Understanding the Power of Belief

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a girl sitting in meditative posr and using the power of belief

What is remarkably strong enough to divide and connect people from all walks of life if given the privilege to do so?

Beliefs.

Are these statements imaginable for our society, concerning beliefs?

We are one conviction away from experiencing a global awakening.

One shared belief on a universal scope of respect towards fellow humankind, with no expectations of needing the other to change anything, would instantly change the world.

If so, how is it then, that something that has no substance, no pulse, no blood, or life has so much power that it regulates whether or not we live in harmony with one another?

In this post, I hope to clarify essence of this often reverenced and highly controversial topic, which, can border being an addiction, or a common day prejudicial practice at times, depending on who is speaking about it.

Beliefs are as safe as they can be fatal. Although, they usually can have the impression of being sheepishly innocent, underneath their surface could rest a ravishing wolf, or poisonous cobra.

My purpose in writing this post is straightforward.

I want to stimulate a discussion, based on fundamental details about the feasible ideas adhered to “the stuff” that serves as a basis for personal mindsets, as well as humanities as a whole.

Any belief has the potential to be as powerful as the person holding it, allows it to be. Albeit, I want to prove that they do not have any more or less energy than given.

Like every experience we encounter on this journey, the power lies in the reactions to them. 

Whether it is the most glorious blessing, or a catastrophic generational curse, we manage the beliefs we accept; they do not have control over a person’s abilities to function. Or, do they?

Conditioned to the Power of Others Beliefs

Essentially, personal belief systems are merely conditions of individual’s environments.

Beliefs are metaphorical side effects of where we have lived, those who were there, and what they said, thought, and did, that we took to heart.

Studies show that children pick up a variety of ideas, concepts, and behaviors as early as two years old.  

Regardless of ideas about them, beliefs are not innate behaviors; meaning, at birth, an infant does not automatically conclude that there is or is not a Santa Claus.

That takes some convincing, and since children’s minds are not as facts savvy as adults, they tend to soak up any information they receive as a dry sponge does in a pool of water.

Therefore, it has to be useful to apply on a personal level this question.

How much of what we believe belongs to us, as individuals?

Are we only carrying the ideas, concepts, and traditions of those who came before us out of sense to culture and legacy?

Have we become fearful of exploring that same creative nature that allowed many of those before us to develop and expand upon what they believe?

Or, have we just become comfortably lazy, busying ourselves with other things that are far less significant to consider what we value most and what we do not?

I fail to think that we do not see how the beliefs of the society we live is shaping a far different world around us, much different from the one I believe many of us held in mind, at a much earlier age.

We must remember that we are raising and influencing a future nation — One where we all will have to live.

Therefore, could we advance in being more cognizant to what we are influencing the future into believing about how the world should be moving forward?

a man standing with hands spread and belief written on the picture

Standing Up for New Beliefs and Ideas

Throughout history, humanity has always evolved into a better form of itself.

It might not have been on a global level, but there were always those brave souls that stood up in the face of traditional values and customary discriminatory principles, who supplied reasonable doubts about traditional ideas.

I cannot say that I have always thought about this topic in the way I have grown to see it now.

However, I imagine I am not alone. I am standing with several others, connecting daily with them through various social media platforms, from all over the world.

I urge them to carry on with the good fight. Change does not always happen on a drastic level. It usually happens ever so slowly.

Those who are open to it are usually fighting for it to happen, they learned, at some point, to evolve along with it.

While those who are not as clear to how evolution operates, adapt to change after it has happened.

Standing up for different beliefs and ideas does not mean a person gives up the core values and principles they believe to be true.

To me, it means they have embraced those they reached from their own convictions.

Finally, I close my part of the discussion and leave with each of you, the readers, this final thought.

I am not questioning the views or beliefs of others, neither am I suggesting they alter theirs to match my preferred specifications.

I only want each of us to practice, honor, and continue to push those we follow under a microscope of self-inventory – where we empower ourselves by contemplating with deep reflection, on whether are not we are giving beliefs their power, why they hold such power, or have we lost the battle over them being more in control of us than we are over them.

Over to You –

Do you believe in the power of belief? Did you ever feel conditioned to others’ beliefs? Do you think the power of beliefs can help bring about change? Share your thoughts below.

 

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  1. Deone Higgs

    April 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you so much, Barbara! I am deeply delighted to have been able to share this with Harleena’s readers. You all have truly been such a wonderful bunch. 🙂

    I agree, belief and faith go hand in hand. One is unmovable without the other. In fact, I believe they regulate our actions, communication, and thinking. Belief is the power responsible for shaping all that is and will be.

    I’m delighted the post was reaffirming for you, as well, beloved. I wish continual blessings for you. Cheers.

  2. Barbara Charles

    April 24, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Awesome post. I love the reference to something that has no literal substance but is so powerful. Belief takes you beyond yourself when there is nothing that you can believe in. Belief and faith are the same. Belief and faith are the substance of things unseen. Thank you for explaining better and reaffirming what I already believe in. I’m sure so many others needed to hear this as well. Thank you. Barbara

  3. Mary Stephenson

    April 23, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Hi Harleena and Deone

    Interesting post. Beliefs, well I see it as we were born with none other that believing the whole world should evolve around us. That belief was soon put to rest when our needs were not instantly met. So we adopted what our parents wanted us to believe in, which worked fine for awhile. Until one day we even questioned that maybe they were not right about everything. At that moment we started to form our own beliefs, which many went against everything our family stood for. It then becomes a constant evolution of ourselves into saving or rejecting those seeds that were planted in our younger years. If we go about this right we will continue to question and test our beliefs and hopefully come to our own set of beliefs. Which can become so far from where we first started.

    Mary

    • Deone Higgs

      April 26, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Wonderful thoughts on the post, Mary. I really appreciate your insights on it.

      I think that if we put more attention on how we formed a specific belief, we will begin making better choices on whether we hold on to those we accept, maybe by the unmentioned expectations of others.

      I think you’re absolutely right. Many of the new beliefs we carry may not have any resemblance to our former ones, but if we have formed them from a conscious minded place of awareness, we certainly should feel at peace with any of the new ones we’ve concluded to be our own.

      Fabulous points, my friend. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Blessings.

  4. Donna Merrill

    April 23, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Hi Deone, It is great to meet you here on Harleena’s blog.

    You wrote one powerful message and I savored every word. As children, we learn what our parents and care takers tell us. But deep inside, I believe we inherently know the difference between right and wrong. I do believe it is the human spirit. Those that have a problem with that, do have a mental disorder.

    Now that being said, as we grow into adulthood, we are exposed to so many things. We need to claim responsibility for every word and action we say and do. Yes, we can certainly learn from mistakes, but it is in the process of growing and awareness that we are fed information.

    It is up to us to weigh this information. For instance, I was born a cradle Catholic. I believed in that religion with all my heart and had a mindset to be giving and forgiving. As I grew I studied other religions, but it didn’t click. I became a person that did not believe in formal religion, but the basis I was taught was to “do unto others…”

    A positive walk of life for sure! A few years back I returned to Church because I needed it. I wanted to learn more about my spirituality. But that is just me!

    When it comes down to it all, there is the positive road we can take, or the negative one. Anyone with a little common sense can see that those people who are negative are not really happy. The positive people are.

    To me it is quite simple. Life the best life you can, keep an open mind and stay positive. Be mindful that we all share this planet and to respect one another. And if negativity comes your way, walk away.

    How do I stand up for this? Just by example! For actions speak louder than words.

    Sorry for the novella I’ve written but this is such a great topic and I thank you,
    Donna

    • Deone Higgs

      April 24, 2013 at 4:30 am

      Hi Donna! Likewise, the pleasure is truly mine to connect with you here at Harleena’s place. 🙂 Thank you for the compliment, as well. I am delighted you thought the post was so moving.

      I also appreciate you for sharing your personal experiences to add even more depth to this wonderful exchange of views on the power of beliefs.

      I would say that with age and experience we all reach a point where we come face to face with our traditional beliefs, and even if we change them, some parts of them will always remain within us.

      I grew up Pentecostal Holiness, a far stretch from the Catholic views, I imagine. Although, both require utmost devotion from it’s members. I was very active in the church until two years ago, after my mother passed away from cancer.

      You’d think an experience like that would draw one closer to the church, but it did the opposite for me. It caused me to go inward, and search within myself for what I believed to be true concerning God. To be honest with you, it was the best move I’ve ever made in my entire life. As a result, I’ve never felt closer and more connected to the Source of all Creation.

      I think we (humans) waste extremely too much time on how the other person will find their way, and not enough time on our own way, at times.

      You really drove this exact message to when you shared, “Just by example!” Really, that’s what it really boils down to. All of the great teachers, masters, and seers all said the same thing, which you reiterated here beautifully, “Be an example.”

      If humanity were to master just this one thing, I think we would see an exponential difference in the world, in general.

      I really appreciate your splendid contribution to this post, beloved. I wish you the best in your endeavors. Blessings.

  5. Anne

    April 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I do believe the power of belief can bring about change. I had to get rid of a lot of the beliefs I had growing up because they’re not empowering or enriching. This is why I believe that we can all change our beliefs. We’re not stuck with what we’re given at all. We have a choice.

    • Deone Higgs

      April 23, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Hear Hear, Anne! We most definitely have choices! We just need to ensure that we’re always on the lookout for them. Opportunities are constantly knocking! 😉

      Thanks for the contribution to the post, beloved! Great to read you again. Blessings. 🙂

  6. Nwosu Desmond

    April 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    This is really a delicate topic, in fact i had to read this article more than twice to be sure i didn’t miss any line.

    The concept of belief is same as religion as it is obvious most people hold their religions (beliefs) at high esteem, people are even ready to die for their beliefs.

    This article has reminded me that we as individuals give our beliefs the power to operate, we can make it whatever we want it to be, some societies today are held back in both human and resource development by some beliefs and until such beliefs are reviewed such societies cannot grow.

    We should always try to balance our beliefs and realities of life, we need to be open minded enough to probe our beliefs and see where they are lacking, blindly following a belief is so 1920’s, this is a different era and i believe so many of such beliefs should be probed and tested with time to see how they will stand this day.

    We as humans are evolving and so should our beliefs to give room to development, technologies are here today, they weren’t there some centuries ago, beliefs passed on from such centuries may not have room to accommodate new ideas like technology. How can one live these days without technology?

    I am open minded enough to probe my beliefs and i hope you can be brave enough to do same, the little i do and the little you do, cumulatively is the much we can do for humanity and as you rightly said we have to show the future generation the right path to follow….so i will say lets start by showing them how to be open minded enough to probe their beliefs, in case we are wrong, they could fix it and be better.

    Thanks for such an amazing article…i will definitely share it among my friends and hope to impact same knowledge to them.

    • Deone Higgs

      April 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Greetings Nwosu,

      I am thrilled you enjoyed the message so deeply, and humbled by your complimentary response, mate. Thank you. I was immensely moved by it.

      It is most gratifying to read how everyone has resonated with it, and supplied me with such wonderful insights to reflect over, as well.

      Yours was magnificently put! There would be such a turn around in the world as a whole if we did just as you’ve stated, evolving our beliefs with humanities evolution.

      As long as we hold on to ideas and opinions that aren’t aligned with the age in which we live, there will continue to be struggle, resistance, and suffering.

      I guess an even deeper question would be, “Are we willing to let our beliefs to establish our future for us?”

      Great points, my friend. Thank you again for sharing them here on the post. Blessings.

      • Nwosu Desmond

        April 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm

        Am glad to have read this article as it has inspired the passion to test my beliefs and make changes where i deem appropriate. Thanks for such a wonderful post, i’ll sure come back to read more from you.

        • Deone Higgs

          April 24, 2013 at 1:55 am

          I look forward to reading you again, mate! 🙂 Thanks.

  7. Amandah

    April 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Great post! It coincides with the post I just read from Dr. Joe Vitale called “Mind Poop.” When you encounter ‘stinking thinking,’ run from it!

    I believe in the power of belief. I never used to until I woke up in 2007 because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was close to finishing my master’s degree when a teammate told me about “The Secret.” I read the book and watched the DVD and researched scientists, authors, quantum physics, etc. to find out more about how our beliefs shape and create our “reality.” I am still seeking and searching, but I now have a better understanding of how we are like magnets and attract people and situations to us with our belief systems and thoughts. Now that I know this, I don’t buy into others’ beliefs, especially the beliefs of close family members who believe it’s everyone else’s fault why their life sucks. 😉

    Your beliefs can help to bring change; however, you must be strong and allow the stinky beliefs of others to roll off of you. They are free to believe whatever it is they want to believe, but so are you.

    • Deone Higgs

      April 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Excellent insights, Amandah!

      I couldn’t agree more with you. I have also incorporated the term, “stinking thinking” in a few of my post as well. It doesn’t serve us to carry this kind of thinking at all, does it.

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading your thoughts on the post, and wish you the very best in your endeavors. The mind is indeed a powerful tool, when we permit ourselves to see it’s tremendous potential. Kudos to you for continually seeking its potential. I am on the extraordinary ongoing journey with you, my friend. 🙂 Blessings.

      • Amandah

        April 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        Thank you!

        Have a wonderful day. 🙂

        • Harleena Singh

          April 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

          Thanks Amandah for your wonderful contribution 🙂

          • Amandah

            April 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm

            You’re welcome! The post resonated with me. Onward…

        • Deone Higgs

          April 24, 2013 at 1:54 am

          You’re welcome. You too, beloved. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

  8. judy Belmont

    April 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    As always, great insights and great perspective – thanks Deone and Harleena!

    • Deone Higgs

      April 23, 2013 at 1:44 am

      Thank you as well, Judy! 🙂 I appreciate your contribution to the post. Blessings.

  9. B K chowla

    April 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Sorry, its very heavy.
    I will read again to understand and then, may be, post comment.

    • Deone Higgs

      April 23, 2013 at 1:42 am

      Understandable, B K. Thank you for your honesty and thoughts on the post. I appreciate your candidness. I hope it will make more sense to you later, and that you feel moved to share your thoughts then.

      Blessings.




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Understanding the Power of Belief

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