Deep Beliefs

All that we do in our lives is rooted in our deep beliefs. We may not even be aware of what drives us since these usually have been with us since our early childhood, later reinforced by the messages we were getting from the surrounding social environment. They are so deep that we don't even think that they may be wrong. But what if they are? What control did we have over what was planted in our psyche? There is nothing wrong with the mechanism itself, it is a very important endowment of the human species. We cannot go through life constantly thinking about whether what we do is right or wrong and what decision we should make. That would be absolutely impossible and that's why we run most of our lives on autopilot, not even thinking about what we do and why.

This human endowment works great if cultures to which people were born into and in which they lived were, we may call, sustainable. These beliefs were carrying them through lives, they should not and were not changed and thus sustainability of such cultures was carried over generations. But what if deep beliefs installed in us are flawed? What if we also are constantly bombarded with information coming from seemingly authoritative sources that makes us believe and act in ways that will not assure our individual and collective wellbeing but rather benefit people whose goals are not necessary life-sustaining?

The most fundamental human right is to exercise our freedom of thinking, freedom to challenge any authority that claims to be right an expects us to agree without any questioning. Let stress the word challenge since it doesn't imply rejection of an authority and rebellion against it, just questioning it in search for truth. True authority is based on Truth and welcomes any thoughtful challenge; it has nothing to hide. But when an authority is hiding behind a certain dogma and forbids any challenge that may be the litmus test for its legitimacy. Too many authorities are using intimidation to defend themselves. That is another sign that should ring a loud bell. Shouldn't we then allow ourselves to think and investigate whether any given authority gives us the truth that helps us promote our wellbeing and the wellbeing of our society?

Changing our deep beliefs is the most difficult and traumatic undertaking, yet it is also a sign of maturity and of our ability to think and use our own judgment. The biggest problem seems to be with allowing ourselves to open the gate to our deepest beliefs and put them through personal scrutiny. Once that happens, we may often find that by opening that gate we may cause a flood of changes in how we perceive our lives and all that counts in them. One change may be followed by others and once that happens, there is no way back. No one can go back to where we were before when new beliefs that are formed through mature, independent scrutiny replace the old ones.

All beliefs and values that we hold define our worldview. When it comes to interpreting and understanding our current reality, there seems to be three general worldviews which are quite distinctive. Yet we are complex and our individual beliefs and values often are affected by more than of these general worldviews. You can read more about Moderns, Traditionals and Cultural Creatives in the following article.

It is often that we hold some deep negative beliefs of which we may be aware, often representing various fears and phobias. These poison our lives, yet we cannot change them. There are techniques to be explored through the Centre that may assist and help the process of unlocking our potential by dealing with these negative beliefs. But even just being exposed and immersed in what is represented by beliefs that may be essentially different from what is common in our society can significantly help people challenge their old beliefs and stimulate formation of new ones. These, in turn, will affect how they live their lives and eventually may also have a cumulative affect on changing our culture, specifically our food culture.

Recommended Books

The Spontenous Healing of Belief

The Sponteneous Healing of Belief by Gregg Braden

The Biology of Belief

The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton 

Ishmael

 Ishmael by Daniel Quinn