Do You Believe
Metaphysical Ezine–Issue #4 of Metaphysical Mind
Do You Believe…
This is Jason Randhawa, from www.what-is-metaphysics.com, here. Welcome to the fourth issue of the Metaphysical Mind E-Zine/ Newsletter. In this issue:
1. Featured Quotes
2. Main Article: Part III of New Age Series
3. Inspiration: Anonymous Acts of Kindness Catch On
4. Featured Article: Believe it or Don’t: How Your Beliefs Shape Your Results and Experience of Life, and What You Can Do About It
5. Recommended Resource: Free Demo–The Holosync Solution
6. What’s New at www.whatismetaphysics.com?
7. Bimonthly Affirmation
“You cannot push yourself too far, you can only push yourself further than you will allow yourself to go.”
“Love is unconditional acceptance. That quality is also our essential nature, who we really are.”
“If you understand your own mind completely, you are not just a human being, you yourself are God.”
-The Bhagavad-Gita (the ancient Hindhu book of Wisdom)
2. New Age Beliefs
Welcome to part III of this 7-Part New Age Series. If you missed any of the other parts you can read them here: New Age
New Agers are very different people. They do not simply follow a set of beliefs that they are born into. Instead, they consciously pick and choose beliefs and ideas that feel good to them. They try to take nothing for granted, and they actually understand what they believe and why they believe it.
They follow beliefs from everything, including strict religions all the way to the open philosophy of metaphysics. Even some scientists, including many quantum physicists, can be considered new age. Although, the average belief system among new age people usually consist of some beliefs and practices that would be characterized as alternative spirituality/metaphysics.
What You Should Believe to Be New Age
The only true belief you need to be considered new age is being open to new ideas. You should have a belief in exploring alternatives…philosophies, healing practices, ways of living, politics, social ideas, etc…
New age people are fascinated by the infinite possibilities of each individual and of all humankind. We are aware that we are infinite beings with unlimited capacities. We don’t give our infinite power away (to other people, ideas, etc…).
Common New Age Beliefs For You to Sample
A number of beliefs held by most New Agers are listed below and defined for you. Whether you would like to adapt some of these beliefs into your own faith, or you are simply curious, this list will be helpful to you.
Once again, I am in no way endorsing any of the following beliefs. Personally, there are a number of beliefs listed below that I personally do not follow. So remember, as you go through the following list, I encourage you to only take beliefs and follow practices that resonate with you:
Reincarnation: Rebirth of the soul in another body after death
Universal Laws: Just like there are Natural Laws that govern nature (such as gravity), there are other Laws which govern all that happens in the universe. From the spiritual to the physical to the mental, everything that happens does so according to Law.
Karma: The total effect of a person’s actions and conduct during the successive phases of the person’s existence, regarded as determining the person’s destiny. This is very interrelated with the golden rule (do unto others, as you would wish them to do unto you), it is believed that whatever you have done in your past life is the cause of your destiny in this life.
Aura: A distinctive energy field that seems to surround every person
Spirit Guides: An entity, which provides guidance through channeling or a medium. It is also believed that we receive messages from our spirit guides by getting a very strong feeling, a picture in our minds or even a voice in our heads.
Monism: All that exists is derived from a single source of divine energy
Pantheism: All that exists is God, God is within the self and throughout the entire Universe
Panentheism: God is all that exists. God is at once the entire universe, and transcends the universe as well.
Relativism: The theory that states conceptions of truth and moral values are not absolute but are relative to the persons or groups holding them
Parallel Realities: self-contained separate realities coexisting with our own. These separate realities can range in size from a small geographic region to an entire new universe, or several universes forming a multiverse. It is believed that infinite other vibrational levels (dimensions) exist, and within each one is another form of you. Also, each time you make a decision each choice you could have taken is lived out in a parallel reality.
Ecological Responsibility: We as humans are responsible for preserving the health of the earth, which is considered to be a living entity (Gaia)
Interconnectedness: We are all interconnected
Universal Religion: A new universal religion, which contains elements of all current faiths, will evolve and become generally accepted worldwide.
Some other common beliefs are:
You create your reality
Everything around you has spiritual meanings and lessons to teach you.
The coming of a future worldwide new age (spiritual awakening)
These are just some of the more common beliefs held by new agers. There are many more, but I hope this list has satisfied your needs for now. Remember as you go through the list see what resonates with your heart, then hold on to it, if it works for you keep it, if it does not, then let it go. Because, as you will soon learn (if you don’t already know) beliefs are very powerful, so chose yours wisely.
In the next issue of Metaphysical Mind you will receive part IV of this series, it will be called: New Age Practices.
3. Inspiration: Anonymous Acts of Kindness Catch On
Before Bob Haslam had a chance to thank her, she was gone. In the drive-up lane at a Starbucks in Lynnwood, Haslam reached out for his usual nonfat raspberry latte with two Splendas stirred in, but the barista wouldn’t take his money. “She leaned way out and said, ‘You’re not going to believe this, but the lady ahead of you paid for your latte. She said she wanted to make your day.'” Events like these don’t typically make news. There’s no Samaritan Index to say whether anonymous good deeds are up 11 percent or down 2 percent from last year, or whether Seattle ranks 7th or 77th in per-capita goodness. But Seattle Times reports that anonymous acts of kindness are catching on! Read the rest at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/2003118972_kindness11m.html
4. Believe it or Don’t: How Your Beliefs Shape Your Results and Experience of Life, and What You Can Do About It by Bill Harris
I’ve written about this topic before, but since what you believe is such a powerful part of what determines your results and experience of life, I’ve decided to revisit the topic in more detail.
Let’s start with a definition of beliefs: Beliefs are those things we trust to be true, and which are instrumental in creating our actions and our experience of life.
As you may know by now, I am of the opinion that living with suffering and emotional pain is not necessary, regardless of your past or present circumstances. In addition, there are definite ways to change your life to one in which you can choose to be happy and peaceful all the time.
Whether you can see it or not, you are the creator of your life, your reality, and all your responses to whatever happens around you. You may be creating all of this unconsciously and automatically, but, nonetheless, what happens, and how you respond to it, comes…
While outside events may trigger a response or an action in you, all your responses and actions originate from something inside of you, even if the process is hidden from your awareness.
There are two keys to ending suffering and living a happy, peaceful, and conscious life:
· First, you must end your resistance to people and situations being as they are. Instead, you must develop the ability, emotionally, to let whatever happens be okay-even while you may be taking action to change it.
· Second, you must develop the ability to choose, and then create, the moment-by- moment results and responses that best serve you.
Ironically, if you’re letting whatever happens be okay, it ultimately doesn’t matter what results you create, at least in terms of your level of emotional suffering, since when you are not attached to your results, your level of inner peace and happiness remains the same regardless of what happens.
On the other hand, the more you emotionally allow people and situations to be the way they are, the more the resulting inner peace gives you the ability to be effective in creating the results you want.
One of the little mysteries of life. How, then, are you creating the outer results and inner responses that create your experience of life? And how do you make this process conscious and volitional, rather unconscious and automatic, as it is with most people?
The results and responses of your life flow from a whole variety of internal mental filters, processes, and strategies—what I call your Internal Map of Reality. You could call it the software that creates your life. Your beliefs are very important part of this internal map, and how beliefs contribute to the results you get in life, and how you can take control of this process, is the subject of this article.
Important principle #1: Based on early life interactions and experiences, especially with our primary care-givers, we all develop beliefs about who we are and what our relationship is to the rest of the world.
We don’t choose these beliefs. We soak them up from our life experiences when we’re too small to have any way of evaluating them. Beliefs become core components of how we see ourselves, other people, and the world.
Important principle #2: Your beliefs, in combination with other aspects of your internal map of reality, create the results, circumstances, and experiences of your life. Regardless of what you believe, you will find a way to create consistency between your life and your beliefs. For this reason, beliefs, for the believer, are always true.
This principle is critically important to your happiness. The brain is a goal seeking mechanism, and a very powerful one. Your brain will either make whatever you believe is true actually come true in your life, or will at least make it seem to be true (which amounts to the same thing, as far as your actual experience of life is concerned).
This happens because human beings have a powerful need for consistency between the world and what they believe. The impulse to create this consistency is so strong that people will do almost anything be right about their beliefs, even when doing so creates failure, suffering or unhappiness.
You will arrange to be right about your beliefs by creating the circumstances that confirm to you that they are true. We create this consistency in three ways:
· Method #1: We attract, and are attracted to, people and situations that confirm the truth of what we believe. If, for instance, you believe that no one will ever love you, you will somehow feel a magical attraction to men or women who do not have the capacity to love you, even though you have no way of consciously knowing this about them in advance.
This is why some people keep attracting essentially the same person, but in a different body. As long as you entertain the belief that no one will ever love you, you will, as if by a hidden radar, continue to attract and be attracted to people who are unable or unwilling to love you. Doing so creates consistency between what you believe and the actual events of your life.
· Method #2: We find ways to distort what we perceive so as to make a belief seem true, even if it is not. Believing that no one will ever love you, you interpret other people’s behavior as evidence that they don’t love you, even if that isn’t what it really means. Of all the possible interpretations, you will pick those that confirm that your belief is true and filter out any interpretations that contradict your belief.
· Method #3: We act in such a way that people finally comply with what we believe and act in the way we feared. You believe you won’t be loved, and that fear causes you to act in such a way that eventually someone who may actually love you finally really does stop caring.
With all three methods, you get to be right about what you believe, and create consistency between your beliefs and your life. If you would rather be right than happy, this is a great strategy, but if you would like to be happy and peaceful, it’s a losing proposition.
Important principle #3: Significant negative emotional experiences create beliefs that are not resourceful and cause us to focus on what we do not want. Since the mind takes whatever you focus on as an instruction to create something, this is not resourceful. To get what you want, you must focus on what you want and have beliefs that tell the mind to create that result.
People who have had significant, negative emotional experiences often focus on what they don’t want (i.e., a repetition of the significant emotional experience, or anything that reminds them of it). Consciously or unconsciously, they have a belief: “I must avoid “x” at all costs!”
When you notice yourself focusing on what you do not want, immediately change your focus to what you do want. Your mind doesn’t know when you focus on something that you do not want it. It always takes whatever you focus on as an instruction to go get something and bring it to you. For this reason, it is crucial that you immediately replace thoughts of what you do not want (for instance, beliefs that create negative outcomes) with thoughts of what you do want.
Important principle #4: Since everything is true to the person who believes it, evaluating beliefs based on whether they are “true” or “false” is not helpful. Doing so is indulging in circular, fallacious logic. Conscious, happy people evaluate beliefs based on whether of not they are resourceful—in other words, on whether or not they create the desired results and experience of life.
Beliefs have consequences, and the best way to evaluate a belief is by what consequences it creates. Since all beliefs seem to be true to the believer, believing something “because it’s true” is useless, at best, and often dangerous.
Important principle #5: The most effective way to replace beliefs that do not serve you with those that do is to adopt the witness posture—to watch the process of how a belief creates the results of your life. This watching process causes whatever is not resourceful to fall away and whatever is resourceful to remain. A very effective and easy method of developing the necessary conscious awareness and the ability to do this is to meditate with Holosync.
The easiest and most effective way to replace beliefs that do not serve you with those that do is to learn how to watch as these beliefs create the results of your life. When you do this, you don’t have to figure out what is resourceful and what isn’t. You just watch with awareness, and whatever is not resourceful falls away, automatically. This is based on the principle that you can only continue something that is not resourceful if you do it unconsciously.
The best way to develop this ability to watch with curiosity is to meditate, and meditating with Holosync is much faster and more effective than traditional meditation. It is also helpful to practice this type of consciously aware watching every chance you get. Doing both together is, of course, most powerful of all.
When you watch it with awareness, the process of creating your results and experience of life no longer happens unconsciously and automatically. Instead, you begin to consciously observe how this happens. As you do this, it becomes impossible to create results that do not serve you. Such undesirable results can only be created unconsciously—outside your awareness.
Being the witness does not mean merely knowing that you do something, it does not mean mentally analyzing what is happening, nor does it mean being dissociated from what is happening—or any other kind of mental gymnastics. It simply means watching whatever is happening, with intense curiosity, as if you were a scientist, without any agenda for what should or should not be happening. It means observing your thoughts, your feelings, your actions, and the results of your actions.
Any number of things can keep you from successfully watching with awareness. One popular way of lapsing into the unconscious, automatic mode is to place the cause for what is happening outside of yourself. If you think something outside of you is creating your experience or outcome (rather than acknowledging that, regardless of appearances, whatever is happening is coming from something inside of you), you will be unable to witness what is happening. Instead, your awareness will be busy looking for something to blame (this phenomenon is called projection by psychologists).
Humans have an almost infinite number of methods for lapsing into unconscious and automatic thinking, feeling, and behaving. In using any of them, you become unable to notice how you create the results of your beliefs. Analyzing and dissociation are two other popular ways of going unconscious, but there are many others, including overeating, drugs, alcohol, television, sex, anger, depression, anxiety, fear-and thousands of others.
At first, it takes practice to learn to witness what is going on without slipping into some kind of distraction or other way of going unconscious. One of the most amazing benefits of daily use of Holosync is that it automatically creates and enhances the ability to be consciously aware and watch what is happening, both inside and outside of yourself. This ability to be more conscious allows all kinds of internal processes that create our suffering to fall away.
Important principle #6: Once you have watched the creative process with awareness, and, as a result, have caused an non-resourceful belief to fall away, you can then consciously choose a more resourceful belief that creates the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical results and outcomes you want.
You can choose what you want to believe, and therefore experience the results of that belief in your life. You don’t have to believe whatever seems to be true based on past experience. Once you actually see, from start to finish, and with awareness, exactly how you create “no one loves me,” or “I’ll always be poor,” or any other belief that does not serve you, the non-resourceful belief will fall away and you will be able to consciously choose a new belief that gives you the results you want.
Beliefs are nothing more than instructions to your mind to make something happen in your life. Instead of accepting results you do not want created by beliefs you did not choose, you can consciously choose more resourceful beliefs. In doing so, you can create whatever results you want in life.
Important principle #7: The first step in the process of replacing automatic, unconscious, non-resourceful beliefs with conscious, resourceful beliefs is to discover what your core beliefs are.
One way to begin is to make a list of ways you would complete the following sentences:
I am _______.
People are _______. The world is _________.
You could probably make a long list for each of these categories. In doing this, you’re looking for what you say to yourself when things have gone wrong and look bleakest. You are not looking for what you learned in self help books—those things you think you should believe about yourself, such as “I am one with everything.” “The world is filled with abundance.” “People are basically good.” “Everything happens for the best,” and so on. If you really believed these things, you would be creating them in your life, and you probably wouldn’t need to be reading this article.
Instead, we’re looking for those things you believe about yourself that keep you from being happy and peaceful all the time—statements such as “I’m never going to be a success.” “No one will ever love me.” “There’s something wrong with me.” “I can’t seem to do anything right.” “People always take advantage of me.” “Men always leave me in the end.” “No one cares about me.” “The world is dangerous and chaotic.” “Making money is not spiritual.” And so on. These statements are big clues to what negative and non-resourceful core beliefs you have.
Important principle #8: The most effective way to determine your core beliefs is to examine the results you are getting.
A second, and actually much more effective, way to determine your core beliefs is to look at what is actually happening in your life, your actual results. You could fake your way through the sentence completion exercise, but you can’t deny the actual results of your life. Since what you believe manifests in reality, you can tell what a person’s core beliefs are just by looking at the results they get.
If, for instance, you are having trouble sustaining a close relationship with the opposite sex, you must have a core belief about relationships that is manifesting as this result in your life. If you are having trouble with prosperity, or health, or any other issue, you must have a corresponding belief about that subject that is manifesting in what is actually happening. Of course, if you have resourceful beliefs in these areas, you will have positive results. In some cases, people have conflicting beliefs, causing them to go back and forth between results they want and results they don’t want.
When you look at other people who are getting better results, you can be sure that they have different, and more empowering, core beliefs on that subject.
Important principle #9: As long as you continue to hold the same beliefs, you will continue to get the same results. There is no way to continue to hold the same beliefs and get different results. To get different results, you must be willing to adopt different beliefs-the beliefs of others who are getting the results you want.
A common stumbling block is wanting to keep the old beliefs (even though they result in outcomes you do not want) and yet somehow get different results. Please be very clear that this is not possible. One tongue-in-cheek (but very accurate) definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. There is no way to change your results other than to change the contents of your internal map of reality, and a key component of that map are your beliefs.
Once you know what your core beliefs are (and, again, we’re concerned here with the negative beliefs-the positive ones, those that are giving you the results you want, don’t need attention), and have made the decision that you want new and different results, the next step is to decide what beliefs would be more empowering and resourceful, and would create the results you do want.
Important principle #10: To install a new belief, focus on it as often as possible and in every way you can think of.
Once you have chosen what you want to believe, based on the results you want, you can begin to adopt this new way of thinking about yourself. This will automatically begin to create new results. To install a new belief, you have to start feeding it into your mind, over and over, while wiping the old belief out of your mind whenever it pops up. The only reason the old belief seems true is that you have focused on it for so long and assumed that it was true, which makes it play out in reality, which of course makes you focus on it more, which makes it play out…on and on, in a self-reinforcing cycle.
Focus on this new belief. Think about it while meditating, while driving, while showering, as often as possible. Doing so may bring up old and uncomfortable feelings and thoughts, so be prepared for that—the old belief will literally fight for its life. Don’t let that bother you. Just keep focusing on what you want.
Create a Technicolor movie of yourself getting the result of the new belief, and feeling happy and satisfied by it—the more vivid the movie, the better. In addition to playing the movie during meditation, play it right before you go to sleep and right after waking up.
Then, whenever you find yourself thinking about the old, non-resourceful belief, immediately switch your focus to the movie of the new belief. At first this will take effort and will seem awkward, but over time it will become more and more natural and effortless. Eventually, the new belief will be part of you.
You can also read books by people who share your new belief, socialize with people who share it, or find a mentor who will help you adopt the new belief. Flood your mind with the new belief in every way you can.
Let it be okay that there is a learning curve… This process of changing core beliefs can happen in the blink of an eye. Realistically, however, for most people, it takes several years to complete. This is because, on an unconscious level, people associate the old way of being with safety, and tend to unconsciously fight against change, even when they consciously desire it. Take it one step and one day at a time, and let the pace of your progress be okay, whatever it is.
Meditation with Holosync greatly speeds up this process, because it helps you become more conscious and aware of what you are creating, and it takes the emotional charge off things in your life and allows you to look at things from a more dispassionate perspective (i.e., be the witness).
However long this process takes, it is worth undertaking. There is a big difference between being an unconscious automatic response mechanism. Living out beliefs that create suffering, and being a conscious being who chooses what to believe based on what kind of world they want to live in.
You are already an expert at creating what you believe and focus on. It’s just that you did not choose what you currently believe and focus on, and it continues to automatically create the results you are getting in your life. It is in this manner that most people are nothing more than automatic response mechanisms. To begin getting what you want in life, both internally and externally, you must consciously change your internal map of reality, and what you believe and focus on is a very important aspect of that map.
You CAN do this. There is no reason to continue to experience outcomes and feelings that you do not choose. Meditate daily with Holosync and consciously choose how your internal map of reality is constructed, and you will gain control over all aspects of your life.
Bill Harris, Director
Excerpt taken from Centerpointe’s monthly newsletter, Mind Chatter, December 2002.
Bill Harris is President and Director of the Centerpointe Research Institute, which is the home of the Holoysnc Solution. You can read more about this amazing product and how you can get a free demo of it below…
5. Recommended Resource:
This issue’s recommended resource is the Holosync Solution. A few years ago I began to ask The Universe to bring me a powerful meditation method that would help to me to obtain peace of mind. I began to apply the Law of Attraction to attract some metaphysical resources that would help me to obtain a more deep, powerful meditative state. Nothing happened for a couple of weeks.
But then after about three weeks, I was on the internet looking for some information on the Monroe Institute (a non-profit educational and research organization dedicated to the exploration of human consciousness), since I was planning on taking one of their courses. The Monroe Institute is internationally known for its work with audio sound patterns that can have dramatic effects on states of consciousness.
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6. What Is New at www.whatismetaphysics.com ?
I have had many questions from subscribers to this EZine about if the vegetarian lifestyle is ideal. I have noticed that when people began to study metaphysics, they are guided to be a vegetarian.
Throughout my life I have struggled with the idea of being a vegetarian. I was a vegetarian on and off. For a year I would be strictly vegetarian, but then for a few months I would eat a lot of meat. I was very confused if it was okay to eat meat or if it was better to be a vegetarian. I wasn’t sure if it was bad to eat meat, or if there was no such thing as good or bad. Isn’t everything perfect? If so, it shouldn’t really matter. In the end, I made the perfect decision.
I let my heart guide me, you should to…To help you, I set up a page called “How to Become Vegetarian” it is filled with interesting information, videos, recipes, articles. Are you interested in exploring this metaphysical lifestyle. Check it out now: How to Become A Vegetarian I have also added a New E-Course to the Free Online Metaphysical Courses. It is called “Pathway to Prosperity”. It is a revolutionary 21-Day information-packed resource. To learn more about it and/or to sign up for it, Click Here!
7. Bi-monthly Affirmation:
I am a positive thinker. I study and teach knowledge that serves divine love and truth.
Thank-You, for sharing this experience with me. I look forward to October 4th, 2006, so we can share another similar experience together with the next issue of this newsletter.
Till then, may you enjoy all of the unconditional love that I am sending you,
PS I know you seem to be very busy, so Thank-You for making the time to read this. I hope you have found this to be a valuable use of your time. If you would like to make more time for productive, metaphysical purposes, here are some things The Universe wants you to see