Do you believe in the left political agenda or right?
Do you believe in atheism or creation?
Do you believe in or rather support feminism?
I get asked these questions a lot and I am sure you do too. However, the question always ceases to amuse me. What do I believe in? It’s pretty complicated and I am sure it can be explained with a single word.
Let me break it down for you.
I used to believe in a lot of things. And when I say a lot, I literally mean that. My brain was stuffed with beliefs that came to me. I used to believe in ideas that sounded right at the moment. If someone ever managed to convince me that Superman is real, I would have probably believed them. And that goes out for anything. I spent a lot of time woven in this illusion that I need a belief to be alive. And this is where I was wrong and I feel many others are too. If you want to be a rational person, then you don’t need the idea of belief.
What does it mean to believe in something?
Any kind of belief stems from an idea and idea can be right or wrong. It depends on the perspective.
I find beaches comforting and peaceful. I can lose myself sitting on the shores for hours without having to worry about any negativity. But that’s just me. That’s my opinion. For someone scared of waters and open space, this would be equivalent to hell. Although I can’t really see how someone can hate this place, I have no other option than to accept it gracefully. If I don’t, I would begin to develop differences with this person just because his ideology is not the same as mine.
Rick Warren puts it aptly:
Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe in. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.
This applies to everything in life be it a relationship or a job. The moment we talk about belief, we start to lose awareness. It’s because belief kills awareness. You tend to attract yourself to ideas in a different human being and not the person itself. With a thought process like this, you attach yourself to a person with belief much similar to yours. But no two people can be some right? There comes at a time when you realize they have a contradictory belief on some of the aspects. This is when hell breaks loose for you. You get dejected and angry over an idea you don’t believe in. You fight for it tooth and nail and you struggle.Because for you, you are completely right. You have based your belief on facts, figures, numbers and equations. There is no way you could be wrong.
And this is what belief does to you. The more objective you suppose you become, the further you move from it. You start to believe you know about today, tomorrow or the past, you are in terms with the reality of the world, but you are only losing yourself in a reality made by you, the reality which is truly an illusion, the illusion of belief.
What’s the way out?
It’s simple. You just have to give up the idea of believing. You have to realize that you don’t need a belief to be happy, you don’t need a fixed notion to be satisfied because all it does is stop you from seeing things which are different than you, seeing the other shades of reality and truth.
When I talk about not believing, I don’t necessarily mean to say you have to lose interest in worldly powers and deals, you just need to be understanding. That’s the opposite of belief: being open and understanding. And It’s liberating. It feels like a heavy bag just shred off from your shoulder and you are free to run in any direction you wish and soar as much height you wish.
This is the beautiful part. You begin to realize there is beauty in everything and in every thought. Being accepting is magical. It paves way for infinite love and growth you would have never experienced. The less you believe, the more you can see.
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