I am participating in the Oprah and Deepak 21 day meditation. The theme is, “Become What You Believe”.
This morning, Deepak posed an interesting idea. Our beliefs, he suggests, give us identity.
The example he uses is how if we look at the world through eyes of “I’ll believe it when I see it”, we don’t see a lot of things to believe in.
What if we flip it, he asks. “I’ll see it when I believe it” opens up limitless possibilities. We are always looking to see what we believe in.
In The Passion Test, one of the core ideas is, “What you put your attention on becomes stronger in your life.”
If I walk through life not believing in anything, or believing people are out to get me or I can’t do anything right, that is what I will see on my path.
Imagine we can flip those beliefs. Imagine what could happen.
Rather than looking for wrong, looking to be hurt, looking to make mistakes, we see the possibility in all things. We start to see the world through eyes of abundance versus scarcity, possibility versus impossibility, opportunity versus dead-end streets, hope instead of fear.
“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Who and how I am is constructed on what I believe to be true about me and the world around me. If I choose to believe I am less than, a loser, stupid, or any other negative belief I may hold onto to keep me playing small, I am choosing to believe in the lesser part of me, not the greatness, not my inherent magnificence, not the beauty and miracle of who I am. I have the capacity to let go of negative beliefs, but first, I must see it, acknowledge it and accept it does not work for me anymore.
If I don’t like some way that I am in the world, I have the power to re-frame my belief in my capacity to change, to shift, to re-direct myself.
It takes work. But, if I tell myself I’m lazy, I won’t believe I am capable of doing the work.
It is a delicate dance of balancing my belief in me against long held unbeliefs and fears about the goodness and greatness of humanity and the world we live in.
I believe people are inherently kind, caring, thoughtful and loving. I believe people want to get along. They want to live in a world of wonder and awe.
When I act as if people are out to get me, undermine me, cheat me or hurt me, I am not acting from my belief in the goodness of humankind. I am acting from my fear of being human.
Imagine if we could change our beliefs. Imagine if we could create a world where all people are treated with loving kindness.
Now, let’s make it so. Let’s believe we can and act out on our belief that we are capable of loving one another with all our hearts. That we are capable of resolving the war and famine and lack of drinking water and inequalities in our world. That we are capable of making a difference. We are.