tried to “crack open” my long-held, inflexible beliefs. An ego that would not let go. It took 20 years for me to finally “get it.” To understand at both an intuitive and a practical level what she was trying to tell me. She whispered to me. She spoke to me. She yelled at me. I could not hear her.
Once I could grasp what she was trying to tell me, my entire life changed. There was a possibility where none existed before. The world opened for me. I was set free from my limited thoughts about what was possible.
Amidst the chaos and uncertainty of life, I remain open to Grace and the gift of my life.
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