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„Believing means not wanting to know what the truth is“, proclaimed Friedrich Nietzsche. For Kant religious belief and scientific or academic knowledge were both a belief. Both men were probably not the only people to give thought to this dilemma between religious and academic knowledge. Scientific knowledge and spiritual elements can also come together, for example in the teachings of Yoga. I find it interesting that today the contact and exchange between the scientists or academicians and spiritual leaders and practices have more dialogue with each other. Some scientists, after all have had to accept that the spirituality, (beliefs and expectations) of other fellow researchers, strongly influences their work.
Most people understand that when we talk of belief, that it is something subjective and convincing for one self, whereas knowledge is something objective with certainty for the common knowledge of all. In my opinion, I think this is a very deceptive differentiations model. Just think, only a few hundred years ago it was with objective certainty that the earth was flat, and the catholic church took this to be true for a longer period of time! Today we can only call this theory a belief, actually a mad belief or superstition. The topic and the definition of belief is not so easy to deal with. From my understanding, I feel that objectivity is an illusion from which we are easily deceived by.
Beliefs and doctrines do not necessarily have a religious origin. Throughout our lives we make experiences and from this we create our own doctrines. Some beliefs we suck from the mothers milk, others from the society in which we live. Some are right, some are wrong. Some are helpful, others not.
I consider the personal beliefs, doctrines and world views to be very important, they are the substance of our thoughts and our personality. They dictate the way that we deal with life itself. Be aware of your thoughts, they affect your spoken word and actions. Be aware of your actions the form your reality.
To research one’s own doctrines can be very informative. Often we are not conscious of what we believe or even what destructive doctrines we may have taken on from family or society. Parents may call their child a failure, which is not true. If the child hears this many times over it may turn this association into it’s actual fate.
We can practice consciously to influence our own thoughts with a lot of discipline through thought control, or with the help of meditation and autosuggestion, and also using the power of symbols. Consciously shaping one’s own surroundings, (home), is an expression of one’s personality and this in turn influences one through the elements of personal choice. You can consciously choose particular symbols and place them as wanted and experience this interplay of your own expression and your own space.
In the article, Symbols: origin and effects, I describe, in my opinion, how this works.
At this point I’d like to mention that I do not belong to any religious community and I try to keep the posts and topics on this website as “confessionally neutral” as possible. I put more value on a global, mutually-enriching selection. My focus is on spirituality, on personal development and on wisdom – whereas I recognize more of unifying similarities than of separating differences between all the different religious denominations ...