Why Do I Believe That To Believe or Not to Believe

To Believe or Not to Believe ― Why Do I Believe That?

If you believe in a religion, that is fine. If you don’t believe that’s fine too. Not knowing what to believe is perfectly okay. The question you should ask is, why do I believe that?

Those who follow a religion think they are part of an exclusive group.  But this need not be a dividing issue.  The reality is we are all going to Hell in someone else’s religion. To follow one God is to reject all the others.  To believe or not to believe is simply a matter of numbers. The Atheist believes one God less than the believer.  But your beliefs matter because they have consequences.

If your beliefs are a source of bias and prejudice, it affects everyone. So, if you choose to believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, “The Force,” God or Gods, that is fine. The real question you should ask is why do I believe that?

“There is a distinct difference between having an open mind and having a hole in your head from which your brain leaks out.” ― James Randi

Perhaps you believe in some other type of higher power or universal force. That’s okay. These philosophical positions are all acceptable. Or, perhaps you’ve concluded that Gods or higher powers don’t exist, that is all right too.

To Believe or Not to Believe

Perhaps you think there isn’t enough evidence to support anything beyond this reality, that is a valid point of view. And maybe you have an opinion different from anything mentioned here. That is fine, too. It’s all great. These are all valid positions. We all have different backgrounds. So philosophical and religious beliefs run a broad spectrum. Who is to say who is right or who is wrong?

The problem arises when your beliefs have negative consequences.  If what you believe has negative implications for someone or something, please ask yourself important questions before you act.  Ask yourself, why do I believe that?  What is the evidence for my conclusion?

“You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep-seated need to believe.” ― Carl Sagan

“Religious people claim that it’s just the fundamentalists of each religion that cause problems. But, there’s got to be something wrong with the religion itself if those who strictly adhere to its most fundamental principles are violent bigots and sexists.” — David G. Mcafee

Why Do I Believe That?

To Believe or Not to Believe Why Do I Believe That

If you are seeking spiritual truth, what you believe does not matter.  Your beliefs change nothing.  To seek the truth, you need to cultivate a beginner attitude. Then apply processes to develop your awareness.

Spiritual exploration is all about the application of processes. It has nothing to do with belief. You use methods for expanding awareness—some of these open doors to higher states of consciousness.  Processes do not need faith or belief. They work if you follow the procedure correctly. So, a better question to ask is, why do I believe that?

So, to believe or not to believe doesn’t matter, as long as you don’t require others to believe what you believe.  If you have an imaginary friend, that’s all and good.  But, don’t require others to share in your illusion.

Please don’t use your beliefs to justify bias, prejudice, and discrimination.  If you think that you need to act to protect your beliefs, then before you act, please ask yourself, why do I believe that?

“From the beginning, men used God to justify the unjustifiable.” ― Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

Spiritual Technologies

Spiritual technologies are methods for exploring human consciousness.  These methods come to us from cultures all around the globe, and they comprise a diverse body of practical mental tools.  You can use these tools to develop your potential, open spiritual gifts, expand awareness, and reach higher states of consciousness.

We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method.  These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science.

The techniques we use are repeatable.  Some produce measurable effects on our physiology.  These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. These changes prove these techniques produce states of consciousness that differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.

Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential.  They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. All you need to do is follow the process. It’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake.  If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.

We divide these tools into four major categories:

Everyone has their path, and you can start with any of these methods.  The more of them you use, the faster your progress.

In Conclusion

To believe or not to believe is one of our fundamental choices.   If you believe in a religion, that is fine. If you don’t, that is fine, too. Not knowing what to believe is perfectly okay.  Not knowing for sure is often the result of exhausting all logical possibilities.    When you have no beliefs, you are open to new experiences and revelations.  A better way to approach religion or philosophy is to ask yourself why I believe that?  Then, find out why.  See if what you believe has valid evidence.

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Are you interested in spiritual exploration?  Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey (1).  Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions.  Please consider donating and supporting our mission.

References

(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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