We all look for guidance and advice in our lives. When we are young, that is how we learn about the world. Our parents guide us, our friends guide us, our teachers guide us and in issues of the faith, our church leaders guide us. The world is a complicated place to navigate with a multitude of decisions to be made every day. We assume, that with all of this well-meaning support, that we will be directed upon the correct life path. We assume a lot in our lives!
Through the course of my life, I have realized that there is really nothing that I know for sure. Everything that I believe to know is based upon my core belief system which forms the foundation for every other belief. I rarely question this core belief system anymore, because to do so would literally shake the bedrock of my reality. One would think that everyone would share the same set of core beliefs, but nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s examine some of those core beliefs that we hold so sacrosanct.
Self – The basic tenet of consciousness is, “I am”. This is the thought that separates conscious from unconscious. From there a web of beliefs is spun, all relating back to this core belief. Your “guidance” fills in the blanks and as you grow and develop, you slowly create a perception of yourself as a separate unique individual. But is this statement of self accurate? It would be more accurate to say “we are”. We are a collective, inseparable on a spiritual level and part of a unified whole. We are all spiritual beings inhabiting physical bodies. What differences might this adjustment in perception make to your relationships with your fellow man (or woman)? How might we reorder our beliefs based upon this new corrected version?
Life – Another core concept is that there is life and then there is not living. Obviously, we consider ourselves to belong to the former classification. Living exhibits certain characteristics which are not entirely self-evident in non-living. Science has further refined these “living” traits. While life is held by most people in some regard, non-living things are not paid the same respect. Sometimes consideration is paid to the “once living”, but generally those things not considered alive have no rights. But what is really the difference between living and not living?
All things are composed of the same material, made up of atoms and subatomic particles. What quality animates these substances and gives them the ability to be considered alive? Or is “alive” only an interpretation we use? Is a rock alive? Is the Earth alive? Are virus alive? According to scientists the answer is no, because these things do not fit their narrow description of life. How different the world would appear if everything was considered alive! This small shift in our core belief would allow us to see this dynamic world of light and hold every aspect of it sacred. Our new core belief would be Life is.
Time – No one can dispute that time passes, or can they? The concept of time is essential to our understanding of how the Universe functions and also forms a part of the bedrock upon which our perceptions rely. Past, present and future are divided into increments used to describe the passage of time. But does anything really exist other than an ever-present, unfolding now? Living in the now is challenging. There are no memories of the past or hopes for the future in the now. Living in the now is living in the moment with no conscious thought other than God. Time is a useful construct to operate in today’s world, but never believe that it is real. The only real thing is now!
Truth – Fundamental to our core belief system is that we know the truth of things. Yes, we may be confused on some issues, but generally, we know the truth and we are right. Basic to this belief is the premise that we can know the truth. How can we know the truth? We don’t know where we came from, what we are doing here or where we are going, so how can we discern truth? The mind is incapable of discerning truth from falsehood. The only moral compass we have is the one impressed upon us in our development by well-meaning supporters. Despite that, we maintain that our opinions are valid and true.
David R. Hawkins, in his book Power vs. Force describes his use of applied kinesiology to tap into the collective unconscious to answer questions posed as either true or false. This methodology surmises that our mind and all of its biases and positionalities can be circumvented and access can be gained to truth. The concept is based upon the supposition that when something is true, it strengthens the body and when something is false, it weakens the body. Muscle testing is used as an indicator. The truth is one. To know part of the truth is to know all the truth. We do not know any part of the truth.