Everybody has beliefs. Everybody believes their beliefs. Everybody can give evidence why their beliefs art the correct ones. Yet people change their beliefs all the time. What’s more, no matter what your belief you can probably find someone who believes the opposite with the same conviction and with their own evidence. What gives?

What are beliefs, where do they come from, what do they do and what do they have to do with the Truth.

What is a Belief?
Exploring this question we find a surprising answers. What is a belief?
  1. What you hold to be true
  2. It is based on an interpretation
  3. It is a decision
  4. A program. An Instruction to the universe to create something.

Lets look at each of these aspects in turn.
1.    Beliefs are what you hold to be true
Notice that this does not say that beliefs are what are true. In fact, if you know what is true you would not need a belief about it.

This explains why there is usually someone who holds an opposite or at least different belief then you for about almost everything. Since beliefs are not about what is true, but are really an opinion of what you think is true, it is easy for there to be numerous beliefs about any subject.

In fact if you think about it, belief systems, are nothing more then our fantasy about what is going on. Our story. If we knew, we would not need a belief. This is not to say that beliefs are not important. They clearly are as we shall soon discuss. But perhaps we can begin to consider that beliefs are not holy or sacred. This is good news because this means we should have no real problems in changing our beliefs if that proves useful.

2.    Beliefs are an interpretation
Experiences happen. What they mean, what their significance are are based on our current internal map of reality and often have little to do with the isness of the experience. Instead we interpret the experience based on our already existing beliefs, experiences and values and thereby prove to ourselves that what we already believe is true. This is circular logic. In fact this raises the whole question as to how to evaluate a belief since you cannot evaluate it based on whether it is true.

As many of us know, take any two people, let them have an experience and then ask them questions about what happened, what it means, etc.

Experience shows that we will get different descriptions of the experience and wildly different interpretation of what the experience means or signifies.

So really, what we believe about something is just our interpretation of it and may have nothing to do with the true significance. Many have had the experience of looking back on some event in their life and coming up with a very different interpretation later then at the time.

Once again we see how mutable beliefs are.

3.    Beliefs are a decision
An experience happens. We then interpret the experience. But we may have multiple interpretations. We choose one and call this our belief. Beliefs are like a box of chocolates, there are many yummy interpretations and you get to pick them. If  you are fairly asleep your choice will be automatic, based on past conditioning. If you are more awake, you have the ability to consciously choose your belief.

Since the power to choose among competing beliefs is within you own hands, we once again have the question, on what basis do you choose?

4.    Beliefs are programs. They are instructions to the universe to create something.
It has long been stated that beliefs make your reality. This is not quite correct. It would be far more accurate to say that beliefs create your personal “virtual reality”.  As Reality is that which does not change.

Your VR is based on your  minds conditioning. A large component of your minds conditioning is your beliefs.  One way to look at this is to consider a cookie. Imagine you have a round cookie cutter. Source provides the dough and out comes round cookies. Now suppose you decide you want star shaped cookies. You say affirmations, you pray, you dream etc. but you keep the round cookie cutter. What are you going to get?

You got it, if you continue to use a round cookie cutter round cookies keep coming out.
If you want star cookies you are going to have to have a star shaped cookie cutter. You are going to have to change your beliefs.

Beliefs are your minds instructions to the Universe to create what is in your mind. They are like the programs in your computer. What comes out is dependant on what the program is. If you do not like the output you need to change the program.

Perhaps we begin to see what this is leading to. Beliefs are programs in your mind, based on a choice to have that program. The programs in your mind are largely responsible for what you create in your life. This includes your states, behaviors, outcomes, what you are attracted to and what you attract.

At the same time we have to acknowledge that most of these programs, these beliefs are totally unconscious and working outside of our perception. Therefore as begin to address the subject of consciously choosing beliefs or neutralizing old beliefs we will also have to address  how to become more conscious about them.

So this leads to our next topic. If beliefs are so impactful, on what basis do we choose our beliefs.

Evaluating beliefs
So far we have seen that beliefs are programs in the mind, based on interpretations and decisions that act as instructions to the Universe and the body to create something. We have also seen that beliefs are not the truth and such we cannot evaluate beliefs based on their truthfulness. To the believer beliefs are always true. (Perception is projection).

So how then to evaluate beliefs?

Remember we said that beliefs are instructions to the Universe to create an outcome. This outcome can include objects, events, experiences, sensations, emotions, inner states and so on. Therefore the best way to evaluate a belief is based on the outcomes that it produces. If you want star cookies choose a belief that creates stars.

This point is very important.

Many people want certain things to change in their lives but do not understand this basic point. If you keep the same beliefs you are most likely to get the same results. If you want a different outcome you will need to change your mind and an important aspect of the mind is beliefs.

One definition of insanity is to do the same thing and expect a different outcome. “If you do again what you did before, you will get again what you got before.” Another way to say this is “If you believe again what you believed before, you will get again what you got before.”

Expecting a different outcome without changing your beliefs is most likely going to fail.

So when looking at our lives as they are perhaps we can begin to see that what we believe in various aspects of our lives directly influence the results in that area. These areas of life include our relationships, our self image, our finances, our health, our careers and so on. When looked  at in this way we can begin to evaluate those areas of our lives where our underlying beliefs are serving us and those areas where our belief structures are producing results we do not want. Keeping in mind that beliefs are not the only factor here but they are an important factor.