Be careful what you believe-- and conscious of it-- because beliefs are self-validating, and will be confirmed by our experience as being true beyond question. This is the foundation of horoscopes, superstition, Voodoo and Black Magic. Belief/faith elicits corroborating evidence from our environment and our "felt sense." "You ask me how I know-- I know because my heart declares it is so!" And our experience authenticates it at every turn. Brainwashing/mind-control is as commonplace as advertising promotions and political propaganda. Nothing convinces like conviction, and we can be "carried away" by personal testimony, hearsay and anecdotes delivered with passion and certainty. The nature of our life and the quality of our living depend on the beliefs that direct our decisions and choices regarding how we spend our time and exhibit our character and values. How do we fill up a day? How do our beliefs determine-- and restrict-- what we do? What beliefs guide and direct our lives? To what extent are we conscious of being guided and directed? To what extent are we conscious of being conscious? To what extent do we see our seeing and think about our thinking? How mindfully do we live? "Fair winds and following seas" are helpful only if we know where we are going and what we are doing-- following a program, intent on being guided and directed, on track and in accord with the path as it unfolds before us. What is your work? What is your Way? How do your beliefs flow from and lead to-- form and shape-- your work and your Way? Sit still. Be quiet. Breathe youself into the Silence. Listen and look. Follow the reflections that arise to recognition and realization. And see where it goes.
I am interested in why we see things as we do. Why we respond to our environment the way we do. Why we believe what we believe. How we decide what is important. How we change our mind about what is important. What makes us think that the way we think is the way to think? Who says so? How do we know they know what they are talking about? What is the unshakeable, adamantine, grounding, authority for the way we live? How do we validate the validity of that authority? How do we know that what we say is so is so? What leads us to live the way we do? Why aren't these questions at the heart of everyone's life?
Another of the Little Rules of Life: Don't decide--KNOW!!! (Or, one of its infinite variations, Don't think--KNOW!!!) We over-think everything. Sincerity just is. Spontaneity just is. Knowing just is. You could spend your entire life (Overstatement is what I do best) standing before the orange juice section or wandering up and down the cereal isle-- or the bread isle-- thinking it out. Don't think! KNOW!!! Wake up to your daily struggles to decide. They are everywhere. We want to be right about everything (And being right has nothing to do with being right-- it is all about being above reproach, beyond criticism, having a quick and well-considered reason for doing what we do, so that no one can find fault with us ever) because to be criticized is to be lacking, and lacking is one thing not one of us can allow ourselves to be (Here's another Little Rule of Life-- they are everywhere once you start looking for them-- Let Yourself Be Lacking!!! No kidding. It is the most freeing thing you will ever do [Back to overstating my case]). As I was saying, Wake up to your daily struggles to decide, and stop it. Just stand not-knowing before whatever it is, the blue one or the yellow one, and simply wait to know. Take your time. Where does the pressure to "hurry up and make up your mind" come from? Who are you trying to please? Stop it! Remember your breathing. Breathe deeply, exhale slowly. Wait to know. Wait to know about everything worth knowing. Knowing what the Knower knows is our surest guide to where the Goer is going. Stop deciding and begin knowing.