The Power of Beliefs - Part Three

In my last two posts, I stated that there is a definite cause and effect relationship between your beliefs and your results. Stated simply, but accurately, your beliefs determine your thoughts, your thoughts determine your emotions, those determine your actions and your actions determine your results. So in the world of cause and effect, beliefs are cause and results are the effects.

I further pointed out what Albert Einstein had to say on the subject. He said “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe.” I concluded that the vast majority of you do not understand how much you are driven by the fear-based, hostile-universe-believing voice of the ego.

So what’s a belief? A thought you repeat to yourself over and over again because you think it’s the truth. So where do those thoughts come from? Every study that has ever been done indicates that by the time you were five years old, 50% of the conversation you live in, where your beliefs exist, was already there and by the time you were eight years old, 80% of the conversation you live in was already there. By the time you were eight years old, you typically received about 25,000 hours of programming.

So the reality is you didn’t actually decide the vast majority of things you believe. You took for granted and adopted everything you were told by your parents, other relatives, friends, teachers, television, etc. When you were young, you had no reason to believe the adults would lie to you. But what’s so interesting to me is that in the face of this overwhelming evidence that people didn’t decide what they believe, they mostly believe what was told to them when they were young, those same people are determined to be right about their beliefs, no matter how disempowering they may be.

If you lived in the 1400’s, you believed the earth was flat. If you lived in the 1950’s, you believed it was impossible for a human to run a mile in 4 minutes. Now we look at those beliefs as bizarre. But today, the majority of beliefs that dominate our culture are even more bizarre. Just look at the facts: 90% of all business fail, 90% of the people on the planet make $25,000 a year or less, 7 out of 10 American workers are checked out or actively disengaged, people are unhappy, 1/3rd of the country is on anti-depressants, and on and on. And what drives all of that? The vast majority of people believe they live in a hostile universe. And as I discussed in the last post, you wake up into a scary world where you feel isolated and alone. Now have a nice day!

As we continue to examine this phenomenon of beliefs, here’s a useful place to start. How about redefining all of your beliefs as thoughts, thoughts that may be true and thoughts that might not be true? This requires a recognition of the fact that your present beliefs have gotten you here and unless you are willing to examine them and be open to adopting some new beliefs, tomorrow is going to look exactly like today. And then get curious. Start questioning everything. Learn to hang out in confusion and uncertainty and see where that takes you. And start listening to the voice of the ego and see what it tells you. This can be life changing.