What is a belief-system?

Your belief-system is what causes you to think and feel the way you do. Your belief-system will determine whether you're depressed, happy, sad, excited, or bored.

Your belief-system determines your courage, fears and behaviours.

You only need to examine your life to see your belief-system at work, as reflected in your level of success, your health, wellbeing and the quality of your relationships.

Your belief-system is your "auto-pilot" — the beliefs you hold and the "facts" you automatically take for granted. Your auto-pilot makes you do what you do, and is the root source of all the wonderful things in your life: the loves, the fun, the money and the pleasant surprises, as well as all the drama, conflict, frustration, stress and other negative situations.

An unknown author wrote (the following is, I believe, incorrectly attributed to Viktor Frankl):

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response."

In other words, between something happening to us, and our reaction to that event, comment or action, we pass, albeit often quickly and without much awareness, through our belief-system.1,2,3

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Understanding and learning to "catch ourselves" when responding in habitual ways is a key to change. We learn that we are not victims to emotions, and that we cannot justifiably blame drugs, alcohol or other factors such as culture or peer groups, for our behaviours. Most importantly we learn we are not "victims" to some difficult-to-reach subconscious — it's all available to us consciously if we remember to catch  ourselves responding habitually, particularly those responses and emotions that we fear, or wish to avoid.4,5,6

More details on how our belief-systems affect our lives is revealed in the book "The Dynamics of Gender and Life: Timeless Principles of Quantum, Fractal and Natural Phenomena, and Human Social Dynamics."

  • 1. Put differently, your belief-system is the "mechanism" that "collapses"/solidifies/congeals/allows (infinite) possibility into lived, or experienced reality. It converts possibility into actuality. A very simple example: pick a number. Which number did you pick? 7? You could choose any number from within the infinite range of numbers. That's collapsing possibility (infinite range of numbers) to one, actual number.
  • 2. There are some who believe we can live without a belief-system - that's a belief, and one that will, by necessity, still be central to the process of "collapsing" or selecting from unlimited possibilities, one experienced physical or psychic reality.
  • 3. simple-tools-fig.6a.pngAs is covered in more detail in "Simple Tools for Clarity, Understanding and Betterment", infinite possibilities are "squeezed" into probable choices, then into one-at-a-time, sequential-time experiences, be they physical and/or psychic/dream states. See figure right (from the Simple Tools book):
  • 4. The means by which we may more thoroughly and effectively catch ourselves responding habitually, will be covered in detail in a forthcoming online educational course.
  • 5. See also "The danger in being offended"
  • 6. This awareness is particularly beneficial to those who fear various 'triggers' that habitually initiate unpleasant memories.

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