Beliefs V Truths

Recently I have been pondering a lot on the subject of beliefs. I have come to the startling realisation that for most of my life I have held beliefs in most categories of life, and that those beliefs have governed the way that I have lived.

I know that I have not recalled all of my beliefs because there are hundreds of them, many are obvious but many are very subtle and more hidden: they have all influenced my life in some way.

Here is a tiny snippet of some of the beliefs that I have held:

  • The more you do as a woman the stronger you are.
  • Putting others before yourself is a positive thing.
  • Being ‘nice’ is good.
  • Being ‘good’ is good.
  • Exercise is more effective if you go as hard as you can.
  • Doing yoga postures leads to enlightenment.
  • The more fruit and veg that you eat the better.
  • Everyone should eat 3 meals a day and protein in at least 2 of them.
  • Evolution is like a ladder, you climb up it as you evolve.

The list is endless…

Even though there are many things on my list that may not be shared by others, what I have come to realise is that we are all walking around with our own set of beliefs. These beliefs influence the way that we move, the way that we think, the way that we talk, what we do, the way that we do what we do, the relationships that we have, the relationships that we don’t have, the jobs that we do, and the jobs that we don’t do etc…

The beliefs that we hold are influencing our lives moment by moment, and like a puppeteer pulling on invisible strings we are moved and positioned around the chessboard of life, falsely ‘believing’ that we are moving ourselves when in truth we are being moved by our beliefs, our minds coerced into thinking and our mouths manipulated to say certain things.

And as sinister as it may sound I have come to wonder if it is us that holds our beliefs or is it our beliefs that hold us?

When I first attended Universal Medicine I heard Serge Benhayon present the fact that the thoughts we pull in are governed by the way that we move. Without imposing at all, he presented that although people generally believe that they are free thinking individuals, science is now waking up to the fact that we pull in thoughts from one of two energetic sources and that the source that we pull thoughts in from is pre-determined by the way that we move. Serge added that the type of thought that we pull in then ensures that we move in a certain way, which guarantees that we will then get a similar thought that will then guarantee the same quality of movement, and so it continues….

So here we all are, living our lives under the illusion that we are deciding what happens to us in life when all along we are moving around our lives as freely as a train on a train track!

This, for me, makes sense when I look back on the mad rush that I did everything in. Because of my belief that the more that I got done the stronger I was, I packed my days full of ‘doing’, which caused me to rush frantically through everything in order to pack even more in. The way that I hurled myself through life ensured that I continued to pull in the thought that the more I did, the stronger I was and so the cycle just kept repeating.

Similarly with my belief that hard, punishing exercise was good for me, kept me exercising in this way even when my body was in a lot of pain. I clung to the belief or rather the belief clung to me and I continued to exercise even when my body was screaming for me to stop. How strong must the hold be when something is so obviously not working yet we still keep following in the same rigid tracks? Imagine for a moment a world full of people all following their own pre governed tracks, unable to deviate because the very movements that they repeat, feed them the beliefs that keep them in those well-worn tracks.

What on earth is going on?

How much choice did I really have? If my thoughts were dictating my every move and my every move was dictating my thoughts then what was I choosing? I always thought that I was a free thinking, open minded, spiritually aware, loving, funky kind of a girl but now I understand that I was a puppet and that the so called qualities that I thought I had were interchangeable traits that could be changed as easily as the clothes on a doll.

So where do these beliefs come from?

They come from many, many places. Our parents of course, family members, teachers, books, films, influential friends, historical figures, the newspaper, TV, radio, organisations, in fact it feels like the air is thick with beliefs. For most of us, many of our beliefs are passed on by our parents.

What parent can say that they have not passed on a single belief to their kids? Here are a few examples:

  • It’s good to play sport
  • It’s good to play an instrument
  • It’s good to be creative
  • It’s good to try as hard as you can
  • It’s crucial to get high marks
  • It’s important to have manners
  • Being good gets you recognised
  • Cross country running builds character
  • Boarding school will be good for you
  • Going to University is essential to get on in life

In many countries in the world, parents have also passed on their beliefs that certain nationalities are bad, that certain pieces of land need to be fought for and that revenge is all that matters.

Are we therefore guaranteeing that the world stays a certain way by passing on our beliefs to our children?

What would the world be like if we allowed our children to grow up free of beliefs? Over the last 4 years my beliefs have started to crumble. I am at a point now where I am naturally suspicious of any remaining beliefs that I have. What I have come to realise is that:

My beliefs prevented me from feeling the truth. They stood like silent guards blocking the way to the truth that lay patiently in my body, ever ready to be revealed.

Looking back I realise now that my body continually showed me the truth of every situation. It was my beliefs that came from my mind that overrode the messages from my body.

The pain in my body was telling me very clearly that the way I was exercising was not good. My bloated stomach told me that eating copious amounts of vegetables was not what my body wanted. My exhaustion was a clear indicator that cramming so much into my day was not making me stronger but my beliefs around these things denied me access to the truth.

One of the divine functions of the body is to consistently show us the truth with no attachment as to whether or not we listen.

To me beliefs seem to originate from the mind and feel:

  • Limiting
  • Hard
  • Binding
  • Immoveable
  • Stubborn
  • Blinding
  • Rigid
  • Historical
  • Suffocating
  • Confining
  • Dead
  • A trap
  • Individual

A truth comes from the body and feels very different:

  • Expansive
  • Freeing
  • Limitless
  • Alive
  • Known
  • Joyous
  • Universal

Some truths that have come from my body are:

  • Strength as a woman comes from her fragility.
  • Putting yourself first is the best way to care for others.
  • Being ‘nice’ is not a true way of being.
  • Being good is an illusion – just be yourself.
  • Exercise is important and is best done in a way that honours the whole body.
  • It’s best to listen to the body when exercising and to adjust according to what you feel.
  • There is not an ounce of ‘doing’ in evolution, evolution is the state of our being.
  • There are no ‘shoulds’ when it comes to what to eat.
  • Eat what and when the body genuinely guides you to eat.
  • Evolution is not an up it is a back towards. It is a U-turn.

When life is governed by beliefs, it feels confined and limited but when life is impulsed by truth then it feels spacious and limitless.

I am eternally grateful to Serge Benhayon, the Benhayon Family, the Student Body and every single aspect of God that has ever dedicated itself to reminding those of us who have forgotten that we too are equal parts of the One God.

By Alexis Stewart, Care worker with the intellectually disabled, Yoga Teacher, Mum, Student of the Livingness. Sydney Australia

Further Reading:
Truth
From Ideals and Beliefs to Making Loving Work Choices
Oneness – A Confirmation From Within

1,361 thoughts on “Beliefs V Truths

  1. The crazy thing about beliefs is that we are taking them on from those around us from young, bringing them into our lives and living them without any questioning. Children are amazing sponges when it comes to taking on beliefs as they have an implicit trust in their elders and, in the main, believe what they are being told and from what they observe going on around them and if by chance they begin to question they are often told ‘this is the way we’ve always done it and that’s that’!

  2. It is amazing quite how many ideals and beliefs we run with without even thinking about them. Say someone walks past you and is abrupt or ignores you and you take it personally because of having the belief everyone should be open and friendly, but what if they are going through something and did not see you or are too distracted with what they are doing or simply do not have enough time to stop? So it actually has nothing to do with you yet we can so often take it personally.

  3. Serge Benhayon has presented and taught that movement is what gets us out of that train track of beliefs, breathing gently as a start of derailing ourselves and from there moving gently that is more in line with the bodies truth than the hard, rigid and set ways of the minds beliefs.

    1. That is a great point Leigh so often I have thought I can think myself out of a situation for nothing to change. It has been only when I have changed my movements and the way I am doing things that I have felt a shift and things have actually started to change.

  4. A huge belief, one that perhaps lays like a dark shadow over us all, is the thinking that we are alone on this planet, that we are the only ones here, spinning endlessly with no purpose other than to get through the day. When in fact, there is a multidimensional aspect to life that cannot be denied, and in fact when it is embraced, there are no beliefs – just a simple knowing that who you are is the purpose for living.

    1. That is a huge belief Shami and one which divides us so much, just like thinking what we do behind closed doors does not affect anyone else. The more we see that everything we do matters and effects everything and everyone else the more we will see the responsibility we carry in each and every moment to be the love we are.

  5. “When life is governed by beliefs, it feels confined and limited but when life is impulsed by truth then it feels spacious and limitless” – this is so well captured. Looking back on my own life, I can see how I kept swapping my set of beliefs thinking each time that that is the truth, and what I am getting to realise is how whole-encompassing truth is and it does not come in a set.

  6. I think in general there’s a great lack of value put on being in connection with or aware of our body and listening to what it is feeding back to us (24/7) in response to our choices or the way that we’re doing things as having that connection helps us to see through beliefs or ideals we may be holding onto or can see in the world around us rather than taking them on as a goal or ‘truth’.

  7. “Are we therefore guaranteeing that the world stays a certain way by passing on our beliefs to our children?”

    Great point raised amongst many here Alexis. It certainly does keep us on those train tracks for generations.

  8. Alexis this is a great conversation to be having with each other as I don’t believe we really appreciate just how much these beliefs influence our lives mostly in a negative way. And if we were to look deeper these beliefs we have come with an energy and it is this negative energy that runs our bodies. So I agree with you when you say we are like puppets and it is the energy that pulls the strings not us.

    1. Beliefs stop us from being who we really are and they are, by their very nature, an imposition on ourselves, on our expression and all movements.

  9. Just take one belief – only one – such as, going to university is essential in life and that can shape your whole life, your school days, your career, the direction your life goes in – your life could end up in a totally different place just from one belief. I definitely don’t claim to be free of beliefs but I have at moments experiences what it feels like to just live with no expectations, it’s a bit like life is a fresh blank piece of paper and rather than feeling like the future is already written you feel like anything is possible.

    1. What you share Meg is very true, one single belief can shape our entire life and in doing so can drastically limit the possibilities that we will get presented with. Therefore, as you share, to live without preset beliefs, opens life up exponentially.

      1. Yeh spot on, I guess the difference is living life as if every day is fresh and brand new, or living life with today being loaded from tomorrow and yesterday.

      2. It’s a tricky one because ‘living life as if every day is fresh and brand new’ can be a belief and living life with an awareness of yesterday and tomorrow can be living life from truth.

      3. Yeah I see what you mean, but I do feel that everyone deserves to start every day as fresh, in that we do not need to be defined or judged for what we did yesterday, but if this is not approached with an actual openness to see our mistakes and to learn from them and move on then beginning every day with a fresh slate could simply be an ideal and not an actual reality.

  10. I observe that the lists of all ideals and beliefs are like ticking boxes that we fit ourselves into and feel like an imposition from outside, but that the list of truths have a space and looseness about them and are about coming back to the very centre of our being to feel and know how our bodies respond to outside influences. Here, in this place, we have the choice.

  11. Thank you Alexis, this is a really comprehensive look at beliefs, and what a great line here “When life is governed by beliefs, it feels confined and limited but when life is impulsed by truth then it feels spacious and limitless.” Based on this I can still see there are many areas in my life where beliefs must be dominating because of the confined restrictive feeling it gives me, what a great way to uncover that which has been hidden but still imposes its falseness.

  12. A beautiful blog and sharing exposing the truth about beliefs and the joy and amazingness of truth that is life changing when seen for what is really going on gets rid of right and wrong and allows the love in our lives and the world.

  13. Im sure many of us have examples simiar to yours Alexis where we have been told something that another believes is true, but which does not feel true to us. The more we learn to coonect to and then listen to our bodies, the easier it becomes to know what is true and what is not simply by listening to how our body feels.

  14. A most beautiful blog Alexis, thank you, you so well describe how we are puppets that move according to the beliefs they have subscribed to all the while believing we are our own master. It is so crucial that we break through this way of living and recognise that there is so much more to life than we allow ourselves to see.

  15. The train on the track is a powerful image and one that reminds me how limiting it is to be goal oriented. When we have a picture about the finish line we limit ourselves. Why travel on a track when the universe is a part of you.

    1. Well said Leonne and what your comment has supported me to see is that the ‘universe is indeed a part of us’ as we are equally a part of the universe but that our ability to feel the grandness of this immutable fact is totally squandered by having our eyes ‘on the horizon’. As long as we are doggedly tracking our way towards an image, a goal, a belief, an outcome, a need, an expectation, a hope, a desire etc then we completely miss the immediacy of the Universe in all her magnificent glory and therein lies the trap, keep humanities eyes on what’s ‘ahead’ of them and get them to miss the fact that they are actually everything already.

      1. Yes, we constantly distract ourselves with things that need to be done, things we want to do, by wanting off time etc. and all the while we are missing out on the beauty that surrounds us and lives within us. It is like we are living on half throttle, if at all, giving our power away to a way of living that is far away from the grandness that we are.

      2. Great point – it’s like we have tunnel vision and we are completely focused at getting to a particular point, when the train tracks are going in the wrong direction!

    1. I agree, beliefs project something over the truth that is there for us to observe in life. Beliefs are a set of blinkers shadowing the otherwise clarity we could have. How complicated life feels with beliefs when we could instead live the simplicity and truth of experiencing life (including people and ourselves) exactly as it is.

      1. How loaded are our beliefs when they have been passed down from generation to generation as the way we do things?

  16. There are many ideals and beliefs carried within our body which we do not notice as we are used to walk them.
    It is to double shake your hips to let go all those evil concepts we carried around.
    When we free ourselves in our hips as women our sacredness get the space to be moved.

  17. To live in a world free of ideals and beliefs would be beautiful, we would be living and moving in alignment to our Soul and experiencing a depth and quality of love that would be exquisite.

  18. Beliefs are tricky because we grow up with them and the whole world is made of them that they become pretty much a normal way of thinking – who questions eating 3 meals a day – until you start experimenting and see that there might be a different way of approaching food that leaves you feeling stronger or more alert. This is where our ability to question life is so important.

    1. Unfortunately our ability to question life is only an option that is presented to us when we move in a particular way. I say ‘unfortunate’ because when we are riddled with beliefs, this in itself sets up a particular way of moving that acts as a barrier to questioning beliefs. It’s kind of a gridlock really. Questioning beliefs only becomes an option that is presented to us as a result of slowly, slowly changing the way that we move our physical bodies, the content of our speech and the quality of our thoughts.

      1. True – to have a new perspective on life we need to refresh everything – our movements, our choices, our thoughts so we can see what is really imprisoning us.

  19. We can be riddled by beliefs in every moment but when we choose to expose the truth that lies behind them we are offered the gold that is so often masked with here say and ideals of ourselves and others.

  20. Imagine being contained and constructed by a straight jacket, then picture their being another on top of that, and another following this. Then you start to see the true effect beliefs and ideals have on our body. We think just because we can move our arms and legs we are free but we totally overlook the quality in which we move. To return to living from our heart free from these rigid beliefs is huge. Thank you Alexis for reminding me.

  21. Ideals and beliefs are woven into our very existence and govern how we will react to life as it happens. They are so insidious that often we do not realise we are being run by a belief and carry on believing we are right about something without questioning if there is a belief at play clouding us from the truth and evolution. One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is to question the things we automatically say is right which are usually there without question.

    1. True – we even champion our beliefs and celebrate them – but what good do they truly do us? I agree being able to question what we automatically assume is right is an amazing tool in life, it’s the beginning of exploring what’s really true.

      1. Absolutely – when we think we are right about something it’s like having tunnel vision and only seeing the tunnel when there is the whole world and the whole universe above and around it.

  22. ‘I have come to the startling realisation that for most of my life I have held beliefs in most categories of life, and that those beliefs have governed the way that I have lived.’ These beliefs are so insidious, we don’t notice how many we have and the depth and breadth they affect us in our life, and yes they can govern how we live. Noticing and clocking them seems to be an unending learning experience and it can be playful to clock them, feel our new awareness and then move on.

  23. How exposing is it to realize that what you “believed” in was anything but true, whilst at the same time throughout that process always thinking it was true. Yet how freeing is it when we are honest with the fact our truth was anything but the truth. Suddenly life makes sense again.

    1. The crazy thing is, we use beliefs to try and make sense of the world but it’s the very beliefs themselves that are distorting the truth and making life both complicated and confusing.

  24. What a great description of how we are manipulated by holding on to beliefs and belief systems, we are so easy to predict and control when we don’t claim the truth in our bodies. Exposing the lies that are held as truths frees us up for everything to change.

  25. As I read your blog Alexis I could really feel how much my beliefs move me like I am a puppet, complete with strings attached.

  26. ‘And as sinister as it may sound I have come to wonder if it is us that holds our beliefs or is it our bodies that hold us?’ An interesting question to ponder on. From experience and in having been aware of and let go of a number of beliefs, I can state that I took them on in reaction to hurts which then got cemented in my body triggering similar responses that were not true. Thus imprisoned by the beliefs I took on in my body, there they stayed until I honestly nominated them, why they were there so that I could let them go.

  27. I remember the first time I heard Serge Benhayon present about thoughts not being from us. I found it very difficult to accept. I feel for most of us it is difficult to accept how far we live from truth.

  28. When life feels small, difficult, complicated and exhausting I know that I’m being run by beliefs. When I feel connected, expansive and inspired I am free to feel me.

  29. A belief has no true energy source of its own and thus needs constant energy to sustain it. That is, we need to pull it in from outside of us and then keep solidifying it/feeding it so that it sticks around. Whereas a truth lives and breathes within us and is the very substance we are born from.

  30. Alexis I would say it is the beliefs that hold us in a way that it is very difficult I feel to break free of them because just as you break a belief another takes its place as we are riddled with them. These beliefs constrain us and hold us back from being and expressing who we truly are. I also feel from my own experience that these beliefs that I hold are not just from this life time but from past life’s too.

  31. Perhaps the greatest lie we live under is the belief of what we think to be ‘true’, over the absolute knowing of what is true that needs no belief to sustain it.

  32. Ideals of what our lives should look like and the beliefs that go with them are like the blinders put on a horse so that he can only look and move straight ahead and thus misses all the other perspectives that are there see all along and move with in truth, rather than staying in a rut that is created by the narrow belief that ‘this is the way it is or should be’.

  33. “My beliefs prevented me from feeling the truth” The particles of our body know truth but we can override the truth with beliefs that come into our mind.

  34. The fact that our body’s health and state of being so evidently show us the lie of beliefs and ideals and the fact that humanity is so ill and so sick in general shows the enormity of just how many lies and false beliefs there are out there.

      1. Well said Amita, it is hard initially to start to come out of the lies and beliefs that have had a stranglehold on us, however once we start to take responsibility for our choices then it gets easier and easier to recognise and call out the lies for what they are. And the more we take responsibility for our lives the more uncomfortable comfort begins to feel, until eventually we simply can’t bear the feeling of comfort in our bodies as we can feel how it shuts down our awareness.

    1. Ah but here’s the problem, humanity has constructed so many lies and beliefs around why we’re so sick and unwell that we have totally wriggled out of seeing the gift of truth that illness brings. How convenient is it to believe that it’s ‘the change in weather’ or ‘pollution’ that is responsible for our sickness rather than the choices that we’re making. We are absolute masters at creating more beliefs to continually keep covering up the truth.

  35. Beliefs keep us in a box that can be all but impossible to see out of. We think life within the box is good, right and simply the way it is without realising we’re in a tiny box in a grand grand world.

    1. Ah but we like the box because there is a certain degree of comfort and security on offer within the box for it affords us the corners in which to hide. You cannot hide upon a sphere, it requires complete transparency. Therefore, our box-like behaviours come from our desire to remain hidden and our fear of being truly seen.

      1. You sure can’t find a corner on a sphere. If we seek to hide then we’ll need to create a box on a sphere.

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