“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” Socrates
“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” William Shakespeare in Act I, Scene III, of his play Hamlet
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.” The Courage to Be Yourself: E.E. Cummings on Art, Life, and Being Unafraid to Feel
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E. Cummings
What is your belief about belief?
Do you have religious beliefs, cultural beliefs, political beliefs, or fill-in-the-blank beliefs?
Do you believe that you share a belief system with a group of people? Does anyone else have Your Belief System?
I am going to shock you: there is no “WE” believe about anything; there is only “I” believe or “I” do not believe. It is Your Belief System! Your belief is something only you can hold.
Your Belief System is your set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that have been imprinted on your subconscious mind.
Your Belief System is your intention toward yourself that has been imprinted on your subconscious mind.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz-
The Belief System is like a Book of Law that rules our mind. Without question, whatever is in that Book of Law is our truth… There is something in our minds that judges everybody and everything, including the weather, the dog, the cat — everything. The Inner Judge uses what is in our Book of Law to judge everything we do and don’t do, everything we think and don’t think, and everything we feel and don’t feel… Every time we do something that goes against the Book of Law, the Judge says we are guilty, we need to be punished, and we should be ashamed…
There is another part of us that receives the judgments, and this part is called the Victim. The Victim carries the blame, the guilt, and the shame…
And this is all based on a Belief System that we never chose to believe. These beliefs are so strong, that even years later when we are exposed to new concepts and try to make our own decisions, we find that these beliefs still control our lives.
Whatever goes against the Book of Law will make you feel a funny sensation in your solar plexus, and it’s called FEAR…
-The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
You build Your Belief System CHOICE by CHOICE, but the question is “Is it your choice or somebody else’s choice?”
WHY (to set intent) is the question that should be asked and answered before any action is taken. It is what goes on inside of you; this is the most important thing in your life; where your value comes from.
Deliberate action turns knowledge into practical wisdom. © 2016 Russel Steffy
Deliberate action: The conscious intentional process of doing something.
Practical wisdom: the actual repeated application or use of valued ideas, beliefs, or methods; as opposed to theories
Deliberate Choice (done consciously and intentionally); every moment you choose what you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. You choose how to move your body. You also get to choose value to what is happening to create an experience.
Do you choose consciously and intentionally?