The Prodigious Power of Our Beliefs

 

Many of us have noticed the rapid acceleration of change that is occurring both individually and collectively. You don’t have to watch the news to perceive that various aspects of our culture that previously seemed tolerable, or perhaps held in denial, appear to be crumbling as a result of unsustainable foundations. It is a time to become witness to our patterns of behavior, to confront the imprints of our social conditioning and to take responsibility for the outcomes precipitated by our actions. This is especially worthwhile, given that these actions are often driven by subconscious motivations spawned from programming derived from the church, the state, our peer groups, our lineage and from the pool of human DNA.

The vast majority of humanity appears to be driven by deeply embedded core beliefs that personify individuals, communities, societies and nations. We define ourselves religiously, politically, geographically, by skin color, language and countless other delineations. We believe who we are based on these definitions. But wrapped in this perspective, based on belief, we lose sight of our source, from which all of life springs forth, forgetting the unity and the commonality of the life experience, the very essence of who we are in spirit.

Then there’s the not-so-subtle mixed message of religious fanaticism that has impacted the planet for thousands of years—each time expressed in the name of a belief system determined to be the only correct methodology sanctioned by the Creator, and then thrust on others or defended to the death. The Crusades during the Middle Ages set the tone for the mass exterminations to follow, designed to eliminate those whose beliefs differed enough from those who yielded the mightier sword and whose delusions propelled their dastardly actions. It somehow hasn’t occurred to many, after a brief glimpse at history, that the very gods and prophets so worthy of defending had no connection to these acts of inhumanity, and apparently promoted a much different message of peace, tolerance and compassion. After a moment of review, it is evident that intolerance, bigotry, self-righteousness and misguided power have propelled the human story of hatred, war and inhumanity throughout history. Might this not be a perfect time to take a breath, go a little deeper and contemplate a different perspective? A walk in nature might be a good place to start.

Given what is occurring with climate disruption and the rate of world population growth, with its ever-expanding intrusion into what remains of our natural environment, it has become imperative that the human race take a deeper look at the beliefs that foster separation and alienation from nature and from each other. It is the unity perspective, or a form of belief that considers the rippling effects of our actions with consequences for which we must be conscious, that will drive the thrust toward a sustainable future. How can we resist the possibility of becoming more aware, more conscious of our thoughts, even though much of our thought process is spurred by motivations that appear outside of our present awareness? The answer is… we cannot. If we are to prosper through these times of Earth- and societal transition, a simultaneous period of decline and evolution, where old institutions, non-serving thought forms and outdated beliefs are stripped away by the shear energy of change, we must seize the present opportunity to adopt a new understanding of what is possible and recognize the power of our thoughts.

As a result of breaking out of unconscious patterns of belief and the evolving capacity to operate on a less self-centered perspective, which includes the premise that every action has some effect on all of life, we can grow to encompass an awareness of the common good. This necessary shift of awareness is a natural evolution of what has already been occurring throughout the centuries. With this, a responsibility and respect for all of life, the belief that through action, word and deed, we can create models of cooperation and right livelihood that will propel us (and the planet) in a direction that will be sustainable.

Interestingly, there are thousands of good news stories around the world for every story of strife, war and inhumanity, though these don’t typically make the headlines. Humanity has also evolved a heart, and an inherent belief in the triumph of the human spirit as witnessed in grassroots movements across the globe where people are uniting in the pursuit of peace, freedom and environmental justice, while realizing the instant rewards of harmony and cooperation. This is the beginning of an expanded experience that promises far greater possibilities for humankind. This evolution begins with each individual who desires to be a proactive part of the solution, and we don’t necessarily have to roll up our sleeves each day in an effort to clean up the mess. We must recognize that we have the power to grab the reigns of our thoughts and accompanying feelings, to project a positive future. In doing our part to transform fear into hope and defeat into triumph, we express our contribution to planetary evolution.

 

Faren Dancer is an award-winning designer, builder, educator and activist. His UNICOPIA GREEN RADIO show, each Saturday on KTRC (1260AM), is simulcast at santafe.com. The archived shows are available at www.unicopia.org. Email: Faren@unicopia.org

 

 

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