Posted 23 September, 2016, 3.10pm
[Note: "About" (The Belief Doctor) was posted on the previous 'beliefdoctor.com' website and is reposted here, for consistency of links.]
My focus and passion as The Belief Doctor? is in analysing and improving 'bodies of belief' in all fields of human experience including science, religion, business, management, politics, new-age, health ... life.
I do so by a number of robust, effective means.
But in all my approaches, I apply one overarching rule that will stand the test of time, in all circumstances — that of accepting, and affirming the irreducible paradox of life of part and whole, of individual and community, of "trees and forests."
An example. Recently I was asked what did I think about Buddhism. Without going into too much detail, we need only review the beliefs of Buddhists, from that paradoxical perspective (using the reciprocal test).
Let's take a specific example: that of the ideal of non-attachment. Achieving non-attachment can only be gained by being attached (to some degree) with that outcome. If we're not attached to, or in some way consciously creating or desiring that outcome (of non-attachment) then we would have absolutely no (as in zero) conscious choice, volition or free will in achieving that outcome. We would be "pure" victims to some process or spiritual force that was in control of us. That might suit some, but it's hardly a prescription for effective living.
In the context of the "Paradox Rule", the goal of achieving non-attachment is an oxymoron. It's basically a waste of time (pun intended).
Another (parallel) approach is to work more effectively with time, from a forward-focused creating approach -- primarily, by focusing on what we want, and "letting go" what we don't want.
It is our addictions to the past that causes continual recurrence of old habits, ailments and problems. Fortunately the creative process enables us to move beyond old habits to gain (or regain) health and wellbeing. That is not to suggest we avoid, ignore or deny the past -- the past serves as a platform of stability and order that is crucial to life.
The art and science of health and wellbeing lies in balancing both past and future ... of balancing both
- routine and creativity
- stability and surprise
- possible and actual
- knowledge and imagination
- logic and precognition
- individuality and community
- one and all
- finite and infinite
- physical and "pre-physical"