Beliefs. Worldview. General Approach to Life. Attitude. Usual Way of Acting.
Inner values are at the very root of our being. They are fundamental elements of our inner belief system or philosophy of life which is in turn a part of our inner program. What is an inner program? An inner program is the sum of beliefs and convictions that form the way a person views life. We could call it life philosophy or Weltanschauung.
It is easy to understand that if we can influence or alter our inner program, we change our perception of life, and with that, our life. Because as we believe life is, life will be. Our beliefs form our thoughts, our thoughts form our actions and our actions form our future. And even if we do not take action, our thoughts directly set in motion a process that forms our future, because thought is material and has creative power.
If we want to take control of our future, we have to take control of thought. But this alone is not enough. Because there is conscious thought and unconscious thought. Unconscious thought is thought that is going on under the surface of our conscious mind. We touch it in our dreams and in hypnosis, as well as in certain states of altered consciousness.
To get in touch with our subconscious thought processes, we should begin with a check up. In this check up we simply note what is the state of our unconscious thought processes. There are different ways to do this. One of them is to develop awareness of our dreams and how we behave, as the dreamer, in our dreams.
Another, more direct, way is to become aware of the fundamental beliefs that inform our subconscious thought. Therefore it is so important to recall beliefs and to meditate on them, so that we get to see what we usually don’t see, with one word: to make out our blind spots.
The human mind has a fundamental need: security. Without feeling secure, we are anxious and do not easily get out of our inner shell. However, to realize our goals in this world, we have to leave this shell and confront life directly. This means that we are in a fundamental conflict. We have to give up security in order to live!
How to give up security?
The way to live without the walls of security and anxiety is consciousness. Developing consciousness about our being requires us to face our inner life, the whole of it, our thought as well as our emotions.
However, to repeat it, our inner processes are directed by our beliefs, the way we perceive the world, the way we look at life. It’s a bit like a special kind of colored glasses. We all wear such glasses and see reality or truth filtered by those glasses. Therefore our perception is fundamentally subjective.
Recalling our beliefs is the first step on our way to acquire a more objective and accurate perception of life, of ourselves, others and life as a whole. What do we believe? And how to make it aware?
Everyone has a certain number of beliefs about life, himself (herself), other people, the world or the universe. These beliefs have grown up with us, they are the sum total of our whole life and perhaps former lives as well. They are the key elements of our perception, our basic understanding of life. They also determine to what degree we accept life and appreciate it, or live in denial, or even hate it. Without knowing our beliefs, we cannot know ourselves. And not knowing ourselves, what in fact do we know?
In order to easily and accurately recall your beliefs, you should follow a certain procedure. The most important condition for this work is that you are in a relaxed state of mind. Why? When we are under tension and feel stressed, we are not open to our inner voices, to our intuition, the voice of wisdom within us. This voice of wisdom that is in all of us wants to help and support us in finding out about truth.
However, our civilization is such that this voice is not encouraged but rather made silent in the process we call education. This means that we have to actively awaken the voice of wisdom in us in order to get access to our inner source, the fountain of happiness, success and realization that we all carry within us.
To reconnect to this inner potential, and to perceive the beliefs that spoil its original purity, we simply inquire, once we are relaxed, into what we fundamentally believe to be true.
The static worldview is mechanistic. It is similar to the old science paradigm that was based on Newton’s physics and that explains the world in static terms. If I usually argue the way Well, things are like that, that’s how the world is, what do you want!?, I may adhere to a static worldview. Static or mechanistic worldviews have to do with rigid beliefs in social roles, status symbols, heritage privileges, marriage restrictions or obligations, social to-do’s and not-to-do’s.
Politically they tend to bring about conservatism and restoration, the veneration of the old, the secure, the established. Biologically, the static worldview considers the body as a machine. If we are sick, we might say I’m out of order, something’s to be fixed inside. We may expect from the doctor a quick remedy or exchange of parts so that all is running smoothly again. The remedy can be a pill or an injection; the exchange will be an operation or transplant. An ecological or holistic understanding of life and the world is impossible as long as we adhere to a mechanistic worldview.
The organic worldview considers life as a process of cycles and continuous movement. It is similar to the new paradigm which is beyond Newton’s physics and closer to quantum physics and relativity theory which has given us the insight that scientific observations and results are predominantly determined by the observer perspective, the way we look at things which in turn determines the way we set up the experiment. If we tend to argue Well, something here might be out of balance and will probably get in tune again, we may adhere to the organic worldview.
The organic worldview is flexible with regard to social roles and expectations. The modern philosophy that everybody can become a millionaire or just achieve his or her greatest happiness in life is based on the organic worldview.
Politically the organic worldview is progressive and functional. It aims to realize the best which is not forcibly the established, but often rather the new or even the marginal.
Biologically, the organic worldview considers the body as an energy system that is, by nature, maintained in a harmonious balance. Sickness is the result of a disturbance of this continuum, the fundamental harmony of complementary energies.
We may expect from the doctor or healer to detect the misbalance in our organism or even trust our inner wisdom of self-healing or listen to our dreams and intuitions to rebuild inner harmony.
The remedy may be a change in lifestyle or giving up a destructive attitude, belief or habit. The organic worldview goes along with a holistic and ecological understanding of life and tries to solve problems under various perspectives considering the interdependence of factors involved in those problems.
General Approach to Life
There are two basic approaches to life. The first is problem-solving, the second is creative.
The problem-solving approach is kind of reductionist. It states There are many problems out there and I’m happy to make out my little place solving those problems. If I can manage this, it’s enough for me.
The creative approach to life states Life is a wonderful challenge. I’ll make the best out of it and I want the utmost from it. To manage problems is for me only the first step on the exciting adventure to get truly involved with life — creatively involved.
It is obvious that if we take the challenge and ask life for more, we’re in quite a better position, right from the start, to get it. If however we think that just getting around our daily little problems is enough, we get the petty little thing we want — but not more. All depends on our expectation, on our approach to life.
Our thoughts and actions are motivated by one or the other general attitude. There are two fundamental attitudes towards life. The first is the defensive attitude, the second is the open attitude.
The defensive attitude is basically influenced by fear, the open attitude by the absence of fear. Since we all have fears and only very few people can be said to be totally free of it, we can hardly state that our attitude is hundred percent defensive or hundred percent open. That is why I am talking about our predominant attitude.
The question if our attitude is predominantly defensive or predominantly open is easily seen in relationships, the way we relate to other people.
Relating to others, however, first and foremost depends on how we relate to ourselves. Are we open to our inner voices, do we accept that we have fears and inferiority complexes? Do we listen to the signs that point to them, for example in our dreams?
If we do, we probably have an open attitude. If we close our eyes and repress our fears or obsessions, or thought that we consider perverse, for example, if we put some moralistic stigma on them and tell us that we better forget them, we are predominantly defensive.
To be defensive means that we open our eyes only partly and thus see a stripe of life, but not the whole spectrum of it. In a relationship, for example, if listening to another’s problems and strains gets us confused or upset, or even suffocates us, we are deeply involved with our own repressed feelings and desires, and this because we are defensive. We can’t be open to ourselves and be defensive in relationships or defensive with ourselves and open in relationships. The way we relate to ourselves automatically conditions the way we relate to others or the world at large.
Usual Way of Acting
This inquiry into our inner mindset may be somewhat easier to perform than the previous ones. We simply look at our usual or predominant way of acting.
It seems that people act in the most various ways. This is true but all those different acts can be looked at under a specific perspective, namely how those acts tackle our problems.
There are of course acts that have no problem-solving intention. To make love with somebody is not on first hand intended to solve a problem in the relationship of the two persons, even if in some special cases it might. Or going for a walk during the sunset is not forcibly intended to quietly meditate about our next promotion, but just to get some fresh air and enjoy nature.
The acts we consider here are the ones that deal with our problems. There are two fundamentally different ways people deal with problems. To run away from them or to tackle them.
To confront our problems is by far the more effective approach. Running away from problems obviously not only leaves them unresolved, but often creates still more problems. Please try to be honest with yourself considering your usual way of acting regarding your problems.
Create a series of work sheets in which you are going to explore your inner belief system on the lines of this article. You may first want to repeat what beliefs are, and review your Ultimate Decision and Contract with Yourself.
You are going to start with exploring your five most disempowering beliefs and thereafter what, by contrast, are your five most constructive and empowering beliefs.
Try to determine if your worldview is static or organic. Again, there is no 100% this or that in all matters of self-assessment; so don’t be absolutist, but see that all these either-or categories are not clear-cut but that there is always something like the predominant characteristic.
General Approach to Life
Try to determine if your general approach to life is merely problem-solving, or if it is truly creative.
Try to determine if your attitude is open, or if it is defensive.
Usual Way of Acting
Try to determine if your usual way of acting is to run away from your problems, or if it is so tackle and solve your problems.